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Zimbabwean cricket team in Australia in 2003-04
Date 28 September 2003 – 3 February 2004
Location Australia
Result Australia won the two-Test series 2-0
Player of the series Matthew Hayden
Teams
Flag of Australia Australia Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Captains
Steve Waugh Heath Streak
Most runs
Matthew Hayden (501)
Ricky Ponting (259)
Steve Waugh (139)
Mark Vermeulen (166)
Stuart Carlisle (160)
Heath Streak (119)
Most wickets
Andy Bichel (10)
Simon Katich (6)
Jason Gillespie (5)
Ray Price (6)
Sean Ervine (4)
Andy Blignaut (3)

The Zimbabwean cricket team toured Australia in the 2003-04 season. On the tour, the Zimbabweans played two unclassified matches, one First-class match, three List A matches and two Tests, as well as taking part in the 2003-04 VB Series with Australia and India - who were touring Australia for four Tests at the same time. The Zimbabweans lost all but one international match - both Tests and seven of the eight One Day Internationals - the exception being called off for rain.

The tour was notable for Matthew Hayden's score of 380 in the first Test, this being the highest individual score in Test cricket at the time, beating Brian Lara's 375.

Tour matches

Three-day: Zimbabweans v Rockingham-Mandurah Invitational XI

28–30 September
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
149 (69.4 overs)
v Rockingham-Mandurah XI
123 (46.4 overs)
Match drawn
Settlers Hill, Baldivis
Umpires: Andrew Craig (Aus) and D Foggarty (Aus)
Player of the match: Luke Ronchi (Rock'm-M'rah XI) and Craig Wishart (Zim)
Sean Ervine 41 (84)
Darren Wates 4/22 (16 overs)
Luke Ronchi 44 (47)
Sean Ervine 5/37 (15 overs)
255/9d (108.1 overs) 135/6 (34 overs)
Craig Wishart 116 (235)
John Taylor 3/34 (17 overs)
Luke Ronchi 47 (47)
Ray Price 4/55 (12 overs)
  • Rockingham-Mandurah Invitational XI won the toss and elected to field.
  • This match did not have First-class status.

50-over: Zimbabweans v Cricket Australia Chairman's XI

1 October
Scorecard
Cricket Australia Chairman's XI
240 (49.5 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
241/3 (41.2 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets
Lilac Hill Park, Perth
Umpires: Jeff Brookes (Aus) and Ian Lock (Aus)
Player of the match: Heath Streak (Zim)
Ryan Campbell 65 (79)
Heath Streak 4/33 (9.5 overs)
Stuart Carlisle 89* (95)
Brad Williams 1/32 (9 overs)
  • Cricket Australia Chairman's XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This match did not have List A status.

First-class: Zimbabweans v Western Australia

3–5 October
(Scorecard)
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
330 (124.3 overs)
v Western Australia
207/6d (61 overs)
Match drawn
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Bruce Bennett (Aus) and Ian Lock (Aus)
Craig Wishart 100 (222)
Paul Wilson 4/41 (30 overs)
Marcus North 59 (115)
Heath Streak 3/35 (14 overs)
146/6d (49.4 overs) 266/4 (38 overs)
Trevor Gripper 54 (93)
Paul Wilson 3/26 (14 overs)
Mike Hussey 79 (79)
Trevor Gripper 2/57 (7 overs)
  • Western Australia won the toss and elected to field.

List A: Zimbabweans v Australia A

1 January
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
240 (49.5 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia A
232 (49 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 8 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (Aus) and Bob Parry (Aus)
Player of the match: Stuart Carlisle (Zim)
Stuart Carlisle 100* (128)
Dominic Thornely 3/38 (9.5 overs)
Shaun Marsh 57 (58)
Sean Ervine 4/44 (10 overs)
  • Zimbabweans won the toss and elected to bat.

