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India retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy after the primary two Exams however the Aussies restored some delight by profitable the Third Check and will likely be aiming to degree the collection 2-2.
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The match is being performed at Ahmedabad’s huge Narendra Modi Stadium, which is internet hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the opening day.
Fill-in Aussie captain Steve Smith gained the toss and elected to bat first earlier than confirming Australia has chosen an unchanged crew.
There was a large roar from the insane crowd as Travis Head and Usman Khawaja walked out to open Australia’s innings.
2.45pm – Pitch furore erupts once more
Steve Smith gained the toss and elected to bat — however he nonetheless appeared unsure about what the deck will ship.
Smith had beforehand mentioned he was stunned in regards to the look of the Ahmedabad wicket — and was unable to work out which of the pitches in the course of the bottom have been truly the one being ready for the Fourth Check.
“Can’t bear in mind being uncertain two days out which pitch I’d be enjoying on,” he mentioned.
Smith’s declaration prompted anger from Aussie Check legend Mark Waugh.
“This isn’t on,” he mentioned on Fox Cricket earlier than the toss.
“I imply in Australia the curators are informed months prematurely. They arrange the pitch for the cameras. However in India it’s totally different. It’s like County cricket. You used to show as much as County grounds and there have been three pitches ready, relying on who turned up for the opposition facet after which they might resolve. I don’t know what’s happening with this, however one thing must be carried out about this.”
2.30pm – Albo sparks chaos at gigantic stadium
There could also be a cricket match being performed at Ahmedabad’s gigantic stadium nevertheless it’s not the principle attraction there on Thursday.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom the stadium is known as after, has welcomed his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese at a celebration of the Indian chief.
The Narendra Modi Stadium has a capability of 130,000, and the marvel of sporting structure has been used for giant political occasions, together with when Modi welcomed then US President Donald Trump in 2020.
The official assembly between Modi and Albanese meant the 2 groups have been barred from warming up on the sector and have been relegated to the surface nets.
Photographs of the 2 Prime Ministers, accompanied with the message “Friendship By way of Cricket”, are emblazoned on the stadium’s exterior and on massive panels inside the sector.
The official file crowd for a day of Check cricket was set in 2013 when 91,112 folks attended Day 1 of the Boxing Day Ashes Check.
A brand new file may properly be set in Ahmedabad.
Albanese and Modi have been paraded across the stadium earlier than the toss of the coin amid a lot pomp and ceremony.
The pair have been pushed across the stadium in a particular automobile that allowed each to wave to the group in an open-top “pope-mobile”.
2.30pm – Australia confirms unchanged crew
Anticipated Australia XI: Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Matt Kuhnemann