A dream year for Bumrah and India's quicks

Australian Batsmen Should Learn From Virat Kohli Feels Batting Coach Graeme Hick

India have never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia and this is a golden opportunity to rewrite history. We tried to make it very hard for every run.

Although failing to grab a wicket, India's bowlers will head into Day 3 hopeful of an early breakthrough after beating the bats of Harris and Finch with a slew of deliveries. Since the start of the South Africa tour, Australia have averaged 233 with the bat and have scored in excess of 350 only twice. But we saw previous year we batted really well on day four and five (at the MCG), you dare to dream.

However, Virat Kohli's batsmen struggled as much as their Australian counterparts with seamer Pat Cummins taking four wickets in a lion-hearted spell as India staggered to stumps at 54-5 on another stifling day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"It's still a young batting group". But when Kohli started to take on the short ball soon after being seen by the physio for a back complaint in the afternoon session, he was undone by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc. The ball hit Agarwal on his wrist but the debutant somehow managed to hold on to the catch.

"They will continue to monitor the area for remaining days of the Test".

A stoic Pujara had been unflappable in his 319-ball innings until Pat Cummins sent down a rocket that stayed low, breached his defence and clattered into the stumps.

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While Paine is yet to score a Test match century from 31 innings, his gritty and solid approach has allowed him to dig deep and bat for long periods of time since being handed the captaincy.

Bumrah returned second-best figures for an Indian bowler in Australia after Kapil Dev's 8-106 at Adelaide in 1985. "This wicket is deteriorating a lot more than probably what we thought it would".

The Virat Kohli led Indian side are in pole position against the Aussies at Melbourne with a huge lead of over 300 runs in the third Test of the ongoing series. He was not out 28 with Rishabh Pant on six.

Usman Khawaja (21) fell to this ploy, caught at short leg, as Australia slipped further to 53 for 3 in the 20th over.

Even the possibility of rain on day four and five didn't put Kohli off in making his decision, with the Bureau of Meteorology tipping up to 4mm.

From there on, the right-handed duo batted sensibly, punishing the odd delivery for a boundary although the Indian bowlers continuously kept asking questions with some disciplined stuff.

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