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Jim Maxwell reports from Sydney
"482 runs were scored in eight hours of play"
 real 14k

Tuesday, 4 January, 2000, 10:55 GMT
Awesome Australia whitewash India
Dravid wicket
Australia have now won seven Test matches in a row
Australia crushed India by an innings and 141 in the third Test as they completed a 3-0 series whitewash in Sydney.

Steve Waugh's team, the dominant side in the world game, wrapped up victory with two days to spare to stretch their winning run to seven Tests.

Langer and Ponting
Langer and Ponting punished India with a superb stand
India simply had no answer to Australia's awesome all-round power and even a defiant 167 from Venkat Laxman could not save them from a humiliating defeat.

The tourists, needing 403 just to make Australia bat again, were shot out for 261 in their second innings shortly before stumps on the third day.

Glenn McGrath stole the bowling glory, claiming his second successive five-wicket haul.

But McGrath was far from being the only star of the show and Australia's victory was based around a number of stunning individual displays.


It's hard to think of a better attack. I bowl line and length, Damien Fleming swings the ball, Brett Lee bowls with sheer pace and then there's Warney, whose the best spinner in the world - that's a formidable attack.
  Glenn McGrath on Australia's bowlers
Justin Langer hit 223 - the highest Australian innings against India - and Ricky Ponting smashed an unbeaten 141 in Australia's total of 552 for five declared.

Together they put on 190 runs for the fifth wicket before Langer was finally caught in the covers off Sachin Tendulkar for India's only success of the day.

At 234 for five going into the last scheduled over of the day and with Laxman on 158, India clung to a slim chance of salvaging a draw if rain washed out the bulk of the last two days.

McGrath makes his mark

But McGrath snared two wickets within three balls to force the third day into extra time, then Brett Lee dismissed Laxman for 167 in the 58th over and Adam Gilchrist executed a run-out to dismiss Venkatesh Prasad.

McGrath returned match figures of 10 for 103 to pick up the man-of-the-match award.

Sachin Tendulkar
The dismissal of Tendulkar ended Indian hopes
Australia declared their innings after Ponting and Gilchrist, who made 45 not out, blazed 75 runs in 12 overs after the lunch interval to take the total into the stratosphere.

Facing an enormous uphill battle, India started their second innings in disastrous fashion as McGrath and Damien Fleming skittled the top order to reduce them to 33 for three.

Fleming grabbed the prize wicket Tendulkar for four and with the departure of their captain, India's fate was effectively sealed.

Tendulkar, the mainstay of the Indian batting order throughout the series, attempted to reignite his intense duel with McGrath by pulling the paceman to the boundary in his first over.

But he was dismissed without addition to his score when he mistimed a Fleming delivery and spooned a catch to Langer at cover.

World champions Australian now go into a one-day series against India and Pakistan before another Test series in New Zealand next month.

Scorecard:

India 1st innings 150 (Tendulkar 45; McGrath 5-48, Lee 4-39)

Australia first innings (overnight 331-4):
G Blewett b V Prasad 19
M Slater c M Prasad b Srinath 1
J Langer c V Prasad b Tendulkar 223
M Waugh b Ganguly 32
S Waugh lbw b Srinath 57
R Ponting not out 141
A Gilchrist not out 45
Extras: (b2, lb21, nb11) 34
Total (for five dec, 140.2 overs) 552

Fall: 1-9, 2-49, 3-146, 4-267, 5-457

Bowling:
Srinath 28 4 105 2
Agarkar 19 3 95 0
V Prasad 28 10 86 1
Kumble 33.2 6 126 0
Ganguly 12 1 46 1
Bharadwaj 12 1 35 0
Tendulkar 7 0 34 1
Kanitkar 1 0 2 0

India second innings:
V V S Laxman c Gilchrist b Lee 167
+M S K Prasad c M Waugh b McGrath 3
R Dravid c Warne b McGrath 0
*S R Tendulkar c Langer b Fleming 4
S C Ganguly c M Waugh b McGrath 25
H H Kanitkar c Slater b Lee 8
A Kumble c Ponting b McGrath 15
A B Agarkar c Gilchrist b McGrath 0
J Srinath not out 15
B K V Prasad run out 3
R Vijay Bharadwaj absent hurt
Extras (4b, 2lb, 1w, 14nb) 21
Total (all out, 58 overs) 261

Fall: 1-22, 2-26, 3-33, 4-101, 5-145, 6-234, 7-234, 8-258, 9-261

Bowling:
McGrath 17 1 55 5
Fleming 13 2 47 1
Lee 11 2 67 2
Blewett 2 0 16 0
Warne 13 1 60 0
Ponting 1 0 8 0
Slater 1 0 2 0

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

Australia won the 3 test series 3-0

Man of the Match: G D McGrath

Man of the Series: S R Tendulkar

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