India vs Australia: Surprised by Criticism, Kohli Says Starc Needs Support

Mitchell Marsh has struggled to nail down a spot in the Australian Test side

Mitchell Marsh has struggled to nail down a spot in the Australian Test side

"This (Indian) attack was seriously good, don't think in Australia we've given them enough credit for how relentless - the three quicks bowl pretty good pace, they are relentless in pressure, so it was hard work batting against their attack for seasoned Test players". Australia won in Perth.

But no play was possible and India, who first toured Australia in 1947-48, celebrated a famous victory.

"I want to say I've never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here", said an overjoyed Kohli, widely considered perhaps the greatest player of his generation.

"They make a captain look good to be honest".

The visitors won the opening match at Lord's by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The match saw Dilip Vengsarkar achieve a unique feat of becoming the first and the only overseas batsman so far to smash three tons at Lord's. It's at the top of the pile. With the completion of the Test series, India and Australia will now fight it out in the ODI format. Warne had pulled up Starc about his bowling control and body language.Starc finished the four match Test series with 13 wickets in seven innings at an average of 34.53.

The hosts Australia was bundled out for 300 on the fourth day, which also forced them to follow-on at home for the first time in 30 years.

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Tim Paine were told to cool things down by the umpires during the second test in Perth.

"Disappointed, definitely over the last two Tests".

"... That's what I don't get with the criticism he's getting ... he's just down on confidence a little bit and I think sometimes people just forget he's a bloke who is trying his best. But cricket's a amusing game and it can turn very quickly".

The tourists danced in front of their faithful fans at the SCG after winning the Test series against Australia 2-1.

The victory was built on Cheteshwar Pujara's first innings 123 and his second innings 71, while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant took a world record-equalling 11 catches.

The left-armer along with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are being rested for the upcoming ODI series against India so that they are fresh for the two Tests against Sri Lanka which begins in Brisbane on January 24.

It was a huge relief for the home side, having not won a Test since the ball-tampering "sandpapergate" scandal that rocked global cricket last March.

"In Melbourne and Sydney we were outplayed in all departments".

Aside from man-of-the-series Pujara, a big part of their success in Australia has been executing their bowling plans to deprive the Australian batsmen of playing their shots.

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 previous year. Paine said senior batsmen like Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh did not make their presence felt, even though he just stopped short of blaming them for the team's failure.

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