Stakes high, tension builds for Australia vs India 3rd test

SYDNEY (AP) — The series is tied at the halfway point. Australia and India have been surpassed by New Zealand atop the test cricket rankings.

There’s quarantine and travel restrictions. There’s tension.

Australia captain Tim Paine let it be known on the eve of the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground that the gloves are off. Rumors about the India squad’s discontent with hotel restrictions and reluctance to travel to Brisbane for the fourth test have opened up a little bit of acrimony.

“It’s boiling away, there’s some stuff starting to happen, a bit of chat starting to happen,”