Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India defeats Australia, retains Border-Gavaskar trophy

India defeats Australia, retains Border-Gavaskar trophy

Bancroft - whose nine-month suspension for his role in the ball-tampering controversy against South Africa in March expired on Saturday - discussed Warner's involvement in the fiasco during an interview aired on Boxing Day.

As it is for the MCG pitch, so it must be for Australian cricket's batting stocks, though the returns of Smith and Warner will provide short-term relief.

"It's inexperience. It's pressure".

"At the moment it's challenging and everyone's frustrated", Paine said.

Lyon said Australia's struggling top six faced a tough task in this series. "We prefer to see wickets that have got a bit of bounce and carry on it", Paine told ABC Radio.

The bedrock for India's victory was their 443 for seven declared in the first innings, built on the back of Pujara's 106 and Kohli's 82.

Meanwhile, India will be looking to build on the momentum and will leave no stone unturned to make it 3-1 at the SCG. We bowl a lot in Ranji-Trophy cricket, and it pays off. You will feel it is slow, and then one odd ball kicks up, and I got hit on my finger three or four times.

Aaron Finch clipped Ishant Sharma straight into the hands of short midwicket only two overs after Virat Kohli had put the fielder there for that very shot.

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"Their pace bowling in particular has been incredibly disciplined and has worn guys down".

He used every one of those weapons to dismantle Australia, bouncing out Harris, bowling Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood, finding Tim Paine's edge and trapping both Nathan Lyon and Shaun Marsh in front.

"Pat keeps getting better and better every day".

"They've proved over the last one year that they can be fast, and they can be mean, and they can be consistent", Arun said. On a pitch where the hosts toiled hard to pick 15 wickets of the opposition, the visitors easily bundled them out twice bringing reverse swing into the picture. "That's what we are seeing", he said. "We want to win the last Test match as well", Kohli said. But I just think you have to give India credit.

Both sides are considering playing two spinners in the Sydney test beginning January 3 on a surface that is expected to take turn. Leg spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne has been called up, with Paine claiming that a spin-friendly pitch is on the cards.

"We can go 2-all in Sydney". As players our job is to play cricket and turn up where we are supposed to turn up.

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.

Chasing an improbable target of 399, Australia could only add three runs to their overnight score of 258 for eight.

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