World-beaters MacGill and Warne spin Aussies to victory
by AFP

Ground:Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Player:SK Warne, SCG MacGill
Event:Johnnie Walker Super Series 2005/06

DateLine: 17th October 2005


Leg-spin terrors Stuart MacGill and Shane Warne spun Australia to a comprehensive 210-run victory over the World XI in the Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.


The Australians wrapped up another conclusive triumph following last week's 3-0 clean sweep of the one-dayers, ending the match just over an hour after lunch on the fourth day of the scheduled six-day Test.


MacGill finished with 5-43 off 15 overs and 9-82 for the match, while Warne claimed 3-48 off 19 overs and had 6-71 for the match.


The world team collapsed after the first hour of play Monday, losing their last eight wickets for 88 to be all out for 144, chasing 355 for victory.


MacGill, who was not used during the five-Test Ashes series as Australia went down 2-1 to England last month, finished with three wickets from five balls to wrap up the World's innings.


He had Daniel Vettori (0) and Steve Harmison (0) out with consecutive deliveries before Muttiah Muralitharan had a rush of blood and jumped down the pitch to smash the leg-spinner -- only to be stumped well out of ground by Adam Gilchrist three balls later.


Matthew Hayden was named man-of-the-match for his scores of 111 and 77.


The World XI finished with five ducks in the second innings: skipper Graeme Smith, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Vettori, Harmison and Muralitharan.


South African Jacques Kallis, who shared the ICC World Cricketer of the Year award with Andrew Flintoff at a presentation late last week, was top scorer with an unbeaten 39.


Warne snared the key wickets of Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid to leave the World XI in strife after the first hour's play.


The master leg-spinner dismissed them in consecutive overs with skilful deliveries.


Dravid, known as 'The Wall' of world cricket, added just six runs to his overnight tally before he was out, snapped up at slip by Hayden for 23.


Warne then snared the prized wicket of the West Indian batting great Lara in his next over, a fizzing legbreak getting an inside edge to be taken by Gilchrist at the second attempt.


Worse was to come for the World XI in the next over with Brett Lee trapping Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq leg before wicket for a two-ball duck, leaving the all-stars groping at 70 for five, losing three wickets in 20 balls.


Flintoff perished 12 minutes after lunch when he was caught in the deep on the leg-side by substitute fieldsman Brad Hodge off MacGill for 15.


Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher resisted for 38 minutes before he was squared up by Warne and was taken by Hayden at slip for 17.


It took Warne's Test wicket tally to 629 in his 129th Test match and gave him 68 Test wickets for the calendar year.


MacGill mopped up the remaining wickets, having Vettori caught bat-pad by Ricky Ponting for a duck, Harmison leg before wicket and Muralitharan stumped.

(Article: Copyright © 2005 AFP)