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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 January, 2004, 07:39 GMT
Waugh denies India
Fourth Test, Sydney, day five:
India 705-7 dec & 211-2 dec drew with Australia 474 & 357-6

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh made a gallant 80 in his last Test innings as Australia held on for a draw against India.

Australia were 357-6 when a halt was called at Waugh's home ground in Sydney, with the series tied 1-1.

But India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which they won following a 2-1 home triumph against Australia in 2001.

Waugh passed 50 for the 50th time in Tests but was unable to sign off with a century when he was caught on the boundary off Anil Kumble.

The Australia skipper left the field to a standing ovation as a near-capacity crowd at the SCG applauded their hero for the last time.

Kumble finished with match figures of 12-279 after taking four wickets on the final day.

He and fellow spinner Murali Kartik removed both openers in the first session.

Matthew Hayden was caught in the slips by Rahul Dravid and Justin Langer hung his head in shame when he was out for 47, caught by Virender Sehwag at mid-off.

Justin Langer
Langer walks back to the pavilion after going for 47
Langer passed 5,000 Test runs - the 14th Australian to do so - but was lucky to stay at the crease so long after two legitimate appeals for lbw were turned down by umpire Steve Bucknor.

Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn steered the score along to 170-2 before the latter was caught by sub fielder Yuvraj Singh off Kumble for 40.

And Irfan Pathan caught and bowled Ponting for 47 just before tea to realistically end Australia's attempt to reach the record 443 needed for victory.

But Waugh and Simon Katich (77 not out) did not give up hope, dominating the India attack until Waugh perished six overs before stumps seeking his 33rd Test century.

Waugh swept Kumble high over backward square and into the waiting hands of Sachin Tendulkar.

His dismissal left him with a Test record of 10,927 runs from 168 Tests at an average 51.06.

Gilchrist was then clumsily stumped off Kumble, leaving India needing four wickets from four overs for an improbable win.

But Katich and Jason Gillespie stood firm to ensure Waugh would not bow out of Test cricket on a losing note.

India, however, will claim a moral victory as they keep hold of the trophy after their series victory in India in 2001.

Sachin Tendulkar was named Man of the Match for his two unbeaten knocks of 241 and 60, while Rahul Dravid scooped the Man of the Series award.

Australia: Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Steve Waugh (captain), Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Bracken, Stuart MacGill.

India: Akash Chopra, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (captain), V.V.S. Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI), Billy Bowden (NZ)

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