The biggest worry for India right through the Test series has been the lack of teeth in the bowling department. And once again this was evident at Sydney. On day 1, the Aussie batsmen made merry of the lackluster Indian bowling aided by sloppy fielding. It allowed Australia to set the platform for yet another big score in the series. Having scored 500 plus totals in all the three previous Tests so far, the marauding Aussies look set to pose yet another 500 plus target again at Sydney.
David Warner has been in sublime form and scored yet another fine ton (101). His fellow opener Chris Rogers too was rather unlucky to miss out a well made ton as he got out for 95. The opening duo of Warner and Rogers batted beautifully against a hapless Indian attack to post an impressive 200 run opening partnership. Mohammed Shami gave India the breakthrough. The aggressive Warner soon fell for 101.
Any hopes of India getting back in the game was put to rest by a superb unbeaten 144 run stand between Aussie skipper Steve Smith not out on 82 and all- rounder Shane Watson unbeaten on a well-made 61.
The figures of the Indian bowlers tell their sorry state. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0/67 ( 20 overs), Umesh Yadav 0/97 ( 16 overs), Mohammed Shami 1/58 (16 overs), R Ashwin 1/ 88 ( 28 overs) , Suresh Raina 0/ 35 ( 10 overs).
Earlier, in the playing eleven fielded by both teams, Australia brought in Mitchell Starc in place of injured Mitchell Johnson, the only change in the Aussie line-up. India on the other hand made couple of changes . Out of form batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara speedster Ishant Sharma were dropped. K L Rahul, who made a shocking Test debut at Melbourne gets another chance, this time as an opener. Rohit Sharma, who looked out of sorts in the first two Tests get another chance. So too does left-hander Suresh Raina. Bhuvneshwar Kumar having recovered from his injury comes back into the side.