India dominate day one of fourth test against Australia

India vs Australia Test 2018-19 Melbourne Pitch Rated 'Average' by International Cricket Council

The MCG received three demerit points after last year's drawn Ashes Test which witnessed more than 1,000 runs and 24 wickets falling over the five days.

"All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia", Hohns said.

The ICC's criteria, introduced early a year ago, states for an average pitch: 'Lacks carry, and/or bounce and/or occasional seam movement, but consistent in carry and bounce.

The hosts, facing a scrap to avoid becoming the first Australia team to lose a Test series to India on home soil, managed to dislodge KL Rahul for nine, Mayank Agarwal for 77, Virat Kohli for 23 and Ajinkya Rahane for 18.

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, "The Melbourne Cricket Club's bid to hold on to the Boxing Day Test has been boosted after the MCG was given an average rating by the International Cricket Council following India's 137-run win".

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"(It's) not necessarily proving something to someone or changing history, just crossing a hurdle and making yourself believe that you are good enough to be at this level and beat any team anywhere in the world".

India and Australia go into the final Test match with polar opposite moods and form.

'But the captain and the bowlers came up with a decent plan and unfortunately it didn't work'. I said that in the Perth Test as well. "It's about keeping perspective and reality about where we're at and I think the main thing for us is that we're improving".

Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better. The young wicketkeeper wasn't going on an all-out attack, as we have often seen him do. Stay tuned with LatestLY for all the latest updates about India vs Australia 2018-19 Series!

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