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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
Aussie batters fill their boots
Tour match, Grace Road, day two of three (stumps):
Leicestershire 217 v Australia 582-7

Damien Martyn and Ricky Ponting
Live commentary on BBC Leicester and this website
Damien Martyn led the way with an unbeaten 154 as three Australia batsmen made centuries on day two against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

In a fine show of form ahead of the Ashes, Australia cruised to 582-7 at stumps in reply to the county's 217.

Martyn's knock supplemented skipper Ricky Ponting's 119 and the 115 scored by opener Justin Langer, while Jason Gillespie added 49 not out.

It was Langer's first competitive knock for more than three months.

The opener, absent from the one-day leg of the tour, was caught in the morning off John Maunders (3-89) after a 169-ball dig that included 15 fours.

To score that many runs and to bowl so well is a very good start to our Ashes campaign
Justin Langer

Langer resumed play on 71 with Ponting on six - and the pair were quickly at ease on an easy-paced pitch, despite having to bat under cloud cover which showed little sign of thinning.

Ponting, who put his early-tour woes behind him with a one-day century at Lord's earlier in the week, continued in good vein and put on 201 runs with Martyn either side of lunch following Langer's departure.

He stroked nine fours and two sixes before eventually being bowled by Ottis Gibson.

Simon Katich was denied some time in the middle ahead of Thursday's first Test when his stumps were levelled by David Masters for just four, joing Michael Clarke as an Aussie batting failure in this match.

But Martyn carried on in imperious fashion, speeding to his 43rd first-class century and smearing 14 boundaries in the process.

He was joined in the middle by Adam Gilchrist, who hit the fence three times before being bowled by Stuart Broad, the son of former England Test opener Chris Broad.

The 19-year-old soon struck again to remove Brett Lee for six, but Martyn and Gillespie kept the score ticking over with an unbroken 73-run stand scored in quick time.

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