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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Gillespie eases to double century
Second Test, Chittagong, day four (stumps): Bangladesh 197 & 195-4 v Australia 581-4 dec

Jason Gillespie celebrates reaching 150
Gillespie came in as night-watchman on the opening day
Australia's Jason Gillespie became the highest-scoring night-watchman and went on to fire an unbeaten double century in the second Test against Bangladesh.

Resuming on 102 on day four, Gillespie eased past the previous record of 105, set by Tony Mann against India in 1977, before making 201 not out.

Australia declared on 581-4, a lead of 384, and Bangladesh reached stumps with a second-innings total of 195-4.

Shahriar Nafees ended on 75 not out while Shane Warne took three wickets.

Brett Lee claimed the opening wicket, trapping Javed Omar lbw for 19 with the score at 25.

Shahriar and Habibul Bashar steadied the ship with a stand of 102 before Habibul was caught by Matthew Hayden off Warne a run short of his half century.

Rajin Saleh (5) and Mohammad Ashraful (29) also fell victim to the leg-spinner while Aftab Ahmed is still at the crease on one.

Gillespie and Hussey put on an impressive partnership of 320 before Hussey was dismissed with the score at 530.

Hussey, who scored 182 off 203 balls, was caught by Shahadat Hossain trying to sweep Aftab Ahmed.

TOP-SCORING NIGHT-WATCHMAN
201* J Gillespie Aus v Bang 2006
105 A Mann Aus v Ind 1977
101 Nasim-ul-Ghani Pkn v Eng 1962
99* A Tudor Eng v NZ 1999
98 H Larwood Eng v Aus 1933

But it was Gillespie who stole the limelight and he celebrated his 31st birthday with the new record, which was set when he drove spinner Abdur Razzak to the boundary.

He finished on 201 not out - one better than his former captain Steve Waugh's career best from 168 Tests - scoring 26 fours and two sixes off 425 balls.

"It was not very easy, putting your head down and batting in the heat. I think I'm developing into an all-rounder," he said with a laugh.

Michael Clarke was also the unbeaten batsman, ending up on 23.

Gillespie, whose previous highest Test score was 54 not out against New Zealand in 2004, finished almost 100 runs more than compatriot Mann's mark.

He was elevated to number three on Sunday and after a patient spell at the crease, Gillespie became only third night-watchman in Test history to make a century.

  • In comparison, Gillespie's bowling partner Warne - considered a better batsman - has never made a Test century although he posted 99 in the third Test against New Zealand in 2001.

  • And England's highest Test night-watchman score remains Alex Tudor's 99 not out against New Zealand in the first Test at Edgbaston in 1999. Tudor was unable to claim his century as partner Graham Thorpe hit the runs which sealed a seven-wicket victory.

Meanwhile Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will be asked to explain his behaviour during day one of the second Test.

Ponting was fined 25% of his match fee for showing dissent towards one of the umpires and Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said: "I am intending to talk to him.

"When Australian players are reported and are found guilty I've certainly got concerns about that."

Bangladesh have called up middle-order batsman Tushar Imran in place of all-rounder Manzrul Islam Rana for the three-match one-day series against Australia.

The Bangladesh A captain impressed against Sri Lanka earlier this month.

The one-day series begins in Chittagong on 23 April.




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