India vs Australia 3rd Test

Ashwin Jadeja doubts for third Australia Test

Ashwin Jadeja doubts for third Australia Test

India however failed to cross the line and succumbed to a heavy 146 run defeat, losing the advantage they had gained with the win in Adelaide in the four match test series.

Australian coach Justin Langer said Monday his biggest selection headache was whether to persist with middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb or recall all-rounder Mitch Marsh to ease the pressure on pace spearheads Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

The leggie will be co-captaining alongside Tim Paine.

The Men in Blue will lock horns with hosts on December 26 at MSG.

In the first Test, with the help of Pujara's ton and bowler's outstanding performance, India took that game away from Australians and shattered them in all possible departments. He is also set to partner star off-spinner Nathan Lyon after his ascension to the leadership role.

Earlier in the month Archie joined the squad for a training session at Adelaide Oval.

Archie was diagnosed with his life-threatening heart condition weeks after birth and was forced to travel to Melbourne for a seven-hour surgery.

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Make-A-Wish Australia learned Archie's situation and his desires.

Kohli was later accused of 'snitching' Paine to the umpires over their verbals, while the BCCI later rubbished an alleged 'best player in the world' sledge by Kohli towards Paine.

"It's going to be a good one and I think the boys should be excited and there's definitely going to be a result wicket I think, going by what's happened in the first couple of Shield games this season". But when there's that humour and there's a bit of - we've also got to stand up for ourselves. The other day he came home and said "I couldn't find my friends and didn't have the energy to run after them, so I just sat and read a book". "I think snapping my hamstring tendon [in April 2015] was probably the most over the last few years".

'Obviously Arch has been through a really tough period and his family, ' he said. Past year the surface was marked "poor" by the ICC after the drab Ashes stalemate and this Test, under the management of a new curator, feels like a significant moment as an iconic ground tries to fix its reputation.

Shastri said the batsman had made "a very good improvement" but would still need to be assessed today, two days before the Test starts.

Australia skipper Tim Paine said Monday he is relishing his sometimes heated battle with animated Indian counterpart Virat Kohli, and promised "intense, hard" cricket in the crunch Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.

'It's great to have him around and we look forward to his debut on Boxing Day'.

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