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Kohli's absence big loss for India, feels Smith

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A potentially series-ending injury to seamer Mohammed Shami has jolted India’s bid to bounce back in the Test series against Australia. — AFP  File

"It is not fair if he misses out on the next Test match".

"PS: you guys are open to have a go and decode the msg too", he wrote in his tweet.

The 31-year-old batsman, who was going through a lean patch with a series of low scores, found some rhythm back with an unbeaten half-century in the second innings at the Adelaide Oval when Australia needed just 90 for victory.

After the recently concluded Australia vs India first Test in Adelaide, Virat Kohli managed to fractionally close the gap with top-ranked Test batsman Steve Smith from 25 points to 13 points in the latest ICC Test Player rankings, released on Sunday.

And as the cricketing world is still trying to come to terms with India's disastrous display in the first Test, Michael Hussey has tried to explain the reason behind it. "He must be a quality player opening for India, I might give him advice at the end of the tour", added Burns.

"Not really. I said this morning in the media that both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets".

"I think it was the mindset, it was very evident". They entered the match after a string of poor scores in first class games and also in the first innings of the first Test.

With Siraj and Saini fighting for the third seamer's spot in Shami's absence, it would be interesting to see whom the Indian team management picks in the final team.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side for the rest of the Test series as Virat Kohli heads back home.

With skipper Virat Kohli set to leave for India on Tuesday and the squad travelling to Melbourne, the skipper apparently had a chat with his team on the way forward.

"If I'm moving around and laying down I'm good".

"We have made no changes to our schedule and our preference remains to play the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground", he said as speculation mounted that it would be moved.

The shoe was on the other foot for the offspinner in Adelaide, where he never looked like getting a single over in the second innings as Cummins and Hazlewood celebrated career-defining moments and big milestones.

Smith was out for one, deceived by a attractive Ashwin Ravichandran delivery, in the opening Test and asserted that he has learnt his lessons. Smith, who scored just a run off 29 balls, was taken aback by the ball bowled by a "world-class performer".

"I just fist-pumped him and said 'Mate, safe travels, hope everything goes well with the baby, and pass on my best to your wife.'", Smith said.

"I don't know what form he is in".

Although India will be playing another game this year, the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne from December 26, Kohli won't be featuring in it.

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