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KL Rahul applauded by umpire for honesty during Sydney Test

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Saturday saw the Australia and India go head to head in the third day of play for the fourth Test in Sydney.

With the home team trailing by 386 runs, Tim Paine's side needed to end their batting woes to stand any chance of responding to India's 622-7dec and saving the series.

And although the two Aussie openers were able to survive the morning session they were a little fortunate not to lose a wicket early on.

Indian opener KL Rahul was one of the few who failed to make a mark with the bat, but he initally appeared to have taken a brilliant catch when Marcus Harris mis-timed a stroke at mid-on.

As you can see below, to the naked eye it looked like Rahul had done enough to dismiss Harris, as the rest of his Indian teammates had already started celebrating.

Their joy was shortlived, however, and almost as soon as Rahul got to his feet he notified the umpire that the ball had actually bounced before he had snapped it up.

Umpire Ian Gould was so impressed by the act of sportsmanship he actually briefly applauded the Indian opener and gestured a thumbs up in his direction.

Following the let-off, Harris went on to score 79 runs from 120 balls, including eight boundaries.

India spinner Ravindra Jadeja eventually ended Harris' plucky innings just after lunch and not for the first time this series, it triggered a mini-collapse in the Australian top order.

Jadeja also picked up the wicket of Shaun Marsh while fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed three scalps to pull the Australians back and put India firmly in control of proceedings.

Rahul's honest actions come as a pleasant contrast to the cheating scandal that surrounded the Australia team and saw David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft receive lengthy bans for ball-tampering, early last year that's for sure.

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Australia cricket
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