Waratahs loom as lifeline with Hunt and Reds set to part ways

Karmichael Hunt will part ways with the Queensland Reds by Christmas and could be in the frame for a NSW call-up in 2019.

The Herald understands the code-hopping utility and his management are close to an agreement with the Reds that will see him released from the final year of his contract with the Super Rugby side in the coming weeks.

Breakthrough: Queensland and Karmichael Hunt are understood to have agreed to a release for the veteran back.Credit:AAP

Without a Super Rugby offer elsewhere at this stage, it is unclear where that leaves him. He is still contracted to Rugby Australia.

But with the Waratahs on a mission to build squad depth next season and Hunt still a person of interest to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, the NSW side have not ruled out taking a closer look at him.

The 31-year-old played six Tests for Australia in 2017 before an arrest on drugs charges a year ago brought it all crashing down. Police dropped a charge of cocaine possession and no conviction was recorded, but Hunt was fined $300 for being in possession of a prescription drug and another $300 for failing to report to police for finger-printing.

The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine under Rugby Australia's Code of Conduct and a four-match ban. It was also the end of his career in Queensland, with hard-line coach Brad Thorn effectively rubbing him out of all plans, two years out from the end of his contract.

Unwanted: Hunt was shut out of the Reds and Brisbane club Norths, but found a lifeline through Souths and the NRC. Credit:Tertius Pickard

Hunt saw out the year training with Souths in the Brisbane club competition and playing for Brisbane City in the NRC. He has never given up his ambitions for higher honours.

"My dream world would be to run out there with the Reds again and play some footy for the Wallabies again," Hunt told Fox Sports' Kick and Chase program in November.

"That’s my dream goal and I’m doing everything possible to put myself in that position for next year.

"This last chapter is probably my most important.

"I’m not going to be able to wipe away the past and nor do I want to.

"But I want to own it and I want to move forward and put footy at the forefront of the talking points when people speak about my name."

NSW bound? Hunt chats with Michael Hooper during Wallabies training in 2017.Credit:AAP

Other unwanted Reds stars have found new homes, with Quade Cooper moving to the Rebels and James Slipper to the Brumbies. The Rebels appear to have a surplus of back-line talent already, while the Brumbies are also understood to have a full house.

The Waratahs could be Hunt's lifeline, although the organisation would need to undertake a review before moving ahead with the proposed recruitment. Head coach Daryl Gibson has targeted a larger, deeper squad to help his side go one better than last year's Super Rugby semi-final. They are close to announcing the return of veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper and have given Israel Folau’s younger brother, John Folau, a training squad spot in a bid to fill the wing spot left by the UK-based Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Hunt played all of his Tests in the midfield, but was used at fullback in his 32 appearances for Queensland. With Ashley-Cooper and Folau in the NSW squad, the former Broncos and Suns player would be caught behind some solid talent.

But against a backdrop of a World Cup year, in which the Super Rugby teams have committed to a 20 per cent reduction in playing and training load for their Test players, a player of Hunt's experience and versatility could be a handy resource for NSW.

There is some water to go under the bridge yet. Cooper's move to the Rebels was a drawn-out process as Rugby Australia tried to broker a deal that satisfied both Queensland and Melbourne. Hunt's move would presumably go down a similar path, with NSW agreeing to take on a portion of Hunt's salary and the Reds keeping the remainder on their books.

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Miami defeats Patriots in dramatic fashion, touchdown on final play

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) scores to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday.
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With seven seconds left in the fourth quarter and 69 yards from defeat, the trailing Miami Dolphins scored a surprise 34-33 victory over the New England Patriot's at the Hard Rock stadium on Sunday thanks to the team's miracle "Boise" play, The Miami Herald reported.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season with the "Drake Escape."

Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play Sunday to beat the Patriots. With that, Miami lived up to its "Magic City" nickname.

The Patriots had nearly clinched their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins lined up at their 31 after a kickoff return trailing 33-28.

"We had them right where we wanted," Tannehill said dryly. "Not really surprised with how things turned out."

Tannehill threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who quickly lateraled to Drake along the sideline. He cut toward the middle and found a seam, helped by a block from guard Ted Larsen at the 30.

Drake beat two Patriots to the corner of the end zone — defensive back J.C. Jackson and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field as part of New England's prevent defense.

Then came one last pass to punctuate the play — Drake reared back for a celebratory heave into the stands as the Dolphins' bench emptied and teammates swarmed him.

The Dolphins call the play "Boise" because it was borrowed from the Boise State playbook, and they had been working on it all year.

The Miami Dolphins celebrate with running back Kenyan Drake after he scored the winning touchdown during fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday.
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Brady threw for 358 yards and three scores, but the stunned Patriots (9-4) lost in Miami for the fifth time in their past six visits. The Dolphins (7-6) came from behind five times to help their slim wild-card chances.

The Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point for the first time in 38 tries this season early in the game, and also missed a 42-yard field goal try. But his 32-yarder to cap a 55-yard drive put the Patriots ahead 30-28 with 6:45 left.

Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than pin the Dolphins near their goal line. Instead, Miami returned the ensuing kickoff to the 31 — and on the next play pulled off a miracle.

Brady broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason and now has 582, three more than Peyton Manning. His scores covered 2 yards to Julian Edelman, 37 to Cordarrelle Patterson and 16 to Gronkowski.

Tannehill missed two plays at the end of the first half after a teammate stepped on his right foot. He returned to start the second half, and his 23-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler put the Dolphins ahead 28-27 late in the third quarter.

But they managed only three first downs and no points thereafter — until the final play.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WWE Raw: What next for Drew McIntyre after shock loss to Dolph Ziggler?

Drew McIntyre seeks Raw retribution tonight as the final plans are laid for Sunday night’s event, TLC.

McIntyre suffered a shocking – and potentially devastating – singles defeat to former tag-team partner Dolph Ziggler on last week’s show, thanks to a major assist from Finn Balor.

Balor provided just enough of a distraction for Ziggler to pick up a big pinfall win and become the first man to down McIntyre in one-on-one competition since his glorious return to WWE.

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Such an outcome is unlikely to sit too comfortably with the Scottish Terminator, who is due to face Balor at TLC live on Sky Sports Box Office on Sunday night.

Whether or not he can wait until then, remains to be seen.

Bliss to host Rousey-Jax press conference

Acting Raw women’s general manager Alexa Bliss will tonight host a ‘press conference’ between champion Ronda Rousey and her TLC challenger Nia Jax.

Bliss has even put out a request for questions from the WWE Universe on her Twitter account, which could lead to some interesting interactions for the featured participants.

And will Rousey be able to withstand the almost certain pressure from Jax and her acolyte Tamina as they bid to gain the psychological upper hand ahead of Sunday night?

Has Ambrose got Rollins rattled?

Not merely content with being the bane of Seth Rollins’ existence in the lead-up to their Intercontinental title showdown at TLC, Dean Ambrose is determined to make his former Shield brother come unhinged.

Lat week on Raw, Ambrose strapped a gas mask to his face and enlisted a SWAT team to protect himself not only from “pathogenic diseases”, but also the illness he claims is exhibited by The Kingslayer.

Rollins attacked Ambrose and his personal security force, but ultimately succumbed to two Dirty Deeds. Is Ambrose poised to become a three-time Intercontinental champion?

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Laurent Koscielny’s rousing speech before Arsenal win over Spurs was act of a ‘perfect captain’, says Bernd Leno

Arsenal skipper Koscielny, 33, has not played first-team football since May 3 when he ruptured his Achilles tendon against Atletico Madrid – but is still inspiring the team to victory.


Now fully fit, he is ready to go again, providing a huge boost for everyone in the squad, especially the new and young members.

