After Australia ended the day 4 of the Melbourne Test at 261-7 with a lead of 326, all eyes are on the Australian declaration going into the final day’s play. Australia are leading 2-0 in the series and will look to whitewash the India as a revenge for the 2013 series in India.
But a lead of 326 might be a risk for the Australians as India almost chased 364 in the first Test. On a deteriorating pitch at Adelaide Oval, India were set 364 and were bowled out for 315 in spite of Virat Kohli’s century as Nathan Lyon bowled the hosts to victory. But the MCG pitches tend to hold up better and the surface should still be good for batting on day five.
David Warner has said that the Aussies will score some runs before declaration. Here are some excerpts from the press Conference:
On an over-night declaration:
“We saw in the Adelaide Test how well they fought there and luckily we got the breakthrough because it could have been a different story. They would have gone one-nil up. We know what their batting line up is like: Kohli and Rahane put on a great partnership. They had their luck but they went on with it and got big scores. That is in the back of our mind. We know the positive brand of cricket they are playing now and we have got to come out with the ball and either dry it up or take those ten wickets … I think we need a few more runs than what we have got on the board at the moment,” he added.
On Chances of winning the third Test:
That is the way we are going to try and win the game. Obviously the new ball is crucial and we’ve got to make the most of it. Extra zip with the new ball, I don’t think there’s going to be sideways movement at all. Depending on the weather there might be a bit of swing but I don’t think that is likely.”
On the behaviour of the wicket:
“It’s still a very good batting wicket. There’s not much sideways movement with the new ball but when the ball gets older and a bit softer there’s a bit of reverse swing and I think that is going to be the key when we take the field, to try to get that ball going a bit, dry up the runs and get ten opportunities”
In all cases, India will look to win the match to stay alive in the series.
In reply, Indian spinner R Ashwin said “Any score on the final day is going to be tricky. It’s a Test match and … it’s going to test every single aspect of your game and your attitude. It’s going to be hard work, but we’re up for it – we’re here to win games of cricket. We’ll be positive and try and see where we can go.”