Paine admits that Australia need Smith, Warner

Tim Paine is unhappy with the pitches for the Border Gavaskar series

While it's impossible to dispute the current team's woes with the willow, Hussey said there was "no one really screaming out in Shield cricket that is scoring heaps and heaps of runs to warrant a position in this Test team".

Archie, who has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease and has already suffered several surgeries for the same, had his wish turned into reality when he walked out with Tim Paine at the toss as Australia's co-captain.

The South Africa-born player, who made his test debut for Australia against Pakistan in Dubai in October, has played two test matches. That's why this victory is more special for the bowlers because they have been so exhausted.

India did not enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins triggered a collapse but once again Mayank Agarwal stood tall and got able support from Rishabh Pant to ensure India set the hosts a target of 399. "We prefer to see wickets that have got a bit of bounce and carry on it", Paine told ABC Radio.

India´s captain Virat Kohli (R) shakes hands with Australia´s Nathan Lyon on the final day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India in Melbourne on December 30, 2018. I think they have been outstanding, especially Jasprit. When you have so many options, you may get confused. "People have had their say and the guys have almost finished their bans and done their time so I think it's time we started focusing on the fact they're coming back and from that there are real positives".

Ricky Ponting last week highlighted how the commercial powerhouse BBL was making life hard for Test aspirants, noting that batsman who had built form early in the Shield season could then find their momentum interrupted.

India, the world's top-ranked nation, are now zeroing in on a first-ever series win Down Under in Sydney later this week, where they need only a draw to smash the long-time jinx. I think there will be a lot of things on the table in the next day or two and I've got some thoughts on what I think.

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

"The pitch was always going to be a bit of a grind".

"It's all about taking pride in the roles we were given and executing them". We're not playing well enough under pressure when it matters - that's a fact whether it's Twenty20, one-day cricket or Test cricket.

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.



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