A depleted India side again impressed the masses on day one of The Gabba Test, ensuring the teams were on an even ledger at the close of play.
The visitors managed to limit Australia to 5-274, despite having lost bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja after the SCG Test, and Navdeep Saini on day one of the third Test.
Australia’s saviour was insatiable first drop Marnus Labuschagne, who was dropped twice but peeled off the fifth Test century of his career.
With opening batsmen David Warner (one) and Marcus Harris (five) failing, and middle-order batsmen Steve Smith (36) and Matthew Wade (45) looking strong but missing out on big scores, Labuschagne’s fighting knock ensured Australia were on their way to a competitive total.
The Queenslander left the ball a lot in his innings of 108, which he attributed to knowing his home deck really well.
Labuschagne made the Fox Cricket commentators laugh when he answered an Adam Gilchrist question about his century celebrations.
“I always try to tell myself to be cool, just act like it’s not a big deal,” Labuschagne said on Fox Cricket’s coverage.
“And then when you get to a hundred you carry on and you look up and you’re like, ‘What are you doing?’ But like you said, you just let the emotion take over. I don’t think I try to have any specific thoughts about it. For me it’s about enjoying the moment however the moment is.”
Australia captain Tim Paine (38) and rising prodigious all-rounder Cameron Green (28) will resume in the middle on day two as Australia continue their pursuit of a first-innings total of upward of 400 runs.
“I’m a little disappointed for myself to get out there,” Labuschagne said.
“I think we could have put ourselves in a really good position today, probably got up over 300 runs. So a little disappointing for me and a learning thing for me.
“But for Tim and Green to come out and play like they did, especially against the new ball there – that’s great for us to see.
“I’d probably say we have the slight edge today, but they hung in really well and they kept taking wickets, which had us a bit nervous.”