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

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As for all the Smith and Bancroft hoo-hah over the last couple of days: there are plenty of people rubbishing this headline without having read the article, but if you’ve got access to this paper then it’s well worth a read. Perceptive stuff.

Warner retains a silent dignity https://t.co/qhwLDye7qu

The coliseum is ready for another day’s action. Not sure about the likely audience for today though. Last time India toured, the second-day Melbourne crowd was over 50,000. Yesterday it was officially 36,000. Which is still a lot in smaller grounds, but in the MCG those kind of numbers disappear. The visible seating bowl wasn’t empty, but was poorly filled, and most of the people in attendance were sheltering from the heat in the stadium bars. There are always explanations tendered: weather, holidays, whatever it is, but those have always applied. So there must be a partial factor that the national team has less drawing power than it has at times in the past.

There aren’t many better sights in the world @MCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/CPE0cEpwNk

Might be big-stadium syndrome but the crowd numbers look sad. Officially 36,000 but it's as sparse out there as a teenage beard. #AusvInd

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