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DAY I HIGHLIGHTS

The Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted its 100th Test on Wednesday. The first Test was staged on March 15, 1877 when Australia defeated England by 45 runs. This was India’s 10th Test at this venue

This was Australia’s 690th Test and their 69th versus India

When on 83, Phil Jaques and Matthew Hayden bettered their record opening partnership made against Sri Lanka in Hobart earlier this season

It was the first century partnership (135) stitched by Jaques and Hayden in five Tests so far. They have five 50-plus partnerships with an average of 65.28

Sourav Ganguly became the seventh Indian and the 45th cricketer to appear in 100 or more Tests. Other Indians in the exclusive club are:

Sunil Gavaskar — Oct. 17, 1984 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 125

Dilip Vengsarkar — Nov. 24, 1988 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 116

Kapil Dev — Nov. 15, 1989 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 131

Sachin Tendulkar — Sept. 5, 2002 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 142

Anil Kumble — Dec. 18, 2005 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 121

Rahul Dravid — March 18, 2006 (100th Test); No. of Tests: 115

Sourav Ganguly became the only second player after Allan Border to play his 100th Test at the MCG. Border did so against the West Indies in 1988-89

India became the only second team to field four players who have played 100 or more Tests (Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble and Ganguly). Australia did so during the last Ashes series

Matthew Hayden scored his 28th Test hundred, fourth against India, sixth at the MCG and the first this year. Incidentally, when on 99, Hayden also completed 1000 runs at this venue, becoming only the seventh player to do so. Incidentally, Don Bradman (1671 runs @ 128.54) has the most runs at this venue

It was the sixth time Hayden had scored a Boxing Day Test century at the MCG

Rahul Dravid pouched his 159th catch in Tests. He went past Mark Taylor (157) and is now placed number 4 among non wicket-keepers. Mark Waugh (181) still holds the record

Anil Kumble bagged his 35th five-wicket haul in Tests. It was also his 10th against Australia

Kumble also picked up his second consecutive five-wicket haul in Tests. He had taken 5/60 in the second innings of the Bangalore Test against Pakistan earlier this month

Australia scored more than 300 runs on Day I at the MCG for the 12th time. For the record, the highest they have scored in a day on this ground is 356/3 versus England in 2002-03.

Anil Kumble’s fivers

Australia are playing only their fourth Test this year

This was Anil Kumble’s 35th five-wicket haul in Tests. The following are the instances:

6/53 — Vs SA (1992-93, Wanderers)

6/64 — Vs Eng (1992-93, Chepauk)

5/70 — Vs Zim (1992-93, Delhi)

7/59 — Vs SL (1993-94, Lucknow)

5/87 — Vs SL (1993-94, Colombo)

5/81 — Vs NZ (1995-96, Bangalore)

5/67 — Vs Aus (1996-97, Delhi)

5/104 — Vs WI (1996-97, Port-of-Spain)

5/120 — Vs WI (1996-97, Kingston)

6/98 — Vs Aus (1997-98, Bangalore)

5/62 — Vs Aus (1997-98, Calcutta)

10/74 — Vs Pak (1998-99, Delhi)

6/70 — Vs Pak (1998-99, Chepauk)

6/143 — Vs SA (1999-00, Bangalore)

6/67 — Vs NZ (1999-00, Kanpur)

5/82 — Vs NZ (1999-00, Ahmedabad)

7/115 — Vs Eng (2001-02, Ahmedabad)

6/81 — Vs Eng (2001-02, Mohali)

5/63 — Vs Zim (2001-02, Nagpur)

5/30 — Vs WI (2002-03, Chepauk)

8/141 — Vs Aus (2003-04, Sydney)

6/176 — Vs Aus (2003-04, Melbourne)

6/72 — Vs Pak (2003-04, Multan)

5/154 — Vs Aus (2003-04, Adelaide)

6/131 — Vs SA (2004-05, Kanpur)

5/90 — Vs Aus (2004-05, Wankhede)

6/133 — Vs Aus (2004-05, Chepauk)

7/63 — Vs Pak (2004-05, Calcutta)

7/48 — Vs Aus (2004-05, Chepauk)

6/72 — Vs SL (2005-06, Delhi)

5/76 — Vs Eng (2005-06, Mohali)

5/89 — Vs SL (2005-06, Ahmedabad)

6/78 — Vs WI (2006, Kingston)

5/60 — Vs Pak (2007-08, Bangalore)

5/84 — Vs Australia (2007-08, Melbourne)

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