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Day 2: Aussies in control against World

After taking 155-run first innings lead, Australia were 66/1 at close on day two with Hayden on 27.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2005 07:11 IST

Glenn McGrath set a new benchmark for Test pacemen after taking taking Brian Lara's wicket, then spinners Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill combined to skittle the World XI on day two of the Super Test in Sydney.

The World XI was all out for 190 shortly after tea Saturday, giving Australia a 155-run first innings lead in the six-day match. The Australians advanced to 66 for one at stumps, an overall lead of 221.

Matthew Hayden was unbeaten on 27 and Ricky Ponting was on 17. Jacques Kallis made the only breakthrough, having Justin Langer (22) caught at slip with his fourth ball.

The early overs were dominated by fast bowling, before Warne (3-23) and MacGill (4-39) took seven wickets between them. England Ashes star Andrew Flintoff did the early damage for the World XI, proving again to be Adam Gilchrist's nemesis when he trapped him lbw on the second ball. Gilchrist didn't add to his overnight 94.

Flintoff took 3-4 in a three-over spell and finished with 4-59 as Australia was dismissed for 345 after resuming day two at 311-6. The Australian pacemen responded in kind.

Brett Lee dismissed World XI captain Graeme Smith (12), then McGrath equaled Courtney Walsh's Test record for fast bowlers of 519 wickets when he had new Indian captain Rahul Dravid (0) caught behind.

McGrath took Test wicket No. 520 when he trapped Lara (5) lbw - the latest in a stream of decisions given by the TV umpire under experimental rules for this series - to make the total 43-3. It continued a lean run for Lara, who netted only five runs in the World XI's 3-0 limited-overs series loss to Australia last week.

Virender Sehwag top scored for the World XI with a cavalier 76, including 14 boundaries, and dominated a 91-run partnership with Kallis that lifted the tourists to 134-3.He was out swiping at Warne, with Simon Katich holding a brilliant, reflex catch at short leg.

MacGill had Inzamam-ul-Haq (1) stumped by Gilchrist next over and, after Warne removed Kallis (44) and Mark Boucher (0), he returned to take the last three wickets.

The World XI innings unraveled after Flintoff, attempting his third six in one over from MacGill, was caught at long-on by Lee. Flintoff blazed four sixes and scored 35 from 36 balls. After he went out, the last three wickets fell for seven runs.

McGrath returned 2-34 and moved to third on the all-time Test bowling list, behind Australian teammate Warne (626) and Sri Lanka's Muralitharan (565).

In slightly overcast conditions Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a combined 15 wickets tumbled in 73 overs. The International Cricket Council has granted full status to the Super Test, meaning all statistics count for career records.

First Published: Oct 15, 2005 06:51 IST