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The 2013 tour of In­dia turned things around for the Aussies. Their ut­ter in­abil­ity to han­dle sub­con­ti­nen­tal con­di­tions, specif­i­cally the off-breaks of Ravichandran Ash­win, led to the overblown “home­work­gate” saga, the sack­ing of coach Mickey Arthur, the hir­ing of Dar­ren Lehmann and the rise of Steve Smith.

In­dia’s eight-wicket win in the First Test came af­ter Aus­tralia posted a halfde­cent 380. Omi­nously, Ash­win took 7-103. The pres­sure he ap­plied was a clue for the In­di­ans. They amassed 572 in re­sponse, and then the tall off-spin­ner again got amongst it, his car­rom and arm balls vir­tu­ally un­de­tectable. He came away with 5-95, Aus­tralia was out for 241, In­dia eas­ily chased the 50 re­quired. Ash­win con­tin­ued his tor­ment­ing ways and was named man of the se­ries.

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