Mitchell Starc, who currently is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Ashes 2017/18 series with 19 scalps to his name, has been replaced with Jackson Bird.
Going by what is in store for both sides at Dharamsala, Australia might opt to go in with an extra seamer instead of a spinner in a pitch that is supposed to assist the faster bowlers. The Pune Test hero, in all likelihood, will be dropped from the playing XI and be replaced by pacer Jackson Bird.
When tea was called early due to rain, the visitors were 142 for four with opener Azhar Ali on 66 and first Test centurion Asad Shafiq on four, and that proved to be the stumps score as well.
At the close, Pakistan were hanging on at 97/8 and trailing by 332 runs with Sarfraz Ahmed on 31 and Mohammad Amir not out on eight.
While Akhil Herwadkar stood out with his unbeaten knock of 82, pace bowler Shardul Thakur picked up a five-wicket haul for India A
Australia closed in on
Jackson Bird, who last played a Test for Australia during the 2013 Ashes series, comes in for the injured James Pattinson for the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.
Australia have an infamous statistic of talented but injured fast bowlers. Mitchell Starc is another addition to the list.
Jackson Bird, who has played three Tests, was not selected for the fifth and final match of the Ashes series at The Oval in south London, with his place taken by Mitchell Starc in a match that started on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Faulkner replaces out-of-form batsman Usman Khawaja, who averaged just 19 in three successive Tests.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, controversially left out of the first two Ashes Tests in favour of teenager Ashton Agar, despite taking nine wickets in Delhi in the final Test of Australia's 4-0 series loss in March, had figures of four wickets for 42 runs in 20 overs at the close.
Nathan Lyon took four wickets to restrict England to 238/9. This was after they were cruising at 149/2 just before tea.
Ryan Harris took seven wickets in Australia's crushing 347-run second Test defeat at Lord's, including a first innings haul of five for 72, and four more at Old Trafford. Michael Clarke said Tests were too important for anyone to just be "given a go", referring to Jackson Bird.
Bird who played the last of his two Tests against Sri Lanka in Sydney in January, was brought in amid concerns regarding fellow paceman Ryan Harris's ability to feature in back-to-back matches.
Jackson Bird who switched from New South Wales to Tasmania for first-class cricket, had a great debut season in 2011-12. Not only did he collect 53 wickets at 16, he was also named the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. In 21 first-class matches to date, he has amassed 105 wickets at 19.78.
The pacer was diagnosed with the lower back problem after the tourists' defeat in the second Test at Lord's and he will now return home after the third Test at Old Trafford.
Australia's combination for the first Test against England starting July 10 is not clear yet but Pattinson and Starc seem certainties after fine performance in the first warm-up. This leaves James Faulkner, Siddle, Ryan Harris and Bird to fight for the remaining spot/spots.
The left-arm pacer has picked up just two wickets in the couple of matches he played in the series but has impressed with the bat, including a personal best of 99 in the third Test at Mohali.