India march to brink of victory in Melbourne Test

Jai Hind, Says Virat Kohli After 137 Run Win Over Australia in Third Test at Melbourne

First the Smith and Cameron Bancroft interviews aired before the Boxing Day Test highlighted the deep fault lines that persist in the wake of the South African sandpaper debacle.

Then Australia's bad top-order batting in the 137-run loss showed how badly they miss Smith and Warner.

Durability should also back up the cricket star, having played more Test cricket than any of Australia's quicks, since coming back from injury for last year's tour of India. Pat Cummins, the only Australian to put on a fight, scored his maiden Test half-century and took the game to the final day. "For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they're ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh", Langer was quoted as saying by "The Sydney Morning Herald". Finch is a really good player and he is working harder probably than he has ever worked.

Langer said the relative inexperience of the Australian batting line-up was starting to show as the series heads towards its culmination.

Asked about the torrent of noise around Smith and Warner this week, Paine sarcastically replied: "Was there?"

Kohli said the team's No. 1 spinner Ravi Ashwin, who missed the Melbourne test with an abdominal injury, was close to regaining full fitness.

"I played on it (the SCG) three or four weeks ago and it spun a little bit", Paine said on Macquarie Radio.

"It's all been out there, people have had their say".

"The silver lining is that we do have world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side, and clearly when they do they will make a huge difference".

"We always believed this is very possible because of the talent that we have in the side", Kohli said. The way he batted at the top of the order on the first day, it has to be praised because it is not easy to come to Australia and start like that, and against such a bowling attack.

The statistics are damning but against batsmen 7-11, Cummins also leads the way with 14 wickets at an average of just over 12, Starc with 14 wickets at just over 16, Lyon 20 wickets at 19.60 and Hazlewood with eight wickets at 20.

"If you have world-class players who aren't in the team, are they going to add to our team?" I can't really think what else they can do.

Captain Virat Kohli said Sunday his side had a "great opportunity" to make history by becoming the first India team to win a test series in Australia.

"There's been a helluva lot of talk about our batting and our top six", he said.

"We felt we made some strides in Perth but with an inexperienced batting lineup at times you're going to have performances like we did in the first innings".

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