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Last Updated: Monday, 20 October, 2003, 06:20 GMT 07:20 UK
Australia down Zimbabwe
Second Test, Sydney: Australia v Zimbabwe

Matthew Hayden
Australia completed a series sweep over Zimbabwe with a nine-wicket second Test victory in Sydney.

Part-time wrist-spinner Simon Katich took 6-65 to bowl the tourists out for 266 on day four - a lead of 172.

And Matthew Hayden smashed a century from 84 deliveries to pass the 172 needed shortly after tea.

Vice-captain Ricky Ponting marshalled Hayden to his ton, surviving a catch off a no-ball to finish 53 not out.

Hayden lofted spinner Craig Ewing for his third six over square leg to reach three figures and take his total in two Tests past 500, following his record 380 in Perth.

Zimbabwe resumed the fourth day at 151-4 against an attack lacking the injured Brett Lee but perished to some injudicious shots.

Batsman Katich, selected for the first time since his debut two years ago because of his increased ability with the ball, quickly took control.

He overshadowed full-time left-armer Brad Hogg with the vital wickets of Craig Wishart for 45 and Taibu for 35 after the pair had frustrated with a 62-run stand.

Simon Katich celebrates
Simon Katich returned his best-ever figures in Tests
It was the best bowling by an Australian spinner at home in 34 months since leg-spinner Stuart MacGill claimed 7-104 against the West Indies in January 2001.

Australia lost opener Justin Langer, caught behind off Heath Streak in the fifth over, before taking aim for victory.

Ponting and Hayden wasted no time, adding 151 runs in 24 overs.

Ponting took the man-of-the-match award after his first innings 169.

Hayden, the most successful batsman this year with 938 runs in nine Tests, also completed 4,000 career runs in his 46th match.

The lack of interest in the series was glaring, with the crowd for two Tests reaching 42,566 over nine days.

The total of 18,532 spectators over four days in Sydney was the ground's smallest since the rain-hit 1990 Test against Pakistan, when 13,864 turned up over three days of play.

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

Zimbabwe: Heath Streak (capt), Andy Blignaut, Stuart Carlisle, Dion Ebrahim, Gavin Ewing, Trevor Gripper, Douglas Hondo, Raymond Price, Mark Vermeulen, Tatenda Taibu, Craig Wishart.

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