Australia beat India by 333 runs with 2 days to spare

"It would be interesting to see what they come up with come Bangalore", said Smith. Kohli has been on a roll, he is No. 2 in Test rankings for batsmen, while he sits pretty at No. 1 in T20I cricket. "And if it's not going to spin as much in Bangalore, we're going to have to make sure we're using that reverse swing to make up for not as much spin as we've seen here in Pune".

I knew Pune was more likely to produce turning wickets than some other decks in India, but I was still surprised they didn't try to prepare a flat deck.

Starc was overshadowed by spinners Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon in Australia's first Test win in India since 2004, delivering just 11 overs in a match that ended on day three because of an incredibly dry deck.

Sometimes the figures tell it all, and Indias massive loss to Australia in the first of the four-Test series in Pune certainly reveal so.

The India captain's brilliant form across all formats has intensified comparisons to "Master Blaster" Tendulkar, who remains the all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket. I think the spinners are going to be the key but on wickets such as the one in Bengaluru, the pacers will have a say as well.

Squeezing both into the XI for the first Test against England at the Gabba will be a lot harder, but that's now the furthest thing on the mind of Lehmann.

Both Steve Smith and Virat Kohli have retained their respective spots in the latest ICC Test Rankings.

In the morning session, Smith (109) scored his 18th test hundred as Australia were bowled out for 285 runs in their second innings. "Everyone wrote us off and expected India to win 4-0", Smith said.

Australian captain Steve Smith has reached a career-best 939 points in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings.

India lost their first test at home since 2012.

Former Indian cricketers must refrain from making comments like "India will inflict a clean sweep over the Australians" even before the first ball was bowled. They exploited it better than us.

Lehmann admitted the visitors were close to playing three spinners in Pune and wouldn't rule out the prospect of it happening later in the tour.

"We want to give the teams and fans a very good wicket", Karnataka State Cricket Association interim secretary R Sudhakar Rao was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.

"O'Keefe was brilliant, he mentioned something happened in Sydney, and then he said to me it had been over 150 days since he last drunk".

  • Julie Sanders


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