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Tim Paine lauds Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, but Australia didn’t play ‘anywhere near our best’

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“I thought both attacks have the ability to take quick wickets – I didn’t think they’d be coming that quick”

Tim Paine was still trying to take stock of the dramatic third day when he gave his initial reaction to Australia’s eight-wicket victory at the Adelaide Oval which saw them bundle out India for 36, but in a warning to the visitors said his team was “well below what we’d expect” with the bat.

At the start of the day, the Test was probably just in India’s favour after Australia were bowled out for 191 yesterday to concede a lead of 53. That performance included them slipping to 79 for 5 before Paine’s unbeaten 73 – which earned him the Player of the Match award – cut into India’s advantage.

Still, it required an inspired bowling performance to turn the match on its head, as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood combined to take nine wickets.

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