Warne overtakes Lillee's landmark

Shane Warne became Australia's highest all-time wicket-taker and his country won a record-equalling eighth consecutive Test match as New Zealand were beaten by 62 runs here yesterday.

Australia dismissed New Zealand for 218 runs on the last day of the first Test after the Kiwis chased 281 runs for victory in their second innings. The victory meant Steve Waugh's team equalled the record winning streak set by Warwick Armstrong's Australian team in 1920.

It was also a record day for leg-spinner Warne, who passed Dennis Lillee's 16-year-old Australian record with his dismissal of the New Zealand tail-ender Paul Wiseman to clinch the Test with his 356th wicket.

"It was really a great Test match to be part of but I probably tried too hard to get the record," Warne said. "It's a relief now that it's out of the way but it's a very proud moment. It was a fitting way to finish a Test match.

"There have been so many highlights and this Test match rates pretty highly, breaking the great man's record, and hopefully I'll share a beer with him soon. Someone will break my record down the track and I'll hopefully share a beer with them and watch it."

Warne, playing in his 82nd Test, finished with figures of 2 for 80 while the off-spinner Colin Miller claimed career-best Test figures of 5 for 55 and the pace bowler Brett Lee took 2 for 36.

New Zealand set out on the final day after Tuesday's fourth day had been washed out without a ball bowled, at 151 for 5, requiring 130 more runs to pull off an amazing victory.

Craig McMillan hit the highest score of the Test with 78 and he and Adam Parore shared in a 44-run partnership, but when both fell it was the beginning of the end. Daniel Vettori, the Kiwi spinner, was named man of the match for taking 12 wickets.

Fifth day; Australia won toss AUSTRALIA - First Innings 214 (M E Waugh 72no, J L Langer 46; D L Vettori 5-62). NEW ZEALAND - First Innings 163 (G D McGrath 4-33, S K Warne 3-68). AUSTRALIA - Second Innings 229 (A C Gilchrist 59, J L Langer 47; D L Vettori 7-87).

NEW ZEALAND - Second Innings (Overnight: 151 for 5)

C D McMillan c Warne b Lee 78 C L Cairns c S Waugh b Miller 20 +A C Parore c S Waugh b Lee 26 D L Vettori c Warne b Miller 0 S B Doull not out 5 P J Wiseman c Gilchrist b Warne 9 Extras (7b, 7lb, 2nb) 16 Total (73.3 overs) 218

Fall: 1-15, 2-25, 3-25, 4-43, 5-121, 6-151, 7-195, 8-204, 9-204. Bowling: McGrath 23-8-33-1; Lee 12-4-36-2; Miller 18-5-55-5; Warne 20.3-5-80-2. Umpires: B F Bowden (NZ) and S Venkataragharan (Ind).

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