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Labuschagne ton gives Australia the edge

An action-packed first day saw Australia lose 5 wickets for 274 runs against a very inexperienced Indian attack at The Gabba, Brisbane.

Struck by injuries, India were forced to make four changes – including handing Test caps to T Natarajan and Washington Sundar. At the start of the fourth Test, the Indian playing XI had 13 Test career wickets against Australia’s stellar 1046.

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Nathan Lyon, who became the 13th Australian to play 100 Tests, was given a guard of honour by his teammates.

The day started with David Warner (1) edging Mohammed Siraj to second slip in the first over after the home side elected to bat first.

The other opener Marcus Harris turned first dismissal for Shardul Thakur, who is playing only his second Test, in the ninth over.

A leg-side trap got world No.2 batsman Steve Smith walking back to the pavilion with just 36 runs as Washington Sundar scalped a dream first Test wicket.

Marnus Labuschagne was the man hurting depleted India after being offered a life. He hit his way to a fifth Test hundred, after missing out on twin tons in Sydney. He would soon become Natarajan’s second Test wicket.

The first was Matthew Wade, who made 45 in a 113-run stand with Australia’s one down. Short deliveries got the better of both the batsmen.

Labuschagne struck nine boundaries in his 204-ball 108 runs, following a 91 and 73 in the third Test.

All-rounder Cameron Green (28* off 70) and skipper Tim Paine (38* off 62) ensured Australia do not lose any more wickets as they eye regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Brief scores:

Australia 1st innings: 274/5 in 87 overs (Labuschagne 108, Wade 45, Paine 38*; Natarajan 2/63)

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