"Disappointing": Travis Head Regrets Tim Paine Dropping Virat Kohli On Day One

India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne 'Don't Need To Silence Anyone When I Play International Cricket', Says Cheteshwar Pujara After Scoring 17th Test Ton

Cheteshwar Pujara

Head further said that the home side can change the momentum going into the second day with the pitch getting more spin.

Mitchell Johnson, former Aussie speedster was also critical of Kohli's behavior especially after the skipper gave a "cold handshake" to his counterpart Paine after losing in the Perth Test. Beating Kohli inside and outside, that new ball hopefully can come out and do that tomorrow again.

"I don't think it's great", Head said.

Along with Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (68 batting) was also in the middle at the close of play, with the visitors well placed at 215/2.

"Yeah it was a tough day".

India will be without Ravichandran Ashwin for the Boxing Day Test against Australia after the star spinner failed to recover from an abdominal strain. "We created pressure and we have seen for the whole series there hasn't been high run rate for the day", said Head. "Pete at his best is going to score a lot of Test runs and not just his batting, he brings a hell of a lot to our side in terms of his fielding, his experience and just the way he generally goes about his cricket", said Paine on Tuesday.

"It makes for another massive morning tomorrow to create pressure and make sure we bowl tomorrow the day we did today". I think he did that in tough conditions, to grab the ball and bowl the way he did, was really good.

"He's always been someone to get the energy around the group, lead from the front". He bowled hard and aggressive, used his bouncer well, and extracted something from the wicket. Smashing an impressive 76 of 161 deliveries, he became the second Indian batsman after the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to score 50 runs on his debut away from home. The pitch at MCG came under scrutiny once again for a lack of general aid to the bowlers and Head said they need to wait and watch how it goes through the next four days.

"Obviously, I didn't think too much about the wicket". We thought it would offer more life leading into it.

"At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say "great contest", he wrote in a column for Fox Sports.

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