Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia vs India, 3rd Test, Day 2, Melbourne

Australia vs India, 3rd Test, Day 2, Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Australia snared the crucial wicket of India's Mayank Agarwal on the stroke of tea to offer a glimmer of hope in the third Test on a docile, batsman-friendly Melbourne wicket on Wednesday. India have the opportunity to keep Australia in the field for most of it, if Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli can take advantage of the conditions and bat on. Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a seemingly flat MCG wicket which would only get easier for batting later in the day.

Openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay have paid the price for putting together just one double-digit stand at the halfway point of the four-test series, hardly the starts that would help bring India a first test series win Down Under.

In discussing Agarwal's credentials, O'Keeffe belittled the Indian strokemaker's highest first class score of 304 not out for Karnataka against Maharashtra in the Indian domestic championship in 2017.

The state of the pitch will be carefully watched over the course of the match, after last year's Melbourne test match between Australia and England was a tame draw and the pitch was officially rated as "poor" by the International Cricket Council.

"I'm depressed", Haddin said about the pitch on SEN Test Cricket. "It's only going to go well for us the longer we bat".

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The fan then responded saying that even that didn't make a problem since Kohli "already achieved everything" at the age of 30 which the Australian bowler didn't even at the age of 36.

Play was halted briefly when Pujara on 50 was struck on the right index finger by the fiery Cummins.

Agarwal also showed good intent against Australia's best bowler in this series so far, Nathan Lyon, starting off with a couple of cover drives before hitting a six over wide long on deep in the second session to bring the crowd to its feet.

"I don't think it's great", said Head, who praised Marsh as a "great team man".

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