Australia vs India 4th Test: Live scores, updates, day 4, Brisbane weather, Gabba

Tim Paine is under pressure to make a bold call today as Ricky Ponting lamented a glaring weakness in Australia’s approach. 

Washington Sundar stuns with no-look six

Tim Paine will have a big decision to make.

Welcome to our live coverage of day four of the fourth Test between Australia and India at the Gabba.

The Aussies will be looking for quick runs to build a healthy second-innings lead and set up a declaration late in the day as they search for a series-winning victory in Brisbane.

However, the weather in the Queensland capital may hurt the hosts’ push. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is an 80 per cent chance of rain and a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

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Aggressive risk Australia must take

Tim Paine has been urged to take a risk with a bold declaration to win the series as the fourth Test hangs in the balance.

The series is locked at 1-1 and if that’s how it stays, then India will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy because it still holds the silverware from its last trip Down Under in 2018/19.

Ideally, the Aussies would score quickly and declare late on day four with a lead over 350, giving their bowlers at least the final day to try and take 10 Indian wickets.

The home side’s attack couldn’t get the job done in Sydney and India came within a Hanuma Vihari hamstring injury of chasing victory itself. Memories of that run chase will make Paine nervous but he’ll be hoping for more luck at the Gabba should he make a sporting declaration because a draw just doesn’t cut it for Australia.

Former Australian T20 star Dirk Nannes said the hosts have to risk losing the game in order to win it.

“Absolutely … I don’t think they’re going to be happy going out with a 1-1 draw and going away saying, ‘At least we didn’t lose’,” Nannes told ABC Grandstand.

“I don’t think that’s good enough.

“You need the bait for them to go for the runs to get the victory, to win the series rather than just level the series and just take it by default that you’re holding the cup at the time.”

Ex-Australian captain Ian Chappell also weighed in, telling the ABC: “Tim Paine is going to have to think long and hard but really he’s got to dangle the carrot because the draw is not doing him any good at all.”

Former Aussie paceman Stuart Clark was in the same boat. “You’re going to have to take a risk here,” he told the Big Sports Breakfast.

“There’s no difference between losing and drawing for Australia.”

Ponting laments timid Aussie attack

Ricky Ponting says Australia’s bowlers weren’t aggressive enough as India’s tail wagged to frustrate the hosts on day three.

Debutant Washington Sundar (62) and second-gamer Shardul Thakur (67) combined for a heroic 123-run, seventh-wicket partnership to cut into Australia’s first innings lead as the visitors showed the remarkable resilience that has been their trademark on this tour.

Ponting wanted Australia’s quicks to bowl more short stuff and intimidate the inexperienced duo during their match-turning stand.

"I was a bit disappointed with the way the Australians went about it, to be honest," Ponting told "I don't think they were aggressive enough, didn't bowl enough short balls.

"They let the Indian batsmen be way too comfortable at the crease. They almost bowled the way those batsmen would have wanted them to bowl.

"I thought they could have gone out and set the tone really early on with some really good, hostile fast bowling just to let India know what they were going to be about for the day.”

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