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Cricket: Steve Waugh breaks another Milestone

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posted on Jul, 21 2003 @ 02:01 PM
Steve Waugh became the first Australian to score centuries against all nine Test opponents when he cracked a scintillating hundred against Bangladesh in Darwin.

The Australia captain declared as soon as he reached 100 not out and took his team's first-innings total to 407 for seven. It was his 31st Test century, setting Bangladesh the formidable task of scoring 310 just to avoid an innings defeat.

Given that the tourists only managed to muster 97 in their first innings and had reached 70 for one at stumps, Waugh could have declared some time before - but there was a milestone in the offing and the Darwin crowd, enjoying their first home Test match, were treated to some fiery batting.

After Darren Lehmann had earlier become the first Test centurion at the Marrara Oval with a largely conservative effort to reach 110, Waugh launched into the toiling Bangladesh attack and finished with 100 from just 133 deliveries.

He was only the second cricketer - after South Africa's Gary Kirsten - to score centuries against all nine Test-playing rivals.

Kirsten beat the Aussie skipper to that milestone in the first Test against Bangladesh at East London in October last year.


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