Join us for updates, analysis and colour from the second day of the SCG Test
Welcome to our live report of the second day of the Australia-India Test from Sydney. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here
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10.05am local time/4.35am IST: Siraj starts day two
There was a lot of chatter around how Mohammed Siraj got emotional during the national anthem yesterday before play. He said in the press conference that he was remembering his later father, who died while the bowler was in Australia and didn’t go back home.
Siraj also starts the second day, mainly bowling at the stumps with only one slip, but a backward square leg, square leg and short midwicket in place, and even has Steven Smith to glance one fine with a bit of a bounce. Jasprit Bumrah’s first ball, meanwhile, is overpitched and driven handsomely for four by Smith. The sun is out, pitch good for batting, Australia are already closing in on 200.
9.50am local time/4.20am IST: More doubts over Brisbane
Good morning all! Welcome to the second day of the SCG Test. I didn’t mean to start off on this note but it now appears that the BCCI has written to Cricket Australia that India will not be able to travel to Brisbane for the final Test of the ongoing series if they will have to undergo another round of hard quarantine. Get all the details here, by Nagraj Gollapudi.
At the SCG, meanwhile, the sun is coming out, says Gnasher who also has an update on Brisbane:
There’s a bit of developing news regarding Brisbane, the location for the final Test, with the city going into a three-day lockdown after a person tested positive for the UK strain of Covid-19. We don’t yet know if that will have an impact on this series – there have been plenty of discussions between CA and BCCI over the hotel quarantine situation.
Vishal Dikshit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo