Third Test, Melbourne: Day 3 – Rahane, Kohli test Captain Smith

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3...

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3…

The New Daily: One of the features of Steven Smith’s captaincy across the six whole days of his reign, up until the start of the day’s play, has been his evident willingness to attack at any given opportunity.

When he’s batting, this is obvious, and with the possible exception of Brendon McCullum, there may not be any other Test batsman in better form currently than Smith.

It’s also been abundantly clear when in the field, when Smith and his bowlers have deployed attacking fields, and bowled very well to those attacking fields to date.

For large chunks of Day 3, things didn’t go well for Steve Smith

STUMPS, Day 3: India resumed 1/108, trailing by 422.

INDIA 8/462 (V.Kohli 169, A.Rahane 147; R.Harris 4/69, N/Lyon 2/108); Australia lead by 68.