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Australia is desperate for early wickets on day three at the Gabba as they aim to keep their chances of winning the Border-Gavaskar Series against India alive.

India is 2-105 in reply to Australia’s first innings of 369, with Cheteshwar Pujara (25) and Ajinka Rahane (23) at the crease.

Mitchell Starc caught commentators off guard by coming from around the wicket in his first over of the innings and the second of the day.

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“I’m a bit surprised personally. I thought starting over and then looking to swing the ball back into the right hander late is a dangerous delivery,” Mike Hussey said on Fox Cricket.

“Especially while this ball is relatively new. Coming around the wicket there’s going to be lot of angle coming into the right hander so Pujara can just line up unless Starc can get one to swing from around the wicket.”

Starc came over the wicket in his next over and drew an edge from Rahane with his second ball but it split the cordon. He drew another edge from Rahane in his next over and again it went through the cordon.

“This is why I like Mitchell Starc coming over the wicket,” Hussey said. “As a right handed batsman you’re exacting the ball just to swing back in a touch and that’s a dangerous delivery but you’re also worried about the angle across and this one definitely angled across.”

Curiously, Starc went back around the wicket against Pujara.

“I’m surprised he’s gone back around the wicket there,” Brett Lee said. “He’s got two nicks coming over the wicket.”

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Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (wk, c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan


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Rain ruined the final session on day two in Brisbane but the good news is that the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting a dry day, with only a 30 per cent chance of 0-1mm of rain.

Allan Border teed off on the rain rules when speaking to Fox Cricket, after the entire final session was called off despite the sun coming out.

“We’ve got some archaic rules in cricket that are still in play, particularly for Test cricket,” Border said.

“We’ve got the light rule, and also the rain, when you can and can’t resume play because of puddles in the outfield. Around the inner square and inner circle of the ground was quite dry and playable.

“What percentage of balls go into the outfield, and into the outfield where there are wet spots? There would be very few balls that would be hit out there.

“To me, things like the rain delays need to be tightened up as to when you can resume. Little things like being able to change the ball… if you’re allowed to change it because it gets too wet, well let’s introduce that so that you get more play in this Test match.

“It just seems strange that we haven’t modernised Test match rules around rain and light.”


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Day two came to a disappointing end with the entire third session washed out due to a downpour in Brisbane.

Australia looked visibly frustrated when play was abandoned despite the fact it looked like play could have resumed late on day two.

Earlier Australian skipper Tim Paine scored his second half century of the series, before his wicket brought about a mini collapse with Cameron Green out for 47 and Pat Cummins for 2 in quick succession.

Cameos from Nathan Lyon 24, Mitchell Starc 20 not out and Josh Hazlewood 11 carried Australia to 369 after they were reeling at 8-315.

Rohit Sharma got India off to a great start, before he inexplicably skied a Nathan Lyon ball straight down Starc’s throat to gift him his 397th wicket.

However it was Cummins who looked the most likely after having Shubman Gill caught by Steve Smith off his second ball.

Australia will again look to Cummins for something special in a crucial day for both side’s chances of taking home the trophy.

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