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INDORE: Skipper Rohit Sharma said he was bored of talking about India’s pitches after the hosts lost the third Test to Australia on a wickedly turning Indore track on Friday.

India charged to victory in the first two Tests under similar circumstances inside three days, with Australian batting collapses raising concerns about the surfaces.

This time it was Rohit’s side – widely considered the best players of spin in the world – who were beguiled by Nathan Lyon and company on a sideways-turning track with low bounce thrown in for good measure.

Thirty-one wickets fell in a shade over two days.

“This pitch talk is getting too much. Every time we play in India it’s always about the pitch,” Rohit told reporters after his side’s nine-wicket loss, saying that Tests outside India were also ending earlier than the fifth day.

Rohit highlighted the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies, which ended inside three days on a fast Centurion surface on Thursday, and said that batting-friendly tracks produced “boring” contests.

“It’s about skills,” he said.

Australia beat India by nine wickets to win third Test

“Why are we not talking about Nathan Lyon – how well he bowled? How well (Cheteshwar) Pujara batted in the second innings, how well Usman Khawaja played?”

Lyon returned match figures of 11-99, with his eight wickets in India’s second innings setting up Australia’s victory.

Pujara was the only batter who stood firm for the hosts, withstanding 142 balls for his 59 when no one else managed to face even 40 deliveries.

Khawaja anchored Australia’s first innings, top-scoring with 60 before the visitors collapsed.

Despite wickets falling rapidly Rohit said that “out of the 10 wickets maybe one or two where the pitch did help the bowler, but other than that it was the skill of the bowler that foxed the batsman”.

The win was only Australia’s second in Tests in India since 2004 and stand-in skipper Steve Smith said he had enjoyed the spin challenge.

“I prefer this more than just a genuine flat wicket that goes five days and can be boring in stages,” he said.

“There’s always something happening on these wickets – you’ve got to really work hard for your runs.”

The final Test of the series begins on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

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