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The third Test at the SCG is delicately poised on day three, with India 4-180 at lunch after Australia posted a first innings 338.
Cheteshwar Pujara is on 42 Rishabh Pant on 29 after a Steve Smith century on day two gave Australia its best batting performance of the summer.
Australia has been twice frustrated by DRS calls on Saturday with two not out decisions from Paul Wilson not being overturned.
The latest was just before lunch when Australia was so confident Pant was caught down leg-side that there were celebrations during the replays and cries of “it’s out!”.
But the third umpire said there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn decision, leaving Tim Paine furious and kicking the turf in frustration.
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Earlier in the day, Australia thought Pujara was caught at bad-pad. but umpire ‘Blocker’ Wilson also gave the decision not out too.
Australia reviewed and the third umpire found that there was no bat involved, so the decision stuck to the anger of Paine, who complained to Wilson.
Wilson said “I’m not the third umpire” to Paine, who responded: “F***ing consistency Blocker! There’s a thing that goes past it,” — suggesting there was a similar spike to one that saw him dismissed in Melbourne.
Mark Waugh said there may have been a spike on snicko, although Brendon Julian wasn’t convinced it was from Pujara’s bat.
“At the end of the day, of course there is movement. There are noises out there all the time,” Julian said.
“Well Tim Paine is saying that’s what he got given out on, a very similar movement on Snicko,” Waugh replied.
“He’s saying the spike was about that high, I reckon it would have been a bit bigger. I get it, the frustration out there for the players but you can’t be giving that out,” Julian added.
Australia XI: David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini
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Pat Cummins took the first wicket on Saturday when Ajinkya Rahane chopped on for 22 trying to play a cross-bat shot to a tight delivery that seamed in.
Hanuma Vihari (4) was then dismissed by a stunning direct hit by Josh Hazlewood, who collected the ball at mid-off and threw, while off-balance, at the bowler’s end while falling to his knees.
“That is absolutely outstanding,” Shane Warne said on Fox Cricket. “Let alone from any fielder but your big fast bowler in the middle of a spell.
“He was on his knees and got it in one motion … that is unbelievable stuff from the quick.
“I don’t think he can believe it right now either.”
Earlier, Nathan Lyon bowled just one over to start play on Saturday before Australia captain Tim Paine took him out of the attack for Mitchell Starc, much to the confusion of Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist.
“He looked dangerous last night, he looked threatening,” Warne said of Lyon. “I think that first over was a very good over, so I’m surprised.
“We have to wait and see how it pans out but Australia has such a good bowling attack, anyone can take wickets, but I would have started with Nathan Lyon. Plugged him in at one end I would have thought.”
Gilchrist was also surprised, saying he would have kept Lyon bowling to Pujara with fielders around the bat.
“This may well work this plan, but personally I would have stayed with Lyon, left bat-pad under Pujara’s nose … that gets him thinking a bit differently,” Gilchrist said.
Warne added: “It changes his game when there’s a bat-pad on the off side, he can’t just use his pad.”
Lyon eventually returned to the attack six overs later before Cummins made the breakthrough.
INDIA STAR MUST CHANGE MINDSET OR RISK BEING ‘BOGGED DOWN’
Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar has warned an Indian star will need to make a key change in his mindset ahead of the third day at the SCG.
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma built a strong opening partnership to set the foundation for India but Gavaskar has a key concern about Cheteshwar Pujara.
While there is no need to panic for runs in a Test, Gavaskar believes pressure will be on Ajinkya Rahane to take some of the pressure off Pujara by being more aggressive.
“Ajinkya Rahane will have to play more shots tomorrow because everyone knows the limitations of Cheteshwar Pujara,” he said on the Sony Sports network, per Sportskeeda.
“He can stay at the wicket and when the balls come on his pads, he can play the flicks and score runs or play the odd cut shot. But he does not take the initiative that is required to be taken. And because of that, at times the team gets bogged down.”
Pujara has been Australia’s big threat in recent years, famously scoring 521 runs across four matches as India took their maiden Test series win in Australia two years ago.
While Virat Kohli may be gone, Pujara still remains one to watch out for but did not get enough solid games under his belt last year due to the pandemic.
His patience and ability to grind out were highly valuable but Gavaskar sees saw Gill’s wicket as a sign of impatience as Pujara failed to get the runs ticking over, signalling Rahane will need to take it upon himself against the Australian attack.
“When he [Pujara] came to bat after Rohit’s dismissal, it seemed like Shubman Gill did not get the strike for two-three overs,” he added.
“And because of that probably Shubman got a little impatient and played away from the body and got out. So, Ajinkya Rahane will have to take some initiative tomorrow in terms of scoring.”
THE SECRET BEHIND SMITH’S DROUGHT-BREAKING TON
Former Australia skipper Steve Smith dismissed talk of a form slump but credited a more positive attitude after his battling century against India in Sydney Friday.
The 31-year-old reached three figures in a Test for the first time since 2019, smacking 131 for his 27th ton to help steer Australia to a first innings 338.
He bounced back after failing to reach double figures in the opening two Tests, which sparked a flurry of concern about his form among pundits and the media.
But Smith said he was never worried, pointing out that he hit pulsating back-to-back centuries in the limited-overs series against India late last year.
“I read a lot of things and plenty of people said I was out of form so it was nice to come back into form, if that’s what you want to call it,” he said. “I mean, it was only about three or four weeks ago that I scored two hundreds at the Sydney Cricket Ground. So yeah, it kind of just makes me laugh sometimes when people say that kind of thing.
“I missed out in the first two Tests obviously and came back today and scored some runs and helped I guess put us in a decent position.”
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Smith struggled against the spin of Ravi Ashwin in Adelaide and Melbourne and admitted he made some adjustments to his game, which helped him build his near-flawless score.
He was faster on his feet and came down the wicket more, but he said it was a change in attitude that made the biggest difference.
“I decided to be a bit more positive. I think early on I hit him (Ashwin) over his head, sort of just put a bit of pressure on him,” he said.
“So, yeah, it was a concerted effort to do that and I was happy with the way I played him.” Smith, who averages more than 60, faced 226 balls and hit 16 boundaries in his patient knock, surviving only an ambitious lbw review on 41.
His first century in Australia for more than three years, including a one-year ban for ball-tampering, was all the sweeter for the fact that it came in Sydney.
“It’s always special, I love playing here at the SCG, it’s a great place to bat,” he said.
“It’s my home ground and my mum and dad were here, so they were able to see that.
“I’m just proud to get three figures on the board and spend some time out in the middle and help us post a decent score.”