India in particular enjoyed bowling on it leaving the Australian batsmen ducking for cover with opener Aaron Finch forced to retire after taking a painful blow on his hand. "I'm just anxious about what we can control in the Australian dressing room and I thought as bowlers we came out today and performed pretty well", he said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rubbished reports claiming Indian skipper Virat Kohli got into banter with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the second Test at Perth. They are relentless even if they aren't getting wickets which is a great quality.
Kohli rued missed opportunities but acknowledged his side was beaten by a better one over the five days.
Virat Kohli is being criticised for not playing a spinner and going with four fast bowlers instead.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is under fire for his over-the-top celebratory antics, as the second cricket test with Australia hangs in the balance. 'Nathan bowled really well on this wicket. He bowled well according to the conditions'.
Virat Kohli, Tim Paine collide, exchange words before umpire interrupts
Both captains moved to downplay the rivalry after the match, declaring no lines had been crossed. Kohli's valiant 123 went in vain and was outshined by Nathan Lyon's 8-wicket haul in the match.
Having already lost first innings centurion Kohli for 17 on the fourth day, India's hope rested on overnight batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant.
"When you don't win you don't really rank your performances so it's irrelevant because we didn't get the result we wanted". I want to contribute in a winning cause'.
Jasprit Bumrah countered that India "were a little bit surprised by the on-field call" but added "it's been done, we will move forward". Lyon has also taken 80 wickets against India in Test cricket - the second highest by a spinner. It was a highly competitive Test match from both teams.
The Australians played and missed time and again as they battled to extend their lead, with Jasprit Bumrah (1-25) nearly unplayable at times and well supported by India's three other pacemen as they maintained unrelenting pressure on the batsmen. They were separated by Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav. Play the game. You guys are the captains!' He plays on emotion.
Khawaja, whose 72 might well be the difference if Australia level the four-Test series at Optus Stadium, attempted to get the bat and gloves out of harm's way but edged a delivery on a good length that spat at him violently.