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Cricket-India hope Pune rout acts as wake-up call

PUNE, India, Feb 26 India will be hoping that by the end of March their Pune capitulation can be viewed from the lofty heights of a seventh consecutive test series triumph as an aberration that acted as a brutal wake up call to the world's number one side.

Cricket-Australia find formula to exploit India weaknesses

PUNE, India, Feb 26 Australia's utter dominance in Pune provided clear evidence that the touring side arrived in India armed with the tactics and personnel to beat the hosts at their own game in what promises to be a compelling four-test series.

Cricket-Australia hails the Pune win no one saw coming

SYDNEY, Feb 26 Australia hailed the extraordinary victory by their cricketers in the first test against India in Pune on Sunday, the plaudits just about drowning out the expressions of stunned surprise at a triumph almost no one expected.

Cricket-No point in dwelling on poor NZ performance - Hesson

WELLINGTON, Feb 26 All Blacks coach Steve Hansen once quipped that it was probably better to "flush the dunny (toilet) and move on" after a poor performance against Italy in 2009 and his cricket counterpart Mike Hesson expressed similar thoughts on Sunday.

Cricket-Batsmen lacked application, says India captain Kohli

PUNE, India Feb 25 India's abject first-innings batting against Australia cost them the opening test in the four-match series, home captain Virat Kohli said after his side's 333-run defeat on Saturday.

Cricket-Pleased Smith warns Australia against possible India backlash

PUNE, India, Feb 25 Captain Steve Smith described Australia's thumping win against India as one of his best victories but warned his team mates of a possible backlash from the smarting hosts.

FACTBOX-Cricket-India's 19-test unbeaten run

Feb 25 Details of India's 19-match unbeaten run in test matches, which was ended by Australia in Pune on Saturday: MOST CONSECUTIVE TEST MATCHES WITHOUT DEFEAT 27 West Indies (1982-1984) 26 England (1968-1971) 25 Australia (1946-1951) 22 Australia (2005-2008) 19 India (2015-2017) 18 England (1959-1961) 18 Australia (1999-2001) INDIA'S RUN PLAYED: 19 WON: 15 DRAWN: 4 Aug 2015 Sri Lanka Colomb

UPDATE 2-Cricket-O'Keefe's dozen helps Australia humiliate India

* India all out for 107 (Updates after Australia win, adds quotes)

UPDATE 2-Cricket-Test Series India v Australia scoreboard

Feb 25 (Gracenote) - Scoreboard at close of play on the third day in the first Test between India and Australia on Saturday in Pune, India Australia 1st innings 260 (M. Renshaw 68, M. Starc 61; U. Yadav 4-32) India 1st innings 105 (L. Rahul 64; S. O'Keefe 6-35) Australia 2nd innings (Overnight: 143-4) D. Warner lbw b R. Ashwin 10 S. Marsh lbw b R. Ashwin 0 S. Smith lbw b Jadeja 1

FACTBOX-Cricket-India's low test totals at home

PUNE, India, Feb 25 India were dismissed for 107 in the second innings of the first test against Australia on Saturday. Below are India's lowest totals in test matches played on home soil.

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