As it happened – Australia vs India, 3rd Test, Sydney, 1st day

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6.55pm local time/1.25pm IST: Australia on top after first day

Smith tells the broadcasters he was looking to be “positive, wouldn’t say aggressive” against Ashwin after the spinner got the better of him earlier in the series. With that session, that saw only one wicket, we’ve come to the end of the first day that saw only 55 overs, which means early start for the rest of the days, starting 10am local time (4.30am IST). The hosts are looking set for a big score here on this flat pitch and India’s inexperienced attack will have to do a lot more to tilt the game in their favour. Not to forget, they’ll have to hold on to the catches too after the two drops today. That’s a wrap from me, catch you all tomorrow for the live action and this Live Report again. The end of day report will be up soon.

6.30pm local time/1pm IST: Labuschagne chugs long

Australia are finally looking set to cross 200 for the first time this series, and today it’s largely thanks to Marnus Labuschagne. While most of the focus has been on the two debutants and Smith, Labuschagne is now ticking along with a strike rate of nearly 50 to keep Australia on top. His patience laid the foundation early with Pucovski for a century stand, he negated R Ashwin’s threat early on, and he even set the platform for Smith to get back among the runs on this batting-friendly track. He has blunted Ashwin carefully on the leg side by closing the face of the bat at the right time and playing with soft hands; he was the first one to punish the spinner when he pitched too wide or short in the second session. And Labuschagne has also been on the prowl for the loose deliveries from the quick; they pitch too short, he cuts, and if they are too full, like Siraj was few overs ago, he’ll drive and drive you for more boundaries. He’s batting nicely on 65, his ninth Test half-century.

Meanwhile, Jadeja into the attack for the last eight overs of the day.

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