Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

India win their maiden series on Australian soil

India win their maiden series on Australian soil

Man of the moment: Indian captain Virat Kohli, for leading his side to their first series win in Australia.

However persistent drizzle washed out day five thereby keeping the victory margin down to 2-1. Australia won in Perth. Warne, however, didn't entertain his request and said, "Greg Dyer, I think it's time for you to move on".

"He is a very skilful bowler, he has got the right mindset", said Kohli, who has captained Starc at Indian Premier (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. It's at the top of the pile.

"We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all". No other Asian captain leave alone Indian captain has won four away Test matches in South Africa, England and Australia in a single calender year.

India scored 622 for 7 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on.

"We are disappointed, definitely over the last two Tests".

"We've been outplayed in some areas", Tim Paine conceded to Fox Cricket prior to the start of play on Monday.

"We need to keep working hard".

By this, he meant Indian sides would no longer fail to believe they can put their best cricketing foot forward overseas.

Summary: India had the three highest runscorers, with no Australian averaging 40, The visitors scored five centuries, while Australia suffered the indignity of no batsman reaching a ton in a four-Test home series for the first time.

His bowling changes were spot on and while team selection in Perth came under scanner, no one can question the intent of the Indian skipper, who has shown that he only plays to win a Test match.

It was a huge relief for the home side, having not won a Test since the ball-tampering "sandpapergate" scandal that rocked worldwide cricket last March. Cheteshwar Pujara's masterful hundred - his first of three for the series - lifted India to 250, but that still offered Australia the chance to take a lead. While skipper Kohli hit the best hundred of the series in terms of sheer class on a hard Perth Stadium track, the unflappable Cheteshwar Pujara (521) and the unconventional Jasprit Bumrah (21 wickets) were the heroes of the memorable "first".

India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said the successful strategy stemmed from mistakes made previous year in Tests against South Africa and England. "One thing I would like to say, in the last 12 months the number of tosses we have lost and if you see our performances in those matches objectively, we have played very good cricket".

"I think our bowlers at times bowled really well in this series, at times they didn't", Payne said.

For some Australians the series will always carry an asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago.

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