Australia v India: Tourists build up third Test lead in Melbourne

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Cummins remained positive of a favourable outcome in Australia's favour even though it looks a tough situation from here.

"Yesterday there wasn't much going on but we got to turn up today and find a way to get the rest of those wickets". Finding a bit of reverse swing, he beat Travis Head for pace post the break while the other Marsh, Mitchell, was done in trying to flick Jadeja off the rough and edging to slip after the break. "That was the plan and it worked", he added.

India built up a commanding lead over Australia on day three of the third Test, despite a second innings collapse which saw home seamer Pat Cummins take four wickets in nine balls.

"I am not surprised".

There was a lengthy hold-up after Harris - who has copped a bit of punishment in the grill this series - was hit in the helmet by Jasprit Bumrah, while there were some nervy moments early on for fellow opener Finch.

Former Australian cricketer Kerry O'Keeffe has apologised for ridiculing Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal's first-class career while commentating during the ongoing third Test here, saying he did not intend to demean the debutant.

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But I definitely didn't think it would cost me my job, knowing that me and the coach had an understanding. I've got to control that and get better at that, but like I said, live and learn and keep moving forward.

"I'm depressed", Haddin said about the pitch on SEN Test Cricket. I was always confident that whenever I get a chance I would be able to do well. "Hopefully you keep on learning and keep improving and getting better".

And despite a freakish spell from Pat Cummins, who picked four wickets in the space of eight balls, in the second innings, India ended the third day with an effective lead of 346. "Wicket feels pretty good still, so everyone feels like in the second innings they can face more balls and get going", he added.

"It's still game on if we bat really well and then back up and bowl well and put India under a lot of pressure", he said. We are not focussing on that (tiring out Australian bowlers).

But with Marsh's inclusion in the Boxing Day side came the displacement of another, with the struggling batsman Peter Handscomb dropped from the side.

Shaun Marsh showed a lot of discipline and nearly saw through the session but was flummoxed by a superb slower one by Bumrah off the last ball before lunch to be dismissed LBW for 19, leaving Australia in despair.

"But whenever I went to NCA or for camps, no one tried to change my action. That way, I have been lucky".

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