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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Cricket: Australia crush Pakistan by 491 runs in the 1st test at Perth

Category: Misc. Cricket

Glenn McGrath took 8 for 24 as Pakistan crashed to 72 all out and suffered a humiliating 491 runs defeat versus Australia in the 1st test match played at the WACA in Perth.

Full scorecard

Australia scored 387 in their first innings with Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist taking Australia from a precarious 78 for 5 to score more than 300 runs. Justin Langer scored 191 in the 1st innings and followed that with 97 runs in the 2nd innings.

Pakistan were all out for only a 179 runs in their first innings. Australia put up 361 runs in quicktime for the loss of five wickets before declaring their second innings. Damien Martyn scoring an unbeaten century and captain Ricky Ponting missing one by two runs, out stumped for 98. Justin Langer carried on from his 1st innings performance, and scored 97 runs in the 2nd innings.

Pakistan's 2nd innings didn't last long. They were all out for a measly 72 runs, with Glenn McGrath taking his career best figures of 8 wickets for 24 runs. Most of the scalps taken behind the wicket, either caught by wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist, or caught in the slips.

Australia is unbeatable in world cricket. It is their relentless winning streak and the consistency of overwhelming their opponents that sets them apart from the rest. There is no competition for the no. 1 spot in test cricket.