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England v Australia, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Warne wins the battle of the spinners

How Shane Warne saw through the guiles of Ashley Giles

On the ball with S Rajesh and Arun Gopalakrishnan

August 13, 2005

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Australia's top order struggled to counter Ashley Giles on the second day, but Shane Warne won the battle of spinners quite handily in the two brief passages of play on the third day, admittedly with ample assistance from Geraint Jones. The specialist batsmen had failed quite miserably in their attempt to hit Giles off his length by advancing down the pitch, but Warne showed the more accomplished players how it could be done, smashing 33 from 14 balls. In all, he scored 48 from 55 balls off Giles, and in the process took his Old Trafford batting average up to an imposing 74.50. Now if only Warne could teach his mates how to bowl those ripping legbreaks and sliders.

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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