Once the powerhouse of International cricket, the Australian Test side has struggled mightily over the past few seasons, but the guidance of some veteran players have the home side in a strong position at the end of day one in the Second Test against India.
India was dismissed in under 60 overs for just 191 runs with MS Dhoni the only player to reach the half-century mark. James Pattison bowled brilliantly, taking four wickets at the cost of only 43 runs. Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus took three wickets apiece.
Australia’s fantastic start was marred by some lackluster batting from their openers, but was saved by veterans Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. The duo provided a partnership of 79 runs. Their efforts were just enough to save the side’s momentum as day one ended with Australia still standing at 3-116.
Former captain Ricky Ponting (44 not out) is looking for a big run total to save his place in the Australian side while his replacement, Clarke (47 not out) is set for another big outing having scored three hundreds in the past eight Test matches.
Openers David Warner and Ed Cowan fell for eight and 16 runs respectively and Shaun Marsh was caught at second slip for a golden duck.
Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan claimed all three wickets with Cowan falling to a leg before wicket decision and Warner being caught by Sachin Tandulkar on a lob attempt.
Australia won the opening Test by 122 runs in Melbourne last week and are hoping the Second Test, the 100th Test Match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, will be all that they need to seal the series.
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