India vs Australia: India's Batsmen Must Step Up and Help Bowlers - Rahane

May JohnsonDec 26, 2018

India's decision to select Umesh Yadav as a fourth quick to replace injured spinner Ravichandran Ashwin backfired badly when man of the match Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets for the match to spin Australia to victory.

On the eve of the third Test between India and Australia, India skipper said, "What I do or how I think, I am not going to take a banner outside to the world and explain that this is who I am and you need to like me or stuff like that". It's great because of this guy...

Kohli said that he is clueless about what people are writing about him but insisted that he respects their opinions.

"We all play at this level because we love the contest and his combative style and the way he backs himself is how he gets up", he added.

Australia's batsman Tim Paine (L) plays a shot during day one of the second Test cricket match between Australia and India in Perth on 14 December 2018. Very rarely have we been in a position where we are 1-1 in an overseas series with two matches to play.

"All that is looked after by the physio and they have very clearly given it in the statement", was his response to the query about the second injection, which was given on November 30 after Jadeja had "complained of a recurrence of his symptoms" during the warm-up match against the CA XI in Sydney.

It is the second time in as many years Handscomb has been dropped two Tests into the summer, with Marsh's part-time seamers getting him the nod at the MCG.

"That accountability has to be taken by the top order and I'm sure they've got the experience, they've got the exposure over the last few years to get out there and deliver", he said.

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

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The same article also cast doubt over the contradictory explanations for not playing a spinner being spouted by Kohli and Shastri.

"Putting them on the back foot is really important, rather than just taking your time".

The Indian board can't overlook the squandered opportunities and simply allow Kohli and Shastri to remain bombastic in front of the media even as opponents walk away with the winners' trophy. He was perfectly fit when he was with us.

"These are things that happen on the outside, I literally have no control of that".

"For me, what has worked is being comfortable in where I am playing".

Schiller has also taken training with the team ahead of their first Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Shastri said Jadeja's "recovery has taken more time than expected".

"As a team, I don't think whether you are 2-0 up or 2-0 down or 1-1, what's happened in the past has no significance at all to what's going to happen in the next two Tests or what's going to happen in the next Test which is quite immediate", Kohli said. "The boys know what they can do, what they are capable of and what potential lies again", he concluded.

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