Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day December 1, 2011

Australia on top on truncated day

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New Zealand 5 for 176 (Vettori 45*, Brownlie 32*, Starc 2-52) v Australia
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The first day of Australia's home Test summer ended in gloom, only 51 overs bowled as bad light and rain closed in on the Gabba late in the second session. But for Australia's fans, the darkness overhead was of less consequence than the several bright spots they saw on the field, on a day when three debutants helped give Australia the edge over New Zealand.

Mitchell Starc swung the ball impressively and collected two wickets, James Pattinson also curved the ball in the air and picked up one, and David Warner snaffled a pair of catches to ensure all three men will remember their first day of Test cricket with fondness. By the close of play, New Zealand had steadied through Daniel Vettori and Dean Brownlie, whose stand had reached 80, but plenty more work was required.

When the players left the field shortly before the scheduled tea break - they didn't get back on - New Zealand were 5 for 176, with Vettori on 45 and Brownlie on 32. Viewed as the result of a day when Ross Taylor had won the toss and chosen to bat, it was a disappointing outcome for New Zealand; but seen in the context of their early collapse, it was a solid fightback.

In the first over after lunch, the visitors stumbled to 5 for 96 when Jesse Ryder was caught at point by Warner when he failed to find the gap off Starc. The sixth wicket could easily have fallen soon afterwards as Brownlie was dropped twice on 3, first when Michael Clarke grassed a sitter at first slip off Peter Siddle, and then when Warner couldn't cling on to a tough chance at point off Starc.

Playing against the country where he was born and raised, Brownlie had some nervous moments, leading edges landing safe and unconvincing shots played. But he hung in and slowly warmed into his routine, and by the end of the day he had played a couple of strong shots, including a powerful cut behind point for four off Starc.

Vettori played his natural game, compiling the runs at a reasonable pace without taking many risks, and the Australians needed a breakthrough to ensure their promising morning wasn't wasted. The attack was as green as the baggy caps that were liberally dispensed on the first morning at the Gabba but by lunch they had put their team firmly on top.

Starc picked up the key wicket of Brendon McCullum and his fellow first-gamer James Pattinson removed the New Zealand captain Taylor to leave the visitors on 4 for 94 at lunch. It was a disappointing effort from New Zealand after they had chosen to bat on a cloudy Brisbane morning, all the more so because the openers McCullum and Martin Guptill had taken the score to 44 without loss.

But Siddle broke the opening stand and the offspinner Nathan Lyon, who had never bowled at the Gabba, also struck when given an early opportunity by Clarke. While the New Zealand batsmen had contributed to their own demises on a pitch a little on the slow side, conditions were not easy as there was some swing in the first session, exploited especially well by Starc.

Auditioning for a long-term role in the team in the absence of his fellow left-armer Mitchell Johnson, Starc showed an ability to consistently swing the ball in to the right-handers and it was that talent that troubled McCullum. Earlier McCullum had pounced on width outside off, striking three boundaries in the first over of the match as Pattinson struggled to find his line.

But against Starc, McCullum had no room and twice was cramped up awkwardly, including once when a bouncer straightened and struck him on the helmet. Starc moved around the wicket to McCullum and had him caught for 34 when his cut was snapped up at point by Warner.

Already Siddle had made a breakthrough when Guptill drove at a ball that moved away just a fraction and was caught behind for 13, and two wickets was a good start for Australia. There was more to come, though, with Kane Williamson struggling to move his feet against the offspin of Lyon, who was supported by the captain Clarke with a leg-slip who nearly came into play when Williamson tickled a ball fine.

Soon enough Williamson's hesitance against the spin brought his downfall, his lunge forward resulting in an inside edge on to his leg that was snapped up at short leg for 19. Three wickets would have been a fine session for Australia but it became an even better one when Taylor handed Pattinson his maiden Test wicket.

Pattinson had been nervous early but on his return swung the ball impressively. However, it was a full and wide ball that accounted for Taylor (14), who tried for a powerful square drive only to see the ball rocket off his inside edge and back onto his stumps, a disappointing way for the captain to depart having chosen to bat in challenging conditions.

By the end of the truncated day, the team had recovered somewhat. But as has too often been the case in recent years, much responsibility would rest on Vettori, who must again fight off Australia's enthusiastic attack on the second day.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on December 2, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    @davidpk - I reckon Nassir Hussain knows its not a "win toss and bowl ground". The GABBA is an illusion, most of the time. Yes it does help the bowlers, but because it almost always has a Green tinge, people think it'll seam sideways. Rarely does. Even when Hadlee killed us 26yrs ago - he didn't swing or seam it that much, just enough. The GABBA always gives the bowlers a chance, but its a ground, that if you get in, you should be able to get a 100. The GABBA has been uncharactoristically slow the last couple of seasons, last years Ashes was unseasonably cold/cool, this year was warmer, but nowhere near the searing hot days of summer that we usually have. That means the pace & bounce is limited. The GABBA dies during the Ashes because it didn't bake under 30C+ temperature.

  • Mervo on December 2, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Thank goodness for the spinner. How bad were the 'young guns"? Short garbage all the time down the leg side, trying to bowl too fast. No saviours there. They should have played Cutting on his home ground. He has a great record there with more wickets than Starc and Pattison combined in his career.

  • RandyOZ on December 2, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Good to see the poms staying interested. They're prolly starting to get nervous with all these young guns. Wait until we release Coulter Nile on them.

