Australia v India: second Test, day three – live! – The Guardian



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Preamble

What’s that? That distant ringing of the bells, that buzz of something approaching? It’s what time? It’s cricket time! Well, why didn’t you say so. It’s day three of the Boxing Day Test. It’s day three in Melbourne, and in Mount Maunganui, and in Johannesburg, where three different Boxing Day Tests are going on. But our one, featuring Australia hosting India, is all set up to be a belter.

To wit: the Indians lead by 82 and have five wickets in hand. But the last four of those are a good chance to be knocked over in quick time. So Australia could polish them off fast if a wicket falls. Also, this third day will likely be the best for batting if history is any guide, even though this wicket has been far more lively than most MCG wickets in living memory. So a lead of around 100 could easily be not enough if the Australians bat well, make about 300 and set India 200 to win later in the game.

It’s all to play for today. Australia leading the series 1-0, India trying to fight back into it. Shall we?

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