Labuschagne falls for 91 in SCG Test

Rob Forsaith
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Marnus Labuschagne has fallen nine runs short of becoming Australia's first centurion of this Test summer.

Labuschagne, who has been Australia's leading run-scorer in the current series against India, looked to be marching towards three figures at the SCG on day two of the third Test.

The right-hander was on 67 when he resumed on Friday, seeking to hammer home Australia's advantage.

Labuschagne largely played spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with ease during Friday's opening hour of play, stroking two boundaries off the latter.

But he came unstuck on 91 while facing Jadeja, when stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane gleefully accepted an edge at first slip.

It is the first time the 26-year-old has been dismissed in the nervous 90s during his 17-Test career.

Labuschagne departed in the same over that he brought up a 100-run stand with Steve Smith.

The SCG was the scene of Labuschagne's career-best knock of 215 against New Zealand a year ago.

The classy batsman now boasts a Test average of 100.75 at the venue.