The hosts must win the match to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy, while holders India need only a draw to retain it two years after their breakthrough 2-1 win in the 2018/19 series in Australia.
Compounding the challenge, Australia’s attack may also be undermanned, with left-armer Starc seen clutching his hamstring.
“One thing I know about Mitchell is he’s tough,” Australia batsman Steve Smith told reporters.
“He has played through some injuries before and got the job done so he’ll be hopefully good to go tomorrow.
“The wicket is certainly different to what it is in Sydney. There’s a bit more happening here. We saw a few balls shoot up today, a couple kept a bit low, a couple went off cracks which is always playing on the batters’ mind.”
The highest successful chase in a Gabba test was in 1951 when Australia finished 236 for seven, but there have been big scores in recent years.
Pakistan racked up 450 in the fourth innings at the Gabba in a lost cause in 2016.
That India remain in the hunt is an achievement in itself, with not a single first-choice bowler in the team due to a horrendous injury toll.
In a series that has produced a string of…