Goalkeeper Leno – a summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen – said: “He is the captain. He is a big personality and of course he has big quality.

“Before Tottenham, he was not in the squad but five minutes before the game he said many, many good things about the history of the game, how important it is for the fans, the club, every player, so he is the perfect captain for us.

“Of course it is difficult for me to compare before because I was not here but in training you see how he is talking to other players. We have many young players and he talks to them and for me he is a big personality in the team, in the dressing room.”


Although Koscielny’s imminent return is great news for boss Unai Emery, the circumstances surrounding his return to the team are far from ideal.

Arsenal host Qarabag in the Europa League and having already qualified, it looks to be the perfect chance to bring him in.


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But the Frenchman is set to be the only recognised centre-back available to Emery for next weekend’s trip to Southampton and will probably partner fit-again Nacho Monreal, who himself only came back from a hamstring injury against Huddersfield.

Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both out injured while Shkodran Mustafi picked up a yellow card for diving on Saturday – his fifth of the season – meaning he is suspended.


The German defender would have been a doubt anyway as he limped off on Saturday with a hamstring problem.

Like Mustafi, Sokratis received yellow card No5 for the season in the Terriers clash after a heavy challenge on Jonathan Hogg in a crazy five-minute spell that saw Paul Tierney book five players.

But Leno, 26, knows it will be difficult for Koscielny after being sidelined for seven months.

He added: “I think we should give him the time [to play]. The coach is calm with him because he was injured for a long time.


“I am happy for him that maybe he will play, I think he will play because he needs the confidence to play. His body needs also the feeling for the game.

“Of course, he trained a long time for us but the games are more difficult because the game is different for your head.

"I am happy for him that he will maybe start on Thursday and of course he will be an option for the next weeks in the [main] starting eleven.”

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Tyson Fury opens talks with Anthony Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn over all-British showdown next year

The 30-year-old Gypsy King saw his reputation rocket after he stunned the world by climbing off the canvas after a round-12 combination from Deontay Wilder on December 1.

The Brit giant got a dodgy decision in the WBC world title draw but his stock flew up after three years without a competitive fight.

And the Morecambe showman has already been on the phone to his old verbal sparring partner about an all-English showdown with AJ.

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed: “Tyson messaged me the other day and I just said ‘well done' – we’ll see what happens.

“I am not revealing what was said but he was alright. He’s always seemed alright with me.


“We’ve always had good conversations outside of the public domain. I just said to him, ‘Fair play, I didn’t think you’d do it, you proved me wrong again’,".

Hearn watched super-welterweight Kell Brook labour to a disappointing points win over unknown Michael Zerafa on Saturday in his hometown of Sheffield.

The bout was supposed to a final tune-up for a summer domestic battle with nemesis Amir Khan, but the Bolton fighter seems set to swerve that for a welterweight title shot with Terence Crawford, leaving Brook high and dry.

And Hearn admits the same underwhelming form could strike AJ if he does not secure a big enough name for his spring dance under the Arch.

When asked if Watford’s IBF, WBA and WBO ace could fall flat without a high-profile partner, he said: “Possibly. I think everyone’s always talking about it so it’s a bit like Kell in that.

“When Josh boxed Joseph Parker people were already talking about Wilder. And he said he fought that fight almost thinking like it.

“And that’s why he was a bit ploddy, maybe not willing to take as many chances as he normally does.

“Against Alexander Povetkin he kind of changed his mindset. He was very, very ill but he still won by knockout.

“But maybe it depends who he fights. He wouldn’t be flat to fight Dillian Whyte because there is history and it’s a dangerous fight.”


Fury’s promoter Frank Warren claimed in Los Angeles that Hearn was setting up an underwhelming April 13 Wembley bout between his unified heavyweight champ and undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk.

The Ukraine genius is considering a move up in weight and Joshua is already interested in testing his power against Usyk’s style.

