MS Dhoni: Has been difficult for us, when the batsmen click the bowlers don't and when the bowlers do the batsmen don't. We need to sort that out. What's important is that we have one more game in our hand and before playing Palistan it'd be good to have the first XI in our hand [before the main tournament starts]. Still there are plenty of positives in the game. Quite a few things to watch [before selecting best XI], will depend on our utility cricketers. If the pitches remain as it is, we need out spinners to use the bounce more. It's a very long tournament and what we have seen is the team that does well is the one that comes from the bottom and moves rapidly up. Its not a bad thing, the dressing room atmosphere is great. We just need to win more. [On his wicket] Not really, I just played my shot with so many runs needed and the fielder up, but I never really thought it would go right to Starc"
"No other words to add to that, Great performance for us," says George Bailey, "I think you always can improve. Early wickets tonight would be nice to blow the game out of the water. We'd like to have lost a few less wickets and I'd like to Starc to catch with both hands. We have UAE next at the MCG, handy to get into the conditions there. Huge game against England, India are playing Pakistan as well. Getting momentum, getting confidence will be big."
9.35 pm Australia wanted to play like they were defending 280 and they've done that with a decent margin to spare. Glenn Maxwell's whirlwhind century gives him the Man of the Match. "Lot of fun and really competing in the field was what we wanted to do today," he says, "Everyone wants the tag of being the No.1 fielder. David Warner put his hand up today with that run out and hopefully everyone catches up with him. Nice to be hitting the ball really well coming into a tournament like this. I'm in a good head space. When I was on 96, Finchy came out and said I was retiring after a hundred. So I had a few balls to have fun. We have an unbelievable start so I could give myself a few balls before taking off"
That start he said had a lot to do with Warner's rapid ton as well. It was a beautiful batting pitch, India helped out by being a bit wayward and 371 proved a bit beyond them once the middle order failed to show up. Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu hit attractive fifties and runs under their belts will help India moving forward. But again, no one went on and they rack up another defeat on this tour to Australia. Thank you for your company tonight, we'll be back tomorrow morning same time for the next set of warm-up matches.
Ashwin in at No. 11