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Paine relief: Australia win for 1st time since 'sandpapergate'

Paine relief: Australia win for 1st time since 'sandpapergate'”

Chris Tremain, who was part of the squad leading into the series, was released before the Perth Test and the selectors have not felt the need to make any changes following Australia's 146-run victory which levelled the series. "That's what we pride ourselves on we've got a bad reputation in a lot of ways, but when there's a bit of humour in it I thought it was a good exchange", he said. "But we just needed to keep standing our ground with our skill, and hopefully we did that in this Test match", he said.

Jadeja, nicknamed "Rockstar" by former Rajasthan teammate Shane Warne during the inaugural Indian Premier League season because of his enormous confidence, is a fiery customer who had a verbal stoush with Matthew Wade during last year's Test series in India.

"It is "assumed" that Kohli said, "I am the best player in the world and you are just a stand-in captain".

"When you don't win you really don't rank your performance, and at the moment it's irrelevant because we didn't get the result we wanted".

Australia's win was their first in a Test since a ball-tampering scandal in March, which triggered a damning review of a win-at-all-costs team culture. In trying to fend it off, Vihari got an inside edge on to his thigh pad from where the ball looped up to Marcus Harris at square leg. Rishabh Pant, who didn't keep badly on a hard pitch, came up with another cameo. "I just had this sneaking suspicion - he's a very unsafe player, when he got out I thought "ok now we can maybe enjoy it", Langer said.

"Uzzie (Usman Khawaja) has been batting well for a long time".

He also praised Lyon for his exploits.

Paine is an nearly unknown who until a few months ago was contemplating quitting the game, but is now being looked upon as the saviour it looked for to inject credibility and civility to a squad.

It was an outstanding bowling effort by man-of-the-match Lyon, who claimed a match bag of 8-106 after 5-67 in the first innings to secure a crucial 43-run lead to tilt the balance in Australia's favor.

Lyon, the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 scalps at 19.43, finished with match figures of 8-106 to raise further questions about India's decision to pick a four-prong pace attack in Perth. "And he can bowl so well, not just holding up an end but he's taking wickets for us", said Langer. The most vulgar abuse during the second Test came from the mouth of India veteran Ishant Sharma and was directed at teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

"It's fantastic to play a role in a victory, haven't had one in a while".



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