India 330 & 294, Australia 212 & 340 (India win by 72 runs): India face final selection dilemma
Monday 21 January 2008
India's thrilling 72-run win over Australia in the third Test in Perth has left the tourists facing a tricky selection issue before the series finale in Adelaide.
India's victory brought Australia's world record-equalling 16-match winning run to a stunning end. It was Australia's first Test defeat since the fourth Ashes match against England at Trent Bridge in August 2005.
Pace bowler Irfan Pathan was called up in Perth at the expense of spinner Harbhajan Singh because of Perth's reputation for favouring seamers. Pathan had been left out of the first two Tests, but responded to his recall with a brilliant all-round performance, capturing five wickets and scoring 74 runs to win the man of the match award.
However, the team for Adelaide is still undecided because the traditionally flat pitch is better suited to spin, raising the likelihood that Harbhajan will return. India's other two seamers also performed strongly in Perth, troubling the Australians with their swing and are likely to hold their spots.
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