There's something Australian about Kohli's Team India

Elena Summers
January 1, 2019

Smith and Warner were both suspended for a year by Cricket Australia, with Cameron Bancroft ruled out for nine months, due to their involvement in the national team's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

For Bumrah, 48 wickets in his debut Test season is highest by any pace bowler and also is a testimony to a lethal pace trio involving the veteran Ishant Sharma and the wily Mohammed Shami (2/71), who also played his part well.

"Any tentative plans Cricket Australia had to gauge the dressing room attitudes on the return of banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been thrown out the window following their MCG massacre", the news daily adds.

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 think we've got the best group of players available to us at the moment and we'll pick the best combination for that group that we think will win the last Test", Paine said. "If you've got world-class players that aren't in your team, are they going to add to our team?"

Kohli's team India bowled out the hosts for 261 runs on the final day in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. When you have so many options, you may get confused.

Playing with hard hands, Usman Khawaja was caught off Ravindra Jadeja's left-arm finger-spin, before Bumrah produced the delivery of the day to remove Shaun Marsh - an ingeniously executed slower ball on the cusp of lunch. "I think the fact that he was showing wonderful levels of energy and fitness in white ball cricket made us think of him. Credit must go to first-class set-up in India, which challenges our fast bowlers in India, and that helps them overseas", the skipper said.


Spearheaded by the 25-year-old Bumrah, who reinforced his reputation as one of the world's top bowlers, Australia were then skittled for just 151.

In the Boxing Day Test though, it was India grinding it out in the first innings that actually made the difference.

Though Virat Kohli did not name anyone in his statement, the fans and followers believe his response was meant for O'Keefe and Waugh. They went at a scoring rate just over two in the first innings, but went on to pile on the runs with contributions from everyone through the line-up.

Ganguly, however, had attained the same number of wins in 28 Tests. They won the toss, batted really well and kept us out there for two days.

"It's all about taking pride in the roles we were given and executing them". Nothing is going to distract us from winning that last Test. Bowled a lot, but I don't mind, because this is why we train.

The only Australia player to score a half-century in the Melbourne test was No. 8 Cummins.

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