Shami terms Kohli-Paine verbal spat as part of game

Virat Kohli

Australian skipper Tim Paine was a relieved man after his team won their first Test since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa had plunged the game into crisis. "It's been hard work". It's been a bruising test match.

But Kohli, one of the most animated players in world cricket, said there was nothing to worry about in what was said during the match. "We all can't wait to get to Melbourne", he said.

"I'm really happy with the way we are going about it".

This was Australia's day, although India had their patches of dominance, as they've had every day of this series to date.

Kohli played down the impact of excluding spinning allrounder Ravindra Jadeja but Australian coach Justin Langer said it had been a game-changer.

The episode transpired when the audacious display of batting from the hosts frustrated the Indians and was slowly sweeping away the tie from them.

Surprisingly, Kohli did not receive a big send-off after edging Nathan Lyon to slip to depart for 17, leaving the tourists 48 for three. Momentum is obviously huge in cricket and when you have got it you have got to make the most of it.

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The second key element that was the telling difference in the sides was the inclusion of a spinner.

Australia needed just over an hour to skittle India's brittle tail and level the series in devastating fashion on day five in Perth. "You guys are the captains", umpire Gaffaney said as he got in between the pair. "He's been fantastic for us". But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few footholes. Beyond that, I don't think I need to over-analyze this game, we are still in a very good space. I said in Adelaide this was going to be a long, tough series. It started Paine nudged the first ball of the 71st over of the innings to mid wicket and set off for a run, Kohli ran towards the pitch to collect the ball before colliding with the batsman at the non-striker's end.

After a wicketless morning session, India came alive through blistering short-pitched bowling from Mohammed Shami, who made the ball steeple off the grassy wicket to finish with a career-best 6-56.

A lot of chatter surrounding the Test has been the verbal exchanges between the side, particularly involving the respective skippers Virat Kohli and Paine.

"You've just got to read the situation and go with what you are feeling at the time. That's always been the thing that has happened and will always be the case", he added.

"I don't think at any point there was any abuse, there was no real aggro to it", Langer told Cricket 360.

"I was really proud of the way our team conducted itself on the field this week".

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