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Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2005, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
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BBC Sport runs the rule over both Australia and the World XI in the Super Series Test.

AUSTRALIA

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (captain) - 7: Ponting made useful contributions with the bat, scoring 100 runs in the two innings, including a fifty in his second knock, only the third player to achieve this in the match.

He was not happy when the on-field umpires kept on referring decisions to the third umpire and made his feelings known on a number of occasions. Apart from that his captaincy was generally sound.


Justin Langer

Justin Langer - 4: Langer told the BBC Sport website before the Test how much he was looking forward to being tested by the World XI.

He probably now wishes he could have his time again after a poor game.

Langer was bowled for a duck in the first innings but looked in good shape in the second before a soft dismissal in which he edged to Graeme Smith in the slips with 22 runs on the board. A couple of mis-fields capped off a miserable time.


Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden - 8: There was some debate after a poor Ashes as to whether he should keep his place in the team and he answered his critics superbly to be named man of the match.

Hayden smashed 111 in the first innings and looked set for a second ton when he was hoodwinked by a deliberately slower delivery from Steve Harmison and was bowled for 77. Took two good close catches too.


Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke - 5: Made a patient 39 off 68 balls in the first innings but played onto his stumps for just five as Australia began to wobble in their second innings.

Harmison beat Clarke twice with sheer pace, although he was perhaps unlucky in the method of his dismissal. He also claimed a couple of catches.


Simon Katich
Simon Katich - 4: His position in the team was already under pressure after a poor Ashes and judging on this performance his days in the Test squad could be numbered.

He was run out without scoring in the first innings and did not have a clue how to play Muttiah Muralitharan in the second. The Sri Lanka spinner toyed with him in one over and after a missed stumping chance, caught and bowled him with his fifth delivery.


Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist - 8: Was back to his usual aggressive self with the bat in the first innings, bludgeoning the bowlers for a 111-ball 94 including eight fours and four sixes.

The wicket-keeper was busy with the gloves too, taking five catches and two stumpings as he took the award for man of the series.


Shane Watson - 5: It was only the all-rounder's second Test match and the 24-year-old's lack of experience and confidence showed in what was an average display with bat and ball.

He made 24 with the bat in the first innings and 10 in the second. Watson bowled six overs for 38 runs in the World XI's first innings but Ponting did not call upon him in the second.


Shane Warne
Shane Warne - 8: The world's leading Test wicket-taker was again a menace with the ball, taking six wickets in the match for 71 runs.

He snared the key wickets of Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara on the fourth day to put a victory beyond the World XI.

Normally an entertaining batsman too, he did not treat us to a cameo this Test, making seven and five.


Brett Lee
Brett Lee - 6: The fast bowler gave his all on an unfriendly pitch for little reward, taking two wickets for 102 runs off 18 overs in both innings.

He did remove opener Smith in the first innings but was lucky when Inzamam-ul-Haq was given out lbw in the second.

Did not show his Ashes heroics with the bat and was out tamely both times.


Glen McGrath
Glenn McGrath - 7: The veteran is still the spearhead of the attack and proved his worth again with his perfect line and length.

In the first innings the wickets of Dravid and Lara made him the world's leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers, beating Courtney Walsh's record.

He only bowled six overs in the second innings but that was enough to put the result in no doubt when he removed opener Smith for a duck.


Stuart MacGill - 9: Considered the poor relation compared to star spinner Warne but MacGill outshone and out-spun his team-mate in this Test to the delight of the fans on his homeground.

MacGill took nine wickets in the match for just 82 runs off 24.1 overs. Andrew Flintoff hit him for four sixes but he got the England all-rounder out in both innings and still had time to take a swipe at selectors for not picking him for the Ashes. He certainly had a point.

WORLD XI

Graham Smith - 5: The World XI captain and opener had a torrid time with the bat. Out for 12 in the first innings, he was back in the pavilion without scoring in the second when clean bowled by McGrath in gloomy light conditions.

