The bitter memory of 36-all out may rankle for some time but India took a major step from bouncing back from that low with an all-round performance on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. Natarajan would be returning to india only after completion of the series in third week of January and see his daughter for the first time.
"India can't let one bad innings define their tour", he explained.
"First and foremost, I'm pretty surprised at the fact that on Day 1 there's a lot of turn for the Indian spinners. Credit to the bowlers, they bowled in the right areas", he added. The former Indian batsman explained the reason behind Steve Smith's dismissal who failed to score.
There were reports that Cricket Australia was mulling over switching the third and fourth Test venues.
Bumrah claimed the first breakthrough after lunch when Head was caught at gully. The visitors' trail by 159 runs with nine wickets still remaining in 1st innings. To Cameron Green, my away swingers were landing well too. Paine became Ashwin's third victim in the following over.
"If they put runs on the board, they've got the bowling attack to take 10 wickets".
In another blow for Australia, Wade limped off late in the day's play holding his ankle following a fielding mishap. He went on to take two wickets, including that of the unsafe Marnus Labuschagne, in 15 overs as Australia were all out for 195.
"This game is not over yet, still have to get four more wickets". It was an extremely close call, with some replays suggesting the bat was on the line. "Then he said to me, "You'll only bowl for two overs", Siraj said. From that point of view, bowling first wouldn't be a problem. "We wish him all the best for the birth of his first child", Lyon had said while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference. Other than that, the rain shouldn't be a threat for this Test either today or tomorrow. Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) bagged a four-for while Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35), debutant Mohammed Siraj (2/40) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/15) were also among the wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane has soaked up regular skipper Virat Kohli's parting words but is determined to be his own man as he takes charge for India's last three Tests against Australia, the 32-year-old said on Friday.
Up to 30,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the match.
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