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Regardless of what transpires in the Test series decider between Australia and India, Matt Renshaw has proven himself a selection masterstroke yet again.

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This column started as a lament, and finished as a song of praise. When writing began, before play on the final day in Ranchi, few gave Australia a hope of avoiding defeat. India appeared to have gained control of the match and, in all probability, the series.

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If Australia could choose a venue for a deciding Test in India, it would likely be Dharamsala.

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Nathan Lyon looked tame in the third Test without the footmarks created by injured left-arm quick Mitchell Starc. Now Australia must decide whether they would be better off picking a different bowler for the decider.

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And so it comes down to the final Test match between India and Australia to decide who wins the series.

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The ‘old’ Australia would today be nursing their wounds after a routine capitulation under pressure in the third Test against India. But that flighty Australian team has not been sighted since the debacle at Hobart in November.

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Stunning efforts from Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha ensured that India were able to turn the tables on Australia by the end of Day 4 of the third Test. Follow all the action of Day 5 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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“You can stick with your original decision, you’re on screen now.” Met, we can only assume, with a sigh of relief from the on-field umpire, this utterance from the third umpire signals an unsuccessful review.

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Cheteshwar Pujura’s patient double century at Ranchi yesterday has turned the third Test into a match only India can win.

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Australia’s first innings was when it all started to go wrong in Ranchi, according to coach Darren Lehmann.

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A spirited Cheteshwar Pujara century kept India in the contest after Patrick Cummins grabbed four wickets on Day 3 of the ongoing Test match between India and Australia. The hosts finished at 6-360, trailing by 91 runs. Follow all the action of Day 4 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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Pat Cummins struck thrice on a tense third day of the third Test to give Australia hope of a victory over India that would ensure the visitors retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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VVS Laxman has referenced the death of Phillip Hughes in a scathing and ill-informed critique of Australia’s conduct, saying the visitors defied the spirit of cricket in Ranchi.

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Australia went on to cross the 450-run mark in their first innings thanks to tons from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell on the second day of the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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A Steven Smith century and his sterling partnership with comeback man Glenn Maxwell, along with an untimely Virat Kohli injury, put Australia firmly in the driver’s seat after Day 1 of the Ranchi Test against India. Follow all the action of Day 2 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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The people were unhappy. A great shadow hung over the land, a sickness that ate away at the minds and souls of all who toiled thanklessly in the fields and sweated pointlessly in the offices.

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Another superb Test ton from the very reliable Steve Smith and a career best from the usually very unreliable Glenn Maxwell earned Australia control of the third Test against India at Ranchi on the opening day.

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Steve Smith’s century and Glenn Maxwell’s breakthrough performance pushed Australia to 4-299 at stumps on day one of the third Test against India.

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The JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi will be the setting as India take on Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. Follow all the action of Day 1 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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Why is Usman Khawaja in India? It’s a pretty simple question, and one any of the selectors or Cricket Australia officials would have a great deal of trouble answering to my satisfaction.

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