Indian batsmen continue dominance over Australia in 4th test

India vs Australia,Cheteshwar Pujara,18th Test century

India vs Australia Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates making 100 runs against Australia during their cricket test match in Sydney Thursday Jan. 3 2019

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 in total control as it is time for tea break on day three of the Test. Australia trail by 424 runs.

Pujara came up seven runs short of his fourth double century but there can be little doubt that his nine-hour, 373-ball knock will nearly certainly deliver India's first Test series victory in Australia.

He said India had very little to lose since they were 2-1 up in the four-Test series for a draw will give Kohli's men their much-awaited victory Down Under.

"It hasn't necessarily been the first mistake they've made either that's led to them getting out".

But that only brought the stoic Pujara to the crease and like he has done all series, the 68-Test veteran dug in and blunted the new ball.

Paine lamented a caught-behind appeal he reviewed when Pant was on eight. The top-ranked Test batsman was also at the receiving end of jeers from supporters during the second Test match at Perth as well.

He was targeted with bouncers and struck on the helmet but held firm, reinforcing his credentials after a solid debut in Melbourne.

Jadeja though struggled to find his control and was even hit for three fours in one by Harris, who brought up his second Test half-century off only 67 balls.

Throughout his knock, he hardly played a false stroke in a demonstration of "old-school" Test batting, soaking up the pressure and counter-attacking when he saw an opportunity.

Australia were given a boost in the first over after tea when Kohli was snaffled down the legside off Hazlewood 23 while Ajinkya Rahane got a glove on a rising delivery from Starc to depart for 18.

Australia survived a 10-over burst to reach 0-24 at stumps, thanks partly to a dropped catch from Pant that handed Usman Khawaja a life on zero, but their hopes of avoiding a maiden home series loss to India are in tatters. "But I don't really think about hundreds, I only think about what the team needs from me", said Pant, who expressed some sympathy for the Australian bowlers.

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

This was after Kuldeep Yadav (3-71) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-62) shared five wickets to put India in a commanding position.

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