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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 July, 2004, 08:57 GMT 09:57 UK
Kasprowicz eager for more
M Kasprowicz
Being in the Australian team is all about opportunity
Michael Kasprowicz
Michael Kasprowicz was thrilled by his haul of 7-39 as Sri Lanka fell to a 149-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the first Test in Darwin.

Veteran seamer Kasprowicz, playing only his 21st Test, said: "Getting a chance to play again for Australia is something special for me.

"There's a lot of great cricketers in the Australian first-class scene.

"Having played before and tasted it I was pretty keen to get back. Hopefully I can cement my spot."

Kasprowicz, whose Test-best is 7-36 against England at The Oval in 1997, finished on a high with the wickets of Nuwan Zoyza and Lasith Malinga off consecutive balls to clinch victory.

Fellow paceman Glenn McGrath was named man-of-the-match for his 5-37 off 15 overs to help rout Sri Lanka for 97 in their first innings and hand Australia a match-winning 110-run lead.

The drop-in pitch used in the Northern Territory capital city came in for stern criticism with the match finishing inside three days.

"It's probably obvious if a Test finishes like that with the quality of batsmen in both teams it's probably not up Test standard," Australia skipper Adam Gilchrist said.



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