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While Glenn Maxwell (right) has the advantage of being part of the touring squad for the entire trip so far, Marcus Stoinis (left) can stake a claim as replacement for Mitchell Marsh Getty Images (File Photo)

Ranchi: Victorians Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have emerged as strong contenders for the number six position in the Australian line-up in place of the injured Mitchell Marsh. Ashton Agar and Usman Khawaja are the other two names doing the rounds, as the visitors grapple with injury issues ahead of the third Test starting Thursday. The four-match Border-Gavaskar series is poised at 1-1. While Maxwell has the advantage of being part of the touring squad for the entire trip so far, Stoinis can stake a claim as replacement for Marsh given his all-round skills and strong seam bowling. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Ranchi

Maxwell was not even in the Victorian Shield side at the start of the summer, having been dropped seemingly as a result of his unsuccessful attempt to move north to New South Wales during pre-season. Stoinis has been the Bushrangers’ preferred choice at No. 3 for several seasons and has done so with success – until this season. Earlier, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon suffered a cracked skin on his right index finger during the second Test against India in Bangalore but he s confident that he will be in the playing eleven for the third match starting on March 16. Off-spinners historically develop significant calluses (thickened and hardened parts of skin) on the top knuckle of their spinning finger, and Lyon said one such callus was sliced opened on inside of his right index finger during the second innings of the Bangalore Test.

The 29-year-old Lyon captured a stunning 8/50 in the first innings to put Australia in charge of the second Test but finished wicketless when India batted again to take control of the match. He s confident his finger ailment (split callus) will be healed in time for the third Test.