India vs Australia 4th Test: Marnus Labuschagne praises Pujara for his ton

Cheteshwar Pujara,White Walker,India vs Australia

Cheteshwar Pujara,White Walker,India vs Australia

The No.3 batsman finished 130 not out at stumps on Thursday, when his highest score of a career-best series significantly boosted India's bid for a maiden Test series win in Australia. After toiling on a hot Sydney day, Australia were rewarded with the wickets of KL Rahul, Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane; but despite a five-pronged attack, the key scalp of Pujara remained elusive.

Australia's coaching staff says there was "some confusion" between captain Tim Paine and his three fast bowlers about their tactics against India on day one of the fourth Test, admitting the team held "quite aggressive" talks after being dominated by the tourists at the SCG.

Agarwal continued his impressive introduction to test cricket with another half century.

Agarwal and Pujara put on 116 for the second wicket before the former tried to smash a Nathan Lyon delivery for six and was caught at long-on by Mitchell Starc. He got off the mark with a classical cover drive and seemed to have brought the forward defence with him onto the field today.

The visitors came into the third Test trailing the series 2-0 and were in desperate need of something spectacular and it came in the form of Sunil Gavaskar and Bhagwath Chandrashekhar.India opted to bat and made 256 thanks to fifties from Mohinder Amarnath (59) and Gundappa Vishwanath (56). It is the first time the 30-year-old has scored three hundreds in a series.

The pitch saw its nature change after Day two.

Australia recalled Peter Handscomb for the out-of-sorts Aaron Finch and dropped Mitch Marsh for leg-spinning allrounder Marnus Labuschagne.

India's fortunes have also been built on the back of disciplined pace bowling against fragile home batting and they take their advantage to the one ground in Australia which has traditionally favoured their strongest suit - spin bowling.

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