Australia’s number nine batsman Mitchell Starc played a brilliant innings before being out for 99, caught by MS Dhoni off Ishant Sharma’s bowling. Starc batted for 144 minutes and hit 14 boundaries during his vigil at the crease that frustrated the Indian bowlers.
Australia’s Test discard Simon Katich has announced his retirement from first class cricket in his country. The 36-year-old announced his decision to quit Australian first-class cricket while playing in the English County Season for Hampshire.
Although India failed to show the intensity with the bat and hence lost the first Test against Australia by 122 runs, the on-field rivalry with players from both sides rubbing each other the wrong was very much there.
England had Australia almost on the mat at 143 for 5 but an unbroken stand for the sixth wicket of 77 between Michael Hussey (81* from 144 balls with 13 fours and a six) and Wicket Keeper Brad Haddin (22* from 71 balls) bailed the hosts out of trouble.