|Third Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day one):|
|Australia 166-2: Pucovski 62, Labuschagne 67|
|India: Yet to bat|
Opener Will Pucovski hit 62 on his much-anticipated Test debut as Australia had the higher of the opening day of the third Test towards India.
Highly rated 22-year-old Pucovski impressed till he was trapped lbw by fellow debutant Navdeep Saini.
Marnus Labuschagne ended a rain-shortened day 67 not out in Sydney as Australia closed on 166-2.
Steve Smith was 31 not out – his greatest rating of the collection – however David Warner fell for 5 on his harm return.
Pucovski was dropped twice by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant – on 26 and 32 – however appeared composed, scoring freely on either side of the wicket after a affected person begin.
Long-tipped as a future Test star, the right-hander’s profession has been hampered by psychological well being points and a collection of concussions – each cricket-related and in any other case.
He mixed with Labuschagne in a stand of 100 after Warner edged a drive to first slip within the fourth over.
Labuschange added 60 unbeaten with Smith late within the day to provide the hosts the early higher hand as either side look to take the lead in a aggressive four-match collection, at the moment tied at 1-1.