Debutant Mayank Agarwal produced a confident 76-run knock before falling at the stroke of tea as India made a steady start to the third Test against Australia at the MCG on Wednesday. India did not put many runs on the board, taking tea at 123 for two, as the batsmen largely remained cautious in the first two sessions.
Agarwal, handed Test debut after KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failed in the first two matches, repaid the faith shown in him by the team management with a half-century. India had won the toss and opted to bat. This is the third Test of the 4-match series. The series is currently tied at 1-1. India had won the first game at Adelaide by 31 runs.
The Aussies bounced back with a 146-run win in the second Test at Perth. This Melbourne Test is also known as the Boxing Day Test. The Boxing Day Test is a match held in Melbourne involving the Australian team and a team touring during the southern summer. It begins annually on Boxing Day, that is one day after Christmas.