Kohli plays down 'banter' as tempers flare in Perth

Tim Paine & Virat Kohli Got Into A Full On Argy-Bargy At The Perth Test

Tim Paine & Virat Kohli Got Into A Full-On Argy-Bargy At The Perth Test

After play he came out and said he had "no reason to respect" me.

Indian captain Virat Kohli defended the decision to go for an all-pace attack after they slumped to a series-levelling defeat to Australia in the second Test in Perth on Tuesday. "We got pretty close", Paine said.

"The first two tests in this series have been tough". There's got to be some in a Test match.

".It was quite emotional at the end of day three to be honest because I felt India had been really aggressive".

"But it means nothing as soon as we get to Melbourne next week at the MCG".

"And when you are facing that ball, literally there is no one in the stadium apart from you and that ball. If we do, we are going to be right in the fight again".

Lyon played a leading role, with the world's best off-spinner snaring 3/39 from 19 overs as Australia quickly dismissed India's tail-enders. After winning the toss and opting to bat, the first key moment in the Test being the 112-run stand between Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris on the opening morning.

"I think there were a number of things".

"We're allowed to talk".

"I enjoy watching him, I always have".

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"Because I think that would be great for Australia-India relations".

Rahul, who has managed 48 in four innings, has looked like a sitting duck, with batting great Sunil Gavaskar demanding the 26-year-old be sent home to work on his game. I was not impressed that he opted not to do the press conference that night.

The second key element that was the telling difference in the sides was the inclusion of a spinner.

It's these elements, with the dark shadows of South Africa still hovering, that make the 146-run win in Perth possibly the most important for an Australian side since names like Border and Taylor led them.

"A lot of them (Australian cricketers) have been bashed for nine months".

In a post-match conference, Paine spoke about the verbal confrontations.

"It is not just that he is out of form, he is just not there and you can see that". "Now they can sit back and enjoy it". Sometimes those things happen and you have to get involved.

When WA's Mike Hussey retired from global cricket in January 2013, he raised eyebrows outside the dressing room when he anointed Lyon as the team's new leader in its victory song "Under the Southern Cross I Stand", a revered position also once held by Langer.

Paine feels the team has started to find a better balance, and was proud of their conduct in the second test.

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