Good sportsmanship from Rahul as chance falls just short
Rahul just showed a great piece of sportsmanship by making it very clear that Harris's reckless shot in the air had not carried to him at mid-on. He dived forward and gathered the ball cleanly on the half-volley but immediately removed any doubt as the Indians began to celebrate by saying it was not out. Harris was lucky because it was an impetuous shot. Khawaja building his innings and Harris batting well apart from that mistake.
Australia 0-47, 16 overs. Harris 32 not out (42b), Khawaja 15 not out (54b)
Spinners on already and luck with Harris
Ravindra Jadeja is on after just four overs from the quicks. And Harris lofted one to mid-on and just fell short of Rahul. Harris nearly threw his innings away, which has become his weakness. He makes the most of this luck to hit a four.
Two leftys at top of the order
This is the first time Australia has opened with two left-handers since Matt Renshaw and Dave Warner opened the batting in Bangladesh in September 2017. This is the 15th test since then. Both openers Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris off to a solid start this morning. Khuwaja averages more than 100 as an opener and had a life yesterday when Pant dropped him before he had scored.
Australia 0-32, 14 overs. Harris 24 not out (35b), Khawaja 8 not out (47b)
Batting paradise at SCG
After just one over from Jasprit Bumrah, the pitch looks very docile. It's likely the Indians will rely on their dual spinners Ravindrasinh Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav to trouble the Aussies.
Australia 0-27, 11 overs. Harris 22 not out (30b), Khawaja 5 not out (34b)
We're away on day three
Marcus Harris facing Jasprit Bumrah. Punched through mid-off for three. Good start.
Putting Pujara's series into context
Here's something to ponder as Australia begins its first innings.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara has faced 1258 balls this series. Three Australian batsmen combined, Marcus Harris (394 balls faced), Marcus Labuschagne (153) and Travis Head (757), have faced 1304 balls combined throughout their entire test careers, just 46 more deliveries than Pujara has faced this series.
What are the Australian selectors thinking?
Former Australian cricket great Dean Jones ponders the question we're all asking: What are the Australian selectors thinking? Excellent insight you can read here.
Jane McGrath's legacy
Jane McGrath died of breast cancer aged 42 in 2008 however her legacy lives on through the Jane McGrath Foundation that she established with her husband, champion Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, in 2005. The Foundation raises money to put breast care nurses in communities throughout Australia to support people with breast cancer. A great cause that is promoted at the Pink Test every year.
Welcome to Jane McGrath Day on day three of the SCG test
By Peter Ryan
It's Jane McGrath day at the SCG test as people dig deep to raise money for the Jane McGrath Foundation. Australia's batting resumes at 0-24 chasing India's mammoth total of 7-622 declared. The pressure is on after the Indian's record breaking day but it should be an absorbing day on one of the best days on the cricket calendar.
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