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Australia resumes on day two of the Sydney Test, looking to build on a strong opening day with the bat.
Debutant Will Pucovski proved his long road to a baggy green was worth the wait with a superb 62 off 110 before falling lbw to Navdeep Saini.
And while there’s been plenty of praise for his exceptional performance, Australian icon Andrew Symonds believes “he’ll be kicking himself”.
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Symonds last night told Fox Cricket he was: “really pleased” with Pucovski’s performance.
“He seemed like he had everything under control. Took the first ball of the Test match, which would have been a big moment. He took everything head on – and he’s been through a bit. I was really happy to see what he did today.”
But Symonds said he might be disappointed given the way he was dismissed after a promising start.
“I reckon he’ll be kicking himself tonight. I had him on for a 100 there.”
“It just looked like his foot got stuck in the ground there or something, he just tripped over or got tangled up there and got LBW.”
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After David Warner fell early for just five, Pucovski was joined by Marnus Labuschagne, who impressed en route to 67* from 149. And Steve Smith will look to build on an aggressive start as he seeks to overcome a lean run of form, with his 31* off 64 featuring five boundaries.
For their part, India will be hoping to turn around a disappointing day in the field. Their bowlers were largely dictated to by the batsmen, while keeper Rishabh Pant twice dropped Pucovski and will be relieved he wasn’t further punished on the scoreboard for those errors.
After rain affected the first day’s play, the weather forecast looks more promising for Friday, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a 40% chance of rain – though that is mostly forecast to occur before the start of play at 10am AEDT, and is expected to total less than a millimetre.
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Australia XI: David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini
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