Paceman Pat Cummins won the Allan Border Medal for the first time on Monday.

The hostile quick claimed Test-best match figures of 10-62 in the recent series victory over Sri Lanka and has been a shining light in a tough time for Australian cricket.

Either banned duo Steve Smith or David Warner has been named Australia's best male player in each of the last four years, but Cummins was given the honour in their absence at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Spinner Nathan Lyon was named men's Test Player of the Year, while Marcus Stoinis landed the ODI gong and Glenn Maxwell the best male Twenty20 player.

Alyssa Healy picked up the Belinda Clark Award and was named female Player of the Year in all three formats.

Cummins was pinching himself after putting his injury woes behind him in such impressive fashion.

He said: "It's crazy. Mitchell Johnson, I was there when he won it a few years ago and I think of the summer he had.

"All the incredible batsmen who have got it before - it's a bit weird to be honest."

Kurtis Patterson posted his maiden Test century as Australia finished on the front foot after Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hospitalised after being struck by a bouncer on day two of the second Test.

Patterson (114 not out) marked just his second appearance with a hundred to help lead Australia to 534-5 declared in Canberra on Saturday.

Sri Lanka appeared to be comfortable on 82-0 before Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball and carried off the field on a stretcher at Manuka Oval.

Karunaratne – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was hit in the back of his neck in a terrifying moment, which stunned players and the crowd into silence.

It unnerved Sri Lanka, who lost 30-3 as the visitors lost Lahiru Thirimanne (41), replacement batsman Dinesh Chandimal (15) and Kusal Mendis (6) to be 123-3 at stumps, still 411 runs behind.

Earlier, Joe Burns (180) fell short of a memorable double-century and Patterson celebrated his maiden Test hundred as only one wicket fell in the first two sessions.

Australia were relentless as they resumed on 384-4 and piled on the runs against Sri Lanka, reaching 400 in less than 30 minutes of play.

Burns hit his 27th boundary and added nine to his overnight score before the opener chopped on to give Kasun Rajitha (1-103) his first wicket.

With Australia 404-5, Patterson – who was dropped from the first ball he faced on Friday and began the day on 25 – took over.

Making the most of his reprieve, Patterson was patient and calculated, bringing up his first Test half-century off 100 balls.

Australia captain Tim Paine watched from the other end as Patterson wore down Sri Lanka's attack, the 25-year-old raising his bat after hitting the three runs required for an unforgettable ton.

It also marked the first time in 30 years that two Australia batsmen have scored their first century in the same Test innings following Travis Head's hundred – dating back to Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor during the 1989 Ashes Tour.

Paine produced an unbeaten 45 before he declared and sent Sri Lanka in to bat before the tea break, which they navigated and looked set until Cummins (1-25), Nathan Lyon (1-40) and Mitchell Starc (1-32) struck late.

India charged towards their first series victory in Australia after Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant inspired a complete day of dominance as the tourists reached 622 runs in Sydney on Friday.

Having already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India moved a step closer to a series victory thanks to Pujara's masterclass of 193 and Pant's unbeaten 159 at the SCG on day two of the fourth match.

Australia toiled fruitlessly in the Sydney heat and were completely outplayed by India, who declared on 622-7 after a 204-run partnership between Pant and Ravindra Jadeja (81) was ended in the final session.

Having fielded for almost two full days, Australia navigated a tricky 10-over spell late in the day via Marcus Harris (19 not out) and Usman Khawaja (5no) to reach 24-0 at stumps, still trailing by 598 runs, albeit fortuitously after Khawaja was dropped by Pant.

It was another energy-sapping day for Australia in the field as India heaped further misery on the beleaguered hosts, who only managed one wicket in a lopsided first session.

Hanuma Vihari's dismissal to Nathan Lyon (4-178) for 42 inside the first hour of play was the only wicket to fall as he and Pujara put on 101 runs after India resumed on 303-4.

Pujara had brought up his 150 with a boundary through covers before Vihari looked on in disbelief when his review of a catch failed to save him despite replays seeming inconclusive.

India were never in real danger, though Pujara was fortunate to survive on 192 when Khawaja – fielding at first slip – dropped him after stretching to his right to get a hand to the outside edge.

Lyon, however, finally dislodged Pujara caught and bowled as the in-form India batsman left the field to a standing ovation having taken his series tally to 521 runs.

Pujara's dismissal reduced India to 418-6 but Pant and Jadeja kept the scoreboard ticking over against Tim Paine's Australia, who simply had no answer with the ball.

