Posted on: November 16, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgAustralia batsman Marnus Labuschagne is mighty impressed with the way “classy” Cheteshwar Pujara batted on the Day 1 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Continuing with the run-scoring spree, Cheteshwar Pujara struck his third century of the series to give India a solid start in the series finale on Thursday.Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 130 as India reached 303 for four at the close of play. Cheteshwar Pujara was also involved in three fifty-plus partnerships to put India in a comfortable position.Pujara joined Mayank Agarwal (77) at the crease in the second over after KL Rahul (9) poor form in Test cricket continued. The duo added 116 runs to revive India’s innings before Pujara and captain Virat Kohli (23) put on 54 for the third wicket.Pujara had another 48-run stand with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (18) and an unbroken 75-run partnership with Hanuma Vihari (39 not out).”He was very classy, wasn’t he? His time, patience around the crease and just the way he batted was very good,” Labuschagne said after stumps.Marnus Labuschagne, who will bat at No.3 in the match, has played two Tests for Australia having made his debut against Pakistan in October last year.”I think it’s something I personally can take a lot from. He just batted a lot of time and I think that’s something he’s done through this whole series. That’s what we’re going to need to do and all our batters are going to need to step up and put a big score on the board.”advertisementMarnus Labuschagne, has played 43 first-class matches and has scored 4 hundreds and 15 half-centuries, is also looking forward to the challenge of batting at No.3 in international cricket.”I’ve pretty much batted most of my time at Queensland at three. It does give me confidence going out in a position that I’m comfortable with. It’s going to be a good challenge and one I’m looking forward to,” Labuschagne said.India, who have never won a Test series in Australia, are on the cusp of rewriting history books. They currently lead the series 2-1 and are favourites to capture the series.Also Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso Read | Why Cheteshwar Pujara reminds Michael Clarke of Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkarlast_img

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