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Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Carlisle sparks Zimbabwe
Second Test, Sydney: Australia v Zimbabwe

Carlisle is congratulated by Heath Streak
It's definitely the best moment of my Test career
Stuart Carlisle
Stuart Carlisle hit the first ever Test century for a Zimbabwean against Australia to rally the tourists to 256-8 on the opening day of the second Test.

Carlisle's 118 also marked his maiden ton in his 31st Test, in front of a sparse crowd of 5,455 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The former captain, 31, shared half-century partnerships with Tatenda Taibu and Heath Streak to lift the tourists from early trouble at 95-4 against a new-look home side.

He reached three figures from 193 balls, with 13 fours and two sixes off part-time spinner Simon Katich, justifying skipper Streak's decision to bat first.

But Australia enjoyed late success, dismissing Streak for a tough 14 and taking two wickets with the second new ball.

Andy Bichel had Carlisle caught off an edge at second slip, forcing Andy Blignaut and Ray price to bat to stumps.

"It's definitely the best moment of my Test career," Carlisle said.

"It's been a devil in my head for the last two or so years but I've just kept on believing in myself.

"I enjoy playing against the best side in the world. It's a great challenge and it really lifts me."

Andy Bichel celebrates the wicket of Trevor Gripper
Carlisle was Andy Bichel's second scalp of the day
Brett Lee, Test debutant Brad Williams and Bichel each claimed an early wicket in the absence of injured trio Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Stuart MacGill.

Lee's yorker dismissed opener Dion Ebrahim for nine with the tourists on 15, before Bichel had Gripper caught behind in the for 15 off his first delivery.

Williams then claimed his first Test wicket, trapping Mark Vermeulen lbw for 17 and ended Craig Wishart's hour-long stay for 14.

Spinner Brad Hogg enjoyed success late in the day, having Taibu caught behind for 27 and Streak lbw to a straight delivery.

"It was a pretty even day," said wicket-keeper Gilchrist, who gained his 200th Test dismissal when he caught Taibu.

"The ball was moving around a lot but they applied themselves pretty well and I think they'll be happy with the first day."

Australia won the first Test in Perth by an innings and 175 runs, with Matthew Hayden scoring a world record 380.

Zimbabwe made two changes from the first Test, with batsman Craig Evans dropped and all-rounder Shaun Ervine failing to recover from a knee injury.


Australia: Steve Waugh (captain), Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Andy Bichel, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Brad Williams, Nathan Bracken (12th man).

Zimbabwe (from): Heath Streak (capt), Andy Blignaut, Gary Brent, Staurt Carlisle, Dion Ebrahim, Sean Irvine, Craig Evans, Gavin Ewing, Trevor Gripper, Douglas Hondo, Raymond Price, Mark Vermeulen, Tatenda Taibu, Craig Wishart.


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