Lyon, Mitchell Starc (1-123), Josh Hazlewood (2-105) and Pat Cummins (0-101) were picked apart as Pant scored his second Test century and first against Australia with a boundary following the tea break.

Paine turned to Marnus Labuschagne (0-76) and even Khawaja (0-4) and Travis Head (0-20) in an act of desperation to find a breakthrough but there was no stopping Pant becoming the first India wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia from just 137 deliveries.

Virat Kohli appeared to be flirting with a declaration during the afternoon and he finally called his batsmen off the ground when Jadeja was bowled by Lyon.

Peter Siddle is back from the one-day international wilderness after Australia overhauled their squad for the upcoming ODI series against India.

Veteran paceman Siddle has not played an ODI since 2010 but the 34-year-old has been included in the 14-man team for the three-match series, starting in Sydney on January 12.

Batsman Usman Khawaja – who last played an ODI for Australia in January 2017 – has also been recalled, along with star spinner Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh and Peter Handscomb following Australia's revamp.

Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and Ashton Agar have been dumped following the 2-1 series loss to South Africa last year as Australia look ahead to the Cricket World Cup in England.

Captain Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa are the only survivors from that side after Nathan Coulter-Nile succumbed to a back problem, while selectors opted to rest Test trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

"After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we've identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around," National selector Trevor Hohns said.

"With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we've selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match."

Hohns continued: "It's wonderful to have Peter back in the squad for the first time since 2010. His white ball cricket has improved considerably the older he has got, and his selection is great reward for his professionalism and strong leadership qualities."

"Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter [Handscomb] is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Mitch gives us another all-round option with his ability with both bat and ball," he continued.

"Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia."

 

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.

Nathan Lyon believes Pat Cummins is developing into one of the finest all-rounders in world cricket following his stellar display on day four of the third Test with India.

Cummins returned career-best figures of 6-27 as the tourists declared on 106-8 at the MCG, setting Australia 399 for victory and a 2-1 series lead with one day and change to play.

That target looked well out of reach when Cummins came to the crease at 157-6, but a Test-best score of 61 not out meant he and Lyon (6 not out) at least ensured the match would go to the final day.

Australia will resume on 258-8, still 141 short of an unlikely win, but there was no doubt as to the headline act of Saturday's play in Melbourne.

"He's one of the best all-rounders in the game, in my eyes," Lyon said. "He's working his backside off with his batting with Hicky [Graeme Hick], who's a fantastic batting coach, and I know he did a lot of work while we were in the UAE.

"It's great to see him get some reward and I'd love nothing more than for Pat to get his maiden Test match century tomorrow. He has been exceptional in this match and he keeps getting better every day.

"I enjoy batting with Pat, he helps calm down my nerves and it was an exciting challenge. It was a pretty special knock from him.

"He is a great bloke but an even better cricketer. Seeing where he started from and seeing where he is now, he has a hell of a long career ahead of him.

"Pat and I are going to come out tomorrow and we are going to fight. We have to show a lot of pride and fight hard, and show what it means to wear the baggy green cap.

"We are going to win the first ball in the first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia. And we will enjoy doing that."

Cummins' heroics came after Australia's top order struggled once more, with the likes of Shaun Marsh and Travis Head failing to build on starts while Aaron Finch (3) posted another low score.

"I see how much hard work the guys are doing in the nets and in training," said a defiant Lyon. "We know they are working hard and not going out to fail. They have all my support.

"We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen. They are disappointed but I know how hard they are working. Success for them is around the corner.

"I am a massive fan of Aaron Finch. He is working hard and seeing a lot of balls in the nets. We have seen him in international cricket in all three formats as a world-class batsman. He is as disappointed as anyone else is."

Mitch Marsh could be set for a return after Australia head coach Justin Langer said the all-rounder is an "attractive commodity" to have in Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test against India.

Marsh has missed the past two Tests after he was dropped in favour of Peter Handscomb for the Adelaide opener, however, a recall appears to be on the cards for the Australia vice-captain.

Handscomb has struggled in the four-Test series – which is locked at 1-1 after Australia's victory in Perth – having only managed 68 runs in four innings, with a top-score of 34.

And Langer dropped a selection hint as he talked up Marsh ahead of the third Test at the MCG, starting Wednesday.

"In a perfectly balanced side, you've got someone who can bowl some overs," Langer told reporters on Monday. "And Mitch becomes an attractive commodity on a wicket [that] unlike Adelaide and Perth … although there's a bit of moisture in it, we also know the history of it.

"Our fast bowlers have been lucky, we've bowled less overs than India's bowlers at the moment, particularly [Jasprit] Bumrah, and that's an important part of the series. The more we can look after the guys, the better."

