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Time running out for Aussie Test century

Australia have one innings left to avoid the ignominy of going through a four-test series without scoring a century.

Time running out for Aussie Test century

Australia have one innings left to avoid the ignominy of going through a four-test series without scoring a century.

MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the JLT One Day Cup match between Tasmania and Victoria at Riverway Stadium in Townsville, Australia.
MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the JLT One Day Cup match between Tasmania and Victoria at Riverway Stadium in Townsville, Australia. Picture:Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Forget about the nervous nineties, it's been more a case of the staggering seventies this summer for Australia's struggling Test batsmen.

Australia have never completed a four-Test series without scoring at least one ton and have just one more innings to accomplish that, after being forced to follow on by India on Sunday's fourth day of the final Test at the SCG.


When opener Marcus Harris fell on Saturday for 79, it maintained Australia's record of not having a batsman make it to 80 this summer, let alone a century.

It was a series-high score for one of the home team's batsmen, but the fourth time one of them had perished in the 70s.

Travis Head scored 72 in the first game, Harris made 70 in the first innings of the second Test and Usman Khawaja 72 in their second dig.

Behind those innings, there have been two scores in the sixties and another two in the fifties.

Indian batsmen have hit the seven-highest scores of the series, five centuries plus two innings of more than 80.

INDIA'S BATTING SUPREMACY:

* India: 100s - five, 50s - eight. Highest individual scores, 193 159, 123, 123 106, 82, 81

* Australia: 100s - none, 50s - eight. Highest individual scores: 79, 72 ,72, 70 63 60 58.

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