Perth Test win has given us a lot of confidence: Tim Paine

Perth Test win has given us a lot of confidence: Tim Paine

Perth Test win has given us a lot of confidence: Tim Paine

India's openers are out of form while Jadeja and fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin missed the Perth match with injuries.

Ashwin, on the other hand, looked in no apparent discomfort while turning his arm over in the nets under the watchful eyes of trainer Shankar Basu.

Under overcast skies, Australia's batsmen faced torrid bowling from India's fired-up quicks with Finch, who was unbeaten on 25, forced off after being hit by a searing delivery from Mohammed Shami.

"Hopefully it's a contest between bat and ball (in Melbourne) because it's really important, not just for this series but also for world cricket". But when there's that humour and there's a bit of - we've also got to stand up for ourselves. It is not always going to be clear sailing and good wickets, and today was a case when we had to grind it out. "As far as we are concerned, he is an absolute gentleman", Shastri said.

But with the bigger picture of a series win at the forefront of his thoughts, Kohli said he wasn't searching his mind for something to "talk about" with his opponents.

The West Australian, who forged a reputation for stoically seeing off the new ball in a 105-Test career at the top of the order, isn't alone.

"They ve got the experience, they ve got the exposure over these last few years to get out there and deliver". Despite declaring that the all-rounder was fit, Shastri chose to keep everyone guessing over Pandya's spot in the team.

"So, looking back at Perth, we felt he was 70-80 per cent fit and we didn't want to risk him in the second Test".

Shastri maintained that selection issues will be addressed only after fitness levels of players are evaluated over the next 24 hours. "We want to take early wickets to reduce the total".

BCCI has also said that Jadeja is fit and available for the selection in the upcoming Boxing day Test.

"It s not often that we ve been in a position where we ve won one (on an overseas tour)".

The pitch at MCG came under scrutiny once again for a lack of general aid to the bowlers and Head said they need to wait and watch how it goes through the next four days.

Opener Mayank Agarwal enjoyed a stellar introduction to test cricket, scoring 76 to record the highest ever innings by an India debutant on Australian soil before being dismissed on the last ball before tea.

"What's wrong with his behaviour?" "I honestly have no idea about any of the articles or anything that people say because that does not concern me".

"With regard to MS (Dhoni), we categorically told that he is going to be rested for those six matches so that we can give more time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant".

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