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Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of David Warner before rain stopped play on day one.

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Rain stopped play in the opening session of the third Test between India and Australia, which started here on Thursday. Australia were 21 for one in 7.1 overs when play was interrupted at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pacer Mohammed Siraj sent back the returning David Warner (5) to give India their first breakthrough before the heavens opened up. Australia won the toss against India and opted to bat in the third and penultimate match of the four-match series. Rohit Sharma returned to the Indian playing XI in place of Mayank Agarwal, while pacer Navdeep Saini was handed a Test debut, replacing an injured Umesh Yadav.

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For Australia, opener Warner came back into the team with Pucovski making his debut at the expense of Travis Head. India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini. Australia: David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood. David Warner was out cheaply as he returned for Australia on a rain-affected first day of the third test against India in Sydney. David Warner's comeback knock started with a bang and ended with a whimper as Australia's quest for a big opening test partnership this summer dragged on.

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Warner, having been sorely missed during the opening half of the four-test series against India, was widely tipped to be a quick fix for Australia's misfiring batting order and sluggish run-rate. The veteran opener admitted last week he was unlikely to be fully fit for the third test at the SCG, having spent almost six weeks on the sidelines because of a groin injury he suffered during a fielding mishap during the ODI campaign, but was desperate to play. Rick Rycroft/AP Australia's David Warner, left, watches as he slices the ball into the hands of India's Cheteshwar Pujara. Warner, having vowed to show trademark intent against India, stroked his first delivery through the covers and dashed through for a quickly-run two. * Australia v India: Will Pucovski faces intense examination from Aussie quicks ahead of likely test debut * Out-of-form batsman Joe Burns axed from Australian test cricket squad * Sydney Cricket Ground to host Test as Cricket Australia deem Sydney safe * India rebound to win Boxing Day test by a thumping eight-wicket margin The former vice-captain grimaced after completing a quick single soon after, then was out for five after lashing at consecutive deliveries from Mohammed Siraj in the fourth over.

Warner's first flat-footed stroke went unpunished but the second resulted in an edge that sailed straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip. Rick Rycroft/AP David Warner was out for 5 on his return from injury. Rain stopped play during the first session in Sydney and Australia were 21-1 after 7.1 overs before a lengthy delay. "It was pretty much from that moment [the quick single] on that those loose shots started. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of David Warner before rain stopped play on day one. "Has not looked comfortable [since the quick single]. "Hopefully it [the groin injury] wasn't playing on his mind, hopefully he's OK." Mitchell Starc, speaking on the same TV network during the lunch break, suggested Warner was fine. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images David Warner looked uncomfortable while running between the wickets. Warner and debutant Will Pucovski's opening stand was worth six runs, coming after the Joe Burns-Matthew Wade pairing put on partnerships of 16, 70, 19 and four during the two previous tests. Warner had flagged that he would be somewhat restricted during the SCG test, noting "when it comes to these tendon issues, they hang around for quite a while and it's quite hard to get through that pain threshold". Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Will Pucovski receives his baggy green cap ahead of his test debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "He's going to be playing with pain," Langer said earlier this week. Watch the Sydney Test LIVE on Fox Cricket from Thursday, coverage starting 9:30am AEDT! It's fair to say David Warner's return to the Australian Test team fell flat. Warner partnered debutant Will Pucovski as he made his way back from a groin injury in the third Test at the SCG. Watch Australia v India Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with the Fox Cricket commentary team. But despite the uncertainty Warner and Pucovski – who himself was coming back from a concussion – opened the batting at the SCG in a reshuffled top order. And no sooner had Warner taken to the crease and he was returning to the Australian changing rooms for 5. Warner slashed at a wide delivery from Mohammed Siraj and edged the ball to first slip Cheteshwar Pujara. Even in the short period he was at the crease, it was plain to see that he was out of sorts as he took a quick single with Pucovski. MATCH CENTRE: Australia vs India, third Test live scoreboard, video Speaking on Fox Cricket, former England international Isa Guha said that Warner looked "incredibly uncomfortable". Co-commentator Mike Hussey remarked that Warner didn't look in good health. India strike first as Warner exits early 0:34 Hussey said: "He was running through, he's certainly labouring a little bit and it's not the David Warner we are used to seeing. Adam Gilchrist, meanwhile, claimed that Warner looked at "about 75 per cent (fitness)" and that he didn't have the "usual aggressive sprinting" to his game between the wickets. Nine balls later and Warner was out, and there were plenty of other leading cricket experts who raised question marks over his fitness. The Sydney Morning Herald writer Andrew Wu also noted that Warner looked uncomfortable. Author Jarrod Kimber, meanwhile, claimed that Warner moved like his "nan did with a zimmer frame". David Warner is on the podium of the best runners between the wicket. And Fox Sports News presenter Tom Wilson asked questions of the Australian selectors after Warner's hurried return to the Test side. But picking Joe Burns in the first 2 tests, who was clearly out of form and David Warner in this test, who looks injured borders on negligence. The shot which Warner played was loose and out-of-character. The last time before today when David Warner got a single digit score at home in Tests was against South Africa at Hobart in 2016. "That's just a loose shot," Waugh said. "That's not a shot you want to be playing in the first 20 minutes of a Test match. Kerry O'Keefe said the injury may have contributed to his dismissal. "He bats with his hands but he always has a look. He didn't seem to be looking that much today," O'Keeffe said on Fox Cricket. "The red flag went up when he took that single, the last 10 metres he really laboured and he's far less than 100 per cent fit. "A lot of his utterings going into this Test match was that, 'I'm going to change the tempo of this innings' and in trying to do that he's played an errant shot."