Australia are in big trouble heading into Matchday 4, but it’s a chance for rookie Cameron Green to step in and announce himself as a test player.
The 21-year-old will resume on the 17th, the highest score of his very brief Test career.
He has a first-class batting average of 51, and a meaningful inning today could just give Aussie bowlers a total they can defend in the fourth inning.
“A perfect opportunity for him to make a name for himself and consolidate his place in the squad,” former Australian captain Allan Border told Fox Cricket.
“If I’m him, I think, ‘I’m not going to give my wicket, if I’m out I’m the last man out, I have to make them fight me.’
“That would be my attitude and not worry too much about the dashboard.
“Just bat. There’s a lot of time left in the game.
“The last guys are definitely going to fight.”
Border admitted Australia were well behind in the game, but noted India rose to the challenge after their Adelaide debacle.
“The Indians have surpassed Australia, that simple,” he said.
“We go into day four behind the eight ball because India has put us to the sword.
“The bowling was exceptional, and some hitters a little poor.
“You have to give credit where it’s due.”