Paine ruefully said: "If you took Pujara and Virat out of India's side I think you would have the same conversation".
Peter Handscomb may also earn a recall for the SCG series finale, although Langer's description of Aaron Finch as "a really good player" and "great in the team" suggests the under-fire opener will be spared the axe. "That's not easy for them, but we'll collectively be better for it over time".
"I hope they're welcomed back. For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they're ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh", Langer was quoted as saying by "The Sydney Morning Herald".
Speaking just after Australia were caught up in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, Broad observed that Australia were able to generate reverse swing regularly in the five-match series just a few months earlier.
Kohli also equalled Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in away Tests, with 11 wins out of 24 matches that he has been at the helm for India.
New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. It was a commanding win but follow-on remained a topic for debate.
The Australians suffered through probably their most humiliating and chastening year in 2018. Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all.
During the Test in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft tried to alter the ball with sandpaper with Warner fingered as the instigator and then captain Smith admitting he turned a blind eye. They are now sixth on the table following the inconsistent year. Thus, as it has been throughout the summer, this Test match will be won by the team that bats better.
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are on track to play all four Tests against India, with the series finale starting in Sydney on Thursday.
They will be expected to continue their fine form.
Bollywood's most adored couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are now vacationing in Sydney, Australia where they will be welcoming the New Year 2019. He was training like he wanted to play Test cricket.
He was out in the indoor nets with the team's physio Patrick Farhart to see whether he has fully recovered from his abdominal strain that kept him out of the Melbourne Test. The visitors also ground the Aussies, keeping them on the field for almost two days.
"It's just about absorbing pressure, absorbing pressure, you've got so much time in Test cricket".
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