Sun, Oct 16, 2005 - Page 23 News List

Australia advances to 66 for one against World XI


Australia's Glenn McGrath appeals for the wicket of Virender Sehwag on the 2nd ball during the Super Series Test match against the World XI in Sydney on Saturday.


Glenn McGrath picked off Brian Lara to set a new benchmark for test pacemen, then spinners Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill combined to skittle the World XI on day two of the Super test.

After taking the last four wickets in five overs to restrict Australia to 345 yesterday morning, the World XI was bundled out for 190 in reply, conceding a 155-run first innings deficit.

Australia advanced to 66 for one at stumps in its second innings, an overall lead of 221.

Matthew Hayden was unbeaten on 27 and Ricky Ponting was on 17.

Opener Justin Langer (22) was the only Australian wicket to fall in 20 overs Saturday evening, edging Jacques Kallis' fourth ball to slip.

The early overs were dominated by the fast bowlers from each side, before Warne (3-23) and MacGill (4-39) took seven wickets between them.

"I'm very thankful that the last wicket fell my way ... three wickets, four wickets, whatever, Shane and I worked well together and that's the important thing," said MacGill, arguing his case for an increasing role in the Australian test team.

MacGill said Australia was perfectly placed in the six-day Super Test, regardless of collapsing in the first innings after finishing the opening day at 331 for six.

"We would rather have made more runs in the first innings, but having posted the score that we did, to take a lead of well in excess of a hundred is very good for us," he said. "If we can bat for another two days, it should be nice bowling," last.

Asked how much lead Australia would need to be comfortable declaring, MacGill joked it wouldn't be short of 1,000.

The World XI hasn't lasted for 50 overs in the series, comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the limited-overs matches and collapsing in 48 overs yesterday.

"We're not embarrassed," said Virender Sehwag, who top-scored for the World XI with a cavalier 76. "We are just backing ourselves and will play good cricket tomorrow.

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