Melbourne: Australian opener Aaron Finch Thursday said the MCG pitch is deteriorating quicker than anticipated and all three results are possible in the third Test despite a slow Indian first innings that finished at 443 for seven. The hosts were eight for no loss at stumps in response.

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“It’s not your traditional Australian wicket where you have three slips and a gully all day and you bang away, and the ball seams and carries like we saw in Perth. There, a lot of dismissals were behind the wicket,” Finch said.

At the end of day’s play, he added, “On such pitches, I think you’ve just got to adapt your gameplan and regardless of what the wicket is, you’ve got to be good enough to adapt and change your plans and execute on the day.”

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Cheteshwar Pujara struck a classy century and combined with captain Virat Kohli (82) to put India in control on the second day. Finch said: “This wicket is probably deteriorating more than we thought it would. Even tonight it was skidding through, there were a couple that took off. So, it’s still game on if we bowl well and put India under pressure (in the second innings).

“I think all three results are still on the table, 100 per cent, India (victory), Australia (victory) and a draw.”

Finch praised the Australian attack for bowling nearly six sessions on the first two days, and in particular singled out Pat Cummins for praise, who picked up 3/72 in 34 overs before padding up to be night-watchman if the early wicket fell.

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“I think Patty Cummins was 34 overs for the innings and then to strap the pads on to be night-watchman is a pretty brave effort. I think the way that Pat keeps fronting up and coming back is a real testament to his fitness.

Finch also revealed the banter he along with Australia captain Tim Paine had with Rohit Sharma. Paine was caught on the stump microphone telling team-mate Aaron Finch that he would join Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League team if the stylish Indian hits a six at the MCG, during the post-tea session of the third Test’s second day.

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“We were just trying to have a bit of banter with Rohit. I asked Rohit if we brought mid-on up if he’d take us on and go into IPL mode and he didn’t take the bait, unfortunately. It was just a bit of good fun, a bit of banter. It was a long time out there,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)