2001–02 VB Series

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2001–02 VB Series
Date 11 January 2002 – 8 February 2002
Location Australia
Result Won by  South Africa
2–0 in final series
Player of the series Shane Bond
Teams
 Australia  New Zealand  South Africa
Captains
Steve Waugh Stephen Fleming Shaun Pollock
Most runs
Ponting 254
Bevan 251
Martyn 226
Cairns 314
Fleming 309
McMillan 275
Rhodes 345
Kallis 322
Gibbs 293
Most wickets
McGrath 14
Bichel 8
Lee 8
Bond 21
Cairns 12
Harris 8
Ntini 14
Pollock 13
Donald 12

The 2001–02 VB Series was a One Day International (ODI) cricket tri-series (14 matches) where Australia played host to New Zealand and South Africa. After drawing with New Zealand and defeating South Africa in the preceding Test series, Australia went into the tournament as favourites; however, they failed to reach the final; and captain Steve Waugh was consequently sacked as ODI captain, replaced by Ricky Ponting.

South African Jonty Rhodes, was the leading run-scorer for the series, while New Zealander Shane Bond was the leading wicket-taker.[1]

Squads[edit]

Squads
 Australia  New Zealand  South Africa
Steve Waugh (c) Stephen Fleming (c) Shaun Pollock (c)
Adam Gilchrist (wk) Adam Parore (wk) Mark Boucher (wk)
Ryan Campbell (wk) Andre Adams Nicky Boje
Michael Bevan Nathan Astle Boeta Dippenaar
Andy Bichel Shane Bond Allan Donald
Jason Gillespie Chris Cairns Steve Elworthy
Ian Harvey James Franklin Herschelle Gibbs
Matthew Hayden Chris Harris Jacques Kallis
Brett Lee Brendon McCullum Justin Kemp
Darren Lehmann Craig McMillan Gary Kirsten
Glenn McGrath Dion Nash Lance Klusener
Damien Martyn Mark Richardson Charl Langeveldt
Ricky Ponting Scott Styris Neil McKenzie
Andrew Symonds Daniel Vettori Makhaya Ntini
Shane Warne Lou Vincent Justin Ontong
Mark Waugh Jonty Rhodes
Brad Williams

Group stage[edit]

1st match[edit]

11 January 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
199/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
176/10 (42 overs)
Harris 63* (92)
Lee 3–43 (10 overs)
Ponting 45 (54)
Bond 3–53 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 23 runs
MCG, Australia
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) & Bob Parry (Aus)
Player of the match: New Zealand Chris Harris
Attendance: 47,157

2nd match[edit]

13 January 2002
(scorecard)
Australia 
198/10 (48.5 overs)
v
 South Africa
199/6 (48.3 overs)
S.Waugh 62 (86)
Pollock 3–25 (9 overs)
Rhodes 43* (101)
Gillespie 2–28 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 4 wickets
MCG, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Shaun Pollock
Attendance: 62,696

3rd match[edit]

15 January 2002
(scorecard)
South Africa 
257/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
231/9 (50 overs)
Gary Kirsten 97 (118)
Daniel Vettori 2–37 (10 overs)
Stephen Fleming 85 (112)
Allan Donald 3–40 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 26 runs
Bellerive Oval, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Daryl Harper (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Gary Kirsten
Attendance: 5,963

4th match[edit]

17 January 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
235/9 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
212/10 (47.2 overs)
Harris 42* (43)
Harvey 2–40 (10 overs)
Bevan 66 (98)
Harris 3–37 (8.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 23 runs
SCG, Australia
Umpires: Bob Parry (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: New Zealand Chris Harris
Attendance: 39,691

5th match[edit]

19 January 2002
(scorecard)
South Africa 
241/10 (48.3 overs)
v
 New Zealand
244/6 (49.1 overs)
Kallis 65 (68)
Bond 4–37 (9.3 overs)
Cairns 102* (99)
Pollock 2–29 (9.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets
The Gabba, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Darrell Hair (Aus)
Player of the match: New Zealand Chris Cairns
Attendance: 17,457

6th match[edit]

20 January 2002
(scorecard)
Australia 
241/4 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
214/10 (48.4 overs)
Martyn 104* (121)
Elworthy 2–53 (10 overs)
McKenzie 68 (85)
McGrath 4–30 (9.4 overs)
Australia won by 27 runs
The Gabba, Australia
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Australia Damien Martyn
Attendance: 35,761

7th match[edit]

22 January 2002
(scorecard)
South Africa 
106/10 (38.3 overs)
v
 Australia
107/2 (18.4 overs)
Kirsten 44 (77)
Bichel 5–19 (6.3 overs)
M.Waugh 55* (62)
Klusener 1–28 (2.4 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
SCG, Australia
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) & Daryl Harper (AUS)
Player of the match: Australia Andy Bichel
Attendance: 39,213

8th match[edit]

26 January 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
242/5 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
165/10 (50 overs)
Astle 95 (135)
McGrath 2–36 (10 overs)
Bevan 45 (62)
Bond 5–25 (9.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 77 runs
Adelaide Oval, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: New Zealand Shane Bond
Attendance: 28,011

9th match[edit]

27 January 2002
(scorecard)
South Africa 
253/5 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
160/10 (50 overs)
Gibbs 89 (132)
Cairns 2–69 (10 overs)
Fleming 43 (80)
Boje 4–31 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 93 runs
Adelaide Oval, Australia
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS) & Bob Parry (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Mark Boucher
Attendance: 10,889

