India's rejection: Day-night cricket is give and take, says Eddings

Lucky the temperature didn't get above 25 degrees otherwise the final day's play of this condensed three-day fixture could have been quite unpleasant.

BRIEF SCORES: Indians 358 (Shaw 66, Kohli 64, Hardie 4-50) and 2 for 211 (Vijay 129, Rahul 62) drew with Cricket Australia XI 544 (Nielsen 100, Hardie 86).

Kohli will look to realise India's dream of winning a Test series on Australian soil when he leads the team in a four-match contest, starting with the opening match at Adelaide on December 6.

Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer said the Board of Control for Cricket in India had been "blinded" by Twenty20 to the detriment of an overall vision.

"We're taking the opportunity at the moment to actually send him back to play a Shield game, get some more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him". He will not play in the first test beginning next Thursday in Adelaide.

"Like everything, it's all a negotiation, bilateral cricket - it's give and take and you move on with it", Eddings said.

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"If you want Test cricket to survive you've got to reduce the entrance fee".

"The old adage is you don't say much when you win and say even less when you lose". However, that is set to change under the new Test championship program from next year.

"They weren't happy about it and I think they expected us to declare which was never in our plans". My advice to the guys is to go out and play your natural game and try as hard as you can. "Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test".

Asked how will Australia counter India'a ace batsman, Waugh said, "He is a great player and loves the big moment, a bit like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara".

The tourists' cause in this four-Test series is obviously helped by Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft's suspensions. Australia may be a weakened batting unit but they still possess one of the best bowling attacks in the world that has the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon.

Well, it would be interesting to see how the Indian openers would approach the game against Australian fast bowlers.

Vanessa Coleman