|Scorecard:||West Indies v Australia|
- Omari Banks and Tino Best were making their Test debut for West Indies. They became 250th and 251st player to appear for West Indies in a Test.
- Australia’s total of 605-9d was the 11th score in excess of 600 against West Indies. Australia have notched up six such scores.
- As many as six batsmen crossed 50 runs in Australia’s only innings. This provided the 21st such instance in Test cricket. The record is of seven fifty plus scores made by England against Australia at Manchester in 1934.This was the fourth time that West Indies were on the receiving end with Australia doing so on as many as three occasions.
- Steve Waugh (115) became the second highest run-scorer in game’s history surpassing India’s Sunil Gavaskar’s run-aggregate of 10122 from 125 matches. Waugh has a tally of 10179 runs from 159 games at the end of this match. Only former teammate and captain Allan Border, with 11174 runs from 156 matches, is ahead of Waugh.
- The hundred was Waugh’s 30th in his career which takes him past Don Bradman. Now only two Indians, Sunil Gavaskar (34) and Sachin Tendulkar (31) have scored more centuries than Waugh.
- The hundred was Waugh’s 13th as Australia’s captain which puts him at level with Greg Chappell. Now only Allan Border (15), Clive Lloyd (14) and Don Bradman (14) have scored more hundreds than Waugh as a captain.
- Waugh also completed his 2000 runs in 31st Test against West Indies. He became second Australian and fifth batsman to do so. Waugh has an aggregate of 2106 runs against West Indies at the end of this match which takes him past Allan Border’s aggregate of 2052 runs from 31 matches. The record is held by India’s Sunil Gavaskar with 2749 runs from 27 matches.
- Glenn McGrath went wicketless in the Test. This was only the third time that McGrath did not take a single wicket in a Test despite bowling in both innings. The other two occasions were against England at Brisbane in 1994-95 and against West Indies at Melbourne in 2000-01.
- Jermaine Lawson became fourth West Indian after Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs and Courtney Walsh to perform a hat-trick when he had Brett Lee and Stuart MacGill off two successive deliveries in the first innings and then Justin Langer off his first ball in the second innings. This provided the 31st such instance in Test annals.
- Steve Waugh has now equalled the world record of captaining his side to most Test wins. This was his 36th Test win as Australia’s captain equalling the tally of West Indian Clive Lloyd. However Lloyd did so in 74 matches as against Waugh’s 48.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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