3rd Test, Day 3: Head, Labuschagne guides Australia to 9-wicket win in Indore | INDvsAUS

Xtra Time Web Desk: Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne displayed great skills and temperament against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as Australia successfully chased 76 runs needed to win the third test at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Friday. The win also guaranteed Australia a spot in the final of the World Test Championships to be played at the Oval in June.

Head has dominated bowling attacks in Australia over the past two summers but this was his most important performance abroad, finishing on 49 from 53 balls with Marnus Labuschagne (28 not out off 58) hitting the winning runs.

On a turning Holkar Stadium pitch , Head battled through challenging new-ball spells from spin wizards Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

The left-hander then took advantage of Ashwin dropping his bundle amid a series of ongoing complaints from Indian players about the state of a replacement ball.

This is just the second test win for Australia in India in their last 18 attempts, having lost 13 of those Tests going back to the final match of their 2004 tour.

This is the third time India have been beaten at home in their last 46 Tests, an imposing stretch dating back more than a decade to the last time they lost a series in their own country, against England in 2012.