'Don't want to be facing Bumrah' - Kohli

'Don't want to be facing Bumrah' - Kohli

Australia captain Tim Paine has been left frustrated by the pitches rolled out for the Border-Gavaskar Test series, declaring that the decks have worked against the hosts.

But such wishful thinking apart, Australia have added Marnus Labuschagne to their squad.

Cummins' previous best figures were on debut when he took 6-79 as a teenager in Johannesburg - the site of another five-wicket haul earlier this year.

Usman Khawaja's century in Dubai remains the only Test hundred scored by any Australian in nearly a year, a horror slump that highlights how much the team relied on banned superstars Steve Smith and David Warner. "So we discussed before South Africa that if we put him as a surprise package, he could be lethal if he gets his lines and lengths right".

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For long India has hoped for a bowling attack capable of picking up 20 wickets consistently across all conditions, especially away from home.

The 30-year-old told reporters after his team took a 2-1 lead in the series: "The way that he is bowling so soon, so quickly in his Test career, is a very scary sign for all the batsmen around the world". We have just got to make sure we stay in this contest and be great to have a win at the end of it. India have come here determined to win this series, we know that, and we see that in everything they have done since day one.

Finch has had a dismal series so far, averaging just 16 while opening the batting with 50 of his runs coming in the first innings of the second Test in Perth.

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"I think it's inexperience, it's pressure, it's India's bowling attack (who) are as good as probably most of these guys have ever faced", the skipper added of Australia's batting woes.

It's the first time since 1991-92 that an Australian player has not scored a test century during the home summer before the January test in Sydney.

"It's been an interesting year, a hard year. the silver lining is in the next few months we've got some world-class players available", Paine said after the third Test loss.

Paine also rued Australia's "disappointing" performance and said their entire top and middle order are inexperienced.

Aaron Finch again struggled at the top of the order, with his role as a Test opener under intense scrutiny with growing speculation that he will be axed for the next Test in Sydney this week.

After India outplayed Australia with bat and ball in Melbourne, Kohli is convinced India have the firepower to break new ground.

Skipper Virat Kohli declared at 106-8, leaving Australia to chase what would be a record fourth-innings total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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