Relief for Paine and Australia after ending Test drought
Relief was the overriding feeling for captain Tim Paine after Australia ended their Test drought courtesy of a dominant victory over India in Perth.
Australia claimed their first win in eight matches and levelled the series against India following Tuesday's 146-run success in the second Test.
Not since defeating South Africa by 118 runs in Durban in March had Australia won a Test match, but Paine and his team-mates ended that drought at Perth Stadium, where India were skittled for 140 on the fifth and final day.
India – who could have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with victory – lost 28-5 after an hour of play in the morning as Australia stayed alive in the series ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
999 - Australia have secured their 999th international victory across all formats and are now on the cusp of becoming the first team to reach 1,000 victories in international cricket. Lore.#AUSvINDpic.twitter.com/0HlXdqrvp5— OptaJason (@OptaJason) December 18, 2018
Speaking after Australia secured their 999th international victory across all formats, Paine said: "It's probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while.
"Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward. It was a difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack.
"The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it. Day one was a bit of a funny one, we crossed our fingers. Marcus [Harris] and Aaron [Finch], to get us none for 100 was brilliant and probably the difference in the end. Uzzie [Usman Khawaja] has been batting well for a long time, bowling really well to all of us. He's in a really good space.
"It's great to have Gaz [Nathan Lyon], every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world."
Star Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was named man-of-the-match following his eight-wicket haul against India, which included 3-39 in the second innings.
"It's amazing to play a role in a victory, haven't had one in a while. Thanks to everyone," Lyon said. "Can't wait to sing the song.
"It's fair to say we've been in a drought, so good to break it. Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few foot holes.
"When you come up against the best players, to compete against Virat [Kohli] and take his wicket was pretty special."