Pant leads counterattack as India reach lunch at 206/3 on Day 5

Australia's wicketkeeper Tim Paine drops a catch from India's Rishabh Pant on Day 5 of the third test between the two sides at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. | AFP-JIJI

The series is locked at 1-1 heading to the fourth and final test in Brisbane starting on Friday. He reportedly sustained an abdominal injury while fielding.

"He likes to visualise how he is going to play". It is Test cricket.

Siraj had the third test stopped for eight minutes on Sunday afternoon after complaining to umpires of racial abuse from the crowd.

He was barred from holding any leadership role for a year on top of his one-year ban from playing.

A majestic 97 by Pant turned the fortunes of Team India early in the day, while Vihari (23*) and Ashwin (39*) endured the final few hours to ensure India a safe passage.

India's squad depth will be seriously tested, with the BCCI unable to call in any more reserves because of travel restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentator and ex-England coach David Lloyd retweeted the video and wrote "how childish" and former captain Michael Vaughan added: 'This is very very poor from Steve smith!'

Stump microphones picked up some barbs that Paine, who has helped turn around the Australian squad's image after the Cape Town cheating scandal in 2018, directed at Ashwin during India's second innings.

So there was plenty of celebrations, recriminations, and ice needed on Monday night.

(MENAFN - NewsBytes) Australian captain Tim Paine defended the actions of Steve Smith after the SCG Test ended in a draw. "I'm bitterly disappointed with that".

Smith, who was named man of the match after scores of 131 and 81, came in for criticism from former players from across the world on social media.

"He's always standing in the batting crease shadow batting and, as we know, he's got those many Steve Smith quirks and one of them is he's always marking centre".

Cheteshwar Pujara of India bats during day five of the 3rd Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. India skipper Ajinkya Rahane said the team didn't think about the result when they came out to bat on the final day.

"So the better wicketkeeper goes out there, does the job, pulls off a catch that I reckon nine times out of 10 Rishabh Pant would have dropped, and then suddenly Rishabh Pant is fit enough to bat".

"He was certainly not changing (Pant's) guard and if he was that's something that the Indians would have kicked up a bit stink about at the time", added Paine, who also apologised for his own conduct after sledging Ravichandran Ashwin.

Paine, who's come under heavy criticism from Australian fans for his poor captaincy in the series, made a decision to launch a tirade against Ashwin when the latter was batting at 33.

"I'm sure if people are happy to look back at the footage, you'll see it happens probably a couple of times a Test match with Steve".