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Indian disaster haunts primed Aussies

By Jim Morton 25/11/2004 10:21:45 PM Comments (0)

Australia on Thursday revisited last year's "un-Baggy Green" Adelaide Oval capitulation to ensure it was primed for a full five-day effort in the second cricket Test against New Zealand.

The four-wicket loss, after blazing a massive 556 first-innings total, in the corresponding Test against India last season still pains the world champions.

After the Test, which saw India grab a 1-0 lead in the eventually tied series, coach John Buchanan described his team's performance as "soulless, un-Baggy Green and immature" in a letter to each player.

Skipper Ricky Ponting said the defeat would feature in pre-Test planning to highlight the importance of a concerted five-day focus.

Australia seemed to be in an unloseable position late on day two after belting 556 in 127 overs before having India 4-85 on a wicket that has been reproduced this week.

But Rahul Dravid, who Sourav Ganguly praised as "batting like God", and VVS Laxman shared in a 303-run stand before Ajit Agarkar took six wickets to bowl out the home side for 196 in its second innings and set up victory midway through the fifth day.

"Adelaide is a place where you have to make a lot of runs," Ponting said.

"You have to bat well here. As we did last year.

"I think we made 600 here last year and still managed to lose the game. Those things will be spoken about again and hopefully addressed."

Ponting admitted his side was mentally ragged on the first two days of last week's innings and 156-run thumping of New Zealand in Brisbane.

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