Australia's cricket team has scored 282-4 - a lead of 213 runs - on a rain-interrupted fourth day of the second test against India in Sydney.

Mike Hussey was on 87 and Andrew Symonds was on 14 at stumps after officials rejected Anil Kumble's appeal for Symonds to be out lbw.

Earlier, Kumble dismissed Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke on consecutive balls. Hayden scored 123 runs in Australia's second innings before he was caught out. Clarke was out for no runs.

Australia is hoping to win a record-tying 16th test match in a row after taking the first test of this tour by 337 runs in Melbourne.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.