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Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class bowler, says Nathan Lyon

Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class bowler, says Nathan Lyon

The NSW paceman is seeking a long-term contract from Cricket Australia, having played more Test cricket than any of Australia's quicks since making his long- anticipated comeback from injury during last year's tour of India.

The team's hectic schedule then involves ODI series in India and the UAE before a World Cup training camp and seemingly endless winter in England, where the frontline pacemen's fitness could make or break Australia's World Cup and Ashes defence. "He is a match victor, without doubt, even if he has only been playing (Test cricket) for 12 months", Kohli was lavish in his praise for the Gujarat bowler, who has taken 48 wickets in his memorable season in Test cricket.

Kohli said Bumrah was a man "obsessed" with his cricket and convinced of his ability to conjure wickets on any surface.

One shining light for Australia in this match has been the all-round contributions of seamer Cummins, who claimed a career-best 6-27 in India's second innings.

The visitors defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) after rain washed out the entire first session on day five.

Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap on Sunday as he equalled Sourav Ganguly's record of 11 away Test wins as captain.

In the three Tests against Australia so far, India's pace attack has outperformed Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Australia will resume on 258-8, still 141 short of an unlikely win, but there was no doubt as to the headline act of Saturday's play in Melbourne.

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Bumrah finished his first year in Test cricket with his best bowling figures being a six-wicket haul in the first innings that broke the Aussie backs and sent them packing for a mere 151. I thought we took a big stride forward in Perth but with an inexperienced batting line-up, you are bound to have an innings like we did in the first innings.

How did the Test match go about?

Opener Aaron Finch (eight and three) and No.6 Mitch Marsh (nine and 10) were particularly poor in the Melbourne test and could face the axe.

Bumrah was supported well by Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.

"We're not going to give this test match up lightly so we're going to show a lot of fight", said Lyon about Australia's mindset going into the final day. - Australian captain Tim Paine on their batting woes.

"We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen".

"It's been an interesting year, a hard year. the silver lining is in the next few months we've got some world-class players available", Paine said after the third Test loss.


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