But Paine sought to explain the defeat to the team's inexperience in the absence of Smith and Warner who were banned, along with Cameron Bancroft, for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test earlier this year. They also mostly bowled off three paces and had rest days during matches and smoked cigarettes at fine leg.
Warner and Smith's absence couldn't have been felt more. Do India not think they're capable of knocking twenty back-to-back? I would say that to score 200 in a day is a tough ask so I think we have enough runs on the board. "It's pretty clear, if you take 2 or 3 of the best players out of anyone's line-up in the world, you're going to struggle a little bit at times and have inconsistent performances".
Not for the first time Australia's troubles with the bat came back to haunt them, with no one in the top seven registering a half-century in the match.
India dominated the Test match from day 1 after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. To overcome such drastic playing conditions the batsmen had to toil hard to survive and score in against quality bowlers. "I think the fact that he was showing awesome 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", Virat Kohli said.
Aaron Finch clipped Ishant Sharma straight into the hands of short midwicket only two overs after Virat Kohli had put the fielder there for that very shot.
"It's modern day cricket, you've got to be able to switch between formats, do it really quickly and we've got some players who aren't available and because of that some guys are getting an opportunity before they would have".
He used every one of those weapons to dismantle Australia, bouncing out Harris, bowling Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood, finding Tim Paine's edge and trapping both Nathan Lyon and Shaun Marsh in front.
"It's all about taking pride in the roles we were given and executing them". "We are desperate not to lose. really determined", Cummins said. I see nothing wrong with this approach, mind, but I can not figure out why this team is reluctant to ask others to bat again.
"Coaching is about man management and looking after people, caring for people, and that was just another distraction last week". This makes Bumrah our best bowler of the match.
Australia have already named a 13-man squad for the SCG Test, which would suggest Peter Handscomb is the only player in the mix for a call-up for the series finale, but selectors may yet opt for reinforcements.