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Indian spin ace Ravi Ashwin has thrown down a challenge to Australia’s batsmen to take him on after his left-hander feast in the first Test.

Bemused by criticism of his record down under, Ashwin snared three top-order wickets on day two in Adelaide before Travis Head saved face with a fighting unbeaten 61.

Australia will resume today at 7-191 in response to India’s 250. Mitchell Starc is the other unbeaten batsman on eight.

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“We are still 100 per cent in the game,” debutant Marcus Harris said last night. “We are only 60 behind. That only takes a good partnership in the morning, then we are even, and we have a brilliant bowling attack. We are positive.”

After silencing critics of his modest record in Australia before this tour, Ashwin said the conditions held no fear for him, adding that he would welcome any attempt by Australia’s batsmen to blast him out of the attack.

“If they did, I will be very happy,” he said.

“Generally I cannot remember it happening … even on previous tours, I cannot remember someone taking me down that much in Australia.

“First time when I came here in 2011, Michael Clarke kept driving me through covers. I was a bit inexperienced and kept tossing the ball up. Obviously, that’s where you learn from burning your fingers once.”

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