Test skipper Tim Paine Wednesday urged Australia's public to give the disgraced Steve Smith and David Warner a second chance, saying he hoped "they're welcomed back" into the national team.
The inclusion of Labuschagne, who has averaged just over 30 in red-ball cricket this summer, raised some serious eyebrows, even if it meant struggling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was being dropped from the side.
The Indian unit is far from settled and the final combination could well be a crucial factor which would determine whether India can win their first ever series in Australia. When you start thinking Test match is there, you are putting more pressure. We've got to be careful not to reward poor performances but ... it's not as if the guys are absolutely banging the door down.
Now the Australians are looking at their Sheffield Shield afresh what with the Big Bash Twenty20 league getting more attractive. So to be in that category within 12 months is incredible. The 32-year-old Ashwin was accompanied by team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and another support staff member to bowl in the indoor centre facilities. Ravindra Jadeja captured five wickets on the MCG's drop-in pitch, comprehensively winning his duel of spinners with Nathan Lyon, who took just one. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
Langer acknowledged recent results suggest domestic players are not being adequately prepared to make the step up.
Following the World Cup, India will be touring the Caribbean Islands for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is and Cricket Windies is yet to reveal the itinerary for the series.
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With a bowling action that resembles a weird contortion, Jasprit Bumrah wasn't expected to make a splash in global cricket, especially in Tests.
Following the tour of Windies in August, the cricketers will get a month-long break before they hit the road once again.
Langer labelled the interview a "distraction", adding the continued headlines added to the "soap opera we're in every day".
"I feel like a director of a soap opera at the moment, I honestly do".
"We saw Warner do it for a while and Smith do it for a while and he's a great example of how to prepare now".
Before that, however, is the SCG Test and Cummins said the team had been talking about preserving their record against India since before the series began.