Australia in India 2008-09 November 8, 2008

With an old mate by his side

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Simon Katich and Michael Hussey have been playing together since they were ten-year-olds in Western Australia, and their almost life-long journey reached a peak when they were batting together in Nagpur on Saturday. Katich scored his fifth Test century - his 102 narrowly beat Hussey’s 90 - and the pair combined for a 155-run third-wicket partnership in the morning.

“We grew up playing cricket a lot together, from about when we were ten,” Katich said. “It was special to be out there with him when I got [my hundred].” They shared a hug, a handshake and a high five before things turned bad on the way to Australia being dismissed for 355. “Unfortunately we couldn’t build on that partnership,” Katich said. "If we could have it would have been an interesting day.”

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo