4th Test: Australia out for 300; India enforce follow-on

Peter Handscomb of Australia is dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah of India during day four of the fourth test

GETTY IMAGESPeter Handscomb of Australia is dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah of India during day four of the fourth test

Australia's batsmen are desperately seeking a drought-breaking century on the final day of their Test series against India, not so much to avoid unwanted history but rather earn a much-needed confidence boost.

Australia have never gone through a four-Test home series without at least one batsman reaching triple figures, but until Monday Marcus Harris has the top score with just 79.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over.

Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Peter Handscomb of Australia as the hosts plunged towards a big deficit on day four
GETTY IMAGESJasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Peter Handscomb of Australia as the hosts plunged towards a big deficit on day four

Handscomb was a somewhat surprise selection for the Sydney Test after getting dropped for Boxing Day.

"I'd been playing positively against the spinners and got out with a half-arsed shot so probably a bit disappointed with myself more than anything".

Unless Australia win, India, who lead 2-1, will claim a first series victory down under since they began touring there in 1947-48. Mohammed Shami struck with the sixth ball of the day, bowling Pat Cummins with a delivery that ominously kept low.

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Kuldeep (3-71) - who had Usman Khawaja (27) caught in the 22nd over - then caught and bowled Travis Head for 20 on the cusp of tea and then bowled Tim Paine (5) in the first over after the interval.

It's also the first time in 142 years of Test cricket history that a visiting side have had the option of asking Australia to follow on twice in a home summer. "I was very happy".

"I got a start, a few of us got a start but none of us went on to make a big score, so it's pretty simple to work out what went wrong", Harris added.

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"We've definitely had opportunities to make hundreds in the series, it's been execution or a few other amusing ways that people have got out, so that's it really".

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