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Aussies 6-236 in SCG Test after collapse

Australia have reached 6-236 at stumps on day three of the fourth Test, reducing India's leading to 386 runs but losing four wickets in the post-lunch session.

Aussies 6-236 in SCG Test after collapse

Australia have reached 6-236 at stumps on day three of the fourth Test, reducing India's leading to 386 runs but losing four wickets in the post-lunch session.

MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at WACA in Perth, Australia.
MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at WACA in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

Marcus Harris admits Australia's inexperienced XI are still coming to grips with the pressure-cooker environment of Test cricket, having finished 6-236 at stumps on day three of the SCG series finale against India.

The tourists, who currently hold a 386-run lead, will likely have the option of enforcing the follow-on for the second Test in a row.


Virat Kohli may wish to give his fast bowlers a break after the temperature hit 37.8 degrees in Sydney before bad light ended play early on Saturday.

Regardless of Kohli's decision, India are perfectly placed to complete an emphatic maiden series win in Australia after their day-two declaration at 7-622.

Harris' chop-on dismissal on 79, the highest score by an Australian since Usman Khawaja's knock of 141 in October, shifted momentum and ignited a collapse of 3-24.

Ricky Ponting was among the greats bemoaning "soft" dismissals that had more to do with sloppy shots than fearsome bowling and/or a flat pitch.

"I got a start. A few of us got a start but nobody went on for a big score," Harris told reporters.

"Sometimes when you feel under the pump, pressure is a big thing.

"This is my first Test series. The thing that's different is the spotlight you're under, the amount of pressure that you're under and the scrutiny.

"It's just a matter of trying to deal with it and get through tough patches ... we're fighting our hardest."

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja removed Harris and Shaun Marsh, who smoked two cover-driven boundaries then offered Ajinkya Rahane a regulation catch at slip.

Rahane plucked a far more remarkable catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne, who flicked the ball off his pads with beautiful timing but terrible placement.

Labuschagne scored 38, showing promise but ultimately failing to cash in after his contentious call-up.

Travis Head, who looked set on 20, inexplicably chipped a full toss back to tweaker Kuldeep Yadav in the penultimate over of Saturday's second session.

Peter Handscomb, unbeaten on 28, has an ideal pitch on which to prove he belongs at Test level and looms as Australia's best hope of finally celebrating a century this series.

Pat Cummins is 25 not out, extending the career-best form with the bat he showed in Melbourne.

"The wicket is still pretty good and doesn't look like it's going to play many tricks," Harris said

"Pete and Patty batted really well."

Australia haven't played a four-Test series at home and failed to register at least one century.

There were no Australian centuries in 1882-83, England's first Ashes tour, but the final match in that four-Test series was an exhibition fixture.

"We've definitely had opportunities to make hundreds this series. It's been execution or a few funny ways that people have got out," Harris said.

"I am desperate to make a hundred but it's not the only thing I think about in the middle."

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