Late Cummins heroics ensures Boxing Day Test reaches fifth day
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Pat Cummins’ heroic 61 not out means the Boxing Day Test will extend into a fifth day.
India still require just two wickets to win but the home side had the crowd of near 20,000 in raptures as Cummins and fellow bowler Nathan Lyon put on 43 runs for the eighth wicket.
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Mike Hussey has named his preferred Australian top order for the Sydney Test.
TEA – Australia 5-138, targeting 399
Australia have steadied somewhat, although victory remains well out of their grasp at tea on day four.
Travis Head and Shaun Marsh put on 51 runs before the latter was unlucky to be given out LBW on-field, with DRS revealing there was just millimetres in it.
Jasprit Bumrah has two wickets this innings after taking six earlier in the Test.
John Emburey isn’t convinced Aaron Finch is the long-term solution to open the batting for Australia.
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The end appears nigh for Australia, heading to lunch at 2-44 after being set 399 to win.
Aaron Finch was an early casualty, edging to Virat Kohli at first slip in just the second over.
And Marcus Harris soon followed, being caught at back pad off the bowing of Jadeja.
India have called an end to their innings at 8-106, setting Australia a monstrous 399 runs to win the third Test.
THE BUILD UP
Welcome to day four at the MCG!
In what was without doubt the most entertaining day of the Test so far yesterday, 15 wickets fell and India took control despite Australia fighting back late.
The story of day three were the bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah for India and Pat Cummins for Australia. Earlier in the day, Bumrah tore through Australia’s batting lineup, finishing with figures of 6-33 for the innings.
Taking a lead of 292 into their second innings, India remain dominant but things could’ve been worse for the Aussies if not for Cummins, who took four wickets in eight balls to end the day with figures of 4-10.
So what will today bring? It’s tough to say, especially with a bit of rain around this morning.
India will be looking to build on their commanding 346-run lead but at 5/45, Australia will be keen to stretch the match out somewhat in the hope of saving the Test match.
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