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Hayden, Hussey steady Aussies after early blows

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008, 10:51 [IST]
 
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Hayden, Hussey consolidate Australia

Sydney: A hobbling Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey restored Australia's second innings after the jolting loss of skipper Ricky Ponting's wicket in the second cricket Test against India here.

Hayden, troubled by a back injury which forced him to require a runner, was unbeaten on 77 when rain forced an early tea on the fourth day with Hussey not out 43 and Australia 108 runs ahead at 177 for two.

The pair put on an unbroken 87 runs for the third wicket after Harbhajan Singh again claimed Ponting's wicket for the eighth time in Tests.

Harbhajan, the subject of an end-of-Test hearing over racial abuse charges, performed an extravagant victory jig as he again proved Ponting's nemesis.

Ponting's wicket for one sent a shudder through the Australian team as they wiped out a 69-run innings deficit.

Harbhajan has a feisty rivalry with Ponting going back to his acrimonious send-off of Ponting when the champion Australian batsman was stumped off his bowling in Sharjah in 1998.

Ponting played forward to Harbhajan's delivery and spooned a catch to V.V.S. Laxman at silly point to send Harbhajan on a manic victory dash culminating in a theatrical tumble in front of the Indian team's dressingroom.

Saturday's wicket came nine balls after the dismissal of opener Phil Jaques for 40 to give Indian skipper Anil Kumble his 100th Test wicket against Australia.

Jaques was caught sweeping Kumble to Yuvraj Singh in the deep to end Australia's opening partnership at 85.

Harbhajan faces a charge of racial abuse against Australian player Andrew Symonds and will appear before match referee Mike Procter after the Test on Sunday. The citing follows an alleged incident during Friday's third day.

India led on the first innings after centuries by Sachin Tendulkar (154 not out) and V.V.S. Laxman (109) and Australia will probably need a declaration if they are to get their 16th consecutive Test victory.

The weather could also play a hand in the outcome of the Sydney Test with showers sending the players off the field twice for a total of 37 minutes during Saturday's play.

India cannot afford to lose the Test otherwise Australia as holders will keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after their thumping 337-run victory in last week's Melbourne Test match.

Ponting's team are chasing a record-equalling 16th consecutive Test victory and have been undefeated in Tests since beating South Africa by 184 runs at this ground two years ago.

The existing record was set under Ponting's predecessor, Steve Waugh, from October 1999 to February 2001.

India will again want to be the team that halted Australia's winning march, having ended that 1999-2001 sequence with their famous 'Miracle of Calcutta' triumph.

Brief Scores (at tea, D-4):

Australia 463&177/2 ( Hayden 77 n o, Hussey 43 n o, Jaques 42; Harbhajan 1 for 40, Kumble 1 for 59) Vs India 532.

AFP

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