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World suffer another humiliating defeat

MacGill's five-wicket haul helped Australia beat World by 210 runs in the one-off Super Test.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2005 15:39 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Stuart MacGill took three wickets in the last over on Monday as the World XI was skittled for 144, giving Australia a 210-run win in the six-day Test and a sweep of the Super Series.

MacGill returned 5-43 in the innings and 9-82 for the match, while Shane Warne snared three wickets in each innings as the World XI crumbled against the tandem leg-spin attack.

The World XI lost its last four wickets for one run after Warne removed Mark Boucher (17). Jacques Kallis was stranded on 39 not out.

MacGill had Daniel Vettori caught at silly point on the second ball of his 15th over, then trapped Steve Harmison lbw on the next. Muttiah Muralitharan survived the hat-trick ball but was stumped by Adam Gilchrist three balls later, stepping down the pitch to MacGill.

The World XI resumed on day four at 25 for two, still needing 330 for an unlikely win.
Warne removed Rahul Dravid (23) and Brian Lara (36) in consecutive overs to start the rot.

Match report Day 1: Hayden, Gilchrist power Australia

Match report Day 2: Australia in firm control against World

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The World XI had progressed to 56-2 before losing three wickets in 20 deliveries. Newly appointed India captain Dravid edged a Warne legbreak to Matt Hayden at slip in the 21st over.

Lara, who'd scored 10 runs in four innings in the series, clouted seven boundaries and seemed to be finding his touch until he got an inside edge to Warne and 'keeper Gilchrist took a juggling catch.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was out second ball he faced, unlucky to be adjudged lbw to Brett Lee with a delivery that appeared to be going down legside.

At that stage, the World XI was reeling at 70-5. Kallis and Andrew Flintoff (15), joint winners of the 2005 international cricketer of the year award, shared a 52-run sixth-wicket partnership and were the XI's last remaining chance to avoid another embarrassing loss after the 3-0 drubbing in last week's limited-overs series.

MacGill broke that partnership just after lunch when he had Flintoff (15) caught at midwicket by Brad Hodge.

The World XI had forced its way back into the match on Sunday, with Flintoff, Harmison and Muralitharan taking three wickets apiece as Australia lost 9-47 and was out for 199 in its second innings. But the chase started badly with skipper Graeme Smith bowled by Glenn McGrath without a run on the board.

Virender Sehwag (7) was caught behind off Stuart MacGill to make it 18-2 and the international combination struggled to 25-2 when bad light stopped play on Sunday night.

The Australians were in command of the match after posting 345 in the first innings, then dismissed the World XI for 190.

First Published: Dec 27, 2005 18:17 IST