Australia vs India ODI series - Australia wields selection axe

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Melbourne Cricket Ground curator Matt Page walks over the wicket ahead of the third Test between India and Australia

The rating means the MCG did not gather a demerit point, of which five would result in a suspension from hosting any global cricket for 12 months.

This throws weight on the point made by Australian skipper Tim Paine, post the third Test match against India. While the dependable Pujara (130*) struck another solid century, his third of the series, to defy the Aussie bowlers and stay unbeaten at stumps, Agarwal (77) impressed with his second half-century in as many Tests.

He failed to replicate the same performance in the second Test and that could have been one of the major reasons why India ended up losing the Perth Test and allowed the hosts to equalise the series at 1-1.

According to the report, the ICC confirmed the rating on Tuesday.

It was partly for that reason he was picked in Australia's side for the SCG Test, with selectors preferring another bowling option on a wicket that is traditionally known for turning.

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The pressure will be on the Australian cricket team to come out strong and level the series. That's part of coaching - it's man management, looking after people and caring for people.

Though Indian captain Virat Kohli is not his team's highest scorer in the ongoing Test series in Australia like the previous overseas tours of South Africa and England, yet his fan following in those parts of the world is constantly growing.

Pujara has carried the momentum into the new year as he is once again closing in to the three-digit score in the fourth Test which is underway in Sydney.

The match had witnessed more than 1,000 runs being scored, with just 24 wickets falling over a period of five days. In case of a below average rating, it would result in one demerit point while poor rating constitutes three points.

According to ICC Rules, a particular venue losses its global status when the demerit tally totals to five demerit points over the course of five years.

The MCG track was under the scanner after India took almost two days to get to 443 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara had attributed their sedate batting to the nature of the track. Who will emerge on top on day two? MCG has always been a happy hunting ground for Australia.

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