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banner Tuesday, 13 February, 2001, 12:45 GMT
Australian squad profiles
Australian Test squad
Australia are hoping to extend their winning streak
BBC Sport Online's player-by-player guide to the Australian tour party to India.

Steve Waugh, captain

Steve Waugh
Team: New South Wales
Born: 2.6.65
Right-hand batsman

Perhaps the fiercest competitor in world cricket, Waugh has led Australia to 15 successive Test victories and is determined to emulate Bill Lawry by winning a series in India.

His batting has remained as consistent as ever since he inherited the captaincy from Mark Taylor and he contributed two centuries to the 5-0 whitewash of the West Indies.

An innings of 80 at Calcutta in 1998 is Waugh's best Test score on Indian soil and despite being chiefly preoccupied with the overall team performance, he will be seeking to add at least one to his tally of centuries.
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Damien Fleming

Damien Fleming
Team: Victoria
Born: 24.4.70
Right-arm fast medium bowler, right-hand batsman

Best known for having taken a hat-trick against Pakistan in his first Test in 1994.

Having taken two wickets in successive balls to end an over, he told his team-mates during a drinks break that he would complete the treble and did not disappoint.

Relies on away swing rather than pace but his international career has been interrupted by a number of injuries, most recently a bulging disc in his neck, and did not play in the home Test series against the West Indies.
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Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
Team: Western Australia
Born: 14.11.71
Left hand batsman; wicket-keeper

A worthy successor to Ian Healy, Gilchrist has proved himself a talented and versatile international cricketer.

Averages over 50 in Test cricket despite batting in the lower middle order and is one of the world's most exciting players in one-dayers, as one half of a reliable opening partnership with Mark Waugh.

Inherited the vice-captaincy from Shane Warne and has already led Australia with distinction, notably in the Adelaide Test against West Indies which he described as the proudest moment of his career.
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Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie
Team: South Australia
Born: 19.4.75
Right arm fast bowler; right hand batsman

Involved in a horrific incident in Sri Lanka two years ago when a collision while fielding left Gillespie with a broken leg and skipper Steve Waugh with a fractured nose.

Proved he was back to his best with 20 wickets in four Tests against West Indies before Christmas but then suffered a hamstring injury which threatened to cost him a place on the tour.

Came through a fitness test, however, and his availability provides compensation for the absence of Brett Lee, who will be out for several months following surgery on his elbow.
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Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden
Team: Queensland
Born: 29.10.71
Left hand opening batsman

Competition is intense for places in Australia's batting line-up but the selectors kept faith with Hayden despite a best score of 69 in the home Test series against West Indies.

A tall and strongly built player, he has a straightforward method and has been a prolific run-getter in domestic cricket, both in Australia and in England where he has captained Northamptonshire.

His only Test hundred to date came more than four years ago and needs to improve his consistency to ensure he stays ahead of estblished rivals Matthew Elliott and Greg Blewett, and rising stars like Mike Hussey.
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Michael Kasprowicz

Michael Kasprowicz
Team: Queensland
Born: 10.2.72
Right arm fast medium bowler; Right hand batsman

A surprise selection after being out of the game for six months last year following surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Only recently made his first-class comeback for Queensland, but beat off strong competition from Andy Bichel and Nathan Bracken for a place in the tour squad.

Strongly built and deceptively quick, Kasprowicz can move the ball both ways and proved he can be effective in Indian conditions by taking five for 26 to help Australia to an eight-wicket win in the third Test at Bangalore in 1998.
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Justin Langer

Justin Langer
Team: Western Australia
Born: 21.11.70
Left hand batsman

Took time to win a regular place after making his debut for Australia in 1993, but now firmly established at number three in the Test batting order with seven hundreds to his credit.

Courageous against fast bowling and equally determined when confronted by spin, he enjoys occupying the crease for long periods but can lift his scoring rate when necessary.

