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Firms expecting big Aussie total.

Byline: STEVE DAVIES

HEADINGLEY'S so-called terror track has behaved well enough so far and the spread firms don't envisage it turning into a minefield overnight.

Australia are sitting pretty at 288 for four at the end of the first day of the fourth Test and their final score has been pitched as high as 440-455.

And despite the reputation of the playing surface at Leeds, that quote is unlikely to entice prospective sellers.

True, one or two deliveries misbehaved but Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh made it look serenity itself during a double-hundred stand for the third wicket and the firms envisage Damien Martyn will also fill his boots.

Martyn has 19 to his name thus far and is quoted at 63-68 with Simon Katich, set to be next in, put in for a score around the 40-mark on his Test debut.

The match indices capture perfectly the state of the game with England trading at 2.5-4 and the Aussies at 20-21.5.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2001
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