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Agarwal handles Aussie bowling heat

For someone who wasn't even in India's initial Test squad to face Australia, Mayank Agarwal is doing a very good job of foiling the home team's bowlers.

Agarwal handles Aussie bowling heat

For someone who wasn't even in India's initial Test squad to face Australia, Mayank Agarwal is doing a very good job of foiling the home team's bowlers.

MAYANK AGARWAL of India bats during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
MAYANK AGARWAL of India bats during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Indian Test rookie Mayank Agarwal has survived and flourished after the most searching pace examination of his career and given Australia's toiling attack another headache.

With just three innings to his name, the 27 year-old is already the highest-scoring opener of the series with an average of 65 despite not being part of the original touring party.


The right-hander only got called into the squad after highly-rated youngster Prithvi Shaw suffered a tour ending ankle injury.

But he has already outscored KL Rahul and the axed Murali Vijay, who average 12 and 11 respectively, as well as Australian duo Marcus Harris (29.5) and Aaron Finch (16.16).

He followed up an impressive debut Test double of 76 and 42 at the MCG with a stylish 77 on day one of the final match of the series at the SCG on Thursday.

Agarwal smashed two straight sixes off spinner Nathan Lyon before being caught at long on attempting a third.

But before those post-lunch pyrotechnics, he had to graft his way through a barrage of sustained short-pitched bowling.

Agarwal said he faced some hostile short pitched bowling in recent A games against New Zealand, but that wasn't on the same level as trying to deal with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

"I think the Aussies came really really hard with their bowling," Agarwal said.

"A lot of quick bouncers, they were pretty sharp there and they were all consistent there, they didn't give absolutely nothing away."

He put on 116 for the second wicket with centurion Cheteshwar Pujara after the hapless Rahul fell cheaply once again.

India will look to build on a promising platform having scored 4-303 after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss.

After Rahul departed for nine, India successfully prevented Australia from achieving bunches of victims through the day, putting on at least 48 for every wicket bar the first.

"We said 'let's play close to the body and not give them wickets - even if we don't get too many runs too quickly, it's alright," Agarwal said.

"'Let's try and get a partnership and then take it from there.'"

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