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Cricket News - 2001-12-30

Australia's cricket team has defeated South Africa by nine wickets and retained its place atop the world rankings by winning the three-match series, 2-0.

Jacques Kallis was run out for 99 runs in South Africa's second innings as the tourists reached only 219 all out at the Melbourne cricket ground. South Africa scored 277 all out in its first innings, but Australia answered with 487 all out in its first innings.

The Australians scored 10 for one in their second innings to take the match and the three-match series. The home side won the first test in Adelaide by 246 runs. The third test starts in Sydney January second.

There was one setback for the Aussies Saturday, Captain Steve Waugh was found guilty of showing dissent and was fined nearly $3,000.

Waugh had refused to accept umpire Darrell Hair's call when he was run out on 90 in the second test. The Aussie skipper was reported to the International Cricket Council's chief referee, who heard Waugh's explanation and then fined him one-half his match fee for the second test.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's cricket team faces a steep climb if its wants to avoid defeat in the first test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Sri Lanka scored 586 for six declared in its first innings. Zimbabwe answered with 184 all out in its first innings and then followed on to reach 64 for two in its second innings.

The visitors need 338 runs in only eight wickets to avoid an innings defeat when the match resumes Monday.

The teams will take Sunday off because it is a full moon. In largely Buddhist Sri Lanka, the full moon is a holiday because it is believed the Buddha was born when the moon was full.