If opener Joe Burns’ views are any indication, another onerous task awaits an embattled Indian team, as Australia is entering the second Test believing that a favourable result in Melbourne could “decide the fate” of the four-match series.

Trailing 0-1 in the series after the batting debacle and with Virat Kohli going back to India for the birth of his first child, India will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the remainder of the series.


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“We have got some scars as well, we just have to prepare well, start well and carry on the momentum from the last game,” Burns said during a virtual press conference on Monday.

“We know that Indians are going to bounce back in the next Test, which is going to play a crucial role in (deciding the) fate of the series.”

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