Inevitably, the tooth fairy was revealed to be a fraud. The tourists' back was broken in the early afternoon, with the dismissals of Tendulkar for 80 and Laxman for 66. The rest of the afternoon was a victory lap for Michael Clarke's side, safe in the knowledge that a 2-0 series lead was assured, if not for some extended lower-order annoyance.
With the 38-year-old nearing the milestone, up popped Clarke to bring him down...Like an elderly man or woman who loses the will to live after the passing of their partner, Laxman followed shortly after.
Image: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar waves to fans after he hit a half century on day 4 of the second test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.