05:28(IST)FOUR: Harris is looking in great form. That is good news for the Aussies as he leans into a drive of Shami and the ball races down the long off boundary. He moves into the 30s. Australia are 47/0.
05:22(IST)CHANCE: Jadeja comes into the attack and induces a false shot from Harris. Rahul at mid on takes a brilliant catch. But as soon as he gets up, Rahul signals to the captain that he fell short. Harris survives. Australia are 36/0.
How do we judge Marcus Harris’ summer? He’s averaged 33.33, a middling record, but Agarwal is the only opener to average more.
How do we judge Marcus Harris' summer? He's averaged 33.33, a middling record, but Agarwal is the only opener to average more.
Also he's played 17% false shots, above the global average for Test cricket, but actually below the 19% average for openers in this series. #AUSvIND
05:15(IST)India will have to come up with a really special effort to bowl the hosts out twice on this flat pitch to win the match. For now Harris and Khawaja have looked comfortable. They are 30/0.
05:11(IST)No assistance for Shami or Bumrah for the wicket. With India going with two spinners, they could be in action pretty soon in the day and fast bowlers could be seen in the support role only. Australia move to 29/0.
05:04(IST)Jasprit Bumrah starts the proceedings and the first ball is a loosener. Harris makes the most of it and gets three runs. India bowlers will have be really tight. Australia are 27/0.
04:55(IST)We are just minutes away from the start of the third day’s play. Another good in the offing for the batsmen. Expect hard work for the Indian bowlers and this will be the biggest test for them in the series.
04:49(IST)India amassed 622 for 7 in their first innings and have kind of already batted Australia out of the game. Ponting said Khawaja and Shaun Marsh will have to step up if Australia want to save this game. “The important thing for the Australians is they have to bat really big,” he said. “Even if it means it’s going to be a drawn game, they have to bat really big because if you look back to Adelaide and certainly the first innings in Melbourne, they let a couple of really good opportunities slip there by not making enough runs in the first innings.
04:43(IST)”He played really well in the second innings in Perth in a really critical position and got 72 in a good partnership with (skipper Tim) Paine that got the Aussies a big enough lead to go on and win that game. “He’s the classiest player we have and probably hasn’t got the rewards out of the series that he would’ve wanted to.”
04:27(IST)The former Australian skipper had earlier predicted that Usman Khawaja will outscore Kohli in the series, but all the left-hander has managed is one half-century in the first three Tests. “I think he (Khawaja) has played well,” Ponting said. “He’s struggled to rotate the strike more in this series than ever before. He’s faced a lot of balls.
04:21(IST)”To be fair, India have probably had the best of the batting conditions. The first part of the game in Melbourne was the best time to bat, and now (day one and two) is going to be the best time to bat here in Sydney. “You look at the top five run-scorers and four of them are Indians and we’ve got Travis Head sitting at No.5 with 217 runs when Rishabh has got 350 as their keeper-batter. That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series.”
04:17(IST)”As far as I’m concerned, this batting group through this series has made way too many mistakes,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “Technical, mental, whatever those mistakes may be, they’ve made a lot of mistakes. “It hasn’t necessarily been the first mistake they’ve made either that’s led to them getting out. They’ve made a lot of mistakes then eventually got out.
04:15(IST)Ricky Ponting feels Australia’s batting group have made way too many mistakes and that has led to the team’s downfall in the ongoing Test series against India. India’s immovable object at No.3, Cheteshwar Pujara has plundered 521 runs from a record 1,258 balls faced in the four-match series, while the likes of Rishabh Pant (350 runs) and Virat Kohli (282 runs) too have been amongst runs. Meanwhile, for Australia, only Travis Head has managed to breach the 200-run mark in the series, which India lead 2-1.
04:07(IST)With Australia 598 runs away from their first innings total, India clearly have their nose in front in this match, but their bowlers face an uphill task of gettting the opposition out twice on this flat SCG wicket. Hello and welcome to the day three of fourth Test.