Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

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India defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third Test at MCG to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. They can press home the advantage to clinch it 3-1. The Indian pacer has looked unplayable at times and the Aussie batsmen are often caught in the web, unsure whether to defend or counterattack against him.

"We've spoken about it [a lack of reverse swing]", said Cummins, speaking at an Australian and Indian team function at Kirribilli House on Tuesday.

Gavaskar and Allan Border were the first two to touch the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket.

To throw another spanner in the works, Ishant Sharma's name didn't feature in the squad list and the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, and KL Rahul seems to suggest India is still unconvinced about the surface and the injuries.

Bumrah, who picked up a nine-wicket match haul, cited his experience of playing in the Ranji Trophy when queried about his heavy workload in the Test. And when I'm not doing it I'm usually off with the fairies trying to recover. From Indian side Rohit Sharma was the only member who missing from the Indian group as the Mumbai batsman had to jetted off India to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh who gave birth to their first child on this Sunday. That would be a defensive move.

Pat Cummins, who starred with bat and ball in a losing effort in Melbourne, remains at No.8 in Waugh's XI - a position he's happy with.

Notably, Cricket Australia's ODI Team Of The Year did not comprise of a single Australian player.

They may wonder whether their defiant win in the second test in Perth was merely a false dawn rather than a turning point for a rebuilding team.

The Australians have other excuses, too.

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Q: Do you think Australia will field two spinners in Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne for the Sydney Test?

"It [my analysis] may be different for everyone else, but that's how I watch the game".

Come to think of it, Shaun Marsh is 35 and played 37 Tests, Usman Khawaja, 32, played 38 Tests and Mitch Marsh, 27, played 31 Tests.

"They backed him in as an opener to start with, and it's not abnormal to see guys go through an initial phase of failure before they flourish".

This young player has made cricket look effortless with his languid batting style. His experience is shown both in his steady batting and safe keeping.

"He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career".

There was a time when the cricket world used to talk about the quality of Australia's Sheffield Shield with just six teams providing stiff competition.

Looking calm and relaxed, Kohli said here, on Wednesday, that the thought of a series win was not putting pressure on him. But the segregation was opposed by many states in a democratic set-up.

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