Being set a stiff 443 in the first innings of the third test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia has its backs against the wall as they look to cut down the tourists’ massive lead. On a pitch that has already started deteriorating, offering variable bounce with the ball staying extremely low one time and viciously bouncing the other, the task on Australia’s hands is far from simple. As they kick-start their campaign of chasing India’s total on Day 3 of the third test, we take a look at the main batsmen of Australia in the third Test.
Australia having fared too strongly with the bat this series, with their bowlers far outshining the batting unit throughout the entirety of the matches played till now. Looking to bolster up the batting ranks, Australia has roped in Mitchell Marsh to replace Handscomb lower down the middle-order to add the much-needed impetus to their batting.
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Main Batsmen of Australia in the Third Test
Cleared of playing the third test after tests showed the injury he sustained in the second test in Perth was not as serious as feared initially, Australia got a big boost at the top of their order. Finch looked in good touch in the previous test match, raking up vital runs in the opening spot for the hosts. He looked fluent in his stay at the crease, playing an assured innings to make light work of India’s bowlers.
His role will once again be crucial to Australia’s bid come the third day. His side needs big innings from one of their top-order and nothing will be better than Finch delivering the goods in the opening role.
Finch’s counterpart, Harris finally got a half-century in the second test as he converted a start into a big score. Australia will be hoping it wasn’t a onetime innings though with a good opening stand worth its weight in gold on the drop-in MCG pitch.
Harris will need to dig in deep and play out proper test innings. If Finch and he can play out the initial opening period of 20 overs when Bumrah, Ishant and Shami will be breathing fire, then Australia can build on the foundation provided by them. It is imperative to see off the new ball on this pitch as the roughness of the pitch will result in the red ball losing its shine and sheen quite early on.
One of the few consistent players with the bat for the Australians this series, Head has successfully registered against his name high scores. Coming lower down the order, his role is not only to add runs but also frustrate the Indian bowling attack and make sure he successfully plays out for as long as duration is possible with the tail.
India’s failure of dismissing the lower order of a team is well advertised and if they are once again thwarted in their efforts to see off the home side’s rear-guard campaign, it will see them shift and change from their plan. Head has proved to be a thorn in their side and he’ll be looking to build on his strong performances of 58 and 72 in Australia’s first innings.