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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 July 2005, 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK
Haddin makes Worcestershire toil
Tour match, New Road (day two, stumps)
Australia 406-9 v Worcestershire

Justin Langer
Justin Langer showed his class to ride out a difficult morning

Australia showed their strength in depth as reserve wicket-keeper Brad Haddin hit a rapid 94 on day two of the tour match against Worcestershire.

Haddin put on 123 for the seventh wicket with Jason Gillespie (53 not out) as Australia racked up 406-9.

However, the upper middle order failed after early half-centuries from Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden.

Australia went from 110-0 to 227-6 before Haddin and Gillespie took toll of a flagging attack at New Road.

After Langer (54) and Hayden (79) had batted up to lunch, Matt Mason finally got Worcestershire into the game with the wickets of both openers.

Langer had hit 10 boundaries when he flicked at a leg-side delivery and wicketkeeper James Pipe pulled off a superb catch at full length.

Brad Haddin drives for runs on the off-side on Sunday
Brad Haddin drives to collect runs on the off-side on Sunday

Hayden was surging towards a potential ton after an assault on Kabir Ali but, when he aimed a violent pull at Mason, he only succeeded in providing Stephen Peters with a comfortable catch at cover.

Clarke, who scored a crucial 91 in Australia's first Test triumph over England at Lord's, had made only nine when he played half forward to Nadeem Malik and was trapped lbw.

The home side enjoyed further success when Simon Katich (14) looked to work spinner Ray Price on the leg side and was bowled.

The fifth man out was squad player Brad Hodge (38) who gave Ben Smith a catch off Malik before a generally disappointing Ali got his only wicket.

His scalp was Ricky Ponting, caught by Graeme Hick for 20.

Ray Price
Ray Price is the centre of attention after removing Simon Katich

Only one over had been possible on a rain-wrecked first day after the tourists had been put in to bat by Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki.

But there were brighter conditions to greet the players on Sunday but Langer and Hayden were confronted with a green-tinged pitch.

They were also given a testing examination during the first hour from Mason who found the edge of the bat on several occasions during an opening 10-over spell without any luck.

By the time Haddin came in life was much easier for the batsmen - he hit his runs off just 95 balls before holing out off Malik.

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