India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane a born leader, captained visitors flawlessly in MCG, says Ian Chappell
Under Rahane, India made a remarkable comeback after their humiliating loss in the first Test in Adelaide by winning the second Test by eight wickets.
India vs Australia: Rain washes out visitors' practice session at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday
In the absence of outdoor activities, Indian players had a gym session as they continued their preparations for the third Test starting in Sydney from 7 January.
Umesh, 33, seemed to have injured his knee while bowling his fourth over which was the eighth of the Australian second innings. He had dismissed opener, Joe Burns, with a peach of a delivery in only his second over earlier.
The fate of the third Test has been shrouded in uncertainty since a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the northern beaches in Sydney, which is scheduled to host the third Test from 7 January.
Uncertainty looms over the New Year's Test being held at the SCG from 7 January because of stricter quarantine rules set by Queensland, the host of the fourth Test, for people arriving from Sydney due to the surge in COVID-19 cases there.
India vs Australia: Skipper Tim Paine calls for Sydney sacrifice, invites broadcast staff to join them in bubble
"We've got so many guys from Sydney and NSW, so they love playing in front of their home crowds and having their families around, so hopefully that can get off the ground," Paine said.
India vs Australia: Visitors need to remember they dominated first two sessions in Adelaide, says Gautam Gambhir
Earlier, Gambhir had said that India would do well to enter the second Test with five bowlers and make Rahane bat at the No. 4 position.
With David Warner still unavailable due to a groin injury, Justin Langer said he would brave to tinker with the side for the Melbourne Cricket Ground match after a resounding victory in Adelaide
"Ashwin is a world-class bowler, to be honest. I have watched him a lot especially when I had gone to tour India and the subcontinent to try and learn of him. But he is a very cagey bowler, he has got all the variations," Lyon said.
The idea behind organising the pep talk was to boost the confidence of the players and keep them in a positive frame of mind heading into the crucial Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
India vs Australia: 'Important to keep moving forward', Steve Smith's advice to visitors after 36 all-out debacle
The Australian troika of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood produced one of the finest fast bowling performances in recent times to dismiss India for their lowest Test score of 36 in the opening day-night Test here.
The Australia vice-captain also praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling well to Pujara in the first innings.
India vs Australia: Victorian government eases crowd restrictions, allows 30,000 fans per day for Boxing Day Test
In a world scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the limited overs series between Australia and India saw the return of spectators.
India vs Australia: Melbourne Cricket Club's CEO Stuart Fox worried drop-in pitches at MCG have not been tested
The opening round matches of Sheffield Shield were held in Adelaide instead of MCG due to the COVID-19 outbreak at Melbourne and also plans to have a two-day trial match at the MCG this week also couldn’t materialise due to the spread of virus in Adelaide.
India vs Australia: MCG to host Boxing Day Test as CA announce fixtures for Virat Kohli and Co's tour Down Under
The announcement came hours after Australia's second largest city exited a months-long coronavirus lockdown which enabled the MCG to confirm it would stage its traditional Boxing Day Test.
'Very confident we will get a crowd at the MCG for Boxing Day Test', says head of Victoria government
The head of government in the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews said he is "very confident" that fans will be able to attend and the administration is "working towards" it.
Family bid farewell to late Australian great Dean Jones with last lap of empty Melbourne Cricket Ground
The casket of Jones, who collapsed and died aged 59, was draped in an Australia flag and carried in a white hearse adorned with flowers spelling "324", his Test cap number and his highest first-class score, achieved at the MCG.
Cricket Australia is set to announce the schedule for India's tour of Australia this week which will include four Tests and there are fears that the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) may lose the Boxing Day Test.
Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at MCG won't look great without crowds, says Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor said authorities should not hesitate in moving out the match from the MCG in the wake of rising coronavirus cases of in Victoria
Australia Test captain Tim Paine fears the Boxing Day Test against India could be moved out of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus in Victoria.