Seven Australian players hit SCG nets on New Years Day

India tour of Australia 2018

After two consecutive batting collapses, compounded with the worrying form of Aaron Finch atop the order, Australia are obliged to shake up the top six as they fight to save the series from a historic Indian victory.

Both Hazlewood and Starc bowled less overs in Melbourne than they did in the series-opener in Adelaide, despite Australia bowling for nearly the entire first two days at the MCG on a flat wicket.

India now have a golden opportunity of sealing their first-ever Test series in Australia.

"We just got to stay in this contest". I think they have been outstanding, especially Jasprit. And probably more suited to those conditions.

"I know last summer, traditional swing, there was pretty much none".

"We have one of the best bowling attacks in the world and they keep rocking up and absorbing the pressure".

Peter Handscomb may also earn a recall for the SCG series finale, although Langer's description of Aaron Finch as "a really good player" and "great in the team" suggests the under-fire opener will be spared the axe.

They were joined by the majority of Australia's top order, with the quicks - including Marsh - taking the morning off alongside Shaun Marsh and Travis Head.

"Everyone is doing everything they can", Cummins said. "We'll be looking to pick the best XI that we think is the best combination to win this Test and the wicket will play a part in that".

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"I hope they're welcomed back".

Australia hasn't had a bowler as full-time Test captain since Richie Benaud in 1963, but Cummins said his own concerns with mixing the responsibilities didn't mean bowlers couldn't take on the role.

"I found it quite hard".

Barring Cummins' heroics - the fast bowler claiming nine wickets for the match and career-best figures of 6-27 in India's second innings - there were few positives for Tim Paine's Australia.

Traditionally more friendly to spinners, the SCG could present an opportunity for Labuschagne who was picked as a batsman for his maiden two Tests in the UAE this year but took seven wickets at 22.42. "You just need to be able to manage it".

"We're not too far away". He's having a bit of a lean run of it although he's got a couple of 50s.

India have reversed an earlier decision about the availability of Ravichandran Ashwin for the fourth and final Test against Australia and said the off-spinner would be in the 13-man match squad named later on Wednesday.

"So getting that management right and staying true to the management, so we can have him (Cummins) fit and firing - we've got to be strong with that because there's got to be a lot of people with different opinions as to whether they should play every game", he said.

"There's a really good process in place that we're going to go through to get the boys back in the team, I liked seeing Cameron play last night".

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