Check your emails: Tim Paine tells Aussie journalist after answering his phone

Australia's spearhead has struggled all through the series

Australia's spearhead has struggled all through the series

India are leading the four-Test series 2-1 and are eying to clinch the final Test to register a historic win on Australian soil.

The entire press contingent broke into laughter after hearing the phone call and Paine himself couldn't help himself and smile.

The day got worse when Travis Head was caught and bowled by Yadav just before tea for 20 and as storm clouds gathered overhead Yadav clean bowled Paine for five in the first over after they came back.

Australia finished day two of the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) trailing by 598 runs after India declared their first innings on 622/7.

Paine said criticism is expected when the team is not doing well.

"What I do know is that the pitch here, and the pitch in Melbourne, didn't make us bowl and bat as poorly as badly as we have in this test".

"The reason why we want to win this test is because we understand as cricketers how hard it is to come here and play", he said.

"We've tried to bounce him, we've tried wide of the stumps, we've tried at the stumps, Nathan Lyon's been over and around. and he's been too good for us".

"(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". We had a few in Dubai as well.

"We've just been outplayed and both teams have had similar conditions".

While aggressive rookie opener Marcus Harris blazed a career-best 79, senior players Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and skipper Tim Paine all failed to deliver when needed most.

The New Year's test has more often than not been a sun-drenched celebration of Australian cricketing domination but this year it looms as a desperate scrap to prevent India from finally exerting their superiority Down Under. "Something we've probably become accustomed to in Australia". He's faced about a million balls this series.

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