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Monday, 3 January, 2000, 09:38 GMT
Langer lays waste to Indian attack

Mark Waugh bowled Mark Waugh is bowled by Ganguly for some rare Indian cheer

Justin Langer hit Test cricket's first hundred of the 21st century as Australia took a huge lead over India on the second day of the third Test in Sydney.

Langer blasted an unbeaten 167 to take the home side to 331-4 at the close, in reply to India's paltry first innings total of 150.

Australia are already 181 runs ahead of the tourists and still have six wickets in hand as they chase a seventh straight Test victory and a 3-0 series triumph.

Justin Langer Justin Langer hits out on his way to a huge ton
Australian number three Langer dominated the day - but only after a massive stroke of luck early in his knock.

The 29-year-old left-hander shared a 121-run partnership with skipper Steve Waugh, who scored 57, and a 97-run partnership with Mark Waugh, who made 32.

But it could have been a different story for Langer. He made a nervous start and had a fortunate escape when he played on to his stumps but got a reprieve when Javagal Srinath's delivery was no-balled.

A boot was thrown at Venkatesh Prasad near the boundary line, but the umpires did nothing. I think they should have taken action.
Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar
Langer capitalised on the break to complete sixth Test century with a slashing cover-driven boundary after tea.

But he had another scare after passing 150 when he edged a Srinath delivery past his stumps and down to the boundary.

Langer, whose 100 came off 172 balls and included 15 boundaries, arrived at the crease after Michael Slater had been caught behind off the bowling of Srinath in the fifth over.

Saurav Ganguly Saurav Ganguly appeals unsuccessfully for a wicket
Greg Blewett (19) then chopped a Venkatesh Prasad ball onto his own stumps, to bring in Mark Waugh, who received a standing ovation in his 100th Test and proceeded to score five boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Sourav Ganguly with the total at 146.

Steve Waugh replaced his twin brother at the crease and scored a half century off 113 balls, including eight boundaries, before Srinath trapped him leg-before wicket with a late in-swinger from the first delivery after the new ball.

Earlier, Glenn McGrath cleaned up the Indian tail within 35 minutes as India added 29 to their overnight total of 121 for eight.

McGrath, cautioned by match officials on the first day for his exuberant send-off for Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar, returned figures of five for 48 from 18.5 overs.

It was the fast bowler's 16th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his first against India.

Sydney scorecard

India first innings (Overnight 121-8)
M Prasad c M Waugh b McGrath 5
V Laxman c Slater b Lee 7
R Dravid c Ponting b McGrath 29
S Tendulkar lbw b McGrath 45
S Ganguly c S Waugh b Blewett 1
H Kanitkar c Gilchrist b Lee 10
V Bharadwaj c Gilchrist b Lee 6
A Kumble c Langer b McGrath 26
A Agarkar c M Waugh b Lee 0
J Srinath c Ponting b McGrath 3
B K V Prasad not out 1
Extras (12lb, 1w, 4nb) 17
Total (all out, 67.5 overs) 150

Fall: 1-10, 2-27, 3-68, 4-69, 5-95, 6-118, 7-119, 8-119, 9-126

McGrath 18.5 7 48 5
Fleming 13 7 24 0
Lee 21 9 39 4
Warne 12 4 22 0
Blewett 3 2 5 1

Australia first innings:
G S Blewett b V Prasad 19
M J Slater c M Prasad b Srinath 1
J L Langer not out 167
M E Waugh b Ganguly 32
*S R Waugh lbw b Srinath 57
R T Ponting not out 34
Extras (2b, 12lb, 7nb) 21
Total (for 4 wickets, 95 overs) 331

Fall: 1-9, 2-49, 3-146, 4-267

To bat: +A C Gilchrist, S K Warne, D W Fleming, B Lee, G D McGrath

Srinath 20 3 81 2
Agarkar 17 3 70 0
V Prasad 20 8 47 1
Kumble 17 4 54 0
Ganguly 9 1 30 1
Bharadwaj 12 1 35 0

Umpires: D B Hair and I D Robinson (Zim)

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