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Hayden leads Australian run blitz

By Michael Crutcher 06/04/2003 05:18:51 AM Comments (0)

Matthew Hayden scored a slick century as Australia's batsmen cruised through the opening two sessions of the Caribbean cricket tour against the Guyana Board President's XI in Georgetown.

At tea on the first of three days, Australia was 3-265 in its first innings with captain Steve Waugh unbeaten on 40 and Martin Love dismissed in the last over before the break for 56.

Hayden (102) and his opening partner Justin Langer (60) warmed up for Thursday's first Test against the West Indies at Georgetown with a century stand against patchy bowling by the President's XI.

Hayden surged to a century from 120 deliveries, hitting 12 fours and two sixes in his first knock in first-class cricket for three months.

The Queenslander was entitled to excuses after a heavy batch of one-day cricket but his innings was almost flawless, savaging left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed whenever he fell short.

Mohammed eventually claimed Hayden to a diving catch by Marlon Black at mid-on but Waugh and Love kept piling on the runs.

Love, batting at No.3 with Ricky Ponting rested, was cautious through most of his innings but his knock was an impressive warm-up for the first Test.

The Queenslander, who has been elevated to the No.4 position for the Test series with Damien Martyn ruled out with a finger injury, reached his half-century from 105 balls.

Love was caught behind from the second delivery bowled by Narsingh Deonarine.

Waugh continued his resurgent year and the captain would be satisfied with his opening tour knock, hitting four fours and one six.

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