Australia captain Tim Paine said on Friday he doesn’t expect his side to let up in attempting to take a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series against India when the two sides meet in Melbourne from Saturday.

“The moment we take our foot off the pedal, and think we’re going all right, performances can slip,” Paine said. “But we’ve been fantastic in how we’ve prepared for this game. We can’t pay any attention to mental scars or whatever people are talking about.

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“India is a proud cricket country, they’re an extremely talented side. We know some of the players they’re talking about coming in… if we give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

The match would normally draw a crowd of up to 80,000, but just 30,000 people will be allowed into the MCG. Despite the strange build-up due to COVID-19…

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