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An emotional Sydney Test for Aussies

Aussies believe there won't be a better way to farewell their famous trio than by winning the Ashes series 5-0. |January 1, 2007, 8:36 PM IST
An emotional Sydney Test for Aussies

New Delhi: Justin Langer has joined Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath by announcing his retirement at the end of the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney.

The opening batsman, a veteran of 104 Tests has now added another emotional incentive to Australia's bid to complete the whitewash over England.

Langer is one of only 10 Australians to have played 100 Tests and has 23 centuries to his name.

With Matthew Hayden, Langer was involved in the second-greatest opening partnership of all-time behind West Indies legends Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge.

The two scored 5,574 runs at an average of 51.61 in 63 Tests.

"There is no doubt that the thing that I will miss about cricket is what I am going to experience tomorrow morning - walking over the white line with some music and being lifted into the centre by the crowd and walking out with my big mate Hayden," an emotional Justin Langer said on the eve of the Sydney Test.

Australia easily won the first four Tests of the Ashes series, including last week's fourth match in Melbourne by an innings inside three days.

And players like McGrath are leaving confident that Australian cricket is in safe hands.

"To finish off 5-0, I think will be the perfect way for Shane, Justin and myself to finish and also probably a true indication of the way the two teams are and how the series has been," pacer Glenn McGrath said.

Ricky Ponting's Australians have publicly spoken of their desire for 5-0 series sweep, and the departure of three of their greatest players has only added to their determination.

"I imagine this is a pretty emotional Test match with the three guys going. Hopefully we will win and have a few drink at the end of the match," Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said.

Australia's only previous whitewash against their oldest rivals was back in 1920-21.

And the Aussies believe there won't be a better way to farewell their famous trio than by emulating that feat in Sydney.

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