India vs Australia: Australia name unchanged squad for last two India Tests

India vs Australia: Australia name unchanged squad for last two India Tests

Australia levelled the series at 1-1 in Perth on Tuesday with a 146-run victory, with India having clung on to win the first Test.

India opened proceedings on a cracking day of test cricket with Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane looking to push their partnership and bring the Aussie lead down.

Pat Cummins wrapped up the last two wickets in the space of four balls, Ishant Sharma edging behind for a duck and Jasprit Bumrah launching a shot high into the Western Australian sky with Cummins positioning himself to take the catch.

"I'm relieved personally", he said.

In addition to that already existing issue, the Indian openers - Murali Vijay and KL Rahul - burdened the other batsmen by repeatedly failing to give India the required starts. It's been a bruising test match. "We have been improving over the last few months and it is great to get some reward".

"The concern for Australia is that so far in this Test match the Indians have managed to get more uneven bounce out of the pitch than the home bowlers. Maybe we would have liked 30-40 less to chase", Kohli said at the end of the match.

Kohli was in the thick of things from go to whoa on Sunday, as his classy century, a debated dismissal and haughty histrionics dominated a drama-packed day. We had the belief that we could do it but they were relentless. I know as bowlers the ball in cricket terms felt like it had no air left in it, so it lost a little bit of zip off the wicket.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes India captain Virat Kohli is a better batsman across three formats than legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. "Now to do it at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test is a special feeling".

Earlier, Mohammed Shami's career-best figures of 6-56 had helped the visitors bowl out Tim Paine's men for 243 runs.

Paine, who was involved in a verbal spat with Indian counterpart Virat Kohli on the third and fourth days, said the overwhelming emotion was relief at finally being able to put a dark period in Australian cricket behind them.

After Australia scored 326 in the first innings, India replied with 283 runs which was largely built around Kohli's 25th century in his 75th Test.

Both captains played down the on-field banter during the match, saying it never crossed the line of what was acceptable.

Day four of the second Test between Australia and India at the Perth Stadium here belonged to the hosts on Monday.

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