The third day of the Fourth Test between India and Australia was an old-fashioned grind. The hosts reached stumps with an 86-run first innings lead, despite dogged resistance from the likes of Cameron White lower down the Australian order.
India’s defensive tactics have been criticised in the past, but the pressure that was exacted today seems to suggest that India won’t really care. This is, after all, Test cricket, not some newfangled Twenty20 shootout.
Now the stage is set for India’s batsmen to make some runs before the pitch deteriorates. Australia’s hopes of saving the series could fade rapidly if India get settled in.