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No fall out - Paine

4th January 2019, 12:00 by Nick Harris

Australia skipper Tim Paine denied a fall-out with his bowlers after India dominated day two of the fourth Test in Sydney.

India are closing in on their first-ever series win in Australia as they piled on the runs on day two before eventually declaring on 622/7 effectively batting Australia, who finished on 24 without loss, out of the series.

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who looks set to win the man of the series award, was finally out for 193, and Rishabh Pant hit his second Test century in reaching 159 not out.

Meanwhile Paine has denied a major difference of opinion with his bowlers over the tactics employed at the SCG, although he did concede the huge workloads on his bowling attack had left them ineffective.

Paine insisted there had been no falling-out in the camp following interviews by Nathan Lyon - who told ABC Radio he "wasn't happy" with the short-ball plan used in the first session of the match - and bowling coach David Saker after the first day's play, which suggested tensions emerged as they watched their chance of levelling the series slip away.

He said: "We always have discussion post game but in terms of being on a different page, no, I think we're pretty clear on what we're trying to do."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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