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Live cricket commentary: India v Australia, 3rd Test, day one

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Play on the first day of the third Test has been officially abandoned due to continued heavy rain. Follow our real-time coverage of the opening day of the third Test between India and Australia in Mohali on Friday. Our live text commentary, live scores and live statistics begins at 2.30pm, with play starting half an hour early to make up time lost on Thursday.

Clarke denies selection problems

Australia captain Michael Clarke insists he has the players to beat India in the third Test in Mohali.

Latest weather-watch: It is still drizzling in Mohali, and it looks increasingly unlikely there will be play today.

THIRD TEST IN MOHALI DELAYED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN.

IF AND WHEN RAINS STOPS, IT WILL BE TWO HOURS BEFORE PLAY COMMENCES.

RAIN IS FORECAST THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF TODAY.

FINE FORECAST FOR REMAINING FOUR DAYS OF THE TEST.

Steven Smith has 296 runs at 37 in five Shield matches in 2012/2013.
Steven Smith has 296 runs at 37 in five Shield matches in 2012/2013. Photo: Getty Images

THIRD TEST IN MOHALI DELAYED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN.

IF AND WHEN RAINS STOPS, IT WILL BE TWO HOURS BEFORE PLAY COMMENCES.

RAIN IS FORECAST THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF TODAY.

FINE FORECAST FOR REMAINING FOUR DAYS OF THE TEST.

Does anyone else feel that the demotion of Glen Maxwell from the Test team is a little strange? His batting and bowling record of late and overall is better than Steve Smith, and though he was expensive with the ball on debut, he did take four wickets, and they were bastmen, not tailenders.

With Lyon re-joining the line-up, he would have effectively been a third spinner, a role more befitting his current experience, and he certainly deserved another chance with the bat.

Why was Smith chosen ahead of him, and why was Smith chosen for this tour?

(As it happens, I didn't think Maxwell had earnt a place in the touring squad either, but once he was in...)

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The start of the third Test has been postponed by heavy rain, but there is plety of compelling cricket going on.

England is 2-251 late on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington, with new opener Nick Compton making his second consecutive century, a chilling prospect for Australians searching for weaknesses in the English make-up ahead of the Ashes.

And the tremendous finish to the Sheffield Shield season is underway, with all six teams a chance to make the final depending on results in the final three games.

Tasmania is 4/202 against the almost unrecogniseable Victorian bowling attack in Hobart.

SA is 7/122 against NSW, with Girender Sandhu once more starring with the ball, taking 4/33.

The WA v OLD match in Perth has been delayed by rain.

Scores

England 2/251 Compton 100, Trott 115no, v New Zealand Wagner 1-69, Martin 1-58

Tasmania 4/202 Cosgrove 81, Silk 52, Ponting 38no v Victoria Sidebottom 1-49, Heriick 1-40, Ahmed 1-42, Stoinis 1-20

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"Ah, that's not Mohali!", I hear you say of this picture. Well, we are not able to bring you pictures of the sodden ground due to the contracual disagreement between media companies and the Indian cricket authorities. And I can assure you, this is an accurate depiction of the weather at the venue for the third Test.

Ecept that it's a little darker and damper in Mohali.

The umpires say that once the rain stops, it will take two hours for the ground to be ready for play. And there is more heavy rain forecast. They are hopeful of play today. But they sounded less than expectant.

Play will begin half an hour early for each day of the rest of the Test match - starting at 9am local time.

We will keep you posted if there is an unexpected prospect of play. But in the meantime, back to the 'homework' debate!

Warnie suggests you do it with wine and song.

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Rain. Photo: Andrew Quilty

Ground staff will need two hours to clear the covers and dry the outfield. The Indian team has not left its hotel.

The forecast for the remainder of the match is good, with sunny conditions expected to prevail. On previous evidence, five days will not be required...

Australia was belted here in 2008 and 2010. India's record here is four wins and one loss from 11 Tests.

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The skies remain heavy over the stadium, and the bulk of the ground is under covers. Heavy rain fell overnight and this morning and 'rain spells' are forecast for the rest of the day.

Cue more talk about the Australian disciplinary brouhaha.

Allan Border says he is a disappointed with the players for putting themselves in the position where action had to be taken, but also believes management overreacted, and, to echo Shane Warne, "the punishment doesn't fit the crime".

He says the standing down of James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja was "a bit over the top".

 

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Hello, disaster-addicts, and welcome to coverage of the third Test from Mohali. Brad Haddin has been named as replacement for the injured Matthew Wade, but the beleaguered Aussies may get a reprieve of sorts - heavy rain is falling, and day one play is threatened.

That's a pity, for how our battlers respond to the sacking of four teammates is going to make for fascinating viewing.

Here's Chris Barrett's latest news on selection, and the prospect of play today.