Australia names ODI squad for series against India

Australia names ODI squad for series against India

Australia names ODI squad for series against India

A marathon century by Cheteshwar Pujara and a swashbuckling ton from Rishabh Pant all but ended Australia's hopes of saving the series Friday as India built a massive 622 for seven declared in the final Sydney Test.

India's pace attack played the leading role in victories in Adelaide and Melbourne that gave the tourists a 2-1 series lead but it was the spinners who did most of the damage on Saturday.

Harris, who scored 70 in the second Test in Perth, brought up his 50 off 67 balls and looked set to be Australia's first centurion this summer until he was dismissed by Jadeja.

So dominant were they that Pant and Ravindra Jadeja stitched together a record 204-run seventh wicket partnership in Sydney, leaving Australia's bowlers exhausted and dispirited.

Paine was in good spirits despite a taxing 167.2 overs in the field, defending his bowlers and answering a journalist's phone that rang during the media conference.

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

"Every hundred which is scored in worldwide level is special for me because I have just started my career", Pant said.

But Agarwal and Pujara vindicated India captain Virat Kohli's decision to bat first by showing plenty of steel on a pitch offering plenty of bounce and carry.

"We've definitely had opportunities to make hundreds in the series, it's been execution or a few other amusing ways that people have got out, so that's it really".

Seamer Peter Siddle has been recalled to Australia's one-day worldwide squad for the upcoming three-match series against India after an absence of more than eight years. He has already made his highest Test score and on a lifeless pitch has a flawless opportunity to press on. Instead, he lobbed the ball back into the spinner's hands. "That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series".

Pant's innings was exceptional with the 21-year-old raising his second test century just after tea with his eighth boundary, before accelerating the scoring with some improvised strokes to speed past 150 in 183 balls.

Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day. His partner, Hanuma Vihari got out early in the day for a well-made 42.

From the moment the coin landed in Kohli's favour, the Test has taken on a predictable tone.

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