Aus vs Ind: Australia declared at 572/7 in first innings, 4th testSydney: Australia declared at 572-7 in their first innings just after tea on the second day of the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground here Wednesday.Australia's batsmen relentlessly attacked the Indian bowlers, with six
Sydney: Australia declared at 572-7 in their first innings just after tea on the second day of the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground here Wednesday.
Australia's batsmen relentlessly attacked the Indian bowlers, with six batsmen scoring above 50, including centuries for Steve Smith (117) and David Warner (101).
Mohammad Shami took 5-112, including the wicket of Ryan Harris for 25, immediately before captain Smith made the declaration with 25 overs remaining on day two. This was Shami's first 5-wicket haul away from home.
After losing Marsh and Burns, Harris came in and took on Bhuvi, carving him for 19 runs in one over and took Australia past 570.
The hosts started to pile on the runs right after the lunch grinding down India's bowlers. Shaun Marsh and Joe Burns both made half-centuries, meaning each of Australia's top six had passed 50, helping the hosts to 538-5 at tea.
Shami removed Marsh for 73, acrobatically caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, just before the tea break.
Burns offered good support moving to 52 not out at the break — his first test half century — with Brad Haddin on seven.
Marsh was given a life on nine when dropped by Murali Vijay at second slip off Ravi Ashwin —the third dropped chance of the innings — and took the opportunity to attack, making 73 off 116 balls, to go with his 99 from the third test at Melbourne last week.
Earlier, Steve Smith scored his fourth century in as many tests as he shared a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81).
Smith scored 117 and matched the feat of Don Bradman (vs. South Africa in 1931-32) and Jacques Kallis (vs. West Indies in 2003-04) in scoring four consecutive test hundreds in a series.
Umesh Yadav (1-137) eventually dismissed Smith caught behind for 117, when Australia had reached 400.
Smith, promoted to captain due to Michael Clarke's latest instance of back and hamstring trouble, leads the scoring this series with 698 runs, including two half-centuries and four hundreds, at an average of 139.6.
Only Bradman (715 runs in 1947-48) and Ricky Ponting (706 runs in 2003-04) have scored more runs in a series between Australia and India.
Watson (81) again failed to convert a promising start into a century when he heaved a short-pitched Mohammad Shami (2-80) delivery straight to Ravi Ashwin at deep mid-wicket, who made no mistake taking the catch after dropping Watson on the penultimate ball of day one.
Watson has 24 half centuries to go with only five test hundreds in his 55-tests.
On the first day, David Warner smashed 101 and Chris Rogers made 95 as the openers combined for a 200-run opening stand after captain Smith won the toss and chose to bat first.
Australia has an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a draw in the first three tests.