Currently averages just under 40 in Tests but India will need no reminding of his ability following a marathon innings of 223 against them at Sydney just over a year ago.
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Damien Martyn

Damien Martyn
Team: Western Australia
Born: 21.10.71
Right hand batsman; right arm medium pace bowler

Would be an automatic selection in most Test sides, but has had to make the most of limited opportunities for Australia.

Martyn likes to bat aggressively and is a prolific scorer for his state team with 25 centuries and 48 fifties to his credit, although he has yet to registed a maiden Test hundred.

He is a mainstay of the Australian one-day side, scoring a brilliant 144 not out against Zimbabwe at Perth in the recent one-day series.
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Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath
Team: New South Wales
Born: 9.2.70
Right arm fast medium bowler; right had batsman

Rated as the finest new ball bowler in the game today by Fred Trueman and few would argue with the former England paceman.

Supremely confident and often produces his best against the best, as shown by a record of having dismissed Brian Lara 13 times in Test cricket.

Became only the third Australian to reach 300 Test wickets during the recent series against West Indies and should surpass Dennis Lilllee's career total of 355 before the end of the year if he maintains his current level of performance and avoids injury.
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Colin Miller

Colin Miller
Team: Victoria
Born: 6.2.64
Right arm off break bowler; right hand batsman

Had to wait until the age of 34 for a chance at international level and has certainly made the most of his opportunity, a fact recognised by his recent selection as Australia's Test Player of the Year.

Can bowl seam up, but the selectors regard him as a front-line spinner after 20 wickets in the home series against West Indies, a return which prompted them to leave Stuart MacGill at home.

A non-conformist by nature, Miller died his hair blue to celebrate Australia's Centenary of Federation. He will relish the opportunity to bowl on India's spinner-friendly surfaces.
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Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
Team: Tasmania
Born: 19.12.74
Right hand batsman; right arm medium pace bowler

Ponting was still a few days short of his 21st birthday when he made his first Test appearance against Sri Lanka, an occasion he marked with a magnificent innings of 96.

Off the field incidents subsequently tarnished his reputation and he has also had to overcome a number of injuries, including an ankle problem sustained when he slid into the boundary fence at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a one-day international in 1999.

Ponting has responded positively to being given more responsibility within the Australian camp and no-one will be surprised if his excellent Test average of over 46 rises even higher.
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Michael Slater

Michael Slater
Team: New South Wales
Born: 21.2.70
Right hand batsman

Slater's approach to Test match batting is refreshingly simple - seek to dominate the opposition attack from the first ball.

It is an approach has made him one of the best players to watch from a spectator point of view and one of the hardest to bowl to, but, like skipper Steve Waugh, he has yet to score a Test century against India.

Once described by former Australian captain Ian Chappell as a cricketer who "wears his heart on his sleeve and is adored by the public for the passion with which he plays the game".
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Shane Warne

Shane Warne
Team: Victoria
Born: 13.9.69
Right arm leg-spin bowler; right hand batsman

The most successful spin bowler in Test history, Warne has set his sights on taking 500 wickets before the end of his career.

Successfully overcame a serious shoulder problem in 1998, but is now facing the challenge of proving himself all over again after breaking a finger on his right hand last October, an injury which prevented him playing in the home series against West Indies.

The Indian batsmen have had his measure in the past, Warne taking only 19 wickets in eight previous Tests at a cost of 58 runs apiece. Such a record will provide all the motivation he requires.
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Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh
Team:Team: New South Wales
Born: 2.6.65
Right hand batsman; right arm medium pace bowler

Arguably the most elegant batsman in world cricket, Waugh has maintained his form despite the cloud hanging over him since being named in a cricket corruption report produced by Indian police.

He has denied the allegations made against him by bookmaker MK Gupta and the Central Bureau of Investigation say they will not be seeking to interview him, but Waugh is still likely find himself under scrutiny from the Indian media and cricket supporters.

Began his Test career with a hundred against England, the first of 18 so far, and has made 17 in one-day internationals, including a recent score of 173 not out against the West Indies.
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