Australia v India: Cheteshwar Pujara scores century as tourists dominate first day

Australia v India: Cheteshwar Pujara scores century as tourists dominate first day

Lyon once again looms as a central figure on an SCG deck that is expected to favour spin in the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday.

Australia has unveiled a new-look side for the upcoming one-day series against India, with batsmen Chris Lynn, Travis Head and D'Arcy Short dumped, while Peter Siddle is set to play his first white-ball match for his country in more than eight years.

He failed to replicate the same performance in the second Test and that could have been one of the major reasons why India ended up losing the Perth Test and allowed the hosts to equalise the series at 1-1.


"All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia", Hohns said. Thus, the batsmen have to make sure they provide the bowlers with able support as whenever they have, India has won Test matches overseas. Virat Kohli's men head into the match with enormous confidence but will have to make sure that the batsmen do not disappoint.

"We know how good a cricketer he is, he's really skilled in all facets of the game", Paine said on match-eve on Wednesday.

'But the captain and the bowlers came up with a decent plan and unfortunately it didn't work'. Chandrashekhar then ran through the Australians who were bowled out for 213.


"I think the bowlers wanted one thing, Tim wanted one thing", Saker told ABC Grandstand. I think we're showing signs of getting better.

Ah yes, the asterisk that some Australians are likely to append to this series forever - Paine is captain because Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for their part in the ball tampering scandal and will not return until the end of March.

India's Test record after Kohli wins the toss is remarkable; 18 wins and three draws.


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