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Another Test, and another batting collapse.

Ricky Ponting last week highlighted how the commercial powerhouse BBL was making life hard for Test aspirants, noting that batsman who had built form early in the Shield season could then find their momentum interrupted.

David Warner and Steve Smith. Coming to Australia has been a different experience as well.

"It's inexperience. It's pressure".

India had quite an eventful year in terms of Test cricket as they have played most of their games overseas (South Africa, England, and Australia) and played just three games at home against the debutants Afghanistan and West Indies team. That's what we are seeing.

"India batted superbly in the first innings and from that moment we were behind the game", admitted Australian skipper Tim Paine. This (win) will give us more confidence and we will play more positively in Sydney. They haven't seen the wicket, so I guess they're covering themselves a little bit but the SCG is not the traditional dust bowl that it used to be.

"So we've got to learn from that, and get better really quickly before we go to Sydney". When you have so many options, you may get confused.

Warner and Smith's absence couldn't have been felt more.

"I think that's pretty clear".

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"We're not talking about someone who is knocking that front door down to say "pick me" and there are batsmen who are".

"I don't think Aaron Finch will play in Sydney I think they will shuffle that batting order around". "So while at the moment it's challenging and everyone's frustrated, the silver lining is that we have got world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side... and clearly when they do, it will make a huge difference".

On the other hand, former Australia cricketers have given their verdict on the Boxing Day Test with quite a few of them heaping praise on the Kohli-led visitng team. If Bumrah is picking wickets, they are containing runs.

Three Tests gone, one to go.

"The wicket was always going to be a bit of a grind".

"Yes it will turn, but it will turn a bit like the MCG - out of the footmarks, it's not going to off the straight. We're not scoring a lot of runs but I don't think India are [either] and part of the reason for that is both attacks are really good as well".

"If he can bat time and hole one end up, and all the other batsmen can bat positively around him, we get 350, touching 400, in conditions in Australia, which puts us in a great position to get a result".

India's win in Melbourne against Australia was their 150th in Test cricket. It is probably as good as most of these guys have ever faced.

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