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PHOTOS, Day 1: Warner inspires Australian domination

Last updated on: January 06, 2015 13:01 IST
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David Warner registered his 12th Test century while Chris Rogers fell short of a hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday

Australia reached 348 for two on the opening day

Captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat

The hosts have already secured the four-Test series after wins in Adelaide and Brisbane

Check out the images from Day 1 of the fourth Test between Australia and India played at Sydney Cricket Ground

David Warner

David Warner of Australia celebrates and acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century during Day one of the fourth Test match against India at Sydney Cricket Ground. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

 Opener David Warner continued to torment a hapless India by slamming a fluent century as Australia reached a resounding 348 for two on the opening day to take early control of the fourth and final cricket Test in Sydney on Tuesday.


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Electing to bat on a hot and sunny day, the hosts rode on a 200-run opening stand between Warner (101), registering his third ton in the series, and Rogers (95) to once again expose a toothless Indian attack.

Australian captain Steve Smith and team mate Shane Watson walk off the field

Australian captain Steve Smith and team mate Shane Watson walk off the field. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

After a strong opening show, Shane Watson (61 batting) and captain Steven Smith (82 batting) ensured that Australia stay on the saddle by stitching a 144-run unbeaten third wicket partnership on what turned out to be a frustrating day for the Indians at the SCG.

David Warner of Australia congratulates teammate Chris Rogers

David Warner of Australia congratulates teammate Chris Rogers. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Playing their first game at the SCG after the passing away of teammate Phillip Hughes six weeks back, an emotionally charged Australia reacted by scoring runs at a fast clip to demoralise the opposition attack.

Rogers though got an early reprieve after Lokesh Rahul dropped the left-handed batsman at second slip off Mohammed Shami (1-58). The opener was on 19 and made full use of the 'life'.


David Warner

David Warner of Australia kisses the ground after scoring 63 runs in memoriam of late Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Although the hosts have already secured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after wins in Adelaide and Brisbane, emotions were heightened for the final match because it is being played at the same ground where former team mate Phillip Hughes was fatally injured six weeks ago.

Warner, who was one of the players to witness the freak accident on November 25 at this venue, was in control from the very start and slammed his 12th Test century after lunch.

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers of Australia reacts after being dismissed by Mohammed Shami of India. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Rogers, who had made half-centuries in each of his last four test innings, once again missed out on triple figures when he got a thick edge from Mohammed Shami that crashed into his stumps.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates with his team

Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates with his team. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

India though struck back after the first session by sending back the openers in quick succession but Smith and Watson had other ideas.

Smith notched up his 10th Test half-century while Watson recorded his 24th fifty in the longest format to deny India any more celebration in the day.

Ravichandran Ashwin (1-88) got Warner back in the pavilion after inducing a leading edge to gully where Murali Vijay made no mistake.

Shami finally got a wicket after Rogers followed his partner in the over after, inside edging a lenght ball on to his stumps.

Indian fans

Indian supporters in the crowd hold up a sign about the DRS during day one of the fourth Test. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

From then on it was a case of leather hunt for the Virat Kohli-led side, which stayed on the field for 43 overs without a wicket.

India though got another chance of getting a wicket but Ashwin let Watson's edge fly past him at first slip off Umesh Yadav (0-97) on the penultimate ball of the day.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who played in the Adelaide Test when he replaced Dhoni, was recalled while Kohli also shook up the top order.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan and number three Cheteshwar Pujara were both dropped, with Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina expected to move up the order, while pace bowler Ishant Sharma was replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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