But Hearn shot down Warren’s claim that the deal was already done, saying: “Apparently it’s done isn’t it? Frank said it, so it must be true. No, nothing is agreed.

“I’m seeing him next week in New York. He may face Joshua in April but I’d be very, very surprised.

“He doesn’t know if he wants to move to heavyweight and, if he does move to heavyweight, does he want to fight Joshua for his first fight? It’d be a bit ballsy wouldn’t it?

“Maybe he fancies it but there have been absolutely no negotiations with Usyk for a fight in April.”

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NFL Week 14 winners, losers: Saints surge into NFC’s top spot, Steelers stumble

This is the time of the NFL season during which teams not necessarily in control of their own situations do plenty of scoreboard watching.

And in a wild Sunday in Week 14, plenty of results — many of them complete surprises — had serious playoff ramifications. Here are winners and losers from a packed slate.

Winners

Kansas City Chiefs: It wasn’t so much that they beat the Ravens, a resurgent squad, 27-24 in overtime to clinch a playoff berth and improve to 11-2. It was more that the Patriots stumbled against the Dolphins, so KC’s grip on the No. 1 seed in the AFC got even stronger. The Chiefs now have a two-game lead on New England. And with a difficult remaining three games — Week 15 at home against the Chargers (10-3); Week 16 at the Seahawks (7-5); Week 17 at home against the Raiders (3-10) — picking up an extra game was huge. New England’s schedule is more forgiving, with the lone tough matchup remaining coming against the Steelers next week. So as long as the Chiefs take care of their business, the postseason in the AFC should run through Arrowhead. And that’s an environment that’s really tough in January.

Jerry Jones: The Cowboys — and Jones, specifically — caught a lot of heat for the decision to trade a first-round pick to the Raiders for receiver Amari Cooper. Well, after a thrilling 29-23 victory against the Eagles in overtime, Dallas holds a commanding two-game lead in the NFC East, is 5-1 since the trade, and no one is criticizing Jones now. Cooper torched the Eagles (10 catches, 217 yards, three touchdowns), and it’s clear his presence has opened up the entire offense. Though quarterback Dak Prescott still needs to work on protecting the ball and avoiding occasional bad misses, his connection with Cooper is undeniably a season-turning weapon. Cooper is just 24 and is set to enter his fifth-year option in 2019. The issue for Jones, now, is paying him.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston gets into heated argument with offensive lineman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) got into a heated argument with a teammate Sunday. 
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and one of his offensive linemen were seen yelling at each other on the sideline during the team’s 28-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Winston and center Ryan Jensen got into the heated altercation in the second quarter after the center was called for unnecessary roughness. He was also called for holding during the same possession.

Cameras caught the two players jawing at each other and teammates separating them.

“I've hurt this team a couple different times this year with stupid, selfish penalties and I've got to be more disciplined in that aspect,” Jensen told reporters after the game, according to the Tampa Bay Times, while he called the spat with Winston a “disagreement between brothers.”

“We're fighting and competing our butts off and when that happens, guys get hot,” he said. “Like I've said before, me and Jameis cleared the air right away. He went his way, I went my way. We came back and talked in like two seconds and everything was good.”

Tampa Bay went up 14-3 after the next possession but ended up letting the Saints come back and to win the game.

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Raheem Sterling joins Pogba and Lukaku at Lingard's JLingz clothing range launch party

The Manchester City star was subjected to vile abuse during his side's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.


A number of Chelsea fans could be seen shouting aggressively at Sterling as he picked up the ball when close to the advertising boards of the Matthew Harding stand in the first half.

One Blues fan appears to call Sterling a “f****** black c***”, and the video was widely shared on social media, causing a huge outcry.

But last night in Manchester the 23-year-old attended Lingard's JLingz clothing line party at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

Lingard's new line is called "Be Yourself", and he was supported on his big night by team-mates, as well as stars from the music world.




Marcus Rashford, fresh from his man-of-the-match display against Fulham, Romelu Lukaku, Paul, Pogba, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata were all in attendance.

Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and on-loan-at-Fulham man Timothy Fosu-Mensah all enjoyed an evening out too.

FA AND CHELSEA TO INVESTIGATE RACISM

A CHELSEA spokesman said: “We’ll investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”

A Football Association statement read: "We take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and will work with the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure this matter is dealt with appropriately.

"We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and encourage all fans and participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: The FA, our County FAs or our partners Kick It Out."



Marouane Fellaini, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira completed the supporting cast from Old Trafford.

American rapper Lil Baby also dropped in for the fashion launch.

The night provided Sterling with some welcome distraction after the disgraceful scenes that marred Man City's loss to Chelsea.

SunSport reported how Sterling has spoken out after allegedly being racially abused by Chelsea fans, saying: "I expect no better."

In an Instagram post this morning, Sterling said: "Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don't expect no better."

Police and Chelsea are probing claims the 24-year-old winger suffered racist taunts during Maurizio Sarri's side's 2-0 win.


BT Sport have promised to pass on video footage of the confrontation.

The video, in which a fan appears to call Sterling a “f****** black c***”, was widely shared on social media, causing a huge outcry.

Ex-England stars Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Gary Lineker all condemned the footage.

Arsenal legend Wright tweeted: “The bad old days are back! Chelsea you have been shamed by this disgusting racist fan! Absolutely no doubt about what he says.”



Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand added: “Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on? All for kicking a ball!”

England legend Lineker called it “despicable”.

The Met Police on Saturday night said there had been no arrests over the incident.

But a spokesman added: “We are aware of a video in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player.

“We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”

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Mitch Marsh struggles as Vics draw with WA

Two all-rounders stood tall for Western Australia in the drawn Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the MCG, but unfortunately for Test vice-captain Mitch Marsh he wasn’t one of them.

In his first match since being dropped for the Test series opener against India, Marsh made a tentative 21 in the first innings and was dismissed for just 11 in the second.

Mitch Marsh did not shine for WA against Victoria.Credit:AAP

Instead it was Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner who were the heroes on a final day that ended with their side 6-214. Set a target of 337, WA were in deep trouble at 5-57 but Stoinis (85) and Turner (63 not out) combined for a 119-run partnership that frustrated the Vics.

The final session wasn’t without controversy, with Scott Boland and teammates dismayed when an appeal for caught behind against Turner was turned down, despite replays showing he got a glove to the ball.

Marsh arrived at the crease with his side in trouble at 2-7 before lunch, but he added to the visitors’ woes when he was trapped in front by Jon Holland.

The Vics resumed their second innings at 0-112 and lost wickets regularly in their search for quick runs before they declared at 5-208. Stand-in skipper Travis Dean top-scored in Victoria’s second innings with 68 while young star Will Pucovski made 67. WA seamer Matt Kelly did the damage with the ball with figures of 3-65 from 17 overs.

Top-of-the-table Victoria set up their tilt at a fourth win of the season with a commanding first innings of 9(dec)-424, with Turner top-scoring with 80 as WA were bowled out for 296 in reply.

Nic Maddinson made 162 in his debut for the Vics but he suffered a broken arm when hit by a Jhye Richardson bouncer on Sunday and will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Cameron White (119) also made it to triple figures, the 35-year-old recording the 22nd century of his first-class career.

At Bellerive Oval, Queensland chased down a ground-record 414 to beat Tasmania late on the final day.
All-rounder Michael Neser (76 not out) and captain Jimmy Peirson (75 not out) guided the Bulls home to cap a remarkable fightback.

The pair shared an unbeaten 143-run stand as the Bulls reached the hefty target with four wickets in hand and 11 overs to spare.

Peirson brought up the win with a single off his hip, as Queensland finished on 6-414. He and Neser rode their luck at times as the Tigers shelled three catches during Monday's final session.

