Sunday, 24 March, 2019

India Take Unassailable 2-1 Lead After 137-Run Win vs Australia

Mebourne After India win Melbourne Test by 137 runs, Kohli takes dig at 'experts'
Jennie Wade | 31 December, 2018, 16:28

Chasing a target of 399, Australia were all out for 261 in the post-lunch session after the first session was washed out due to intermittent showers.

Captain Tim Paine admitted Sunday Australia badly needed the banned Steve Smith and David Warner back in the side after more woeful batting in the third Test against India.

Bumrah was declared the player-of-the-match. Lyon (7) was caught behind as Rishabh Pant took his 20th dismissal in this series, which is highest by any Indian wicket-keeper.

Paine felt it understandable his makeshift batting lineup would struggle at the MCG against India's formidable pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, with wily left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja added to the mix.

Langer said Australia need to keep its players fit and fresh ahead of busy 2019, which includes a World Cup and an Ashes tour and hinted that Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood may be rested in the ODI series against India ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka.

Australian coach Justin Langer has lamented a lack of world-class batsmen in his side's line-up and pointed out that Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been the difference for the visitors in the on-going four-match Test series. "We should find positives and move forward", Paine said after the match. We've been really smart in all departments in the two matches that we've won and that's why we've at least retained the trophy, but the job is not done yet.

"The fact that the boys realised we worked so hard to be here now and there is no looking back, it's the last test of the series and you have to give everything you have to win a series, and that was our goal from day one".

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Kohli said that the decision to not force Australians to follow on was justified and he was glad that he did not face any criticism from outside. "I just don't think they are bowling well enough".

"It's all about taking pride in the roles we were given and executing them".

"That's how it looks - Labuschagne probably bats four, Head five and Mitch Marsh six - I think that's the way they're going to line up". He said, "They outplayed us for the majority of the test match".

Langer acknowledged recent results suggest domestic players are not being adequately prepared to make the step up.

"We always believed this is very possible because of the talent that we have in the side", Kohli said.

"We are interested to see what we are going to get in Sydney next week".

"It's all just part of the soap opera we're in every day". "Whether it's the system ... whether it's something we've got to change in our psyche, I'm not sure".

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