Virat Kohli urges batsmen to support bowlers ahead of third Test

Taylor said Paine was winning the battle of skippers in the Test series so far. "Whenever a health issue comes up, we have a group in which it is being placed", is what he said when asked about the first injection, which according to a BCCI media release had been taken on November 2 in Mumbai. So, batsmen will have to step up.

Paine said he was not annoyed "in the slightest" by Kohli.

Upon taking to the stage at a Cricket Australia family day outside the MCG, Kohli was questioned only about his team's on-field performance, declaring the tourists would learn from their errors in Perth.

"It's not often that you find a team these days when they travel overseas where it's 1-1 in a series with two matches to go".

"I am never going to take a banner outside in the world and explain myself, that this is who I am and you need to like me", he said.

The absence of Ashwin was felt in Perth where Nathan Lyon ruled the roost. So we have to have our plans against such a bowler so that we can also explore scoring options because if he is allowed to bowl at one spot for a long time, he becomes even more unsafe. He was being questioned about the team combinations about the 3rd Test.

"For a spinner to bowl so well in Australia is a huge thing".

"I think he has been picked up along the way and we are delighted to have someone like that around". We have put in the effort in practice, it now matters who we execute those on the field. If you have great pitches you'll have contest between bat and ball, then Test cricket will be alive and well.

Every Test, ODI, T20I, and BBL match live & ad-break free during play. The surface, what I saw yesterday, looked pretty dry underneath. There's a good coverage of grass which should keep the surface intact. For Kohli, the success depends on how much one can sort out the mental aspect of Test match batting.

"If we batters play well and support our bowling unit, results will be different". The more-experienced Vijay, with 61 Tests under his belt, was dropped during India's series in England for poor form and subsequently kept out against West Indies at home.

"It's unbelievable (as an occasion). In many ways, it can inspire a team to come together and let us hope it does", the coach said. So I have experienced that twice before.

What has made it a bitter pill to swallow is the promise that the Indian team showed before the start of each series.

"Not necessarily. I think it's more about wearing their bowlers down and keeping them out there in the field for as long as possible", he said. "For this reason, he was not considered for selection for the 2nd Test match".

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