The opening day of the series decider of the four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India was really competitive.
Australian Test captain Tim Paine chose to bat first after winning the toss at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba, Brisbane). At the stumps of the day, the hosts scored 274/5.
Brief Scores: Australia – 274/5 (Marnus Labuschagne 108, Matthew Wade 45; Thangarasu Natarajan 2/63)
Australia vs India, 4th Test (Day 1): Stats Review
India – fielded 20 different players in this Test series
i) A total of 20 different players have been named in India’s playing XI during the entire Test series of this Australia tour.
- It is the first time when India have fielded more than 17 different players during an away Test series.
- On the other hand, it was the seventh time, but first time since after February 1961, when the Indian team management have fielded at least 20 different players in a single Test series. Their record number in this list is 26 different players during the five-match home Test series against Pakistan in late 1952.
Nathan Lyon – 100th Test
i) Off-spinner Nathan Lyon is playing his 100th Test match.
- Nathan Lyon became the 13th Australian cricketer to appear in 100 Tests.
- After the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne, Nathan Lyon became the second Australian proper spinner to appear in 100 Tests.
Thangarasu Natarajan – 1st Indian cricketer (17th overall cricketer) to make debuts in all three formats during an away Test series
i) The 29-year-old left-arm pacer Thangarasu Natarajan made his Test debut in the ongoing match. Earlier, in this same ongoing Australia tour, Natarajan made his ODI and T20I debuts.
- Thangarasu Natarajan became the first Indian cricketer to make debut in all three international cricket formats in the same away tour.
- Thangarasu Natarajan became the 17th overall cricketer to make debut in all three international cricket formats in the same away tour.
– more than one wicket on the first day of each international cricket format debut
ii) Test debutant Thangarasu Natarajan finished the day one with the bowling figures of 20-2-63-2. Earlier in this Australia tour, he had the bowling figures of 2/70 and 3/30 during his ODI and T20I debuts respectively. After the former left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan (3/48 on ODI debut, 2/49 on Test debut and 2/15 on T20I debut), Natarajan became the second Indian bowler to claim more than one wicket on the first day in all the three international cricket formats debuts.
Shardul Thakur – wicket on the first Test delivery in Australia
i) The right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur took a wicket on his first Test delivery on the Australian soil. He is the first Indian bowler to claim a Test wicket on the very first Test delivery on Australian soil. The former left-arm medoum bowler Karsan Ghavri is now in the next place as he took his first Test wicket in Australia on his second Test delivery.
Washington Sundar – first Test wicket in Australia at the age of 21 years and 102 days
i) Off-spinner Washington Sundar made his Test debut at the age of 21 years and 102 days. He became the third youngest Indian spinner to claim a Test wicket in Australia. The top two names in this list are Sachin Tendulkar (18 years and 257 days) and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (19 years and 360 days).