Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has joined teammate Mitchell Johnson in criticizing the unusually slow and low nature of pitches in the ongoing cricket Test series against India, saying the pacers have had to work much harder than the last Ashes summer to get the batsmen out.
Australian broadcaster Channel Nine has dismissed the criticism of injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke turning commentator for the third and fourth Tests against India, terming the negativity as "petty".
As Boxing Day Tests are gaining limelight in the long format of cricket, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White has claimed that they are pushing for a Melbourne Boxing Day Test against Australia.
A day after expressing his displeasure at Australia's on-field banter, India vice-captain Virat Kohli on Monday once again had a go at Mitchell Johnson and apparently said something to the home team's pace spearhead as he was walking off after being dismissed here.
Australia have already stretched the overall lead to 326, but unfazed Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that the team's dressing room atmosphere is positive even though a chase could be tricky on the final day of the third cricket Test at MCG.
Australia put themselves in a comfortable position by taking an overall lead of 326 runs by the end of the fourth day as the third cricket Test headed for an exciting finish, with India needing to go for a all-out win to keep themselves afloat in the series.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck fluent centuries and stitched a record 262-run fourth-wicket partnership as India fought back bravely before a late-order slide allowed a sloppy Australia to claw back in the third cricket Test, here on Sunday.
Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli's temperament was once again tested after the batsman was hit by a Mitchell Johnson return throw followed by the two players getting into a verbal duel on the third day of the ongoing third cricket Test, here on Sunday.
Indian middle-order batsmen Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane once again proved their class while playing outside sub-continent as they scored crucial tons for the visitors on Day 3 of the third Test against Australia.
Captain Steve Smith cracked his third successive century with a heroic 192 as Indian bowlers put up a poor show to allow Australia post a mammoth first innings total of 530 and gain control of the third cricket Test here today.