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TEST hopeful Marnus Labuschagne has had his first training session with the Aussies since being called into the extended squad for Thursday's fourth Test against India.

India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win against Australia at the MCG on Sunday.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh will in all probability make way for Labuschagne's return to the Test squad.

Ashwin, who suffered a side strain during the first Test win in Adelaide, where he claimed 6/149 - his best match figures in seven Tests in Australia.

"We're getting towards the end when those guys are coming back - that's what the conversation should be around now".

Usman Khawaja is the only Australian to score a Test century in nearly 12 months.

The tourists may be tempted to promote Kuldeep Yadav, who is mentored by Brad Hogg and notably bamboozled Australia on Test debut in Dharamsala previous year, but Kohli gave a ringing endorsement of Vihari's offspin.

They could possibly return for a one-day worldwide in late March, when Australia have pencilled in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Cricket Australia's selected XI: Rohit Sharma (India), Jonny Bairstow (England), Joe Root (England), Virat Kohli (India, c), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Jos Buttler (England, wk), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Kuldeep Yadav (India), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Jasprit Bumrah (India).

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Langer acknowledged recent results suggest domestic players are not being adequately prepared to make the step up.

"We spoke at the start of the series about that record we've got to try and hang on to". The art of batting, we've got some work to do. "It's something everyone is looking at".

The former Test captain has been perhaps Australian coach Justin Langer's most influential mentor and the rare public airing of his opinions and beliefs often carries significant weight. It meant that we come into this Test not feeling too overdone, he was our most economical bowler the whole time which really built up pressure, and he could easily have had a couple of wickets.

Banned Australia captain Steve Smith also fronted the media last week before the Third Test against rampaging India.

"He's working harder probably than he's ever worked ... he'll be better for this period", Langer said.

Following the tour of Windies in August, the cricketers will get a month-long break before they hit the road once again.

Paine succeeded former captain Steven Smith past year, when the latter's involvement in ball-tampering during the Newlands Test against South Africa resulted in a lengthy ban.

"I feel like a director of a soap opera at the moment, I honestly do".

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