Australia skipper Tim Paine calls draw with India 'tough to swallow'

Determined India pull off stunning draw at Sydney

Both the batsmen batted for over three hours each and scored an unbeaten 62 of 259 balls as India salvaged a draw.

"Hope all of us realise the importance of pujara, pant and Ashwin in cricket teams.batting at 3 in test cricket against quality bowling is not always hitting through the line.nearly 400 test wickets don't come just like that.well fought india.time to win the series", Ganguly tweeted after the match.

Ashwin & Vihari Showed Character: Ajinkya Rahane " Special mention to Vihari and Ashwin. "The way they batted in the end and showed character was really good to see".

But it will also be remembered for allegations India were racially abused by sections of the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd, with investigations under way and tough action promised against the culprits.

The tourists have agreed to travel to Brisbane this week to play the fourth test, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said on Monday, ending a week of uncertainty around the match.

India have also been weakened by the absence of Mohammed Shami (arm), Umesh Yadav (calf), Ishant Sharma (side), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (thigh) and KL Rahul (wrist).

There are also doubts over the participation of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who dislocated his thumb in Sydney, and Vihari, who could barely run during his knock. The series is 1-1 and if you can do it for the team, the satisfaction, I think it will slowly sink and then we will realise how big of an effort that was.

Australia regained the advantage after Pant and Pujara were dismissed by Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood respectively to leave India on 272-5. "Last night, when I went to bed with a sore back, I was just telling myself that "if I can just keep dead batting like how Faf du Plessis did in Adelaide, I can give myself a good chance", Ashwin said in a video posted by BCCI. "You've got to cop the blame for that, wear it and move on to Brisbane".

However, his dismissal brought in Pant who was promoted ahead of Hanuma Vihari.

Smith was banned for 12 months in 2018 for his role, when Australian captain, in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands.

Paine dropped him again on 56, both times off Lyon. "There was a bit of double bounce, so it was hard against Cummins", Ashwin said after the third Test ended in a draw.

His wicket shattered a 148-run partnership with Pujara, who resumed the day on nine and slowly reached a second consecutive 50.



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