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Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures

03 January 2019

That India's players had taken note of Australian commentator Kerry O'Keeffe's insensitive and ill-informed remarks on the Ranji Trophy was clear to see in the post-match presentation of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

"We've spoken about it [a lack of reverse swing]", said Cummins, speaking at an Australian and Indian team function at Kirribilli House on Tuesday.

India bounced back after losing the second Test in Perth to declare twice at the MCG, with their bowlers tearing Tim Paine's side apart for 151 and 261. But at this stage, it's looking pretty good. and we leave a little bit of a green tinge like previously. "We need to stay in the present and focus on the things we can do", he said.

Langer labelled the interview a "distraction", adding the continued headlines added to the "soap opera we're in every day". "I didn't feel like it played a massive part".

Much has been made of Australia's quicks finding it hard to generate reverse swing in recent times and Cummins has offered his thoughts as to why there was no late movement with the old ball as India declared on 7-443 in the first innings at the MCG from nearly 170 overs. "And we thought reverse swing was probably the only way we're going to get side [ways] movement, and it didn't really happen at all last summer either".

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Usman Khawaja's century in Dubai remains the only Test hundred scored by any Australian in nearly a year, a horror slump that highlights how much the team relied on banned superstars Steve Smith and David Warner.

"We've rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce".

Former captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting want out-of-form opener Aaron Finch to be dropped from Australia's playing eleven for the fourth and final Test against India starting Thursday in Sydney.

THE speculation over Australia's questionable decision to rush Marnus Labuschagne into the Test squad ahead of the crucial Sydney Test continues as pundits weigh in on how to salvage the home side's sinking ship.

"A huge advantage", Cummins said of Marsh.

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The fourth Test match is set to start at 5:00 AM IST on January 3.

Having impressed for Lahore Qalandars, the pair of got a chance to play in Australian club cricket for Hawkesbury.

"The players make the game, and they are the ones who dictate the result at the same time".

"I think he is fabulous".

Beyond this series, Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood appear likely to be afforded a bigger break than they received after the Ashes, when they were pressed back into service for the subsequent ODI series against England where none looked to be near their best.

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Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures