India vs Australia third Test Day 1 live score: Rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground forced the players to go off the field in 8th over of the third Test. This happened after Mohammed Siraj dismissed David Warner for 5. Australia had opted to bat first after winning the toss in the third Test against India. Bio-bubble breach investigations, reports of India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane if stricter quarantine rules are forced on them, former Australian cricketers and media throwing jibes, we’ve had everything that could spice-up the proceedings in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Both India and Australia have landed a punch each and just like the third day – the moving day of a Test – this third Test at Sydney has all the ingredients to be the decisive one of the four-match series. Rohit Sharma returns to the playing XI for India, young Navdeep Saini makes his debut. Australia, on the other hand, will have a new opening pair with David Warner and Will Puvocski both regaining fitness and playing.
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The covers are coming off
The covers are coming off at the SCG and hopefully this time it stays away for long. Things have improved to be honest, the dark cloud cover has gave away to some light, still can’t quite call it sun shine but it is definitely looking good. As far as the update, we should be starting play in 6:15 am IST, but it does look like we’ll have to wait for a few more minutes
No overs have been lost so far, confirms Cricket Australia.
If there is no further rain, play will commence at 11.45am local time. Scheduled close of play will be extended to 6.10pm. No overs have been lost #AUSvIND
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2021
Scratch the previous update
The covers are back on as it is has started to rain again. It is overcast at the SCG, so this might take a bit longer than what we had expected at the beginning. The Indian cricketers are in the dressing room now.
Looks like it has stopped raining at the SCG, we see a bit of sun peeping out and a couple of umbrellas being closed. Hopefully, the umpires will instruct the groundstaff to take the covers off too. And Yes, the covers are now being taken off, so we should start soon.
The umpires are out their in the middle with their umbrellas. It is raining at the SCG at the moment. While it is not heavy but it is enough to keep the covers on and the players away from the field.
Uh oh! The players are going off now. The covers are being rushed in. So we have a rain delay very early into the Test match. The rain does not look that heavy to be honest. This shouldn’t be a long delay. Australia 21/1 after 7.1 overs.
First boundary for Australia
Streaky. That could have gone anywhere. Siraj tested the debutant with a bouncer. He Went for the pull shot, got it at the upper half of his bat and it flew over. Thankfully for Pucovski and Australia, it landed away from the fine leg fielder and reached the fence. Australia 15/1
…And flicks it well. Bumrah has got his hands on his head. He was trying to trap Pucovski leg before but the debutant has got good enough bat on thine one, three runs to Australia.
Siraj removes Warner
EDGED and TAKEN! What a big wicket for India that is. Pitched up from Siraj, it went away further with the angle, Warner with no real feet movement tries to play the expansive drive, ends up getting and outside and Pujara at first slip takes a sharp catch. Australia are 6 for 1
Early readings of the pitch
Sanjay Manjrekar in the commentary box says “This is a flat pitch” and we agree with him. The first three overs have shown that this could turn out to be paradise for the batsmen. No real movement off the pitch so far.
First runs in Test cricket for Pucovski
Siraj strays down the pads and Pucovski just flicks it to fine leg for a single – first runs for the young man in Test cricket, a moment he will perhaps never forget. Australia 5/0 after 2 overs.
Warner off the mark
Mohammed Siraj runs in for the second over and David Warner is away. That’s why you need someone like him kin the side. A little bit of width and he punches off the back foot to get off the mark with a couple.
A maiden to start the third Test
What a brilliant first over there from Jasprit Bumrah. He got the beautiful shape going away and also tested the debutant with a bouncer, who for his part, did not looked to be overawed by the occasion.
The players out in the middle
David Warner and Will Pucovski have walked out to bat for Australia. Looks like Pucovski will take the strike. Jasprit Bumrah has the new ball in hand for India. We are all set for live action.
The n numbers to keep an eye on in the Sydney Test
This is the 1st instance since 1989 when India’s Test captain (Ajinkya Rahane) and vice-captain (Rohit Sharma) are both from Mumbai Ranji Team.
– India have won only one Test at SCG out of the 12 Tests played here, they have lost 5 and drawn 6. The only win came in 1978
– Nathan Lyon needs 6 wickets to complete 400 Test wickets, he will be the 3rd AUS to reach this landmark after Shane Warne 708 and Glenn McGrath 563.
– C Pujara needs 97 runs to complete 6000 Test runs, he will be the 11th IND to reach this landmark and 5th quickest IND in terms of innings batted after S Gavaskar -117, V Kohli -119, S Tendulkar -120 and Rahul Dravid -125
The teams line-up for the anthems
India and Australia have lined up for their respective national anthems starting with the visitors’ one first then followed by Australia’s.
Warner and Pucovski will be up against Bumrah
Australia have a new opening pair of David Warner and debutant Will Pucovski. They will up against Jasprit Bumrah, who is most experienced seamer in the Indian attack with 16 Test caps. The other two – Mohammed Siraj (2nd Test) and Navdeep Saini (debut) – are newcomers.
The pink Test
This is also the Pink Test for the Jane McGrath foundation – wife of Glenn McGrath – to spread awareness about breast cancer. India legend Sachin Tendulkar donated his 200th Test shirt to the McGrath foundation for charity.
Big moment for young Navdeep Saini
Third debutant – second fast bowler – for India in two Test matches. This time the privileged man is young right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini. He got his Test cap from India’s spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.
Congratulations @navdeepsaini96. He realises his dream of playing Test cricket for #TeamIndia today. A proud holder of 🧢 299 and he receives it from @Jaspritbumrah93. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/zxa5LGJEen
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2021
Australia Playing for 3rd Test
David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India Playing XI for 3rd Test
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini
CONFIRMED: Warner in and Pucovski makes his debut
Tim Paine has confirmed that David Warner and Will Pucovski will open the batting for Australia today. What a moment for young Pucovski who got his Baggy Green just a while ago.
India vs Australia 3rd Test: Toss update
Australia captain Tim Paine has won the toss and he has no hesitation in opting to bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2021
India vs Australia live score, 3rd Test Day 1 pitch
‘Even covering of grass and hard but if you win the toss, you are likely to bat’: Here’s the pitch at SCG for the Indua-Australia third Test
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 6, 2021
New opening pair for Australia?
There might be a couple of changes in the Australian rank too. Both openers David Warner and Will Pucovski have regained fitness and they are set to open the batting in the third Test against India. Warner’s inclusion is significant while Pucovski is set to receive his Test cap.
Rohit Sharma and Navdeep Saini in
If there was news off the field in the first few days of the New Year, there was plenty of it from the field too with India announcing their playing XI on the eve of the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test. Rohit Sharma has returned to the Test XI and Navdeep Saini will make his debut today. Rohit came in for Mayank Agarwal while Saini replaced an injured Umesh Yadav.
Lot of chatter
As if the series being locked at 1-1 wasn’t enough to bring the best the best out of both India and Australia. The rapidly escalating developments in the New Year have given this India vs Australia third Test at Sydney a different colour. Australia captain Tim Paine agreed that there is some ‘tension’ and ‘uncertainty’ after some ‘unnamed sources’ said talked about India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane almost after five of their players were being investigated for a possible bio-bubble breach. India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, however, has said they are not at all ‘annoyed’ and are focused on the job in hand.
India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1 live score
Boy does it feel great to once again wake up way before sunrise in India and write about India-Australia Test cricket. Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Ind vs Aus third Test Day 1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The series is locked at 1-1 after Australia won in Adelaide and India staged a stunning comeback in Melbourne.