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Hayden continues Aussie's onslaught

By Adam Cooper 20/10/2003 06:59:27 PM Comments (0)

Matthew Hayden smashed another century to join another of cricket's illustrious groups as Australia wrapped up a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a nine-wicket win in the second Test at the SCG.

Just 10 days after his world record 380 in Perth, Hayden blasted an unbeaten 101 from 85 balls to give Australia an emphatic victory and put his name in the company of Gary Sobers, Len Hutton, Brian Lara and Viv Richards.

Hayden's latest century - he now has 16 from 46 Tests - meant he became the 10th-fastest player in history to crack 4,000 runs and the second-quickest Australian, behind only Don Bradman.

The big left-hander clubbed his third six to post his ton and by doing so, hit 501 runs for the series at the extraordinary average of 250.50.

It took Hayden and man of the match Ricky Ponting (53 not out after 169 in the first innings) just 29.1 overs to peel off the 172 needed for victory.

Earlier part-time legspinner Simon Katich took 6-65 to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 266 in its second innings.

Hayden said he felt honoured to have joined the 4,000 club and was looking forward to touring Sri Lanka for the first time next February and returning in September to India, where he first cemented his place two years ago.

"There's a lot to look forward to and while it's great to enjoy what's gone over the last few years, I guess I'm really eager and the anticipation of the sub-continent tours ahead is a great challenge," said the man of the series.

Katich might also have won a place for good following his magnificent comeback match.

Called up to replace the injured Darren Lehmann, Katich made 52 in the first innings, took wickets and even ran out Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak.

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