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The fourth day of the fourth and final Test between Australia and India was majorly affected by rain. Only about 25 overs of play were possible throughout the day at the SCG. However, the Indian side made the most of it, dismissing the Aussies for 300 in the first innings.
Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, with five wickets to his name. India enforced the follow-on and Australia ended the day at 6-0 in 4 overs in the second innings. They currently trail India by 316 runs with one day to go.
Meanwhile, South Africa sealed the Test series against Pakistan, defeating them in the 2nd Test at Cape Town by nine wickets to take a 2-0 lead. The third and final Test will take place at Johannesburg from January 11 onwards.
Now, let's take a look at the top news from today:
Shubman Gill will make his senior debut in 2019, predicts Yuvraj Singh
"Definitely he's someone who can represent India for a long time. He's a very special talent. After a long time, I have seen a young guy whose batting I would like to watch. After 2019 World Cup, he should make it to the side," said Yuvraj prior to Punjab's Ranji Trophy encounter against Bengal.
Shubman Gill has been in sensational form over the past year or so. He has been scoring plenty of runs with the bat for Punjab in all the domestic tournaments, including the ongoing Ranji Trophy as well.
Faf du Plessis banned for one match
After winning the second Test against Pakistan and thereby winning the series, South Africa have been dealt a big blow as their captain Faf du Plessis has been banned for the third Test due to slow over-rate.
He was also fined 20 percent of his match fee by the ICC while the rest of the team were fined 10 percent of their match fees.
This will surely affect the South African batting line-up as Aiden Markram is struggling with a thigh injury while Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt in the second Test against Pakistan.
Ricky Ponting slams Lyon and Starc for not using DRS
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was extremely unhappy with Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc for the body language they displayed after getting dismissed against India in Australia's first innings of the ongoing fourth Test.
He felt that both of them should have gone up to the third umpire.
"That (Lyon's) dismissal actually says a lot to me about the mindset of this Australian team at the moment. There's no desperation there whatsoever. Why wouldn't they have had a look at that? They've still got the two reviews up their sleeve. There had to be some sort of doubt in that," said Ponting to the host broadcaster Seven.
"Given out straight away and Mitchell Starc just puts his hand out and says 'oh well, it's not me, it's up to you to make (a call)'. Well, unfortunately, when you're out there together, it's a partnership. You've got to do whatever you can to try and save your mate. And there was absolutely none of that there. And as it's shown already that would have been given not out. Slack and not desperate enough," he continued.
India are well on top in the fourth and final Test and will hope to bowl Australia out to win the series 3-1. Australia, on the other hand, will hope to save the Test.
Hardik Pandya dances on the field at the SCG
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya might not be in the playing XI for the fourth Test, however, he made sure that he made his mark while coming on as a substitute fielder for India during the final Test.
While fielding in the deep, Pandya showed off a few of his dance moves after listening to the chants of "The Bharat Army".
#AUSvIND We love this guy! @hardikpandya7 doing a little dance to our Bharat Army chant for him.— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 5, 2019
.#BharatArmySongBook #BharatArmy #TeamIndia #12thMan #WinLoseOrDraw #COTI 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/XvS47RKv8J
Pandya recently recovered from an injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup a few months ago. He was not included in the squad for the first couple of Tests but then was called back once he had completely recovered. However, he was not included in the playing XI for the final Test. He will hope to make a comeback to the side once the ODIs begin.