Welcome to our live report (CRICRP) FOR the primary day of the 3rd test Australia-India Test from Melbourne. Be part of us for updates, our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here
1.20 pm native time/7.50am IST: Still no play
“The rain has stopped now, and it is a lot brighter,” our weatherman Gnasher experiences from the bottom. “The ground staff and fourth umpire are popping out. And covers are coming off.” Umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson additionally taking a look on the situations, the subsequent inspection is at 1.30 pm local time (8 am IST).
12.25 pm native time/6.55am IST: Lunch taken
No respite from rain but so let’s make sense of debutant Will Pucovski’s scenario throughout the lunch break (I am having black espresso to remain up although). Making a debut after a protracted concussion historical past, he is already confronted two bouncers within the first 35 minutes of play, and can now really feel some type of accountability to attain after Warner’s early dismissal. Bear in mind, it is not been an amazing sequence for openers thus far. We have already seen him stroll throughout a good bit to the quick bowlers, and a leg gully was stored for him too after the primary few overs. He has to be anticipating extra quick balls as soon as play resumes, and his state coach Chris Rogers looks back at Pucovski’s recent form and how he prepares for short balls.
“After I first turned up as coach of Victoria, him and Sammy Harper, they do loads of work with tennis balls, getting in actually shut with a tennis racquet and firing them in at one another. Will’s completed a heap of labor the place he desires to face up and roll the ball all the way down to fantastic leg. You will see that shot from him fairly a bit,” Rogers instructed RSN Radio. “Then it got here to the matches and we performed SA early on and Wes Agar got here on first change and went straight to bouncers at Will, and he just about ducked them for the entire first session.
“Then after lunch he performed considered one of these rolling pull photographs and from there he by no means appeared again. They focused him with the quick ball for prettymuch the entire sport after which WA did it from concerning the ninth over onwards as properly. He would have confronted a heap of quick balls and he appeared comfy doing it and the best way he stood up and performed it, he made it look simple. So when that occurred on day three at Drummoyne, it was an ungainly scenario the place there was nothing to realize and he in all probability simply received caught in two minds, so hopefully he’ll study from that.”
12 pm native time/6.30am IST: Still drizzling
I am not going to say, “I instructed you so” concerning the rain nevertheless it‘s again and it is a “fairly regular drizzle once more,” says Gnasher from the bottom. I forgot to say, the fourth/reserve umpire right this moment is Claire Polosak,
the first feminine match official in a males’ Test match. She was out on the sector a while again along with her umbrella and the opposite match officers.
11.40 am native time/6.10am IST: Play resuming quickly
Play is ready to renew at 11.45 native time (6.15 am IST) until rain arrives once more by the point you learn this. Followers look like having a superb time on the SCG although.
11.15 am native time/6.10am IST: Rain arrives at SCG
The rain was forecast and right here it’s! It is largely the pitch that’s lined with the umpires out underneath the umbrellas after the gamers jogged off the sector. Andrew McGlashan from the bottom: “There’s a line of showers arising from the south. As we speak was the day with the best likelihood of interruptions. The forecast for the subsequent 4 days is nice.” Twelve minutes after the gamers went off, the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.
Will probably be fascinating to see if this may add any swing as soon as play resumes. In the meantime, there’s been loads of debate on social media on Mayank Agarwal’s exclusion. Was it honest to go away him out? Vote within the ballot beneath:
11am native time/5.30am IST: Siraj removes Warner for five
A really intriguing 18-minute keep for Warner. He was operating these fast singles with seen discomfort in his groin, desirous to rotate the strike, and falls after flashing properly exterior off twice in a row off Siraj. On the second ball of the fourth over he went after one which seamed away from exterior off, and when Siraj pitched it away additional and a tad fuller subsequent ball, Warner did not transfer his ft sufficient to get near the ball whereas chasing it, and edged to first slip. Pucovski, in the meantime, is leaving properly exterior off whereas strolling throughout the stumps a bit, and received a bouncer within the very first over from Bumrah. No swing in any respect on this pitch despite the fact that there was some rain within the lead as much as the Test and a few extras is anticipated right this moment and tomorrow. Australia 18 for 1 after the primary half-hour. “Seems to be like an excellent batting observe,” Glenn McGrath says on TV commentary.
10.35 am native time/5.05am IST: Warner and Pucovski stroll out
Boy, will Australia be excited by Warner’s return. He is nonetheless not 100% match after his groin harm however given the character of this sequence and what all is at stake, Australia has determined to play him, partnered by a debut. Tim Paine mentioned on the toss Warner’s “excessive vitality” will bolster their “confidence”. To not overlook, Australia has endured their slowest scoring home series of the century so far, simply forward of the 2018-19 sequence which additionally did not function Warner. Pucovski, alternatively, has been across the Test set-up for near a yr now, has a historical past of concussion accidents, and has bossed his means into the Test XI with loads of runs in home cricket. This is extra on Pucovski’s journey so far.
10.10 am native time/4.40am IST: Two extra debuts within the sequence
After Cameron Inexperienced in Adelaide, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj on the MCG, we’ve two extra debutants as anticipated: Will Pucovski and Navdeep Saini. Pucovski was given the cap by Andrew McDonald and Saini by Jasprit Bumrah. Australia has opted to bat, with David Warner coming instead of Travis Head, and Matthew Wade shifting all the way down to the centre order. For India, we already knew yesterday that Rohit Sharma will open with Mayank Agarwal given the axe, and Saini making his debut as a result of Umesh Yadav has flown again to residence.
Talking of quick bowlers, India’s tempo battery has Jasprit Bumrah, Siraj and Saini with mixed Test expertise of 17 in comparison with Australia’s tally of 144, because of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. That is one factor Australia might be enthusiastic about that they have not needed to change their assault because of the first Test.
10 am native time/4.30am IST: Extra reports about doubts over the fourth Test in Brisbane
And we’ve information coming in already, even earlier than the coin has been flipped. This is Andrew McGlashan with what’s brewing in Australia for the Brisbane Test:
Cricket Australia will search clarification from the BCCI after extra options emerged that India wouldn’t journey to Brisbane for the ultimate Test however proceed to insist they haven’t been made conscious of considerations. And a report on Thursday morning mentioned that the BCCI had formally written to CA to say they didn’t wish to head to Brisbane. However, the up to date plans for the Gabba Test, within the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney which led to frame restrictions to Queensland, had been authorised by the BCCI workplace bearers on December 29 and no objections have been obtained since.
CA have largely been coping with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, and it is understood will search additional conversations on Thursday.
The gamers are usually not confined to their rooms when on the workforce resorts in Sydney and Brisbane – which have been fully booked out by Cricket Australia – and are capable of mingling in communal areas. The one distinction is that the restrictions in Sydney are CA protocols whereas these in Brisbane are imposed by the Queensland authorities because the phrases to permit exemptions to be granted.
9.55 am native time/4.25am IST: Warming up for the toss
What’s up everybody and a real heat welcome to the third Test of this thrilling sequence that is degree 1-1. One other Test, potential one other set of debuts (there’s no less than one confirmed from India), one other tight race for the WTC factors and the ICC rankings (New Zealand are on prime now), one other debate on choice, one other dialogue on whose going to open, and far far more. I am going to steal Tim Paine’s phrases and simply say there’s “tension starting to boil under the surface”.