If the third Test hung in balance at the end of day one, a man in golden form made sure that it wouldn't be the case at the end of day two. Steve Smith struck his third successive Test hundred, a second consecutive Test hundred in his second game in-charge and his 7th overall in a career spanning 25 matches, wherein he also crossed 2000 runs overall.
In a closely fought series, wherein they have proven Australia to be very vulnerable, India has found themselves at the wrong end of the score-line. They trailed by 2-0 going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and given their past record another series defeat loomed large.
Australia opening batsman David Warner has promised his team won’t cut down on the verbal volleys at the Indians during the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which starts on Friday December 26.
Australia, having taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the Commonwealth Bank test series, are in with a dilemma ahead of the Boxing Day test as three of their players, Shane Watson, David Warner and Mitchell Starc are nursing injury concerns.
When a batsman is completely in the zone, he is oblivious to all else happening around him and Murali VIjay admits he didn't realise he had scored his century on day one of the second Test against Australia.
In one of their final Hot Spot cricket discussion videos of the year, John Pennington and Chetan Narula look back at the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide and preview the second game in Brisbane.