Tour match, Chelmsford, day two
Australia 561-6 drew with Essex 502-4d
Matthew Hayden hit a belligerent 150 for Australia but there was another failure for Adam Gilchrist as the match against Essex finished in a draw.
Hayden found the Essex attack rather easier to cope with
Australia closed on 561-6 after the county side had reached 502-4 in a two-day match which precedes the final Test at The Oval starting on Thursday.
Hayden, dropped twice after reaching three figures, retired at lunch after facing 118 balls in a fine knock.
Gilchrist fell for eight but reserve batsman Brad Hodge smashed 166.
Hayden, in poor form in the Ashes, hit seven sixes and 18 fours. He put on 213 with Justin Langer before his Test partner was caught at slip off the spin of James Middlebrook for 87.
Australia had reason to bat well and aggressively. Their bowlers had really suffered on Saturday as two 20-year-olds, Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara, ran amok.
Hayden set the tone of the morning's play, plundering 17 runs from the second over of the day, bowled by Tony Palladino.
Adam Gilchrist ponders the reckless shot that got him out
Of the six bowlers used by the home side, only South African international Andre Nel emerged with vaguely economical figures, with his 10 overs costing 41 runs.
After Hayden retired, Hodge and Simon Katich (72) took up the baton.
Once they had added 134 in another searing partnership studded with fours and sixes, Katich fell to seamer Graham Napier, caught by wicket-keeper Mark Pettini.
Then Gilchrist was dismissed off his 10th ball faced for eight, top-edging a pull to midwicket.
There was still time for another massive partnership, back-up wicket-keeper Brad Haddin hitting 57 as he and Hodge put on a further 161.
Both men fell to the spin of Tim Phillips just before the close. Hodge was caught by regular gloveman James Foster, who was fielding at long-off, while Haddin was stumped.
Essex gave a debut to 19-year-old swing bowler Jahid Ahmed, who may have wished for an easier opener as he was carted about the Ford County Ground. His 15 overs cost 95 runs.