Border: Last appearance in front of the home fans?

Border: Last appearance in front of the home fans?

Post by VIGNE.. » Thu, 09 Dec 1993 02:31:36

Border century piles on agony

By Geoffrey Dean in Brisbane

The  Queensland crowd applauded  Allan Border  all the way to the
middle on  Saturday evening, and all the way back yesterday after
he had made 105 in 41/2 hours.  They sensed  it might be his last
Test innings at the Gabba, but the  authority with  which he com-
piled  his 27th Test hundred  and his statements last  week about
delaying his retirement suggest he will  continue against England
here next year.  "We were  expected by the  cricketing public  to
bury New Zealand," said  Border afterwards, and this is precisely
what his team have done in this third Test.  The gap between  the
two sides is now an embarrassment in the absence of Martin Crowe,
and only rain can save  New Zealand, 300 behind  on a dry, crusty
pitch already taking turn.  Border's performance was a  microcosm
of the Australian innings - relentless, remorseless, occasionally
contemptuous and always commanding.  Made welcome by the flattest
of  pitches and even  friendlier  bowling, perhaps  his  greatest
enemy was the energy-sapping 90 per cent humidity, allied  to 30C
heat.  Steve Waugh, who  was 50 balls  slower  to his sixth  Test
hundred (reached  in 235  deliveries) tired  more visibly, handi-
capped also by a  blow to the  wrist and  atrocious  light in the
final session.  The pair came together 25 minutes after the start
yesterday when David Boon (89 from 201 balls) edged a leg-cutter.
They  were not parted until after tea, the stand worth  159 in 56

Thanks: The Daily Telegraph


UMass, Dec 07, 1993