Boxing Day Test’s first day sees Australia struggle for wickets on low and slow pitch
Mitchell Starc rued a late dropped catch on a day when chances were few and far between. (AAP: Julian Smith)
India is heading towards a big total in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test, sitting pretty on 2-215 after a slow first day in Melbourne.
Captain Virat Kohli (47 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (68 not out) — numbers one and four on the ICC Test batting rankings — remain at the crease after India made things look a little bit too easy on day one.
Australia captain Tim Paine was happy to have the fifth bowling option of Mitch Marsh in the team, as wickets were hard to come by on the docile drop-in surface.
Making matters worse, Paine spilled a tough chance about 10 minutes from stumps that would have dismissed Kohli for 47 and given Australia the momentum.
Instead, India’s best (Kohli) and most stubborn (Pujara) batsmen will resume on day two with a chance to bat the tourists into a position from which they can launch a full-blooded pursuit of a 2-1 lead in the series.
More to come.