Peirson was dropped shortly after tea by Jordan Silk at slip off Jackson Bird and received a second life when George Bailey grassed a difficult leaping chance at short cover. The previous record fourth-innings chase at Bellerive Oval came in 1997-98, when Tasmania reached 3-401, needing 399 against Victoria.

At the SCG, a stubborn South Australia salvaged a draw with NSW after surviving a dour final day. The Redbacks finished at 6-239 thanks to patient knocks by Jake Lehmann (67 off 157) and Callum Ferguson (36 off 137).

After coming together at 3-100 in the second session, they batted for 44 overs and put on 102 runs to save their side, before Ferguson was dismissed off a sharp catch by Moises Henriques at silly point. Lehmann fell after debutant paceman Greg West found an inside edge.

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‘Not satisfied with one win’: Kohli vows to seize the moment in Perth

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has urged his men to seize the moment in Perth and not squander the advantage they have after taking a stranglehold on the four-Test series in Adelaide.

The tourists claimed a 31-run victory on Monday, dismissing the Australians for 291 in an extended afternoon session, after the home team began the day on 4-104.

Spearhead: Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of Travis Head. Credit:AP

The Indians were naturally ecstatic as they toasted just their country's sixth Test victory on Australian soil, their first since 2003-04 and second in Adelaide since first touring in 1947-48.

In a match dominated by the ball, Cheteshwar Pujara was the batting hero, with 123 and 71, while Travis Head, Ajinkya Rahane and Shaun Marsh were the only other men to pass 50.

The two teams will leave for Perth on Tuesday, where the second Test will be held at the new Optus Stadium from Friday.

Kohli, celebrating his first win on Australian soil in three attempts, praised his team's ability to take 20 wickets.

"That's a very positive sign, especially with the Kookaburra we have not been able to sustain that pressure for long enough in the past," he said.

"The fact that they are fitter and they have more pace on the ball now for longer periods and they understand that their job at certain times is just to contain.

"I think with four bowlers picking up 20 wickets in a Test match away from home, especially with a ball that doesn't offer you so much, is something that we can proud of but, as I said, we need to build on this. We can't be happy with one Test match. As I said, we need to build on this. As I said before the series started, we are not going to be satisfied with one Test.

"Yes, we are happy with this victory but this is what we need to build on and really capitalise on. We literally have nothing to lose. We won the last series in India when we played against Australia. We have come out here to have fun and play good cricket and be positive in our minds."

Focused: Virat Kohli tells the press his team have only just begun after their first Test win in Adelaide.Credit:AAP

"Ishant was pissed off right now – we are all very happy celebrating but he was very angry with himself and asked I why and he said: 'You can't afford to bowl a no-ball being the senior guy. Having played so many games in a crunch situation and the umpire probably would have given that out'," Kohli said.

"So that could be a difference at a more important stage in the series. Guys take ownership of those things. We look to correct those mistakes."

The Australians showed greater fight than the Indians had hoped, with the afternoon session extending for almost half an hour as the tourists chased the final wicket.

"I wouldn't say I was as cool as ice but you try not to show it [emotions]. It was a matter of one mistake and one good ball to win this Test match," Kohli said.

The home side's tail of Tim Paine (41), Pat Cummins (48), Mitchell Starc (28), Lyon (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (13) almost dragged their side to an unlikely victory, and were helped by Kohli's defensive field placings.

Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle said the victory "was one for the ages" and would go down in folklore.

New curator Brett Sipthorpe is expected to provide a green deck in Perth and does not expect the Test to last the full five days.

This could mean batting is again potentially treacherous although Australia must find a way through man-of-the-match Pujara (123 and 71) if the home side are to have any hope of knotting the series.

"As a captain, you obviously want someone to put their hand up. Pujara was outstanding, he was the difference between the teams, for sure, but I think the way Ajinkya batted, so fearless and positive, that's his game, that's his template, taking the bowlers on, not being intimidated, he has confidence in his own space," Kohli said.

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