Third Test, Melbourne: Day 4 – Australia close in on series win

Shaun Marsh finished 62 not out, his first Test fifty in Australia and nearly doubling his previous highest score at home. Image: ABC Grandstand

Shaun Marsh finished 62 not out, his first Test fifty in Australia and nearly doubling his previous highest score at home. Image: ABC Grandstand

The New Daily: An interesting discussion popped up on social media during the lengthy second session rain break on Day 4, and it provided a very interesting snapshot of an Indian team that may well be improving its batting in parts, but still has a nagging issue.

With India already needing 327 to win, and more than 90 overs available to make them, the Third Test is set up beautifully.

But with such a history of Indian collapse in 2014 – they’ve collapsed in some shape or form in nine of the ten Tests they’ve played – Australia will have a real feeling of confidence tomorrow that taking the top five wickets will see the tail again offering little resistance.

STUMPS, Day 4: India resumed 8/462, trailing by 68.

INDIA 465 (M.Johnson 3/135)

AUSTRALIA 7/261 (C.Rogers 69, S.Marsh 62*; I.Sharma 2/49, R.Ashwin 2/56), and lead by 326 runs.

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