The Guardian – Pat Cummins has pushed the third Test into a fifth day but India are on the cusp of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Melbourne, where Australia will resume at 8-258 in pursuit of 399.

Summary

  • Pat Cummins has pushed the third Test into a fifth day but India are on the cusp of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Melbourne, where Australia will resume at 8-258 in pursuit of 399.
  • Jasprit Bumrah, enjoying the most productive Test in Australia by an Indian paceman, continued to create carnage as the tourists powered towards a 2-1 series lead at the MCG.
  • The national batting crisis, exacerbated by Steve Smith and David Warner’s year-long suspensions, has delivered India a golden chance to secure their maiden Test series win in Australia.
  • India have lost all 11 previous Test series they’ve played in Australia, a barren stretch dating back to when they were crushed by Don Bradman’s side in 1948.
  • Australia have already named a 13-man squad for the SCG Test, which would suggest Peter Handscomb is the only player in the mix for a call-up for the series finale, but selectors may yet opt for reinforcements.


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