Mammoth task awaits Aussie batsmen on day three at the SCG

India tour of Australia 2018

Australia had made a promising start after resuming on their overnight score of 24 with Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris adding 72 runs for the first wicket.

The hosts' misfiring attack continued to toil on Friday for scant reward, picking up a wicket in each session, as Pujara extended his most-productive series with a patient 193.

Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a lively 81 in a 204-run stand with Pant - a record seventh wicket partnership at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Spinner Jadeja also accounted for Marsh, who must surely have exhausted his supply of Test recalls after departing for eight, having left his bat hanging to gift Ajinkya Rahane the simplest of catches at first slip.

"We have to stick together".

Australia v India, fourth test, day one
If Finch is left out, Usman Khawaja will open with Marcus Harris, and Labuschagne slotting in the middle-order. Steve Waugh's teenage son could feature for Australia in the fourth Test at the SCG.

Veteran seamer Peter Siddle was included in Australia's revamped 14-member squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting here on January 12.

"You have days in Tests that don't go your way and are hard".

Shaun Marsh (8) edged Ravindra Jadeja to first slip in a tame dismissal that is nearly certain to cast yet more doubt on his Test prospects going forward, and Labuschagne's first innings at first drop ended three overs later when he clipped off his pads and Ajinkya Rahane took a classic catch at mid-wicket.

Captain Tim Paine, who has struggled to score runs but has at least averaged 75 balls faced per innings, could not even dig in for a decent amount of time - clean bowled for 5 through a wide-open gate as he attempted to slap Yadav through the off side.

"I expected to have extremely tough days (as captain) - had them last year when I wasn't captain; had them for 15 years of first-class cricket", he said.

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Paine lamented a caught-behind appeal he reviewed when Pant was on eight. Previously, Farukh Engineer, with a score of 89 at an Adelaide Test, had the highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in Australia.

In a surprise throw of the dice, leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was called up and will come in at three.

"That sort of set the scene for Rishabh Pant to come in and show his skill. They have worked extremely hard for three-and-a-half Tests to get us to where they want us today".

India started the day at 303-4 with Pujara unbeaten on 130 runs.

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