Virat Kohli practices with Pakistani bowlers in Sydney

Elena Summers
January 3, 2019

Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.

Tim Paine expects Warner and Smith to bolster the batting line-up. Tim Paine had a little pop at the groundsmen around Australia for not giving the team more favourable conditions, while Justin Langer hoped for some life in Sydney.

The couple made the journey from Melbourne to Sydney after India clinched the third Test of the series against Australia by 137 runs.

Asked about the interview, Langer told reporters: "I feel like the director of a soap opera".

"Coaching is about man management and looking after people, caring for people, and that was just another distraction last week", he added.

Smith and Warner remain suspended until the end of March.

Australia also decided against naming a team on Wednesday as they searched for the flawless "balance" to their side for a fourth and final test they must win on a wicket they believe will offer some turn.


Langer said cricket authorities were "in touch with the boys all the time". 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. He was left out of the first Test in England, and came back into contention.

Waugh wants Marcus Harris and Shaun Marsh to open the innings, followed by Usman Khawaja.

Langer said Finch was "great in the team" after Australia's Boxing Day defeat, suggesting the Victorian will escape the axe for the final Test despite averaging 16.16 throughout the series. The controllables, we need to figure out what they are.

In a bid to return to the playing XI for the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting Thursday, India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday underwent a solo indoor bowling session while the rest of the Indian team preferred to take a day off. And also Cheteshwar Pujara's - the Saurashtra batsman is the highest scorer in the series so far with 328 runs and two hundreds. "The lesson we learn from that is keep absorbing the pressure", he said.

"It's all there in front of them and 2-all against this team, they're the world number one team and their bowling attack is incredible, so 2-all would be a reasonable result". "Our guys are learning that, or hopefully they are learning that".

Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.

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