MUMBAI (AFP) Test cricket returns to Mumbais venerable Brabourne stadium after 36 years when India and Sri Lanka clash in the third and final match here from Wednesday. The two teams will enjoy the graceful setting of one of the countrys oldest cricket venues as India look for a 2-0 scoreline to dislodge South Africa at the top of the official Test rankings. The stadium, owned by the Cricket Club of India (CCI), was the regular Test venue in the city from 1948 until the Mumbai Cricket Association built its own Wankhede stadium in 1974. The Brabourne, which hosted the last of its 17 Tests in February, 1973, was given the game against Sri Lanka because the Wankhede is being renovated for the 2011 World Cup. The 20,000-seater Brabourne was due to host a Test against England last year, but the match was moved following the Mumbai attacks in November which killed 166 people. The stadium in south Mumbai lies close to landmarks like the Taj and Oberoi hotels, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus, targets of the militant attacks. Tight security will be in force around the Brabourne, CCI officials said, as they worked overtime to ensure a memorable Test match for teams and fans. Milind Rege, a former first-class cricketer who looks after the playing facilities at the stadium, was confident the Test will produce a positive result. There are few sporting wickets around the country like the one at the Brabourne, said Rege. The track will have something for everyone the fast bowlers, batsmen and spinners. History may not support Reges optimism 11 of the 17 Tests played at the stadium ended in draws, with India winning four and losing two. But current Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer says the wicket has changed over the years and will provide interesting cricket. The pitches at the CCI will give you a result, said Jaffer, a former Test opener. The ball generally swings in the evening and will give the spinners the bounce and drift they need. That should be welcome news for world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan, whose lack of success in the series has ruined Sri Lankas bid to win their first Test series on Indian soil. The off-spinner, who has 788 Test wickets, was so frustrated at his return of five wickets from the first two Tests that he spoke of quitting the game earlier than his planned farewell at the World Cup. I am 37 years old and I cant bowl as much as in the past because I get tired after 15-16 overs, Muralitharan told the Colombo-based Nation newspaper over the weekend. If I find everything is not going well, I might retire before the World Cup. Muralitharan played second fiddle to the Indian batsmen in both the high-scoring first Test in Ahmedabad, which ended in a draw, and the second game in Kanpur, which the hosts won by an innings and 144 runs. India will be without in-form opener Gautam Gambhir, given permission to miss the Test for his sisters wedding in New Delhi on Thursday. The left-hander has hit centuries in each of his last four Tests, including knocks of 114 and 167 in the first two matches of the current series. Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay, who played one Test against Australia last year, is expected to replace Gambhir. Gambhirs absence may hit India hard India were grappling with a new selection headache Saturday, with in-form opener Gautam Gambhir opting out of the crucial third Test against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Gambhir has been given permission by the Indian cricket board to attend his sisters wedding, which falls on the second day of the Test opening at the Brabourne stadium on Wednesday. Gambhirs absence is likely to throw India on the back foot as they seek to win the three-Test series, which they lead 1-0 after their innings and 144 runs victory in the second match here Friday. The opening Test in Ahmedabad ended in a draw. A 2-0 series win will put India on the top of the Test rankings and also deny Kumar Sangakkaras men their maiden victory on Indian soil in the longest version of the game. Gambhir, 28, has been enjoying a golden run with the bat, having hit four centuries in a row in his last four Tests, including knocks of 114 and 167 in the current series. It was his vital 233-run opening partnership with Virender Sehwag in the second Test which laid the platform for Indias massive victory. In his last 25 innings, Gambhir has hammered seven centuries and seven half-centuries for a stunning average of 77. Overall, he has scored 2,553 runs from 27 Tests since making his debut in 2004. Indias captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was measured in his response when asked about Gambhirs unavailability. Its difficult to say how much the team will miss Gambhir, Dhoni said. There are times when you have to adjust to situations. These are things we cannot do much about. We are a side that depend a lot on good starts and whoever opens with Sehwag should be able to do that. The Indians have a reserve opener in their squad in Murali Vijay, who has played only one Test, against Australia in November last year. But India could promote current number three Rahul Dravid to the openers slot and include an extra bowler in place of Gambhir, considering the bowler-friendly pitches of Mumbai. Dravid, a veteran of 136 Tests, has opened the innings on 18 occasions and notched up an average of 32.60. However, at his favourite number three position, Dravid averages a neat 55.23. With Sehwag in fine nick at one end, the onus will be on the new opener to adjust to his hard-hitting ways, something that his Delhi teammate Gambhir is used to. We enjoy batting in each others company, said Sehwag, who made 131 in the second Test. For instance, when (Muttiah) Muralitharan came on to bowl on the first day here, Gautam tried to play a risky shot and I just told him to be careful. I told him to think big as it was a great wicket to bat on. The very next ball, he hit a beautiful cover drive. That is the kind of rapport we share.