Langer added: "With the schedule, you're always looking at this Test but you're always looking ahead. We're always looking at how we're trying to manage it.

"In this instance, this is the only Test we're thinking about. But we're always aware that there's two back-to-back Test matches, which is tough."

Langer, who is yet to make a decision, continued: "Pete's a very good player of spin bowling … and Mitch is a pretty good player of spin bowling too.

"We'll weigh up all those things, and they're the hard decisions. All those factors, trust me, we think about it.

"It's a bit sad, really; I'm not thinking about what Christmas present I'm going to give to my kids, I'm thinking about who plays spin better, whether we'll play the extra bowler, how many overs have the fast bowlers bowled. It's sad."

Star Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is set to play another key role in Melbourne, having claimed a series-high 16 wickets in two Tests.

Lyon finished with eight wickets in Perth, where Australia won by 146 runs to stay alive in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

"Nathan Lyon has been literally world class, the way that he has been going about his business. He's been so good to have in the team," Langer said.

"There's some real confidence about him [even though] he hasn't got a title at the moment but he shows great leadership. He's like a gazelle in the field. He's having a big impact on the series."

Relief was the overriding feeling for captain Tim Paine after Australia ended their Test drought courtesy of a dominant victory over India in Perth.

Australia claimed their first win in eight matches and levelled the series against India following Tuesday's 146-run success in the second Test.

Not since defeating South Africa by 118 runs in Durban in March had Australia won a Test match, but Paine and his team-mates ended that drought at Perth Stadium, where India were skittled for 140 on the fifth and final day.

India – who could have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with victory – lost 28-5 after an hour of play in the morning as Australia stayed alive in the series ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Speaking after Australia secured their 999th international victory across all formats, Paine said: "It's probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while.

"Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward. It was a difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack.

"The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it. Day one was a bit of a funny one, we crossed our fingers. Marcus [Harris] and Aaron [Finch], to get us none for 100 was brilliant and probably the difference in the end. Uzzie [Usman Khawaja] has been batting well for a long time, bowling really well to all of us. He's in a really good space.

"It's great to have Gaz [Nathan Lyon], every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world."

Star Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was named man-of-the-match following his eight-wicket haul against India, which included 3-39 in the second innings.

"It's amazing to play a role in a victory, haven't had one in a while. Thanks to everyone," Lyon said. "Can't wait to sing the song.

"It's fair to say we've been in a drought, so good to break it. Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few foot holes.

"When you come up against the best players, to compete against Virat [Kohli] and take his wicket was pretty special."

Australia returned to winning ways and stayed alive in the series against India after claiming a comprehensive 146-run victory in the second Test.

Nathan Lyon claimed the key wicket of Virat Kohli to turn the second Test in Australia's favour, with India finishing the fourth day on 112-5 after being set 287 in Perth.

The home side suffered a batting collapse in their second innings, slipping from 192-4 to 243 all out as Mohammed Shami claimed Test-best figures of 6-56, yet still look favourites to clinch a series-levelling victory.

India stuttered early in their pursuit of an attainable target, slipping to 13-2 before tea. Mitchell Starc tempted KL Rahul to chop on to depart for a duck, while Cheteshwar Pujara fended a rising delivery from Josh Hazlewood through to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

However, it was Lyon who struck perhaps the most telling blow in what has been a see-saw contest, getting Kohli caught at slip by Usman Khawaja, who had earlier made 72 with the bat, for 17.

The off-spinner also dismissed Murali Vijay - the opener bowled through the gate on 20 - before Ajinkya Rahane (30) fell to Hazlewood prior to the close, slicing an ambitious drive to Travis Head at point.

Hanuma Vihari battled through to reach stumps unbeaten on 24 alongside Rishabh Pant (9 not out), but India still require a further 175.

Australia will be confident of picking up the five wickets they require during Tuesday's play, though they made their task tougher than it needed to be by losing a clatter of wickets after lunch.

When Khawaja had Paine for company out in the middle, the hosts appeared on course to set their opponents a sizeable fourth-innings target. Instead, they folded quickly once the fifth-wicket alliance ended with Paine (37) undone by a vicious short ball from Shami.

The home captain had again exchanged words with opposite number Kohli during his time in the middle, with umpire Chris Gaffaney heard on the stump microphone telling both players to keep their cool in the heat of battle.

Aaron Finch's return to the crease - the opening batsman had retired hurt when on 25 the previous day - did not last long as he gloved Shami's next ball through to wicketkeeper Pant, with the same bowler-fielder combination also accounting for Khawaja six runs later.

