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Batsman Haddin makes up for lost time

01/08/2005 05:30:46 AM Comments (0)

Brad Haddin relished his first decent hit of the Ashes cricket tour by smashing a run-a-ball 94 as Australia piled on the runs on day two of the tour match against Worcestershire at the New Road ground.

The reserve gloveman's only previous match of the tour was the one-day loss to Somerset 46 days ago, when he made five not out, but he belted 16 fours and a six before he was caught on the boundary chasing a century.

Haddin and Jason Gillespie (53 not out) put on 123 for the seventh wicket, as Australia reached 9-406 at stumps, with one day left to play.

Victorian batsman Brad Hodge also impressed during his first innings of the tour, with 38, as his Test teammates fell around him during the middle session.

Worcestershire claimed four wickets between lunch and tea, but the Haddin-Gillespie stand gave the visitors the honours for the day.

Haddin hit well over cover and at one stage flicked a late cut for four after backing away from the stumps.

Gillespie belted two sixes - one of them one-handed over square leg - and brought up his half-century with a flick for four through mid-wicket.

The pair's aggressive batting helped Australia add 200 in the final session and 402 for the day.

Openers Justin Langer (54) and Matthew Hayden (79) put on 110 before they were both caught off the bowling of former West Australian paceman Matt Mason, who took 2-65.

Paceman Nadeem Malik took 3-78.

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