Harris half century gives Australia solid start in Sydney

Harris half century gives Australia solid start in Sydney

Veterans Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja were Friday recalled to a revamped Australian one-day squad to play India with an eye on the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England later this year.

Pujara came to the crease when opener KL Rahul was out for nine and, as he has done all series, quickly dug in. The spinner pitched the ball up and the batsman, going for a drive, failed to counter it and was bowled.

Seamer Peter Siddle has been recalled to Australia's one-day global squad for the upcoming three-match series against India after an absence of more than eight years.

India first went Down Under back in 1947-48 under Lala Amarnath's captaincy, and are yet to achieve series triumph there despite eleven attempts.

The surface that India's batsmen had feasted on for two days was still offering little for the bowlers and the hosts will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a 72-run opening stand.

On Thursday, India won the toss and batted on a green-tinged SCG pitch with Mayank Agarwal (77) continuing his productive start to test cricket with his second half-century in as many matches as part of a 112-run partnership with Pujara. Labuschagne, hitherto having batted comfortably and growing ever so confident against Mohammed Shami's reversing deliveries, fell to a scorching catch by Rahane, who dived to his right at midwicket and pouched a low catch.

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At lunch on day three, they were 122 for one with the aggressive Harris leading from the front, supported by Marnus Labuschagne who was not out 18.

Australia had added 56 runs in the first hour of play, and then added another 38 post drinks in the morning session, as they comprehensively dominated the Indian bowling attack for only the second time in this series (after Perth).

They brought up their 50-partnership off 103 balls on a warm day.

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.

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