India further asserted their grip of the third Test in Australia after eventually declaring on 443/7 after a weary couple of days in the field for the hosts.
With the series finely poised at 1-1 plenty rests on what happens in Melbourne and Australia captain Tim Paine was trying every trick in the book to try and make some headway into the Indian batting line up on Thursday.
Paine was heard once again attempting to distract his opponent, this time telling Rohit Sharma he will support his team the Mumbai Indians in next year's Indian Premier League if he was able to hit a six from Nathan Lyon's next ball.
Sharma was joined at the crease by Ajinkya Rahane, who plays for Rajasthan Royals and Aaron Finch at short leg, formerly of the Indians, when Paine said:
“It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians for who I support, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai.”
This isn't the first time during the series that Paine has attempted such mind games towards his Indian counterparts.
During the second Test, the Aussie captain asked Murali Vijay: "Murali, I know he's your captain but you can't seriously like him as a bloke, you couldn't possibly like him," in reference to Virat Kohli
The barb came shortly after Lyon's dismissal of Kohli for 17 and is the latest in a series of comments between the two captain's as the stump mics continue to add a humorous feature to the game.
Paine seemingly enjoys the art of distraction and even took the time out to have a conversation with Finch about the time they faced each other in Sheffield, teasing he was about put Finch into the attack.
Australia closed day two on 8-0 and currently trail by 435 runs. So the pressure will on Marcus Harris and finch to build a solid foundation for the Aussies to respond.News Now - Sport News