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Australia v India: second Test, day three – live!

The pitch

“It looks like a totally different morning, this morning,” says Brett Lee, explaining the key differences between the concepts of yesterday and today. The pitch? The cracks are opening up like sinkholes. It’s an alarming sight on day three. We’re going to see a lot of deliveries staying low, and t’s going to be very fun to bowl on. “If Australia get the lead to 120, India’s going to have their backs to the wall,” says Sunny Gavaskar, and he’s pretty much spot-on there. “It’s almost been a pitch of two halves,” adds Lee. Somebody gag him, please.

On Shaun Marsh

“I don’t really know why he comes under the scrutiny he does,” says national selector Mark Waugh of Australia’s No4. Waugh is, remember, a member of the national selection panel, so has something of a vested interest in Marsh’s success on this tour. It’s tough on Usman Khawaja, who really should be in this side instead of Mitchell Marsh, but the older brother was magnificent yesterday. He’s not quite as stylish as Khawaja, but there is something inarguably artful about his batting on Asian pitches. He had a bit of luck in his 66 yesterday, but he did precisely the job he was brought in for.

Preamble

Hello all and welcome to day three of the Bangalore Test. Russell Jackson here to take you through the first couple of sessions on what will prove the pivotal day in deciding the result. In actual fact, I have a feeling that 45 minutes of big hitting by Mitchell Starc could put India out of the game and with it, the series. If you disagree, please do hit me with an apoplectic email or tweet.

Australia hold a 48-run lead at present. Push that past 140ish and it’ll be very hard for the home side, though this pitch will be an absolute nightmare to bat on by the fourth innings and by then Australia might well have a chase on their hands. Resuming with Starc is Matthew Wade, who compiled a useful 25 not out last night, and is a born scrapper. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to settle in for another day of this fascinating series. Yesterday was nirvana for lovers of tense, attritional Test cricket. Long may it live.

Russell will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s how yesterday went down. It was enthralling stuff.