Tamil Diplomat

Australia v India, fourth test at Sydney

Australia captain Steve Smith scored his fourth century in successive Tests to put his side in control of the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Smith’s 117 saw him match Sir Donald Bradman and Jacques Kallis’s record of four hundreds in a series.

The stand-in captain shared a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81) for the third wicket as Australia declared their first innings on 572-7.

India recovered from the early loss of Murali Vijay to close day two on 71-1.

Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) also scored half-centuries as all of Australia’s top six batsmen passed 50. Opener David Warner scored a century on the first day.

Smith has scored 698 runs at an average of 139.60 in seven innings in the series.

Australia have already secured the series after winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane and drawing the third in Melbourne.