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Australia v India: Boxing Day Test, day one – live!

  • Live updates from day one of the third Test at the MCG
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India
Mayank Agarwal
Hanuma Vihari
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli *
Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma
Rishabh Pant +
Ravindra Jadeja
Mohammed Shami
Ishant Sharma
Jasprit Bumrah

Australia
Marcus Harris
Aaron Finch
Usman Khawaja
Shaun Marsh
Travis Head
Mitchell Marsh
Tim Paine +*
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Nathan Lyon
Josh Hazlewood

Virat Kohli calls correctly and has no hesitation. I guess you play the percentages and don’t bat last, especially when day one is sunny and clear. But this pitch... it looks hideous, I’ll tell you that. The one last year where Alistair Cook made his double hundred was just a brown featureless slab of rolled mud. This time they’ve tried to leave grass on it, so there’s rolled mud with weird patches of green mange. It looks like a twenty-yard slab of solidified cat sick. It looks lumpy and blotchy and confused. Maybe it will play beautifully, I have no idea. But we’re just going on the aesthetics at this stage.

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