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Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.
The New Year's test has more often than not been a sun-drenched celebration of Australian cricketing domination but this year it looms as a desperate scrap to prevent India from finally exerting their superiority Down Under.
Ishant is out after experiencing discomfort in his left rib cage and the team management didn't want to risk him by playing him in the decider.
Rohit flew back to India to attend his wife and newly born daughter.
"It's unfortunate that he's had two niggles that are quite similar in the last two away tours", said skipper Kohli. "He is very important for sure. He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated.
Ishant Sharma was ruled out due to an injury and wasn't named in the 13-member shortlist which was announced on the eve of the game.
A final decision on his fitness and availability for the match will be taken at toss-time.
India are also likely to go with two spinners given the conditions.
ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE APAustralia's Aaron Finch is set to pay the price for his poor form
India squad: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav. That means the best an unsettled Australia lineup can do is draw the four-match contest by winning in Sydney.
"Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously".
Barring an overnight change of thinking, the shock move would enable the Australian hierarchy to tinker with the batting line-up without a dramatic overhaul that would unsettle the team with only three tests left until the Ashes.
The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.
The hosts' top order has largely failed to fire and the odds are mounting that the underperforming Aaron Finch will either be pushed down or axed, with number three Usman Khawaja moving up to open alongside Marcus Harris.
It remains to be seen if this would solve any of Australia's batting problems, with not a single batsman scoring a century so far in this Test series. Judging by Kohli's words in the press conference, part time spinner Hanuma Vihari in all probability will pair up alongside Jadeja in the final XI while chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav might just have to end the test series without even a single appearance.
Peter Handscomb could also return to the side, having been dropped for Marsh for the MCG clash against India.
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Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Lonzo Ball had 19 for the Lakers, who played without LeBron James , Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee . In his absence, the Lakers had lost to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night, albeit to a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Luiz has been great under Sarri this season and the Brazilian is favoured in the defence alongside Antonio Rudiger. He has an injury in his hamstring and I think he will have to rest for about 10 days.
And he believes Ramsey would be a major hit for the Serie A champions, telling Sky Sport Italia: " Ramsey is a great purchase ". According to L'Equipe, PSG are ready to land a €20M bid on Ramsey and hope to sign him before he accepts a bid from Juventus .
The FSB, which said the American had been detained on December 28, added that a criminal case had been opened against him. Alexander Mikhailov, a retired FSB officer, said the arrest reflected the effectiveness of Russian counterintelligence.
Seven other people, including Arriaga's girlfriend and brother, face charges of accessory after the fact, or aiding and abetting. The Stanislaus sheriff's Office published pictures of the suspect on social media but have not publicly identified him.
Flights have been suspended at Hannover Airport in central Germany after a man tried to drive onto the facility's apron. They couldn't give further information about where he came from because he was not carrying an identity card.
News channels reported the chief priest briefly shut the temple for " purification " rituals after the women visited. Instead the state is run by a coalition of left-wing parties which have said they will enforce the court ruling.
Kuzma's foul on a Justin Jackson 3-pointer allowed the Kings to tie the game at 112 with under a minute left. Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back.
NASA probe flies past most distant object ever explored
May says Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of the NASA Mission, who approached him in May about writing a special song. Once received, the signals confirmed that the flyby had taken place and that New Horizons was operating perfectly.
Alabama, Clemson again for title
Both sides of the ball had their struggles and failed to execute the way we had seen all season. It's also not necessarily about the four most deserving teams.
Warren sets up group to explore bid for U.S. presidency
The Cherokee Nation responded to the results at the time by arguing that "a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship". Senate on financial issues and a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests.