Australia salvage a draw in third test

Australia salvage a draw in third test

It's one of the oldest comebacks in sport but quite often it's the best, and it's the one star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara used to blunt Australia quick Josh Hazlewood, according to teammate Wriddhiman Saha.

Starting the day at a nervy 23/2 in reply to India's 603/9 declared, Australia were 204/6 in 100 overs in their second innings when the two teams made a decision to end the proceedings.

The thing that worked against England was that, even when they batted big, India batted bigger and broke their spirits, with a collapse eventually coming in the second innings.

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"(We are) Going to have to come up with a plan to combat Jadeja but we've worked on that and you'll probably see it tomorrow I would think", Lehmann said. Everyone has his point of view. The positive for Australia was that Smith was not the one who had to stand up. "But we batted beautifully".

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Australia was put in for eight overs until stumps, a spell that cost them with the tourists at 23-2 when play ended. I am very proud of the way the boys stuck it out. "Marsh and Handscomb batted very well".

They were also fearless enough to attack anything loose, which was vital in erasing the deficit and preventing Virat Kohli from suffocating them with a ring of fielders in close. "There was a situation when we couldn't afford to lose another wicket, so I had to restrict myself", he explained. "Credit to Australia for playing out the draw, but we played ourselves into a position where we could have won".

"Jadeja's bowling was outstanding". The loop, flight and drift that he was getting against New Zealand and England isn't as prevalent anymore - it wasn't there against Bangladesh and hasn't been there in this Test series so far either.

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 202 off 525 deliveries - a record for balls faced by an Indian batsman in a Test innings. The slow run rate continued as Pujara took the charge on the other side. "They've (the Australian players) done a lot of practice in those sort of conditions, I am really confident they can do the job tomorrow". He hit a boundary to get off the mark and gave the much needed confidence to Pujara who was running short of stable partners. This season he has been outstanding.

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