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Warne stars, Australia gets the jitters

By Tom Wald 28/11/2005 09:13:29 PM Comments (0)

Walking headline Shane Warne grabbed centre stage again on Monday by combining a brilliant performance and being charged with dissent as Australia pushed towards a series clean sweep in the third Test against the West Indies.

The controversial legspinner claimed 6-80, his best Test figures on Australian soil in seven years, despite suffering from the flu and having regular treatment on his sore back in Adelaide.

His hearing for a level one offence under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct was heard on Monday night but no decision will be made until Tuesday.

Warne was cited for his attitude towards umpires after having a bat-pad catch appeal against Daren Powell turned down in the last over of play on day three at the Adelaide Oval.

Set 182 for victory to complete a 3-0 whitewash, the home side was 2-76 at stumps on day four with Matthew Hayden (38no) and Brad Hodge (10no) unbeaten.

The West Indies were hoping to expose Australia's misfiring middle order on the final day.

"I think if we start well tomorrow, we can be right in this match and have a look at how we went with the middle order," said Windies coach Bennett King.

"Getting rid of Australia's top three has been critical throughout the series ... we got two of them."

Paceman Corey Collymore (2-27) had done the damage by removing opener Justin Langer (20) and captain Ricky Ponting (3) with Hayden fortunate to survive on 27, with umpire Aleem Dar making a howler.

Hayden clearly got an edge off part-time spinner Ramnaresh Sarwan and the ball ballooned from keeper Denesh Ramdin's pad gently to Devon Smith at slip.

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