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Australia will play 5 ODIs & 2 T20s, followed by 3 test matches during the South Africa tour starting February 26 2009.Get the latest news of Australia's 2009 South Africa Tour →
South Africa vs Australia Cricket Series 2009Schedule
- Thu 26, Feb - Mon 2, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 1st Test at Johannesburg
- Fri 6 - Tue 10, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 2nd Test at Durban
- Thu 19 - Mon 23, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 3rd Test Cape Town
- Fri 27, March 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 1st T20 at Johannesburg
- Sun 29, March 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 2nd T20 at Centurion
- Fri 3, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 1st ODI Durban
- Sun 5, April 2009: South Africa v Australia 2nd ODI Centurion
- Thu 9, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 3rd ODI at Cape Town
- Mon 13, April 2009: South Africa v Australia 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth
- Fri 17, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 5th ODI at Johannesburg
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Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09
AUS v NZ, Twenty20, Sydney: Australia beat New Zealand by a run in T20 thriller
Chasing 151, New Zealand came close to overwhelming the target before losing McCullum at a crucial juncture and eventually finishing at 149 for five wickets. Needing 14 runs off the last over of the bowling of Nathan Bracken, Nathan McCullum (10 not out) -- Brendon's elder brother -- hit a four and a six off the last two balls but that was still not enough in the end.
Earlier, a Brad Haddin-led Australia got off to a brisk start before losing momentum and it took useful contributions from David Hussey (41), Adam Voges (26) and David Warner (23) to reach a modest total of 150 for seven. Chasing 151, New Zealand got off to a wobbly start after Peter Siddle removed in-form Martin Guptill (0) and Peter Fulton (1) off successive overs to reduce the visitors to 12 for two.
However, Brendon McCullum and Neil Broom (36) steadied the rocking Kiwi boat with a 61-run stand in eight-odd overs which put the visitors back on the track.
AUS v NZ, Twenty20, Sydney: Australia 150-7 (20.0 overs) beat New Zealand 149-5 (20.0 overs) by 1 run
AUS v NZ, 5th ODI, Brisbane: Australia retain Chappell-Hadlee trophy after washout (AUS 2:2)
Brad Haddin (88) had given Ricky Ponting's team a chance after guiding them to 168-4 from 22 overs, with Martin Guptill (64 not out) looking to ease the tourists past their target.
But the hosts retain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy owing to their 2-0 series win in 2007 after umpires Steve Bucknor and Rod Tucker pulled the plug when the heavens opened.
New Zealand had been set a target of 156 off 20 overs but torrential rain saw them stopped short at 123-6 off 14 overs with the series poised at 2-2.
As they had not reached the prerequisite 20 overs the Duckworth-Lewis rule could not be applied, granting the series win to the Aussies.
AUS v NZ, 5th ODI, Brisbane: Australia 168-4 (22.0 overs) v New Zealand 123-6 (14 overs) Match abandoned due to rain
AUS v NZ, 4th ODI, Adelaide Oval: Hussey brothers help Australia level series (AUS 2:2)
Chasing 245, Australia lost Michael Clarke (14) and Ricky Ponting (15) inside 15 overs but the Hussey brothers and Brad Haddin (43) made useful contributions with the bat as the hosts cruised to 247 for four in 48.2 overs.
Earlier, Ross Taylor's 71-ball 76 and Martin Guptill's 70-ball 45 helped New Zealand post a modest 244 for eight in their 50 overs after captain Daniel Vettori had won the toss and decided to bat first. Both the teams now move to Brisbane for the series decider on Friday.
AUS v NZ, 4th ODI, Adelaide Oval: Australia 247-4 (48.2 overs) beat New Zealand 244-8 (50.0 overs) by 5 wickets
AUS v NZ, 3rd ODI, Sydney: Australia beat New Zealand by 32 runs (AUS 1:2)
Electing to bat first Australia put a challenging score of 301 runs for the Kiwis to chase who fell short by 32 runs despite brilliant knocks by Grant Elliot (115 runs from 124 balls) and Brendon McCullam (36 runs from 27 balls).
Earlier, for Australia it was the wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin who took the charge in batting making a stylish 109, which was well supported by half centuries of captain Michael Clarke (64) and Mike Hussey (51).
Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus and Craig White grabbed two wickets each for Australia to cut short the Kiwi run chase. New Zealand bowlers maintained a good line and length but couldnt manage to stop the flow of runs from the Aussie batsman. O Brien was the pick of the bowler, taking three wickets while Kyle Mills and Grant Elliot scalped two each.
AUS v NZ, 3rd ODI, Sydney: Australia 301-9 (50.0 overs) beat New Zealand 269 (47.3 overs) by 32 runs
AUS v NZ, 2nd ODI, Melbourne: New Zealand beat Australia by 6 wickets (NZ 2:0)
The Kiwis started patiently and McCullum (43) was involved in two 40-plus partnerships with Fulton and Taylor (47) to ensure his team didn’t lose early wickets.
Taylor then added 72 with Elliot, but despite his dismissal, New Zealand were always in the hunt. Warner gave good support to Elliot, who made an unbeaten 61, and helped see his team through to a victory and a 2-0 lead. Earlier, Australia made 225 runs for loss of five wickets.
Michael Clarke was declared the Man of the Match for his 98.
AUS v NZ, 2nd ODI, Melbourne: New Zealand 226-4 (48.5 overs) beat Australia 225-5 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets
AUS v NZ, 1st ODI, Perth: New Zealand beat Australia in thrilling series opener (NZ 1:0)
Chasing a victory target of 182, New Zealand huffed and puffed before Ross Taylor (64) propped them up. Needing five runs off the last over, the Kiwis levelled the score in the fifth ball before captain Daniel Vettori hit the winning run off the last delivery from Nathan Bracken.
Earlier, after Australia captain Ricky Ponting had decided to bat first, Kiwi spearhead Kyle Mills (4/35) and his bowling colleagues skittled out the hosts for 181 in 48.4 overs.
Mills was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round show. Both the teams now move to Melbourne for the second ODI on Friday.
AUS v NZ, 1st ODI, Perth: New Zealand 182-8 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 181 (48.4 overs) by 2 wickets
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New Zealand will play 5 ODIs, 2 Tests and one T20 during the Australian tour starting November 13, 2008.Get the latest news of New Zealand's 2008-09 Australia Tour →
Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09Schedule
- Thu 13, Nov 2008 - Sun 16, Nov 2008: Warm Up - New South Wales v New Zealanders at Sydney
- Thu 20, Nov 2008 - Mon 24, Nov 2008: 1st Test - Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane
- Fri 28, Nov 2008 - Tue 2, Dec 2008: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide Oval
- Sun 1, Feb 2009: 1st ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Perth
- Fri 6, Feb 2009: 2nd ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne
- Sun 8, Feb 2009: 3rd ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Sydney
- Tue 10, Feb 2009: 4th ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide Oval
- Fri 13, Feb 2009: 5th ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane
- Sun 15, Feb 2009: Twenty20 (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Sydney
South Africa will play 5 ODIs, 3 Tests and two T20s during the Australian tour starting December 13, 2008.Get the latest news of South Africa's 2008-09 Australia Tour →
Australia will play 4 Tests during the Indian tour starting October 02, 2008.Get the latest news of Australia's 2008-09 India Tour →