Finch dropped from Steve Waugh's XI for Sydney Test

Marcus Newton
January 3, 2019

But Cummins said the extra bowler - which Australia didn't have in Adelaide or Perth - had been hugely beneficial as selectors weigh up their options for Sydney.

The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.

India were forced to wait almost two-and-a-half hours for play to begin due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but when the weather cleared, their bowlers wrapped up Australia's innings for 261 in 22 minutes.

A frustrated Tim Paine criticised the MCG deck after the third Test, saying it handed India an advantage that Australia rarely enjoy when they tour the subcontinent.

The Test series against Bangladesh will be the last series for India in the longest format of the game.

Asked if the trio should be welcomed back with open arms, Paine replied: "I think so".

"We've spoken about it [a lack of reverse swing]", said Cummins, speaking at an Australian and Indian team function at Kirribilli House on Tuesday. "But he stepped down and there has been no further contact", Gavaskar told India Today.

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"I think it is pretty ridiculous at the moment".

On the pitch here, Kohli said, "On this ground, from what we have seen in the past, the pitch is good for batting for the first two or three days and after that reverse-swing and spin come into play".

Marnus Labuschagne would return at six, moving Mitch Marsh to the top of the tail.

"A huge advantage", Cummins said of Marsh. "I don't feel like it played a massive part". Standing among one of the top players with scoring 76 runs in the first innings and a 42 in the second innings, he completely justified his inclusion in the team and will surely make his entry in the final Test match in Sydney. "So I think he did his role brilliantly down there".

The "Will he? Won't he?" saga around whether Ravichandran Ashwin might return for the decisive test aside, the tourists, as England in 2011, looked in confident mood as they trained under bright blue Sydney skies. "It's been great to watch and he's a great guy, so it's good to see him get the rewards".

"I found it quite hard". When I saw him the first time I had thought (whether) he could last long with this kind of action, but he has. Find us on Facebook too! He's having a bit of a lean run of it although he's got a couple of 50s. Tim Paine had a little pop at the groundsmen around Australia for not giving the team more favourable conditions, while Justin Langer hoped for some life in Sydney.

Langer, who previously described the Australian cricket team as a "dysfunctional family", said the past week only added to the "soap opera that we're in every day".

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