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Monday 06 January 2003 01:00

Michael Vaughan has produced one of the finest innings seen on any Australian ground in recent years. Among innings played at the SCG since 1983, it has been surpassed only by the century made by Sachin Tendulkar in his teenage years and the dazzling 277 created by Brian Lara in his early days. This is fine company for a man to keep. Vaughan's superb effort allowed England to set a target beyond the range of a tiring Australian outfit.
Peter Roebuck The Age

It has taken two months of struggle, torment, injuries and ridicule from fans here and in their own country, but England are finally on the verge of winning a Test in this Ashes series – and inflicting Australia's first home defeat in four years.

After a summer of easy victories against hapless opponents, the series has erupted into high drama in the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Trevor Marshallsea Sydney Morning Herald

Steve Waugh will be offered the chance to tour the West Indies – but whether he wants to do so remains cricket's greatest unsolved mystery. The national selectors will not meet to finalise the squad until March but after a century and two 50s in his past three Tests against England Waugh will not be dropped on form.
Robert Craddock The Advertiser, Adelaide

Australia has broken records and, in a fit of anger last night, a dressing room window during its Ashes-winning summer, but it has not broken the will of its century-old opponent. For almost three months, England has been humbled by a great Australian team and ridiculed for its ineptitudes. Today it sits on the verge of a memorable Test win.
Mark Fuller The Age

It was not a stump through the umpires' door or a bat through a dressing-room fibro wall but, for once, the world's leading batsman, Matthew Hayden, revealed a glass jaw yesterday. Annoyed by his cheap dismissal for two, given out leg before wicket when two metres down the pitch to new-ball bowler Matthew Hoggard, the big opener charged through the Australians' dressing-room doors near their observation balcony, breaking a glass panel.
Phil Wilkins Sydney Morning Herald

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