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India create history with Test follow on

India have become the first team to have the option of making Australia follow on twice in the same home series.

India create history with Test follow on

India have become the first team to have the option of making Australia follow on twice in the same home series.

India have become the first team to have the option of asking Australia to follow on twice in a home summer as the hosts' list of unwanted records grew even larger at the SCG.

Australia were rolled for 300 on Sunday afternoon, giving up a first-innings lead of 322 to India before Virat Kohli sent Tim Paine's men back in to bat.


It comes after India also amassed a 292-run first-innings lead in Melbourne last week, only on that occasion they opted to bat again themselves in the 137-run flogging.

Regardless, it marks the first time a touring team has had the option to enforce the follow on twice in one summer in Australia.

In total, Australia have only conceded a 200-run deficit when batting second in a Test 43 times in their history, and just 16 times at home.

"It obviously hurts," Peter Handscomb said.

"You never want to follow on in any Test match for obvious reasons.

"We're just going out tomorrow, we'll be drawing this game tomorrow and then we will go over the game then and assess where we need to improve and get better as a team."

It's just one of a number of statistics the Australian team wouldn't have wanted to be linked to this summer.

Kohli's decision to send Australia back in marked the first time a visiting team had enforced the follow on in Australia since Mike Gatting did so in the bicentennial Test of 1988.

Sunday's 322-run deficit is also the third-largest in Australia's history at the SCG, and their biggest since 1936.

The hosts are also on track to go through their first century-less four-Test home series in their history, with just one innings left to end that drought.

India's first innings score of 7(dec)-622 at the SCG was also the sixth highest score by a visiting team in Australia, while it also marked the first time a visiting team had declared for three innings in a row in the country.

Meanwhile India are also set to become the first team from Asia to win a series in Australia with either a win or draw in Sydney.

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