We are playing against world’s best pace, says Tim Paine

We are playing against world’s best pace, says Tim Paine

We are playing against world’s best pace, says Tim Paine

Kohli praised his side for fighting back after losing the second test in Perth. We've got to keep backing them (our players), our guys are trying their guts out.

"At this stage, the difference in the series is Pujara and Kohli, if we're frank".

The writing was very much on the wall for the hosts on the fourth day itself with all of the Indian bowlers finding their spots to have the hosts eight down.

"The mindset he has is what separates him from anyone else in the world right now", Kohli said.

Ashwin took six wickets and was instrumental in the series-opening win in Adelaide, so India may be keen to unleash a dual spin bowling attack against Australia's ill-at-ease batsmen.

"You can't take wickets in the rehab centre".

Australia had resumed Sunday in a hopeless position at 258-8, requiring 141 runs to win. Ishant picked up 40 wickets while Shami took 46 wickets to break a 34-year-old record with Bumrah.

2018 has been the year of India's pace resurgence with Jasprit Bumrah's sensational efforts in the Melbourne Test against Australia perfectly summarising the massive improvement the team's fast-bowling battery has made over the year.

Top-ranked India set up its victory with an imposing first-innings tally of 443-7, which was scored in nearly two days of batting on a slow-paced pitch. Cheteshwar Pujara continued his excellent run of form with his second century of the series and was ably backed up by Kohli, who scored 82 as the visitors declared on 443/7.


In spite of a first innings lead of 292 runs, India did not enforce a follow-on on Australia.

- Australian captain Tim Paine on their batting woes. He said, "It's a good thing I don't read any comments and opinions from the outside, what matters is what we decide in the change room".

"I feel like a soap opera director", said Australia cricket coach Justin Langer on Monday as debate around the future of banned Steve Smith and David Warner grew this past week.

"So we've got to learn from that, and get better really quickly before we go to Sydney".

Paine also rued Australia's "disappointing" performance and said their entire top and middle order are inexperienced.

"While at the moment it's challenging and everyone is frustrated, it is what it is and everyone is working as hard as they possibly can".

"I made my (ODI) debut against Australia in 2016, so to play Test cricket here was a big deal for me".

India have taken an unassailable lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India played a practice game there and it was very flat.

And worryingly for the Australians, the Sydney Cricket Ground surface is expected to be dry and favour the spinners as well.

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