Rallied his troops on the third day and they fought back with the ball and snared three catches too but ultimately it was an easy win for Australia.


Virender Sehwag - 7: He was the only World XI player to reach a half-century with a typically swashbuckling 76 off 82 balls in his first knock as his team were dismissed for 190.

But he showed his tendency to throw his wicket away cheaply in the second innings when he chased a wide delivery off MacGill in worsening light and was caught behind at a crucial time in the match.


Rahul Dravid - 5:Dravid had just found out he had been selected as India's new captain when he was out for a duck in the first innings after facing just six deliveries, so maybe his mind was elsewhere.

He looked more determined in the second innings and batted in the gloom on the third day and looked in good form with Lara as the World XI tried in vain to get the runs on Monday.

A peach of a delivery from Warne and a great close catch by Hayden ended his knock for 23.


Brian Lara - 5: One of the world's greatest ever batsmen but he failed to deliver in the Super Series. He was out cheaply in the first innings when McGrath dismissed him for five.

Lara looked in good touch in the second innings and was heading for what seemed at least a half-century when he edged a great delivery from Warne to Gilchrist who held on at the second time of asking and Lara was out for 36.


Jacques Kallis - 7: Voted joint Cricketer of the Year, the all-rounder let his bat do most of the talking in the Test match. He scored a gutsy 44 in the first innings as wickets were falling all around him.

And in the second knock he top-scored with 39 as the World XI were all out for 144.

Was not utilised as a bowler much, but in a three-over spell in Australia's second innings did dismiss opener Langer.


Inzamam-ul-Haq - 4: The Pakistan captain was only called up into the Test squad after India's Sachin Tendulkar was ruled out through injury and he probably wished he had never made the trip to Sydney.

He was stumped by Gilchrist after scoring just one in the first innings and was dismissed for a duck, lbw to Lee, in the second.

You have to feel sorry for him though because the umpire did not refer the decision and replays showed the ball was going well down leg side.


Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff - 8: England's Ashes hero was again the talisman when the World XI fought back with the ball to dismiss Australia for 199.

Used as an opening bowler, Flintoff took seven wickets in the match and his spell after lunch on day three, when he took 3-14 off eight overs, proved his worth.

He did not manage a big score with the bat but entertained the crowd by smacking MacGill for four sixes in his first innings 35.


Mark Boucher - 5: The wicket-keeper was on the wrong end of an umpiring decision when he was given out caught behind off Warne in the first innings without scoring. He will be wondering why Koertzen didn't refer it to the tv umpire.

A brilliant reflex catch by Hayden got rid of him for 17 in the second innings as the World XI slid to defeat.

He did not have the best of times with the gloves either, missing a Katich stumping chance and giving away byes.


Daniel Vettori - 5: Had been in decent form in the Super Series one-dayers but failed to match his fellow spinners in the wicket stakes in the Test. He bowled 17 overs in the first innings and took 1-73 but was wicketless in 10 overs in the second.

Vettori was the last-man standing with eight runs in the first knock but was out for a duck in the second when Ponting held onto a bat-pad catch at silly point.


Steve Harmison
Steve Harmison -7: Many wondered how the England fast bowler, who admits to suffering from severe homesickness when away, would perform in this one-off Test on the other side of the world.

But he stepped up to the plate, especially in the second innings, when his deliberate slower ball hoodwinked Hayden and his dismissal of Clarke for five before lunch started the slide for Australia, and he ended with figures of 3-41.


Muttiah Muralitharan - 7: It was a turning pitch and the Sri Lanka spinner enjoyed the conditions in Sydney. He bowled 30 overs in the first innings taking 2-102 but he came into his own in the second.

Murali took 3-55 in his second innings but his over in which he toyed with the completely confused Katich, who was caught and bowled with the fifth delivery after Boucher had missed a stumping chance, was worth the entrance fee alone.

TOTAL SCORE:
Australia - 71 World XI - 65



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