India closes out 137-run win over Australia in 3rd test

Cricket Australia ACA Indian Express

Cricket Australia ACA Indian Express

Apart from his record as a player, Kohli in the day earlier, equalled Sourav Ganguly's record for most overseas Test wins as an Indian captain after beating Australia by 137 runs in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Cricket Australia's decision to ban Steve Smith and David Warner for a year over their roles in the ball-tampering affair in Cape Town in March has left the team's batting ranks severely weakened. "So while at the moment it's challenging and everyone's frustrated, the silver lining is that we have got world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side... and clearly when they do, it will make a huge difference".

However, a frustrated Paine says Australia's job has been made all the more hard by home curators rolling the red carpet out for India by preparing inadequate pitches.

In limited-overs cricket, Dhoni led India to 111 wins from 200 ODIs and 41 victories from 72 T20Is.

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

"There'll be a lot of things on the table in the next day or two and I've got some thoughts on what I think but I'll share that with JL (Justin Langer) and a few other guys before I share it here".

Tailender Cummins, who is rapidly proving himself to a very capable all-rounder, some even say a future Australia captain, had kept his side in the hunt with an impressive 61 not out on Saturday.

Both sides are considering playing two spinners in the Sydney test beginning January 3 on a surface that is expected to take turn.

The first reshufflings of Australia's men's Test team have begun in earnest, with Marnus Labuschagne added to the squad for the final Test against India in Sydney.

Ravindra Jadeja captured five wickets on the MCG's drop-in pitch, comprehensively winning his duel of spinners with Nathan Lyon, who took just one. Work started last year and we're going to aggressively make changes in coming years.

Ganguly, however, had attained the same number of wins in 28 Tests.

"It's been disappointing at times we've produced wickets that have played into their hands a little bit, albeit they've outplayed us in these conditions anyway".

Marnus Labuschagne looks set for a Test recall. Bowled a lot, but I don't mind, because this is why we train.

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.

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