Ashwin SCG bid falls short after failed fitness test

Hope Soto
January 3, 2019

The home side's most successful pacer in this series, Pat Cummins, is aware of what Australia will be up against, terming the current scoreline of 2-1 in favour of India as a "fair reflection" of Australia's performance against the top-ranked side in the world.

"We spoke about it a little bit".

Tim Paine's side suffered a huge reality check at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they were outplayed with bat and ball before slumping to a 137-run loss on Sunday.

"So, I don't think I would make a very good captain at the moment", he added. "I didn't feel like it played a massive part". It then begs the question as to why India has listed three spinners in the 13? "I think you don't want to be changing too much", Paine said in Sydney.

"It's just about absorbing pressure, absorbing pressure, you've got so much time in Test cricket". We didn't enforce the follow-on because when our bowlers bowled in those two sessions, it was really warm out there.

Seam-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who replaced the out-of-form batsman Peter Handscomb at the MCG, failed twice with the bat and went wicketless.

"Everyone is doing everything they can", Cummins said.

"Having Mitch there played a massive role". "I think it's pretty ridiculous at the moment".

"I hope they're welcomed back".

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But Cummins said the extra bowler - which Australia didn't have in Adelaide or Perth - had been hugely beneficial as selectors weigh up their options for Sydney.

"I found it quite hard".

Cummins' match figures of 9-99, coupled with his second-innings 63, prompted suggestions the sport's most marketable male player should one day lead the country.

He had scored 81 runs in the two-match series and had also scalped seven wickets in the two matches.

"That's a real area I feel I need to get better at, just adapting between the formats".

"We know we are not going to win too many Test matches without scoring hundreds and that's something that we have spoken about and something we are really keen to improve and address".

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has come up short in his race to be fit for the fourth and final test against Australia, a team spokesman said on the eve of the match on Wednesday. The Indian unit is far from settled and the final combination could well be a crucial factor which would determine whether India can win their first ever series in Australia. You can see why they're the No.1 Test ranked side in the world.

"The guys have almost finished their bans and almost done their time, so I think it's time we started focusing on the fact that they're coming back and from that there are some real positives", he said after defeat at the MCG.

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