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Damien Fleming
"I'm just glad we're off the pitch and we won"
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Tuesday, 14 December, 1999, 08:34 GMT
Aussies romp to victory
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Australian captain Steve Waugh (left) shares his delight with his team-mates
Australia wrapped up a comprehensive 285-run victory over India in the first Test at Adelaide on Tuesday.


We expected to win but we didn't expect to win so easily.

Australian captain Steve Waugh
After India slumped to 76-5 overnight, Australia took just under an hour to dismiss the tourists for 110 in their second innings.

Damien Fleming claimed four of the final five wickets to finish with figures of 5-30 and had Shane Warne caught a regulation catch at first slip, would have claimed his second Test match hat-trick.

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Shane Warne hold his head in his hands after dropping a catch at slip
Fleming dismissed Sourav Ganguly (43) and Ajit Agarkar (duck) in successive balls then found the edge of Javagal Srinath's bat only for Warne to spill the catch.

The paceman looked visibly disappointed, but shrugged it off to claim the scalps of Mannava Prasad (11) and Anil Kumble (three) to complete his third five-wicket haul at Test level.

Glenn McGrath also chipped in with the wicket of Srinath (11) to finish with three for the innings while Warne, who needs just one more wicket to become the first spinner in history to claim 350 Test scalps, did not bowl on the final day.

Waugh - man of the match

Steve Waugh was named man of the match after scoring 150 in his team's first innings to become the first player in history to make centuries against every Test-playing nation.


We are very disappointed but we have to look forward to the next Test with some confidence

Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar
Australia were in deep trouble at 52-4 on the first day before Waugh and Ricky Ponting (125) added 239 for the fifth wicket, helping Australia reach an imposing total of 441 to take control of the match.

India made just 285 in reply and were set 396 for victory after Australia declared their second innings closed at 239-8 on the fourth day.

Any hopes the tourists had of saving the match evaporated when they crashed to 76-5 on day four after Tendulkar was controversially given out leg-before without scoring after ducking into a McGrath bouncer that kept low and struck him on the shoulder.

Indian coach, Kapil Dev, said: "At the end of the day, we have the talent. "It's just our application that's letting us down."

Australia's win was their fifth in a row after they beat Zimbabwe in a one-off test in October then completed a 3-0 series clean sweep over Pakistan.

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