Sydney: His swashbuckling 66 helped Australia amass a massive 348-run lead on the fourth day of the final Test and young batsman Joe Burns feels the spinners will play a major role on a fifth day pitch as the hosts go for an outright win against India here today.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowls on Day Four of the Sydney Test yesterday. Pic/AFP.
Burns hit 66 runs off 39 balls, studded with eight fours and three sixes as Australia finished at 251-6 on Day Four after bowling India out for 475 in their first innings to take a 97-run lead.
Joe Burns en route his 39-ball 66 yesterday. Pic/Getty Images.
“The wicket is spinning and it will only get harder to bat on as the game goes on. We will come out tomorrow (Saturday) and I am sure we will create 10 opportunities. It is just a matter of taking all 10 with the spin in the wicket and it will play a major factor. We saw some variable bounce and reverse swing, but spin will play a major part,” Burns said. The question for the final day will be how much Australia leave for India to get and in how many overs. “I am not too sure about the declaration. I am only a second gamer and I don’t get too much say in those decisions. We will leave that up to the skipper,” Burns said.
The 25-year-old, who scored half-centuries in both the innings, said it was very satisfying to contribute and put the team in a comfortable position.
“Playing like that was a lot of fun with Brad Haddin. It was just nice to contribute to the team and get us in a good position. It is a massive opportunity to come out and win a Test match tomorrow and that is a position you want to be contributing to the team.”
Sydney: Steven Smith’s record-breaking spree continued after the Australian skipper eclipsed one of Donald Bradman’s longest standing marks against India on Day Four of the fourth and final Test in Sydney here yesterday.
Smith’s incredible run of form continued as he passed Bradman’s record for most runs in a series against India, a mark set more than 65 years ago.
Australian captain Smith scored his 19th run in the host’s second innings that took him to 717 runs in the ongoing four-match Test series, going past Bradman’s record of 715 against India in 1947-48. He went on to make 71 in Australia’s second innings. — IANS