Peter Siddle and Usman Khawaja recalled to Australia ODI squad
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 05, 2019,
Jan 05, 2019, 1:30
Rishabh Pant, playing only this third Test series and second overseas, is second in the list with 350 runs.
India remain on course for a historic first series win in Australia after dominating day two of the fourth and final Test in Sydney.
He also became only the third Indian batsman to score 500-plus runs in a Test series against Australia, after Rahul Dravid in 2003-04 and Virat Kohli in 2014-15.
He worked hard to make his second Test 50 in only three innings by caressing a Mitchell Starc delivery through the covers for four. "Cricket's one of those games, if you keep doing that it can turn really quickly", he said.
AUSTRALIA SQUAD: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.
The Indian skipper is no stranger to such strong reactions as he was also jeered by fans in the 2012 Sydney Test during his maiden tour of Australia.
"Every hundred which is scored in global level is special for me because I have just started my career", Pant said.
Pujara followed up his three-figure scores in victories in Adelaide and Melbourne with an unbeaten 130, having come to the crease in the second over of the day.
Senior batsman Usman Khawaja was also called up after a layoff of almost two years as Australia look to find the formula to turn around a poor run of form in time for their World Cup defence in England later this year.
Ravindra Jadeja also profited from the waning Australia attack in the late afternoon as he raised his 10th test half-century off 89 balls with a boundary and a six, before being bowled by Lyon attempting a heave to the legside boundary which prompted the declaration. "That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series", Ponting said.
Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day. Now leading the series 2-1, India will hope to start their year on a positive note and silence their critics once and for all by putting up a dominant display on foreign soil.