\n Malcolm Knox: Slow page turner may yet deliver thrilling final chapter \n Dean Jones: Why Rogers must go to England \n The Tonk: Black Caps confident of success on Australian soil \n Greg Baum: Is this a catch I see before me? \n Day four: as it happened \n Lyon has another chance to put India in a spin \n Steve Smith received a standing ovation at the SCG for his batting in a series that in numerical terms has been Bradmanesque. Now the young captain has a chance to silence the critics of his cautious declaration in Melbourne by setting up a captivating finish to the final Test against India. Smith promised to be a more aggressive captain in Sydney if he was presented with another scenario in which he could set India a target, and now he has that chance after bringing the fourth Test back to life with his sparkling strokeplay. The 25-year-old took his domination of India's bowlers to an even higher level, skipping down the pitch to hit Ravi Ashwin for six over cover one moment and reverse-sweeping the off-spinner for four the next to reach yet another half-century. He eclipsed Don Bradman's record for runs in a Test series between Australia and India, taking his final tally to 769 runs in four Tests at an average of 128. He was lbw to Mohammad Shami for 71 in 70 balls, applauded by the Sydney crowd not just for the hour-and-a-half of entertainment he provided at the SCG, but for his scarcely believable scoring from the moment he stepped onto Adelaide Oval exactly a month earlier. An overnight declaration would set up a climactic final day, with Australia holding a lead of 348 when bad light and light drizzle stopped play. Joe Burns took his lead from the skipper, crashing a Twenty20-style 66 from 39 balls. He smashed Umesh Yadav for four consecutive boundaries and launched three sixes. Brad Haddin opened his shoulders, too, and was 31 not out at stumps. In Melbourne, with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy not yet won, Smith didn't want to give India even the faintest sniff of victory. He was widely criticised for leaving his declaration too late, setting India an unrealistic target and leaving just two sessions to bowl India out. On the eve of this match Smith explained that his late declaration in Melbourne was made with the emotions of the SCG finale in mind, with players returning to the scene of Phillip Hughes' death. "To have the series wrapped up, I think we can play a little bit more relaxed, and not have that extra pressure of having to win this Test match," he said. "If the same thing comes around again I'm sure I'll be a bit more aggressive." Burns, as a second-gamer, insisted he had no insight into Smith's declaration plans. "The wicket spun and I think it will only get harder to bat on as the game goes on. So it's a great position to be in at the end of day four," Burns said. "I'm sure we're going to create 10 opportunities, it's just a matter of taking all 10." India were bold, too, handing Ashwin the new ball and he struck immediately by removing David Warner, caught at slip, with a ball that skidded and turned. Chris Rogers recovered from back spasms to rustle up his sixth half-century on the trot, and Shane Watson was scoring expansively until he tried to hit Ashwin against the spin and chopped it onto his stumps. Earlier, Australia secured a 97-run lead by bowling India out for 475. Fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Josh Hazlewood made crucial breakthroughs during the morning session. Harris claimed the prized wicket of Virat Kohli for 147, when he had added just seven to his overnight score. The Indian captain clipped a catch to mid-wicket, and Kohli left the field with 646 runs in the series with an innings to go. Sunil Gavaskar is the only Indian batsman who has plundered more runs in an overseas Test series. Hazlewood bowled a bouncer at Wriddhiman Saha, who got himself into an awkward position and gloved the ball to Smith in the slips cordon for 35. India's tail wagged for the first time in the series, the last four wickets adding 123 runs, and Australia's cause was undermined by yet another dropped catch. Bhuvneshwar Kumar made three Test 50s against England but he spent a nervous eternity on nought, one chance didn't carry to short-mid-wicket and another spilt by Burns reaching back from short leg. Both chances were created by Lyon, who found more turn as the innings progressed. Ashwin and Kumar put on 65, their partnership broken by Lyon in controversial circumstances. An edge to Watson at slip brought a muted appeal, and prompted the umpire to ask TV official Simon Fry to determine whether the ball had been played into the ground. Multiple replays suggested the ball was squeezed onto the pitch from the bottom of the bat, but Kumar was inexplicably given out. Mohammad Shami swung the bat at Lyon but Harris finished off the innings with the help of Brad Haddin, who held a diving catch to dismiss No.11 Yadav. Starc might have been reprimanded for his "exaggerated" send-off to Murali Vijay earlier in the match, but he could be well satisfied with his return to Test combat with figures of 3-106, sustaining his pace and swinging the old ball in an ominous sign for India's second innings.