New Delhi: As Australian batsmen mauled Indian bowlers on the first two days of the fourth and final Test in Sydney, they notched up yet another significant batting record.
The home side declared for 572/7 in the first innings with all their top six batsmen scoring half-centuries. It was the first time in Australian cricket history that such a feat has been achieved.
The significance of such a magnificent batting display from the Aussies can be understood from the fact that this has happened only on five previous occasions. Indian bowlers have been on the receiving end of such batting performances on three of those occasions.
Chris Rodgers (95), David Warner (101), Shane Watson (81), Steve Smith (117), Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) made it to the record books with all scoring over 50 runs in a single innings.
Apart from a pitch that was conducive to batting, poor bowling from Indian bowlers helped the Aussie batsmen to pile on the runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In reply, India ended the the day on 71 for the loss of one wicket.