Mon, Jul 28, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Stephen Waugh scores unbeaten 156

AP , CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA AND BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

Australian Martin Love drives a ball on the way to scoring his century on the third day of the second Test match against Bangladesh in Cairns, Australia, yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Stephen Waugh scored an unbeaten 156, his 32nd test hundred, and declared Australia's first innings closed yesterday at 556 for four, a lead of 261 runs with two days and a session remaining in the second cricket test against Bangladesh.

Waugh's declaration came as soon as Martin Love had notched his maiden test century and forced an early adjournment for the tea interval.

When Waugh reached 150 with a single to long-off from the bowling of Mohammad Ashraful, he became the first batsman to score 150 against all nine rival test nations. Last week, with his 100 not out in the first Test against Bangladesh, Waugh joined Gary Kirsten as the only player to have made centuries against every test nation.

The Australian skipper moved to second place on the all-time list of test centurions, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar (31) and now trails only retired former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar (34).

Australia resumed at 351 for three and added 205 runs Sunday for the loss of one wicket, Darren Lehmann for 177.

Both Waugh and Lehmann posted back-to-back centuries against the Bangladeshis after their hundreds in the innings and 132-run win at Darwin in the first test last week.

Lehmann, who resumed on 156, made his highest test score, improving the 160 against the West Indies in April. He was caught by Mohammad Ashraful attempted to hit Tapash Baisya over cover with the total at 382, ending a 250-run stand for the fourth wicket. Bangladesh was bowled out for 295 in its first innings and had restricted Australia to 132 for three before Lehmann and Waugh combined.

England versus

south africa

Graeme Smith hit the highest score by a South African captain Saturday to put the tourists in charge of the rain-affected first cricket test against England at Edgbaston.

Smith hit a career-best 246 not out in his 11th test to propel South Africa to 506 for two at lunch on the third day after an opening day 398 for one. The second day was washed out without a ball bowled.

Smith, 22, scored his second double century of a short career, and shared 100 for the second wicket before Gary Kirsten was dismissed for 44.

Smith will bat after the break with Boeta Dippenaar, 20 not out, needing 30 runs to post the highest individual innings for the Proteas in test cricket. Daryl Cullinan and Kirsten have each scored 275 runs.

This was after Smith and Herschelle Gibbs (179) shared a record 338-run opening stand on the first day after winning the toss.

Smith, starting the day on 178, reached his double ton with his 28th four, as an attempted pull off fast-bowler Steve Harmison flew perilously close to his stumps and past wicketkeeper Alec Stewart.

The milestone came seven hours into the innings off the 285th ball.

Smith's knock surpassed the 208 by former Springbok captain Dudley Nourse against England at Trent Bridge in 1951.

Smith also became the youngest to score a double century in his third test as captain since replacing Shaun Pollock after South Africa's first-round exit in the World Cup at home in March.

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