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Hayden, Ponting bat into strong position

By Greg Buckle 05/11/2005 06:56:46 PM Comments (0)

Captain Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden hit centuries as Australia blasted its way to 2-283, an overall lead of 508, at stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies.

Ponting made an unbeaten 104 after his 149 in the first innings to become the 13th Australian to score two centuries in the same Test.

Michael Clarke was the other not out batsman on 14 after Ponting shared a 187-run partnership for the second wicket with Hayden, who clubbed 10 fours and two sixes in his 163-ball innings.

Ponting hit eight boundaries in his three-hour innings, reaching his century from 155 balls to complete a fifth hundred against the West Indies in his past four matches against the Caribbean side.

The 30-year-old Tasmanian became Australia's fourth-leading century-maker with 25, passing Greg Chappell's 24 and trailing Steve Waugh (32), Don Bradman (29) and Allan Border (27).

Queenslander Hayden's 23rd Test hundred, after his 138 in fifth Ashes Test at The Oval Test and 111 against the World XI at the SCG last month, came when he pushed a ball from Marlon Samuels to cover and was two metres short of his ground at the bowler's end as the throw missed the stumps.

The 34-year-old local hero waved his bat around to the delight of the Gabba crowd of 15,156.

After rain delayed the start of play by 45 minutes, Shane Warne took the 33rd five-wicket haul of his record-breaking career to help bowl the West Indies out for 210 in reply to Australia's first innings total of 435.

Ponting chose not to enforce the follow-on and Mike Hussey completed a poor debut, falling to spinner Chris Gayle after a mis-timed pull shot on 29 at 1-77.

Hussey was out to a mis-timed pull shot in the first innings for one, and was dropped on 21 in another pull shot that went wrong.

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