Cricket: Aussies hope to break century drought in must-win test against India

Usman Khawaja in action for Australia
Usman Khawaja in action for Australia. Photo credit: Reuters.

Australian cricket capatin Tim Paine says there is no simple answer to his side's century drought, but they must work together to stop the slump in Sydney.

If no Australian reaches three figures in the fourth test against India, it will represent an unprecedented low. Australia have never completed a four-test series at home without at least one playing scoring a century.

"We know we are not going to win too many test matches without scoring hundreds," Paine told media. "That's something we have spoken about, and something we are really keen to improve and address.

"Batters are constantly talking about it."

The trend, obviously exacerbated by the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, extends further back than the first test against India.

Usman Khawaja is the only Australian to have scored a test ton since the corresponding SCG test against England in 2018.

Since Khawaja's knock of 141 in Dubai, the highest test score by any Australian has been 72.

Paine noted his teammates could all help each other stay sharp at the SCG, when confronted with quality spells of bowling from India's potent attack.

"It is being aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses while you are out there, knowing who you are batting with up the other end and doing whatever suits them," he said. "Trying to remind them and keep them on track.

"It is up to the individual as well - some guys want to be reminded of certain things when they are in the middle, whereas someone like Usman just wants to go out and bat."

Paine suggested his inexperienced top six are showing signs of improvement.

"The last test, while our batters didn't set the world on fire, most guys got a start and showed that they can succeed," he said.

"This test there is going to be a real focus from our batting group."

 

AAP