[videourl mediaid="7ItJFquG" url="https://mum-videostream.s3.amazonaws.com/cricketcountry/2018/12DEC/27/pujaracric.mp4"] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Melbourne:</strong> India s lone centurion <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cheteshwar-pujara/">Cheteshwar Pujara</a> at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/melbourne-cricket-ground">Melbourne Cricket Ground</a> believes that Australia will have tough time on a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-vs-australia-2018">deteriorating Day 3 pitch</a> of the ongoing third Test. <p></p> <p></p>Pujara brought up his 17th Test hundred on a day of toil for Australia s bowlers, on a slow and low MCG surface with variable bounce. Speaking to reporters after the day s play, Pujara felt the uneasy nature of the pitch will affect scoring. I think so. It s a tough wicket to score runs on, he said. <p></p> <p></p><strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/india-in-australia-2018-200901/live-scores/india-vs-australia-live-cricket-score-3rd-test-match-186743-summary.html">3rd Test, India vs Australia: SCORECARD</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p> To get used to the pace is difficult. Sometimes you feel it is on the slower side, but the odd ball kicks up and I got hit on my finger. Luckily it is not that bad and I could bat, but I did have to try and get out of the way four of five times and those were not short balls, he said. <p></p> <p></p> Those were back-of-a-length balls and I got hit on my gloves, so as a batsman there s always doubt when you play on such pitches. The ball I got out to, I felt I could not have done anything about it. <p></p> <p></p> You have to bat as per the wicket and the situation. On this wicket, each batsman had to play a lot of balls to get set, he said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-dont-need-to-silence-anyone-when-i-play-international-cricket-cheteshwar-pujara-783685">Don t need to silence anyone when I play international cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p> It was tough. If those couple of wickets had not fallen, I could have gone on to get 140-150 at the least, but that s what Test cricket is about. You have to gauge the pitch and the situation and bat accordingly. <p></p> <p></p>India declared their first innings at 443/7 on the second day and Pujara believes that the visiting team has a total from where they can push for victory over Australia with three days left in the third Test. <p></p> <p></p> The first two days, if you look at the number of runs scored, it s very less, but to score 200 in a day is a tough task. I think we have enough runs on the board and as we saw today the pitch has already started deteriorating. There s variable bounce on it. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2018-pujara-leaves-his-mark-on-slow-release-test-cricket-at-mcg-783656">Pujara leaves his mark on slow-release Test cricket at MCG</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"When I was batting on it yesterday and today I felt there was a difference, and I don t think it s easier to bat now. From tomorrow I think it will get difficult to bat on. Our bowlers have been bowling well, so I would say we have enough runs on the board, he said.