Australians withstand defiance to seal series whitewash
Australians withstand defiance to seal series whitewash

What began as a rout has ended as a contest

Proteas fight back as Waugh's miss proves as good as a lifeline
Proteas fight back as Waugh's miss proves as good as a lifeline

Hopes of Australia's first series whitewash over South Africa in 70 years appear closer to fruition after a four-pronged attack bowled the home team into a winning position on the third morning of the Third Test in Sydney today

Comeback kids stand tall as Proteas wither
Comeback kids stand tall as Proteas wither

Like Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer before him, Australia's Damien Martyn knows the experience of having plumbed the depths of an international cricket career

Left handers right on top again
Left handers right on top again

The dateline might have changed but there wasn't too much difference in the look of the scoreline as openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden combined to hand Australia early command of the Third Test against South Africa in Sydney today.

Australians aim for whitewash in white-hot Sydney
Australians aim for whitewash in white-hot Sydney

Just three weeks ago, it seemed foolhardy to imagine that the Third Test between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground would be a dead rubber

Williams included in one-day squad
Williams included in one-day squad

Brad Williams' claims on an international debut have been enhanced after the pace bowler was today selected in the 14-man squad that will represent the country in the VB Series of one-day international matches against New Zealand and South Africa.

Campbell chosen as Australia 'A' wicketkeeper
Campbell chosen as Australia 'A' wicketkeeper

Western Australia's Ryan Campbell is the surprise choice as wicketkeeper in the 12-man squad selected to represent Australia 'A' in matches against New Zealand and South Africa next week.

2001: Australian cricket's year in review
2001: Australian cricket's year in review

Chronicles of any successful year would normally be expected to begin on a triumphant note

Sthalekar, Keightley lead Blues to finals berth
Sthalekar, Keightley lead Blues to finals berth

The NSWIS Blues have booked a place in this season's National Women's Cricket League finals series after storming to dual wins over the Western Fury in Perth this weekend.

Waugh receives heavy fine
Waugh receives heavy fine

Australian captain Steve Waugh will forego half of his current match payment after being found guilty of misconduct in a hearing before match referee Ranjan Madugalle in Melbourne last night.

Resistance useless as Australia triumphs
Resistance useless as Australia triumphs

It has been more than three years since South Africa last lost two Tests in succession

Waugh to appear before match referee
Waugh to appear before match referee

Australian captain Steve Waugh will front match referee Ranjan Madugalle tonight after being charged with misconduct relating to an incident on the third day's play of the Second Test against South Africa in Melbourne.

Hayden runs South Africa ragged
Hayden runs South Africa ragged

Close to 362 days will pass before the matter formally requires resolution

South Africans fail to weather Australian onslaught
South Africans fail to weather Australian onslaught

There was not much in the way of further rain on the second day of the Second Test between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne today

Weather makes more Boxing Day waves
Weather makes more Boxing Day waves

Boxing Day - aesthetically billed in the context of this heavyweight showdown between Australia and South Africa - is, in theory, the biggest day on the Australian cricket calendar

Setbacks, but show must go on
Setbacks, but show must go on

A season of joy and happiness it might be

Scorpions add bite to finals race
Scorpions add bite to finals race

It's the halfway point of the Pura Cup season; the ING Cup campaign has moved beyond its mid-point; and two-thirds of the summer's Tests have been completed

Gillespie out of Boxing Day Test
Gillespie out of Boxing Day Test

Injury has closed a door on Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie's chances of playing in the Second Test against South Africa, but opened others for Andy Bichel and Brad Williams in a dramatic turn of events in Melbourne today.

McGrath, Warne hand series lead to Australia
McGrath, Warne hand series lead to Australia

Roused after a long hibernation, critics have emerged from the woodwork with abandon over recent weeks to salivate over the potential demise of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

Pitched battle awaits struggling South Africans
Pitched battle awaits struggling South Africans

The ability of South Africa's middle order batsmen to conquer a powerful Australian attack and a wearing pitch will determine the outcome of the First Test between the countries at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow.