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Australia v India

2005:

Mike Coward

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Not rolled over

Dec 30, 2003: Australia have drawn level, but India can draw heart from their performance in Melbourne

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

Steve Waugh's last Boxing Day Test

Setting the stage

Dec 30, 2003: Despite the result being a foregone conclusion, 29,262 turned up at the MCG to show their appreciation of one of Australian cricket's most beloved sons

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Steve Waugh's last Boxing Day Test

Setting the stage

Dec 30, 2003: Despite the result being a foregone conclusion, 29,262 turned up at the MCG to show their appreciation of one of Australian cricket's most beloved sons

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Media Release

Match Referee investigating Melbourne Test pitch maintenance

Dec 30, 2003: The International Cricket Council Match Referee at the 3-sponsored Test match in Melbourne between Australia and India is investigating maintenance to the pitch before play on day five.

Cricket Australia/Cricket Victoria/Melbourne Cricket Club

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Hayden and Ponting seal Australian victory

Dec 30, 2003: Matthew Hayden struck an aggressive 53 as Australia wrapped up a nine-wicket win at Melbourne to level the four-Test series 1-1

The Wisden Bulletin

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Hayden and Ponting seal Australian victory

Dec 30, 2003: Matthew Hayden led the way with an unbeaten 53 as Australia wrapped up a nine-wicket win at Melbourne to level the four-Test series 1-1

The Wisden Bulletin by Chandrahas Choudhury

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

'A dream come true' - Williams

Dec 29, 2003: Brad Williams, who watched his first Boxing Day Test at the MCG while still a kid, admitted that he had goosebumps as he walked off the field to sustained applause after having scalped four Indian batsmen for 53 on what may turn out to be the pivotal

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

'A dream come true' - Williams

Dec 29, 2003: Brad Williams, who watched his first Boxing Day Test at the MCG while still a kid, admitted that he had goosebumps as he walked off the field to sustained applause after having scalped four Indian batsmen for 53 on what may turn out to be the pivotal

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

A study in contrasts

Dec 29, 2003: Rahul Dravid fell short of a personal landmark for the second time in the match, succumbing for 92, after the first-innings 49

Rahul Bhatia

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Wag the tail

Dec 29, 2003: This series has seen some incredible twists so far, but none was forthcoming today

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Williams burst leaves Australia needing 95 to win

Dec 29, 2003: Brad Williams put in a lethal burst with the second new ball, as Australia were left with just 95 to chase on the fifth day of the Boxing Day Test

The Wisden Bulletin

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Australia left with target of 95 after India falter

Dec 29, 2003: Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly fought grittily, but India faltered at the end, leaving Australia only 95 to win

The Wisden Bulletin by Chandrahas Choudhury

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Ponting - 'Surprised Tendulkar didn't come out to bat'

Dec 28, 2003: Ricky Ponting stormed to the top of the 2003 batting charts, in the process becoming only the fifth player to score back-to-back double hundreds in Test matches

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Ponting - 'Surprised Tendulkar didn't come out to bat'

Dec 28, 2003: Ricky Ponting stormed to the top of the 2003 batting charts, in the process becoming only the fifth player to score back-to-back double hundreds in Test matches

Dileep Premachandran at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Ponting's mastery

Dec 28, 2003: Ricky Ponting's magnificent double-century was remarkable not just for the sheer number of runs he scored, but also for his complete mastery over the Indian bowlers

S Rajesh

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

End of the Indian Summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Ponting's mastery

Dec 28, 2003: Ricky Ponting's magnificent double-century was remarkable not just for the sheer number of runs he scored, but also for his complete mastery over the Indian bowlers

S Rajesh

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

End of the Indian summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

'It can't end this way'

Dec 28, 2003: On the train to the MCG - Richmond Station, to be precise - this morning, I sat opposite a little boy and his father, clothed in replica Australian one-day shirts, adorned with sunscreen and carrying pocket transistor radios

Roving Reporter by Dileep Premachandran in Melbourne
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