Harris half century gives Australia solid start in Sydney

Florence Fletcher
January 7, 2019

Australia, rolled for 300 in their first dig, reached 6-0 in their second innings on Sunday when bad light prompted an early tea break and ruined any hope of further play.

It comes after India also amassed a 292-run first-innings lead in Melbourne last week, only on that occasion they opted to bat again themselves in the 137-run flogging.

Regardless, it marks the first time a touring team has had the option to enforce the follow on twice in one summer in Australia.

The only question is whether Australia will salvage a draw on Monday or the tourists will complete a crushing 3-1 series victory.

Australia's batsmen are desperately seeking a drought-breaking century on the final day of their Test series against India, not so much to avoid unwanted history but rather earn a much-needed confidence boost.

Australia won the second test in Perth by 146 runs.

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Play, delayed because of both bad light and rain, started at 1:49pm on day four.

Jose Hazlewood (21) and Mitchell Starc (29) tried to narrow the run gap but could not continue for long.

Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score. Mohammed Shami struck with the sixth ball of the day, bowling Pat Cummins with a delivery that ominously kept low.

Peter Handscomb, recalled for his ability to play spin, followed for 37 after adding nine runs to his overnight tally, dragging the ball onto his stumps to give quick Jasprit Bumrah his first wicket of the match. Kuldeep Yadav was at the helm of it, picking his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

India's Ravindra Jadeja (L) celebrates with his captain Virat Kohli after taking the wicket of Australia's Marcus Harris on day three of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the SCG in Sydney, Australia, January 5, 2019.

Yadav eventually had his man and ended the innings, trapping Hazlewood lbw with a wrong'un.

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