Melbourne: Australian batsman Michael Slater edged closer to one of the most unwelcome records in test cricket when he was out for 91 on the second day of the second test against India today.
Although the Australian opener has scored 13 test centuries, his dismissal at the Melbourne cricket ground marked the eighth time in his test career that he has fallen during the "nervous 90s". The only other player in the game's history to have departed in the 90s more often is Australian captain Steve Waugh, who holds the dubious record of nine 90s after making 96 against England in Sydney this year.
Slater has scored three centuries this year and is the only player in the world to have scored more than 1,000 test runs, a milestone he reached yesterday. But he has also had three scores in the 90s this year including two in the past six weeks after he made 97 in last month's second test against Pakistan in Hobart.