In their place, debutant Mayank Agarwal will open the batting with Hanuma Vihari, who has been bumped up the order. "I hope that it does as much as it did in the first two games because as a side, you know you're always in for a result that way". "The more we can look after the guys, the better".
Clearly, he has ensured that he keeps repeating the process, even if that means attacking Australia's in-form spinner Nathan Lyon on and off to ensure that the offie doesn't settle down.
His 76 is the highest score by an Indian opener so far this series, with the 27-year-old not only stroking some scintillating shots, but adding runs around the ground with aggressive running while effortlessly ducking and weaving the short-pitched deliveries.
Marsh made 181 at the WACA, a valuable and unbeaten 29 in the second innings at the MCG to force a draw, and 101 at the SCG.
To their credit Australia created chances in the latter half of this second session. The pacer picked himself up though and three balls later he had Agarwal as Australia got a boost going into tea.
Australia coach Justin Langer is hopeful the MCG pitch will provide a genuine contest between bat and ball, something he believes could secure the future of Test cricket.
After a string of low scores and abysmal starts, India finally presented a debut to Mayank Agarwal and he along with Hanuma Vihari gave India a solid start in the third Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Mithcell Starc and Josh Hazlewood came in for short spells before lunch, and carried on with the short-ball strategy that kept both batsmen watchful until Lunch, where India walked off at 57/1.
Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. But I thought it was such entertaining Test cricket - that was the fastest pitch I've ever seen in Perth and I've been there a long time. While Vihari remained confident in shot-making, it took him 25 balls to get off the mark with his shots invariably finding the fielders. The Australian pacers continued to test the Indian batsmen with sharp bouncers at every opportunity possible.
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