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.
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his "unrest" comment that got the media talking about a rift within the Indian cricket team in Australia, saying that the Indian captain might have chosen a wrong word to describe the situation.
He stirred up a hornet's nest by talking about a dressing room unrest but Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sought to quell the speculation with a dash of humour on Thursday, saying that the imaginary stories that came out could be made into a movie by Warner brothers.
Stung by two successive defeats and hit by a dressing room unrest, India go into the must-win third cricket Test against Australia here on Thursday seeking to salvage a tour which seems to be falling apart both on and off the field.
Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly has some encouraging words for the Indian team touring Australia and believes that they can still square the series despite losing the first two Tests matches in contrasting fashions.
Tiff between two Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, which made the dressing room atmosphere a bit tense during the fourth Day of second Test against Australia, seems to be over now as both the top-order batsmen were looking friendly during India's intense training session on Wednesday.
Not too impressed with the Indian cricket team, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden feels the tourists do not seem to believe that they can win away from home and have gone "missing" during key moments of the ongoing Test series.
India have set an aggressive tone to the ongoing four-match Test series and Australia is not expecting any let-up going ahead for the Boxing Day Test, Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin said on Tuesday.
Former Indian cricket team bowling coach Joe Dawes has warned Mahendra Singh Dhoni's struggling men to ignore sledging if they want to beat Australia, claiming that the tourists have a good, young group of men at the centre of the team.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Virat Kohli had a fallout on the fourth day of the Brisbane Test against Australia, which the tourists eventually lost by four wickets to trail 2-0 in the four-match series, according to a reputed English daily.
India's opener Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Virat Kohli have recovered from their injuries sustained during the second Test against Australia and are fit to play the third match beginning in Melbourne on December 26.
Shocked by India's criticism of the practice pitches here, Gabba's chief curator Kevin Mitchell has said that no other touring cricket team has ever complained about the tracks and insisted that they are just fine for net sessions.
All is not well in the Indian dressing room right now with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealing that there was some "unrest" resulting from "lack of communication" with the in-form Virat Kohli before Saturday's batting collapse in the lost second cricket Test against Australia here.
After two days of cricket, India had the upperhand in the second cricket Test -- and the advantage was stretched further on the third morning, but the Australian tail came to the rescue and gave the hosts a 97-run lead by the end of their innings Friday.