10th Match[edit]

29 January 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
245/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
248/8 (49.3 overs)
Cairns 55 (63)
McGrath 2–41 (10 overs)
Bevan 102* (95)
Bond 4–38 (9.3 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
MCG, Australia
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Australia Michael Bevan
Attendance: 40,008

11th Match[edit]

1 February 2002
(scorecard)
South Africa 
270/5 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
203/8 (50 overs)
Rhodes 107* (135)
Nash 3–37 (10 overs)
McMillan 46 (54)
Ntini 2–23 (10 overs)
South Africa won by 67 runs
WACA, Australia
Umpires: Darrell Hair (AUS) & Daryl Harper (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Jonty Rhodes
Attendance: 14,853

12th Match[edit]

3 February 2002
(scorecard)
Australia 
283/7 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
250/5 (50 overs)
Lee 51* (36)
Boje 2–38 (10 overs)
Kallis 104* (120)
Lehmann 2–28 (5 overs)
Australia won by 33 runs
WACA, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Bob Parry (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Jacques Kallis
Attendance: 25,252

Australia needed a bonus point against South Africa to qualify for the finals. They won the toss and elected to bat; however, they struggled early and were 7/195 in the 40th over, before Brett Lee scored 51 from 36 balls. Australia finished on 7/283, consequently needing to restrict South Africa to less than 227 to gain the bonus point. Nevertheless, it was not to be for the Australians, as Jacques Kallis compiled an unbeaten century (104), helping South Africa reach 227 with 16 balls to spare. They eventually finished on 250, and despite an Australian victory, the local team were out of the competition, upsetting many home fans.[2] Australian captain Steve Waugh wrote:

A lot has been said about the rights and wrongs of the bonus point system that ended up separating the three teams on the final ladder for the VB series, but much of it ignores one simple reason behind our early exit from the tournament. We were slow out of the blocks and we paid for it ... with the short time between the end of the Test series and the start of the VB series, there was no chance for a lead-up game, our opponents enjoyed, and without such a rehearsal we lacked the sharpness required at the top level in our first three games, we found ourselves under the pump.[3]

Finals[edit]

1st final[edit]

6 February 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
190/10 (47.5 overs)
v
 South Africa
191/2 (45.1 overs)
McMillan 73 (99)
Ntini 5–31 (10 overs)
Dippenaar 79* (107)
Cairns 1–27 (8 overs)
South Africa won by 8 wickets
MCG, Australia
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Makhaya Ntini
Attendance: 20,671

South Africa continued their good form against New Zealand with a comfortable eight wicket win, set up by a strong bowling performance from Makhaya Ntini. Despite winning the toss and opting to bat, New Zealand lost both of their openers early, to Ntini. However a 109 wicket partnership between Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan put the innings back on track. Once Lance Klusener dismissed the New Zealand captain for 50, they began to lose wickets regularly, with only Andre Adams making it into double figures. Ntini took the wicket of Adams to claim his second ODI five wicket haul and the innings was soon closed when Shane Bond was run-out by Jonty Rhodes. South Africa in reply lost their second wicket with 52 runs on the board but Boeta Dippenaar, who was dropped in the gully by Fleming on 40, and Jacques Kallis, guided South Africa to victory with 29 balls remaining.[4]

2nd final[edit]

8 February 2002
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
175/10 (41.1 overs)
v
 South Africa
173/4 (38.1 overs)
Cairns 57 (73)
Kallis 3–23 (5.1 overs)
Rhodes 61* (68)
Adams 2–33 (8 overs)
South Africa won by 6 wickets
SCG, Australia
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: South Africa Jonty Rhodes
Attendance: 30,984
  • Rain interrupted the New Zealand innings after 16.1 overs which reduced the match to 46 overs each

Having won the toss again, Stephen Fleming elected to bat first but once more New Zealand failed to produce a competitive total and South Africa chased it down comfortably. The New Zealanders, needing a win to force the finals series into a third match, had started their innings slowly and it wasn't until the fifth over that they scored their maiden run. An entertaining run a ball 43 from Lou Vincent got the team back on track but after he fell and Jacques Kallis dismissed Craig McMillan, New Zealand were struggling at 5–72. Although a 75 run partnership from Chris Cairns and Chris Harris looked like giving New Zealand a chance of posting over 200, the tail fell cheaply due to good bowling from Allan Donald. During their innings, the match had been reduced to 46 overs due to rain and the South Africans were thus chasing a revised target of 172. Herschelle Gibbs, despite losing his opening partner Gary Kirsten for just two runs, scored an aggressive 46 to give the South Africans a good platform. Jonty Rhodes brought up his half century and accumulated 16 runs in the 38th over, bowled by Andre Adams, before a pull to the boundary by Mark Boucher off Daniel Vettori the following over gave South Africa the title.[5]

Aftermath[edit]

Australian cricket team captain Steve Waugh was dropped from the One Day International team after the conclusion of the series, and the captaincy role was assumed by Ricky Ponting. However, he continued the Test captaincy until his International retirement in January 2004, with Ponting becoming Australia's full-time captain.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "VB Series, 2001–02". Cricinfo. Wisden. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Waugh (2002), pp. 67–74.
  3. ^ Waugh (2002), p. 75.
  4. ^ "Proteas floor Black Caps in lopsided final". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rain, hail and shine as South Africans triumph". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile: Steve Waugh". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Waugh, Steve (2002). Steve Waugh: Captain's diary 2002. HarperCollinsPublishers (Australia). ISBN 0-7322-7558-X. 

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