India, who lead the series in Australia 1-0 after winning in Adelaide, have picked four pacers for the Test, opting to replace injured off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with fast bowler Umesh Yadav.
The decision was criticised after Australia’s openers put on a century stand after winning the toss, though India’s bowlers fought back in the afternoon session to leave the match evenly poised.
And McGrath has added his voice to the chorus of critics over India’s selection.
“They have got caught up in the hype and felt this pitch was going to do everything, bounce, pace, carry, seam,” McGrath told Channel Seven.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan agreed, saying India “got the team wrong” and Kohli would end up missing having a specialist spinner, while Indian pundit Harsha Bhogle pointed out the oddity of India, with its rich spin tradition, picking an all-pace attack while Australia emphasised the importance of a spinner, picking Nathan Lyon, despite their historical love of pace.
Hello cricket fans and welcome to our live blog for Friday!
Plenty of cricket action coming your way as Australia look to level the series against India in the second Test in Perth, and Bangladesh taking on West Indies in the third ODI of their series.
We’ll have all the updates from an action-packed day.
3:15 – Australia finish on 277/6 in day of wasted opportunities
Australia’s top-order batsmen wasted starts on a frustrating day in Perth as India’s bowlers fought back to leave the hosts on 277/6 on Day 1 of the second Test.
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1:50 – Australia, India in seesaw Day 1 in Perth
India battled back after a partnership between Shaun Marsh and Travis Head to leave the second Test evenly poised after Day 1.
Marsh and Head shared an 84-run partnership after India had taken four quick wickets, but both fell late in the day to fritter away Australia’s advantage.
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11:30 – India fight back on Day 1 of second Test
Australia got off to an excellent start in Perth after winning the toss and choosing to bat, with openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris putting on a century stand, but India have fought back with four quick wickets in the second and third sessions.
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Pakistan and New Zealand are set for a gripping conclusion to their series, with New Zealand pushing for a win on the final day of the last Test in Abu Dhabi, while the first Test of India’s tour of Australia is delicately poised after Day 2.
The Sport360 team will have all the updates from those matches and the rest of the cricketing world.
7.49pm – Sachin Tendulkar surprised by Australia batting
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he’s never witnessed Australians batting as defensively at home as they did on day two of the first Test between the two sides on Friday.
Having bowled out India for 250 off the first ball of the day, Australia ended the day on 191/7 after 88 overs, thanks to some disciplined, tight bowling from the visitors.
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5pm – Pakistan suffer 123-run defeat
New Zealand won their first away series against Pakistan in 49 years after bowling the hosts out for 156 on the final day of the third Test in Abu Dhabi.
William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, and Tim Southee each took three wickets as Pakistan collapsed after being set a target of 280.
Babar Azam top-scored with 51 for Pakistan, who collapsed in a chase for the second time this series after being bowled out for 171 in the final innings of the first Test, chasing 176.
1pm – Pakistan collapse after New Zealand set target of 280
Pakistan collapsed to 55/5 at lunch after New Zealand set them a target of 280 to win the final Test, and with it the series, on Friday.
Henry Nicholls joined captain Kane Williamson in scoring a century as the Kiwis piled on the runs, declaring at 353/7.
In response, Pakistan’s top order has folded cheaply, with William Somerville taking two wickets in two balls to hasten a collapse.
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12:50pm – Travis Head’s innings keeps India at bay
Travis Head struck a fighting half century to rescue Australia after the top order folded under some tight Indian bowling. The hosts reached stumps at 191/7, with Head unbeaten on 61.
Ravi Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets for India, and he was ably supported by the pacers, with Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah taking two wickets each.