Shami dismissed Lyon too to get his first six-wicket haul in the format, but Australia's last-wicket pairing of Starc and Hazlewood added 36 valuable runs, the former last out for 14 to leave the latter unbeaten on 17.

Australia opener Aaron Finch was cleared of serious damage after taking another blow to the finger on day three of the second Test against India at Perth Stadium.

Virat Kohli's controversial dismissal proved key as Australia took a big step towards levelling the four-match series with India on day three of the second Test.

Kohli added to his overnight 82 to score his 25th Test hundred, but was given out on 123 as Peter Handscomb looked to collect a catch at second slip off Pat Cummins. The soft signal was out and replays were inconclusive as to whether Cummins actually got his fingers under the ball.

A clearly unhappy Kohli trudged off and India soon collapsed, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma quickly departing the crease as India lost three wickets for three runs, slumping from 251-5 to 283 all out in response to Australia's first-innings 326 in Perth.

Aaron Finch was forced to retire hurt on 25 in Australia's second innings after being struck on the right glove, though scans have ruled out serious damage. Despite that blow, Usman Khawaja's unbeaten 41 helped them to 132-4, a lead of 175, at stumps.

Kohli brought up his hundred with an imperious straight drive and, though Hanuma Vihari departed, the India skipper appeared in a position to move the tourists into a lead.

However, his hopes of doing so were ended in contentious circumstances and, while Rishabh Pant (36) provided some resistance, Nathan Lyon had little difficulty knocking off the tail as he took 5-67, moving him into the top 25 all-time Test wicket takers.

There were fears Finch may have broken a finger, his injury leading the umpires to call tea, with India unable to claim a conventional dismissal until Jasprit Bumrah removed Marcus Harris for 20.

Shami impressed for the India attack with 2-23, claiming the wickets of Shaun Marsh (5) and Travis Head (19), which were sandwiched by Handscomb's (13) exit at the hands of Ishant as Australia's middle order wilted.

Yet Khawaja, who scored just 36 in two innings in the first Test defeat, provided a steady presence on an erratic pitch to guide Australia to the close. It will be up to him and captain Tim Paine (8 not out) to set India an imposing target to chase when the hosts resume on day four.

Australia still believe they have a "massive sniff" of winning the first Test against India despite a difficult fourth day in Adelaide, according to Nathan Lyon.

Cheteshwar Pujara again frustrated a toiling Australia bowling attack as India built a healthy lead on day three of the first Test in Adelaide.

First-innings centurion Pujara patiently compiled an unbeaten 40 from 127 balls to help his side, who had earlier secured a first-innings advantage of 15, reach stumps 166 ahead on 151-3.

The number three was twice given out off Nathan Lyon deliveries yet overturned both decisions using DRS on a rain-affected day that saw the honours go to the tourists.

Lyon did claim the key wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli (34) late in the evening session, but Australia look set to face a stiff target on a pitch that has so far proved difficult to score on.

After rain halted the start of play by almost an hour, India wasted little time claiming the three wickets required to end the first innings of Australia, who resumed on 191-7.

Mitchell Starc was the first to go as he edged behind to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after being tempted into a big drive by Jasprit Bumrah (3-47).

Travis Head (72) and Lyon (24 not out) claimed some valuable runs, chipping away at India's lead, but the former and Josh Hazlewood (0) fell victim to Mohammed Shami (2-58) in consecutive deliveries, ensuring Australia were dismissed for 235.

After claiming his first Test half-century in Australia, Head was caught behind from a beautiful Shami ball and Hazlewood immediately followed in similar fashion as India wrapped up the innings.

The covers were back on just as India stepped out to begin their second dig and, once the weather cleared, the tourists made a slow and cautious start.

Negotiating the new ball, India only scored 11 runs from nine overs but the run rate soon rose as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay settled at the crease.

Australia did have some success thanks to Starc, who claimed the wicket of Vijay (18) for the second time in the match when the opener edged to Peter Handscomb in the cordon, India reduced to 63-1.

Either side of tea, Lyon twice thought he had Pujara, only to see decisions for caught behind and lbw overturned.

India's first successful review was followed by a needless dismissal in the next over as Rahul tried to loft Hazlewood over mid-off and instead edged through to Tim Paine.

Pujara and Kohli then regained the initiative for India with a third-wicket stand of 71, but that alliance was broken shortly before stumps when the captain was caught at short-leg off Lyon. Australia's off-spinner has now taken Kohli's wicket more than any other bowler in Tests.

 

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

Nathan Lyon will be crucial to Australia's chances of beating India in the upcoming Test series, according to Josh Hazlewood.

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