IT has been an up and down start for Australia on day one of the Boxing Day Test against India at the MCG.
A short time ago the Aussies were 3-118 in the second session.
After losing hard-hitting opener David Warner for a duck with no runs on the board, the hosts fought back courtesy of a 115-run partnership between Chris Rogers and Shane Watson.
Rogers was caught behind off the bowling Mohammed Shami for a typically dogged 57 off 126 deliveries, before pushing at a ball he had previously left so well outside off stump.
Shortly afterwards, India registered a double strike on the same score, with Watson falling lbw to spinner R Ashwin, trying to play a sweep shot across the line.
Watson was under pressure going into this innings, having scored 14, 33, 25 and a duck this series, somewhat alleviating that pressure with a half-century.
But he looked set for a big score and would be disappointed he didn't push on.
A short time ago, Steve Smith (zero) and Shaun Marsh (one) were at the crease.
Queensland debutant Joe Burns was the next man due in.