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Australia vs India, First Test: 5 Talking Points

Australia vs India, First Test: 5 Talking Points

Pujara (71) and Rahane (70) led the way, with wayward bowling from Mitchell Starc also contributing heavily to the Indian score (they got 36 extras in the second innings, compared to 1 in the first). The lower order batsmen put up a stunning fightback and at one point it looked like they would take their team home.

But Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin finished with three wickets each to end Australia's resistance. bowling them out for 291 in 119.5 overs.

India's batsmen escaped send-offs synonymous under banned Test skipper Steve Smith's watch.

The Indian camp still rate him an unlikely starter for the second Test in Perth starting on Friday, with a return in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne more likely. Australia's off-spinner has now taken Kohli's wicket more than any other bowler in Tests.

Australian captain Tim Paine has declared he's in no doubt for the second Test against India after copping a blow to his long-troublesome finger while batting in Adelaide.

Australia's top order, however, was not up to the challenge. These qualities were very much on display as the chase crept closer to a target that always seemed to be narrowly out of reach, as India's unflagging bowlers conjured just enough false shots or wicket-taking balls.

It continues a hard 2018 for Starc, who has 24 wickets from seven Tests at an average of 33.79, a significant jump from his average of 24.32 for the preceding three years.

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One of the reasons why the Test match cricket is still alive is a match like the one concluded today between Australia and India. We did not let up again for four days'.

"The outfield's been a bit slow, the pitch has been hard to really drive on the up and probably a few batsmen feeling their way on both sides; a little bit out of form or trying to establish themselves in the sides".

And Lyon says Australia's bid for a record-breaking run chase to win an Adelaide Test could barely be in better hands.

"The Perth Test will be crucial for Australia, because I think India will enjoy the conditions more in Melbourne and Sydney", said Taylor. "If you don't have the big weapons than you can't pretend that you have them, and I think respect to Australia that they've accepted the fact that these are the weapons that they have and so we'll play accordingly".

Four years ago Cheteshwar Pujara arrived in Australia with an average of 50.08, putting him among the game's elite of the time.

Aided by Josh Hazlewood, he guided Australia to within 32 runs of the most improbable result, before Lyon instead joined another offspinner, Tim May, in being at the non-striker's end for a narrow defeat in an Adelaide Test.

Paine was hit the same finger which needed seven operations over seven years, after he first broke it in 2010, derailing his Test career until now.