List A: Zimbabweans v Western Australia

4 January
Scorecard
Western Australia
286/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
216 (44.1 overs)
Western Australia won by 70 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Bruce Bennett (Aus) and Jeff Brookes (Aus)
Player of the match: Sean Ervine (Zim)
Murray Goodwin 77 (83)
Sean Ervine 5/56 (10 overs)
Mark Vermeulen 55 (35)
Marcus North 2/5 (1.1 overs)
  • Western Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

List A: Zimbabweans v Australia A

7 January
Scorecard
Australia A Flag of Australia Australia
327/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
208 (44 overs)
Australia A won by 119 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Ian Lock (Aus) and John Smeaton (Aus)
Player of the match: Marcus North (AusA)
Marcus North 115 (109)
Heath Streak 2/55 (10 overs)
Grant Flower 67 (85)
Michael Clarke 2/16 (3 overs)
  • Australia A won the toss and elected to bat.

2003-04 VB Series

Main article: 2003-04 VB Series

Zimbabwe and Australia played in a tri-series tournament with India for the Australian Tri-Series, at the time sponsored by Victoria Bitter. Played in a round-robin format, all three teams played each other four times, meaning eight matches each, with the top two teams going through to a head-to-head final to decide the winner.

Group stage

Pos Team P W L NR/T BP CP Points NRR
1 Flag of Australia Australia 8 6 1 1 3 1 37 +1.100
2 Flag of India India 8 5 3 0 2 2 29 +0.282
3 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 8 0 7 1 0 3 6 −1.326

Table key

  • P = Games played
  • W = Games won
  • L = Games lost
  • NR/T = Games with no result or games tied
  • BP = Bonus points
  • CP = Consolation points
  • NRR = Net run rate

Points system

  • Won = 5 points
  • Lost = 0 points
  • Tie or No result = 3 point
  • Standard net run rate rules applied.
  • Bonus points awarded for a win when the winning team's run rate is 1.25x that of the losing team.
  • Consolation points awarded for a loss when the losing team did not give up the bonus point to the winning team.

Position deciders

The deciding factors, in order, on table position were:

  1. Total points
  2. Games won
  3. Head-to-head result
  4. Bonus points
  5. Net run rate

Final series

First final

6 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of India India
222 (49 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
224/3 (40.1 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Hemang Badani 60* (81)
Brett Lee 2/34 (9 overs)
Ricky Ponting 88 (80)
Lakshmipathy Balaji 3/52 (10 overs)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

Second final

8 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
359/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of India India
151 (33.2 overs)
Australia won by 208 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: Matthew Hayden (Aus)
Matthew Hayden 126 (122)
Ashish Nehra 2/63 (10 overs)
Irfan Pathan 30 (41)
Brad Williams 2/12 (6.2 overs)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Adam Gilchrist was named Man of the Series for being leading run scorer, with 996 runs to his name.

Test matches

First Test

9–13 October
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
735/6d (146.3 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
239 (89.3 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 175 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Venkat (Ind) and Peter Willey (Eng)
Player of the match: Matthew Hayden (Aus)
Matthew Hayden 380 (437)
Sean Ervine 4/146 (31 overs)
Trevor Gripper 53 (135)
Brett Lee 3/48 (15 overs)
321 (f/o) (127.2 overs)
Heath Streak 71* (215)
Andy Bichel 4/63 (28.2 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field.

Matthew Hayden recorded the highest score ever in Test cricket, at the time, with his 380 in the first innings, surpassing the 375 set by Brian Lara in Antigua a decade earlier. Lara went on to reclaim the record less than six months later, however, with his 400 not out against England.

Second Test

17–21 October
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
308 (107.2 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
403 (103.3 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Venkat (Ind)
Player of the match: Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Stuart Carlisle 118 (213)
Andy Bichel 4/66 (24.2 overs)
Ricky Ponting 169 (249)
Ray Price 6/121 (41.3 overs)
266 (91.5 overs) 172/1 (29.1 overs)
Mark Vermeulen 48 (70)
Simon Katich 6/65 (25.5 overs)
Matthew Hayden 101* (85)
Heath Streak 1/46 (9 overs)

Records

Australia's Matthew Hayden was named Man of the Series for his 501 runs over the two Tests and the historic triple-century. Comparatively, Mark Vermeulen scored the most runs for Zimbabwe with 166. Andy Bichel took the most wickets of the series with 10, with Ray Price taking six for Zimbabwe.

See also

External links

References

  • Playfair Cricket Annual
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack


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