Australia v India: Steve Smith scores fourth century of series

Australia captain Steve Smith
Steve Smith has scored eight centuries in his past 15 Tests
Fourth Test, Sydney (day two):
Australia 572-7 dec v India 71-1

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 made 117, adding 196 for the third wicket with Shane Watson (81) as Australia declared their first innings on 572-7.

Only Clyde Walcott has scored more hundredsexternal-link in a Test series - five for West Indies against Australia in 1955.

India lost Murali Vijay as they closed day two on 71-1, trailing by 501.

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.

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