Paine admits Australia need Smith and Warner back


Australia captain Tim Paine has admitted that his team need the experience of David Warner and Steve Smith after another woeful batting display in the third Test against India at the MCG.

No Australia top-order batsman passed fifty in the 137-run defeat in Melbourne with tailender Pat Cummins showing up the batters with a fighting knock of 63 in the second innings.

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The home side have a relatively young batting line-up in terms of Test experience and Paine said the reintroduction of Warner and Smith when their current one-year bans expire next March could not come sooner.

The Australia skipper said: “I think it’s inexperience, it’s pressure. India’s bowling attack is probably as good as most of us have ever played.

“I think it’s pretty clear that if you take two or three of the best players out of anyone’s line-up around the world, you’re going to struggle a little bit at times and you are going to have inconsistent performances.

“The silver lining is that we do have world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side, and clearly when they do they will make a huge difference.”

The Aussies now need to win the final Test in Sydney, starting on Thursday, to draw the four-match series and stop India from winning their first ever series in the longest format Down Under.

Asked of there would be any changes made to the team for the Test at the SCG, Paine was not giving anything away.

He said: “I think they’ll be a lot of things on the table in the next day or two and of course I have some thoughts on what I think but I will share them with JL (coach Justin Langer) before I share them here.

“But I think we have the best group of players available to us at the moment and we’ll pick the best combination of that group that we think will win this last Test.”