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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

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Former skipper Mark Taylor says Australia’s chances to level the series against India hinge on dismissing the visiting side on the opening day of the fourth Test in Sydney.

With Australia’s batting line-up struggling for runs, Taylor says a large first innings from Virat Kohli’s side will put the match beyond reach.

The Indian captain had no hesitation in electing to bat after he won the toss and his top order delivered in the first session, with the visitors 1-69 at lunch as they seek a first series win in Australia.

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Tim Paine has now lost the toss six times in seven Tests as captain, equalling Bill Lawry’s Australian record from 1968 as the only two Australian skippers to win the toss just once from their first seven Tests in charge.

In overcast conditions, Australia was unable to make significant inroads with the new ball, with KL Rahul the only wicket to fall in the first 90 minutes.

Mayank Agarwal was lucky to survive a vicious bouncer from Mitchell Starc when he was on 24, the ball deflecting of his glove and helmet over the slips cordon for four.

Australia lost a review in the 15th over, when an off-cutter from Pat Cummins flicked the back leg of Cheteshwar Pujara on the way through to Tim Paine. The home-side went up for the catch but replays confirmed the decision from on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Earlier, Josh Hazlewood continued his dominance over recalled Indian opener KL Rahul, dismissing him for the fourth time in five innings.

Hazlewood has delivered 27 balls to Rahul this series, conceding just 14 runs and sending the opener packing four times.

Australian captain Tim Paine admitted he would have batted had he won the toss, and Taylor says the coin flip hasn’t done the home side any favours.

“It’s another tough toss to lose, the same as it was in Melbourne,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“Australia has bowled well in the first session, but I feel they need to dismiss India today.”

The quicks created a number of half-chances, especially through short balls that the Indian batsmen were unable to control, but nothing went to hand.

“That seems to be the story for Australia’s quicks at the moment. They’re bowling reasonably well without that little bit of luck,” Taylor said.

“But as we saw in the second innings in Melbourne, that can change in a heartbeat.”

Both sides have made two changes for the match, with Australia bringing in Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb to replace Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh, while India added KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav for Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

Former skipper Mark Taylor says Australia’s chances to level the series against India hinge on dismissing the visiting side on the opening day of the fourth Test in Sydney.

With Australia’s batting line-up struggling for runs, Taylor says a large first innings from Virat Kohli’s side will put the match beyond reach.

The Indian captain had no hesitation in electing to bat after he won the toss and his top order delivered in the first session, with the visitors 1-69 at lunch as they seek a first series win in Australia.

Fourth Test: Click here for live scores and commentary

Tim Paine has now lost the toss six times in seven Tests as captain, equalling Bill Lawry’s Australian record from 1968 as the only two Australian skippers to win the toss just once from their first seven Tests in charge.

In overcast conditions, Australia was unable to make significant inroads with the new ball, with KL Rahul the only wicket to fall in the first 90 minutes.

Mayank Agarwal was lucky to survive a vicious bouncer from Mitchell Starc when he was on 24, the ball deflecting of his glove and helmet over the slips cordon for four.

Australia lost a review in the 15th over, when an off-cutter from Pat Cummins flicked the back leg of Cheteshwar Pujara on the way through to Tim Paine. The home-side went up for the catch but replays confirmed the decision from on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Earlier, Josh Hazlewood continued his dominance over recalled Indian opener KL Rahul, dismissing him for the fourth time in five innings.

Hazlewood has delivered 27 balls to Rahul this series, conceding just 14 runs and sending the opener packing four times.

Australian captain Tim Paine admitted he would have batted had he won the toss, and Taylor says the coin flip hasn’t done the home side any favours.

“It’s another tough toss to lose, the same as it was in Melbourne,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“Australia has bowled well in the first session, but I feel they need to dismiss India today.”

The quicks created a number of half-chances, especially through short balls that the Indian batsmen were unable to control, but nothing went to hand.

“That seems to be the story for Australia’s quicks at the moment. They’re bowling reasonably well without that little bit of luck,” Taylor said.

“But as we saw in the second innings in Melbourne, that can change in a heartbeat.”

Both sides have made two changes for the match, with Australia bringing in Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb to replace Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh, while India added KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav for Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

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