All eyes will be on India skipper Virat Kohli on day three of the third Test, even more so than usual given his dodgy back has flared up.
Kohli appeared to tweak his back while helping India amass a total of 443/7-declared on day two of the contest at the MCG.
The superstar received treatment from team physio Patrick Farhart after the setback then was dismissed soon after, guiding a short ball from Mitchell Starc to Aaron Finch at deep third man.
Kohli took his customary position in the slips following the change of innings but is likely to be assessed again by Farhart this morning.
The 30-year-old, speaking earlier this year after a persistent back problem flared up in England and clearly affected his running between the wickets, admitted the “back can be very tricky when it goes off”.
“It’s sore,” Kohli said at the time.
“It happened in the latter half or the last leg of the South Africa tour (at the start of the year).
“That was very sudden.”
Cheteshwar Pujara, who shared a record 170-run stand with Kohli, suggested the latest setback is not serious.
“Obviously I’m not a physio so I can’t say much about it,” Pujara said.
Kohli didn’t move with complete freedom when he took the field on Thursday but was nonetheless in good spirits.
The world’s best batsman, subjected to ‘you are a wanker’ chants from Bay 13, doffed his cap and bowed to Australia’s fans.