West Indies-England One-Day Series:
England ended their ragged tour of theWest Indies on a high when an Andrew Flintoff hat-trick helped them beat thehosts by 26 runs in a rain-shortened match to win the one-day series 3-2.
New Zealand-India One Day Series:
Virender Sehwag (125 not out) smashed the
fastest ODI century by an Indian to fashion the team’s commanding 10
-wicket winin the fourth match, also giving India their first one-day cricket series win in New
Zealand. Sehwag’s 60
ball hundred bettered Mohammad Azharuddin’s 62
-ballcentury against the Kiwis at Baroda. India won the series 3-1.
New Zealand-India Test Series:
India still needed to take two wickets before thethird Test was called off and declared to have ended as a draw. However, Indiacame out stronger by winning the three-Test series 1-
0. This was India’s first Test
series win in New Zealand after 41 years. Earlier, Harbhajan Singh scalped sixwickets to guide India to their first Test triumph on New Zealand soil in 33 yearsas the visitors spanked the Kiwis by 10 wickets in the first Test. The second Testended in a draw.
South Africa-Australia Test Series:
Australia clinched a series win over SouthAfrica and remained top of the world rankings after completing a crushing 175-run victory in the second Test. South Africa left-arm spinner Paul Harris took sixwickets as the Proteas beat Australia by an innings and 20 runs to win the thirdTest but lose the three-Test series 2-1. The first Test had been won by Australia.