Australia 6 for 277 (Cowan 68, Ponting 62, Yadav 3-96) v India
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Australia’s batsmen scrambled to 6 for 277 against a shrewd and opportunistic India on day one of the Boxing Day Test, and would not have progressed that far without a meritorious debut from Ed Cowan in front of 70,068 spectators at the MCG.
Losing Michael Hussey to a decision that would have been reversed with the aid of technology – Cowan also had reason to query his exit – the hosts were still some way short of a substantial total by the close. Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle were established however, and their contributions will be critical when play resumes.
Cowan’s 68, in 294 minutes and 177 balls, was no more or less than he had promised to deliver as a circumspect, organised opening bat. But its influence on proceedings…