India v Australia, second Test, day three LIVE updates: Australia look to extend lead on day three

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Injured Warner’s Test future in doubt as Renshaw, Head step in

David Warner’s Test future is in limbo after an extraordinary double whammy in the second Test – a concussion diagnosis and a fractured arm suffered from his rugged innings on the opening day.

A street fighter who grew up in a Matraville housing commission flat, Warner loves a backs-to-the-wall scrap, but there will be no second-innings shot at redemption in Delhi. Fitness issues aside, his fate is now in the hands of selectors.

Opening for just the third time in his 146-game first-class career, Travis Head would have made a strong first impression on George Bailey’s panel with the type of rollicking knock – 39 off 40 balls – selectors have craved against the new ball in India.

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Mohammed Shami after removing David Warner.Credit:Getty Images

Up-tempo Australians get Delhi reward

Credit where it is due. Australia had pledged themselves to a bolder approach to this Test after the debacle of the first. It sounded like false bravado, but after two days, they’re leading by a short half Travis head.

The first Test in Nagpur was a rude reminder of the trials of cricket in India. For this second Test, on another spinning pitch, Australia knew they could not depend on a draw and so had to win. Otherwise, the trophy would stay in India.

But they were strapped for manpower, with three first-pick players not available and a fourth earmarked for this series, Ashton Agar, struggling to adapt.

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Nathan Lyon appeals for a wicket.Credit:Getty Images

Head and Lyon hand Australia the edge

Australia’s batters face their moment of truth after India’s lower order responded to one of the best performances of Nathan Lyon’s career with a daring counter-attack that has left the second Test on a knife’s edge.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy could be on the line on Sunday after two enthralling days of numerous momentum shifts in Delhi.

Travis Head, replacing the concussed David Warner at the top of the order, handed Australia the edge with a rollicking 39 off 40 balls in only his third time opening at first-class level, but the visitors are still a long way from safety given their history of collapses on the subcontinent.

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Travis Head.Credit:Getty Images

Greetings, everybody

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our rolling coverage of the third day of the second Test between India and Australia from Delhi.

And what a match this is turning out to be.

Hardly anything split the two teams in the first innings, with Australia securing a one-run lead heading into the second innings.

The tourists will resume at 1-61 with an overall lead of 62 runs, Travis Head (39) and Marnus Labuschagne (16) are the not-out batsmen.

Given the Aussies already trail the series 1-0, and India need just one more win from the final three Tests to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, today looms as arguably the most important day of the whole four-match series.

Travis Head fires as opener.Credit:Altaf Qadri, AP

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