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Player Ratings: Australia

Tuesday, December 9 2003

First Test, the GABBA, Brisbane.

Matthew Hayden - Coped well with the new ball on Day 1 in difficult conditions, making 37. Deserved to make a hundred in the second innings before throwing his wicket away on 99 with one too many big sweeps. Caught well at first slip. Strong return.

Cricket Web Player Rating: 8.5/10

Justin Langer - Set the platform upon which the Australian middle order failed to capitalise on in the first innings with a valuable and typically gritty hundred. Made a duck in the second innings.

Player Rating: 8.5/10

Ricky Ponting - Made half-centuries in both innings without being able to make a big hundred. Looked just short of his best touch.

Player Rating: 8/10

Damien Martyn - Played strongly in both innings, looking in excellent form in the first innings before being unfortunately run out and making a stylish unbeaten half-century in the second. Put down a chance in the slip cordon but in general a threatening display.

Player Rating: 8/10

Steve Waugh - Dismissed for a duck in the first innings - hit wicket for the first time in his career. Also ran out his partner Martyn. In the second innings, looked scratchy early on before compiling an unbeaten 50. Captained the side with authority despite some strange field settings.

Player Rating: 7.5/10

Simon Katich - Failed to capitalise on his brilliant domestic form with the bat, and did not have a chance to impress in the second innings. Solid in the field, but his bowling was dined on by the Indians.

Player Rating: 5/10

Adam Gilchrist - A duck with the bat left Australia struggling. His work behind the stumps was typically solid.

Player Rating: 6/10

Andy Bichel - Had a forgettable match aside from a brilliant catch early on Day 5. Bowled poorly on Day 4, failing to produce any movement in the air which forced him into nothing more than military.

Player Rating: 4.5/10

Jason Gillespie - Bowled with superb discipline as the linchpin of the attack. Economical, accurate and sharp - with a brilliant mullet to boot. A characteristically menacing display.

Player Rating: 8.5/10

Nathan Bracken - Playing his first Test, he did just enough to be sure of a second cap on Friday. Was a menace with the new ball yet lacked penetration with the old ball - a key component of Test cricket.

Player Rating: 6/10

Stuart MacGill - Picked up 4 wickets in the first innings despite taking a slight hammering. Had trouble against Laxman in particular.

Player Rating: 7/10

Posted by Andre