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A strong final hour from Australia on day one of the fourth Test has put the home side in a good position on day two of the Border-Gavaskar series decider against India.

Despite losing No.3 Marnus Labuschagne for three figures in the final session at the Gabba, it was captain Tim Paine and young gun Cameron Green who put the foot down and helped Australia reach 5-274 at stumps.

Australia is 5-289 with Green (37) and Paine (39) at the crease.

Labuschagne noted after day one that the Gabba pitch was already beginning to dry and crack — an ominous sign for India batting last.

“I’ve never seen the Gabba crack up like that on Day 1. And if this heat continues, it’s going to be interesting come Day 4-5, what the wicket is like,” he said on ABC Sport.

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Shane Warne said the wicket looks good for batting on day two, but predicts it will begin to take spin well while the fast bowlers could take advantage of the cracks already appearing.

“That one crack that’s on a pretty good length that we heard a few of the players talk about yeseterday, that could really become a weapon for the fast bowlers,” he said.

“That crack — that doesn’t normally happen until day three, maybe late day four so this is a lot drier than normal. It looks like a day three pitch already.”


Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (wk, c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan


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Meanwhile, India’s snub of Kuldeep Yadav for the Brisbane Test has raised eyebrows with former quick Ajit Agarkar and Australia legend Warne saying it was a mistake to leave the spinner out.

“I wouldn’t have played the four quicks, I would have played (Washington) Sundar but I would have played Kuldeep Yadav instead of one of the quicks,” Warne said.

“I think when you look at the Gabba, it fancies wrist spin, it’s done very well there — spin bowling in general and quickies.

“I would have liked to have seen Kuldeep this series, that’s for sure.”

Agarkar said on Sony Sports Network: “I think Kuldeep should be very disappointed, and why shouldn’t he? After the last Test of the last series, he was the No. 1 spinner for India.

“If you’re going in with five bowlers, which they’ve obviously looked at the experience and perhaps thought need a cushion, but why not play another spinner? It gives you that balance in the attack.

“If the pitch flattens out, and there isn’t much for the quicks, then suddenly it becomes a one-dimensional attack.”


Australia has lost just one game batting first at the Gabba when scoring over 300, with India needing to claim early wickets when play resumes at 11am AEDT on Saturday.

India could be without Navdeep Saini after the quick bowler was sent for scans on his groin, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to just four bowlers at his disposal.

“It’s extraordinary the adversity they have faced on this tour,” Adam Gilchrist told Fox Sports. “They’ll need to work out why there have been so many injuries.

“A few have been inflicted by the Australian pace attack, but the soft tissue injuries – they’ll need to assess why they came about and whether it was something in or out of their control.”

Saini was the 11th Indian player injured on the current tour of Australia.


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BRISBANE WEATHER (via Bureau of Meteorology, as of Saturday morning)

Day two: Shower or two, possible storm. 50 per cent chance of 1-15mm of rain

Day three: Partly cloudy. 20 per cent chance of any rain

Day four: Showers. 70 per cent chance of 4-15mm of rain

Day five: Shower or two. 70 per cent chance of 3-10mm of rain

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