With his half century in his third test against India, Will Pucovski lays the foundations for Australia

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Pucovski for 62 on SCGWarner’s good test debut returns for five after groin injury

After debutant Will Pucovski scored a half-century to travel to 166-2 at the end of the first day of the third test, which was interrupted by rain, Australia are on course to post the highest score of the series against India. Pucovski had tried his luck on Thursday with his 62, but his partnership of 100 for the second wicket with Marnus Labuschagne provided a good foundation for the hosts as they were looking for a 1-1 draw in the four-match series. Australia v India: 3rd test, first day – live! To finish with 67, Labuschagne scored his ninth half-century, though Steve Smith was unbeaten at the other end on 31. It’s good to get some time out there,”It’s nice to get some time out there,” The previous best of the Australians in the series was 200 runs in a loss in the second test in Melbourne, and to build on that, they have revamped their opening partnership for Sydney. David Warner returned with a groin injury after missing the first two tests, but his stay on the plate was short-lived as he left the game for five batting after a Mohammed Siraj drive that flew to Cheteshwar Pujara I

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