Statistical Highlights of Australia v Zimbabwe 1st Test 2003/04
by Rajneesh Gupta

Scorecard:Australia v Zimbabwe

  • This was the 1661st Test match in cricket history.
  • This was the second Test match between these two sides. Australia have won both.
  • Australian total (735-6d) was the highest by any side against Zimbabwe and sixth highest in Test history. The previous highest total achieved against Zimbabwe was Indiaís 609-6d at Nagpur in 2000-01. The following table lists all totals of 700-plus in Test cricket :
    Total    For           Vs            Venue         Season
    952-6d   Sri Lanka     India         Colombo RPS   1997-98
    903-7d   England       Australia     The Oval      1938
    849      England       West Indies   Kingston      1929-30
    790-3d   West Indies   Pakistan      Kingston      1957-58
    758-8d   Australia     West Indies   Kingston      1954-55
    735-6d   Australia     Zimbabwe      Perth         2003-04
    729-6d   Australia     England       Lord's        1930
    708      Pakistan      England       The Oval      1987
    701      Australia     England       The Oval      1934
  • Australiaís total was also the highest by a side put into bat after losing the toss. The previous highest was Englandís 653-4d against India at Lordís in 1990. The accompanying table has the details:
    Total    For            Put in by (country)  Venue        Season
    735-6d   Australia      HH Streak (Zim)      Perth        2003-04
    653-4d   England        M Azharuddin (Ind)   Lord's       1990
    621-5d   South Africa   DJ Nash (NZ)         Auckland     1998-99
    619      Australia      GS Sobers (WI)       Sydney       1968-69
    605-9d   Australia      BC Lara (WI)         Bridgetown   2002-03
    601-7d   Australia      DI Gower (Eng)       Leeds        1989
    601-8d   Australia      L Hutton (Eng)       Brisbane     1954-55
  • Matthew Hayden (380) became the highest run-scorer in a Test innings obliterating Brian Laraís 375 against England at St.Johnís in 1993-94.This was also the sixth triple hundred by an Australian, first against Zimbabwe and 17th overall in Test cricket. Hayden established many new records during his epic innings, which are being given separately.
  • The sixth wicket partnership of 233 runs between Hayden and Adam Gilchrist was the highest for any side for this wicket against Zimbabwe. This obliterated the unbroken 189 run-partnership between Sri Lankan pair of Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga at Colombo SSC in 1997-98.
  • Between lunch and tea on day two, Hayden and Gilchrist each added over a hundred runs to his personal score. This was the first instance of two batsmen adding hundred runs during a session in a Test match
  • All Zimbabwean bowlers conceded at least 100 runs in Australian innings. This provided the fourth such instance in Test cricket. The details :
    WI  (652-8d) v Eng  Lord's     1973
                        GG Arnold 0/111; RGD Willis 4/118; AW Greig 3/180;
                        DL Underwood 0/105; R Illingworth 1/114


    Aus (528) v Ind Adelaide 1980-81 Kapil Dev 2/112; KD Ghavri 0/106; DR Doshi 3/146; NS Yadav 4/143


    Pak (500-7d) v SL Lahore 1981-82 ALF de Mel 3/120; JR Ratnayeke 3/121; DS de Silva 1/129; RGCE Wijesuriya 0/105


    Aus (735-6d) v Zim Perth 2003-04 HH Streak 0/131; AM Blignaut 0/115; SM Ervine 4/146; RW Price 0/187; TR Gripper 2/142

(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)


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