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12:00 AM, September 26, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 26, 2010

Australians show form


Australia opener Shane Watson plays an uppercut on way to scoring a century during the first day of the three-day practice match against the Indian Board President's XI in Chandigarh yesterday. Australia will play two Tests and three ODIs in India. Photo: AFP

Australian openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich geared up for an upcoming Test series against India with impressive centuries in a practice match on Saturday.
Watson scored 115 and Katich made 104 as the tourists posted 319-1 in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of a three-day game against an Indian Board President's XI in Chandigarh.
Michael Clarke was unbeaten on 43 and skipper Ricky Ponting on 42 not out.
Watson cracked 16 fours in his 199-ball knock before being bowled by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, while Katich smashed 15 boundaries in a 178-ball knock before retiring.
Australia will play two Tests, in Mohali (October 1-5) and Bangalore (October 9-13), and three one-day internationals in Kochi (October 17), Visakhapatnam (October 20) and Goa (October 24).

SCORES IN BRIEF
AUSTRALIANS:
First innings 319 for 1 (Watson 115, Katich 104 retired, Clarke 43 not out, Ponting 42 not out; Chawla 1-120)

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