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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 October 2005, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
World XI collapse to third defeat
ICC Super Series match three: Australia 293-5 beat World XI 137 by 156 runs

Michael Hussey
The ICC World XI crashed to another defeat at Melbourne's Telstra Dome as Australia cruised to a 3-0 win in the World Series one-day tournament.

With just the Test match in Sydney to come, Australia look to be back in form after their Ashes disappointment.

Brett Lee had a tremendous evening, taking 4-30, after Michael Hussey and Shane Watson had taken the Aussies to another formidable score, 293-5.

The World XI were bowled out for 137, Virender Sehwag making 37.

In a series that had largely lost its point after Australia's second win on Friday, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won his third toss out of three - so the hosts batted yet again.

Makhaya Ntini had his first start of the match and took a wicket in his first over, when Michael Clarke - opening because of Simon Katich's injury - missed a straight ball to be out lbw.

Sangakkara and Kallis
Sangakkara and Kallis ponder what might have been

Ponting, on 19, did exactly the same thing to the same bowler, only this time umpire Aleem Dar did not give the batsman out.

Amazingly, he did not even refer the decision to the third umpire.

The World XI could have had Ponting run out on the same score, but Jacques Kallis - having a dire series - missed a good opportunity to hit the stumps.

And on 41, Ponting was dropped by Andrew Flintoff off his own bowling.

The ball ricocheted into Flintoff's left wrist and he did no further bowling, though he was able to bat.

Ponting was finally out for 68 and his dismissal triggered two more as the World XI hit back through spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori.

Eventually, they had to be replaced however, and Hussey and Watson piled into the other bowlers, hitting 75 and 66 respectively.

Neither man was dismissed in a partnership worth 155.

The World XI's reply never really started.

Chris Gayle was bowled second ball by Lee, who was on a hat-trick when Kallis and Lara were dismissed by two fearsome deliveries.

Flintoff and Sehwag managed a bright partnership of 60 but once the England man had been bowled by Watson - who finished with 4-39 - it was only a matter of time before the defeat came.

In a series of wild swings, the remaining batsmen were swiftly dismissed - the agony was all over in the 28th over.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Cameron White. Supersub: James Hopes.

World XI: Shaun Pollock (captain), Rahul Dravid, Andrew Flintoff, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Makhaya Ntini, Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag, Daniel Vettori. Supersub: James Hopes


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