India vs Australia: Third Test preview and prediction

Jay Jacobs
March 16, 2017

The big-ticket series is poised at 1-1, with everything to play for in the remaining two matches. Soon there were images of mud coming out of the pitch and Sun Herald posted, "Indian pitch doctors take their craft to a new low in Ranchi". "Because it has to be called something for me to be questioning something about someone to call it an allegation", he said. "It already causes a bit of animosity from time to time, but from the evidence so far this series it will go beyond that at some stage". "I am confident he is capable of succeeding there, but that will be his litmus test", Bedi says. There was a little sharp bit on the quarter seam and I just caught it, catching a couple of times.

But Kohli was clearly irate that Smith sought the advice of his dressing room and said after the second Test: 'There is a line that you don't cross on a cricket field.

India lost the first Test in Pune by a humiliating margin of 333 runs but followed it with an inspirational comeback in Bengaluru as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja found their form back picking up a five-wicket haul each.

A sore spinning finger from plenty of bowling is the sort of problem many a spinner has dealt with, and a problem all would like to have. As in Bengaluru, Kohli could not be pinned down on the specifics of what he saw on the field. There's a lot of people who wrote us off, before we even got on a plane and landed in Dubai. "Everyone said that we were going to lose 4-0". It's 1-1, we're one win away from regaining the trophy and that's what we are here to do.

"The pressure is right on India".

"Thank you for asking about cricket, finally", he said. They're a young cricket team learning. An advantage for India's batting line-up is the presence of someone like Cheteshwar Pujara, who with his knock in Bangalore in the second innings proved that he's not just the crisis man, but also the best bet to take the team to a position of strength. "So we're all excited about this test match". That hurt from losing, but being able to get so close to them.

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"I don't think we kick any more than England kick", the former All Black said. This Saturday they will be aiming to double up with a second Grand Slam win.

"So we know they're a brilliant team in these conditions".

"They came out a lot harder in the second Test than they did in the first".

"We have plans in place for these kind of wickets where there is not much bounce". "They are going to have a few things to say and from my point of view this Test match is about playing on our skill and not letting emotion get in the way of anything".

A hallmark of Lyon's work so far in this series has been the vast majority of his overs delivered from over the wicket to the right-handers.

There are concerned rumblings, as you knew there would be, about the cricket pitch which will be used in the third Test between Australia and India which starts on Thursday in the north-eastern city of Ranchi.

"For that reason, we have tried to focus on the member countries, or the venues that are producing these pitches for global cricket, (make them) more accountable, so in the future we will be incentivising them by saying: "If you produce a good pitch, then go to the ICC website and you will see the result of the grade the match referee has given you and you will be rewarded in that way for producing good pitches".

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