Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Peter Siddle makes a comeback to Australia’s ODI squad against India

Peter Siddle makes a comeback to Australia’s ODI squad against India

Eventually the umpires mercifully called the day's play on account of bad light and rain about 90 minutes early, but India had already ripped the heart out of Australia's middle order. He was dropped by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Mohammed Shami last evening, and then nearly clipped Ravindra Jadeja's first ball today to midwicket.

Pant produced the first Test century by an Indian keeper in Australia, while the 21-year-old became the youngest keeper to hit a Test hundred in Australia.

A demoralised Paine took the third new ball after tea but couldn't avoid the ignominy of the opposition reaching 600, with India's fourth-highest Test total outside Asia leaving them perfectly placed to end a barren streak in Australia that dates back to 1948. I said that in the Perth Test as well.

Australia play three ODIs against India, starting in Sydney on January 12 before moving to Adelaide and Melbourne. The two batsmen picked the Australian bowlers and start dispatching them all over the ground. He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls.

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Pujara brought up his 150 with a boundary and seemed destined for his fourth Test 200 before attempting to whip Lyon down the leg side. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India-Australia 2018-19 Series.

"A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general", Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara tweeted. Pant previously scored a 114 against England at the Oval in September 2018, which also makes him the only wicket-keeper to have two Test centuries outside Asia. The only way Australia could have come back into the match at the start of the second day was by setting the attacking field and by terminating the Indian first innings to a premature closure. Jadeja finally got out for 81 runs.

Pujara put together partnerships of 116 with Agarwal, 54 with Kohli, 48 with Rahane and finished the day with an unbroken stand of 75 with Hanuma Vihari (39 not out).

It will require a Herculean effort from the Aussies - who folded twice in two days at the MCG - to first make sure that their team avoids the follow-on before they get down to tackling the bigger task of saving the match.

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