SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (DECEMBER 24, 2018) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) 1.
EXTERIOR OF MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND 2.
A BOARD READING (English): 'WELCOME TO THE MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND' PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE MARCH 2018) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 3.
MITCHELL MARSH CELEBRATING AFTER TAKING A WICKET IN A TEST MATCH AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (DECEMBER 24, 2018) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) 4.
AUSTRALIAN TEAM AT NET PRACTICE 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA CRICKET COACH, JUSTIN LANGER, SAYING: "In a perfectly balanced side, you've got someone who can bowl some overs so Mitch (Mitchell Marsh) becomes an attractive commodity on a wicket unlike probably Adelaide and Perth which has been, we have known would be an even contest actually, so this one although looks like there's some grass on the wicket, there's a bit of moisture in it, we also know the history of it so we…our fast bowlers have been lucky.
We've bowled less overs than the Indian bowlers at the moment, particularly (Jasprit) Bumrah that's an important part of the series.
The more we can look after those guys, the better." 6.
AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS MITCHELL MARSH (IN HELMET AND VISOR) AND NATHAN LYON AT NETS PRACTICE 7.
VARIOUS NET PRACTICE 8.
INDIAN CRICKET CAPTAIN VIRAT KOHLI AT TRAINING 9.
MAYANK AGARWAL BOWLING IN THE NETS 10.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE-CAPTAIN OF INDIA, AJINKYA RAHANE, SAYING: "I think, as I said, I think we need some good batsmanship in this (these) two tests matches and I am sure batsmen will take that responsibility." 11.
INDIAN NET PRACTICE STORY: Mitchell Marsh is likely to be recalled for the Boxing Day test against India after Coach Justin Langer on Monday (December 24) endorsed the all-rounder's potential value on a pitch which tends to test the bowlers.
The hosts are yet to announce their side for the match starting on Wednesday (December 26) but Peter Handscomb's middle order position looked in jeopardy after Langer backed Marsh who missed the first two tests of the four-match series currently level at 1-1.
Number five Handscomb has managed 68 runs in four innings against India.
With a heatwave forecast and only three days' gap before the final test in Sydney also means Australia would be extra careful about managing the workload of their frontline pacemen.
Meanwhile, Indian cricket vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said India's batsmen must step up and help their bowlers if the world's top-ranked test side are to win more consistently away from home.
India, who last lost a test series at home in late 2012 against England, suffered defeats in South Africa and England this year due to a lack of batting support.
Their openers have struggled in Australia in the first two tests and the lack of runs at the top has intensified pressure on the middle order of a team which has a lengthy tail.