Australia v India Third Test Match Preview


The Boxing Day test between Australia and India takes place in Melbourne and heading into the game the series is all square at 1-1 with two matches still to play.

India won a thrilling first test of this series in Adelaide by just 31 runs but Australia fought back in the second contest in Perth to level the series with a 146 run victory.

Australia batted first in Perth and opener Marcus Harris top scored with 70 in a total of 326 with Ishant Sharma (4/41) being the pick of the Indian bowlers.

India had lost both openers with just 8 runs on the board in their first innings but Virat Kohli came to the rescue with 123 to help his side reach 283 and Nathan Lyon claimed 5 of the visitors wickets.

Australia’s lead at the halfway stage was useful but certainly not match winning and Khawaja top scored with 72 in their second innings which closed on 243. Mohammed Shami took 6 wickets to give India some hope although it still looked a tough task.

India folded pretty tamely in their second knock and the writing was on the wall when Kohli fell for 17 runs. They were all out for 140 and the series is back in the balance as we head to the MCG.

In the outright series win market Australia are currently favourites at 16/10 whilst a series draw or an Indian series win are both trading at 2/1

This was how the teams lined up for the second test

Australia: Tim Paine(c),  Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh,  Mitchell Starc

India: Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari,  Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma,  Jasprit Bumrah,

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Match Result

Australia 23/20

Draw 9/2

India 15/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bets: Batsman to score a Fifty in 1st Innings, Virat Kohli? (yes) at evens

Kohli was our suggestion to score at least 50 in the first innings of the second test and he is worth sticking in the same market at a similar price.