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Aussie success against marauding Sehwag, ageless Tendulkar will be a major challenge

December 10, 2011 - Sydney

The Australian bowling attack is improving, but success against an in-form Indian outfit featuring Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar will not come as easily as it has against a disappointing New Zealand.

With Sehwag joining Tendulkar as the only players to score double centuries in the 50-over format of the game, Australia will face a challenge when the series against India gets underway from December 26 in Melbourne.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the No.3-ranked Test nation could leapfrog South Africa to No.2 with a series win in Australia.

Sehwag's blistering knock of 219 that contained 25 fours and seven sixes, is an indication that the Indians are capable of relegating Australia to another series defeat on home soil.

Sehwag's knock helped India surpass their previous highest one-day total of 7-414 against Sri Lanka in Rajkot in 2009.

It was his 15th three-figure knock in one-day cricket and the first since making 175 against Bangladesh in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka in February.

Sehwag, captaining India in the absence of the rested MS Dhoni, had managed just 46 runs in the previous three matches.

Sehwag also has two triple Test centuries to his credit, one of only four batsmen to achieve the feat.

Other players with two 300s each are Australian legend Don Bradman and the West Indies duo Brian Lara and Chris Gayle.


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