  • RightArmEverything on December 1, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    @NIGHTWING32, spot on. @CLAYDO78, No I don't think Aust would beat England at the moment, and India will be tough although I do think Aust can beat them this summer if things come together quickly. By your logic, Australia should not have selected Cummins (he has played only 4 FC games), in which case Aust would have lost the 2nd test in Sth Africa and they wouldn't have unearthed a match-winner. New coach Mickey Arthur said the Aust cricket public should be realistic and that it will take a couple of years before Aust can get back to being the best test team again. Basically you're not realistic and have no patience, and the only team you would really get behind is one in which every player is one you would have picked, which fortunately is not how selection works.

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    still not sure under the conditions win the toss and bat. the forecast was bad so it looked as if it would be a shortend day and overcast. as nz dont have perticular fast bowlers it would have suited. and its not as if the wicket is going to be bad to bat on later in the game. strange, iv only been 2/3 days to the gaba but most of the other posters who know the ground do not seem to see it as a win toss and bowl ground.dpk

  • Meety on December 1, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @Tony Watson - brainfart! Love it - that's GOLD! @Jeremy Cole - "..Maddinson got picked for Aus A with a whopping average of 28 so far this year - do you ever see that kind of selection for non-NSW players?" - umm Mitch Marsh? == == == I didn't get to see alot of the Match, from what I did see, the Oz bowlers were good but guilty of the odd bad ball. To NZs credit - they wanted to punish the bat ball, but lacked execution in their strokes. Vettorri as usal showed spine, Oz ahead, but not by much, the morning session will be important. I think all those that said that NZ should of bowled first - don't really know too much about GABBA history. The pitch for tests - always has Green in it on the first day - but is a bat first pitch. Taylor made the right decision to bat, given his best bowler is a spinner, IF NZ can get two reasonable totals together - chasing 200 on the last day may not be easy. Alot depends on this morning session!

  • on December 1, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    The biggest problem with this NZ side is an absence of guts, Vetorri aside. We play at out best when there is no pressure. Mark my words, McCullum, Guptill, Ryder and Taylor will play a lot better in the seconds innings, unfortunately what we really need are players that can play well in both innings of a test match.

    On another note, there is no way McCullum is or will ever be a test match opening batsman. His temperament and skill set is not suited to it...unfortunately it seems to be a case of the tail wagging the dog when it comes to his selection!

    Rant over.....

  • on December 1, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Quite frustrating we go in there after talking ourselves up all week and show no respect for a team that is weaker than usual but still better than us - We are number 8 after all and they are number 4 and they just won a test in SA while we almost lost to Zim. No respect for their bowling or the fact it is the first day of a test and look what happened - Horrible shot selection, impatient, and just immature / arrogant batting. It baffles me that Vetorri time and again out bats our top order. It appears to me he is simply more intelligent than the guys before him and assesses the situation better. His technique is all over the show but he still performs and usually scores at a good rate. We play well against an Australia A team and bring over confidence to a test against Aussie in Aussie and at the GABBA of all places. If Aussie bowled really well and simply out played us I can accept that as that is what sport is all about. But when we falter due to what appears to be just poor cricket

  • jellobiafra on December 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Vettori is a true legend. How come New Zealand can only have one good player holding the torch at any one time? Its been like this since as long as I can remember. Hadlee,Crowe,Flemming(as captain),Cairns,Vettori. Whos next??????? Taylor maybe? still always seems to fail when I sit down to watch him.

  • RandyOZ on December 1, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Siddle has been the worse choice as I have so often predicted. His hobby is getting carted around grounds it appears. Lyon looked impressive, I am happy we are giving him a continual run.

  • Meety on December 2, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    @davidpk - I reckon Nassir Hussain knows its not a "win toss and bowl ground". The GABBA is an illusion, most of the time. Yes it does help the bowlers, but because it almost always has a Green tinge, people think it'll seam sideways. Rarely does. Even when Hadlee killed us 26yrs ago - he didn't swing or seam it that much, just enough. The GABBA always gives the bowlers a chance, but its a ground, that if you get in, you should be able to get a 100. The GABBA has been uncharactoristically slow the last couple of seasons, last years Ashes was unseasonably cold/cool, this year was warmer, but nowhere near the searing hot days of summer that we usually have. That means the pace & bounce is limited. The GABBA dies during the Ashes because it didn't bake under 30C+ temperature.

  • Mervo on December 2, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Thank goodness for the spinner. How bad were the 'young guns"? Short garbage all the time down the leg side, trying to bowl too fast. No saviours there. They should have played Cutting on his home ground. He has a great record there with more wickets than Starc and Pattison combined in his career.

  • RandyOZ on December 2, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Good to see the poms staying interested. They're prolly starting to get nervous with all these young guns. Wait until we release Coulter Nile on them.

  • RightArmEverything on December 1, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    @NIGHTWING32, spot on. @CLAYDO78, No I don't think Aust would beat England at the moment, and India will be tough although I do think Aust can beat them this summer if things come together quickly. By your logic, Australia should not have selected Cummins (he has played only 4 FC games), in which case Aust would have lost the 2nd test in Sth Africa and they wouldn't have unearthed a match-winner. New coach Mickey Arthur said the Aust cricket public should be realistic and that it will take a couple of years before Aust can get back to being the best test team again. Basically you're not realistic and have no patience, and the only team you would really get behind is one in which every player is one you would have picked, which fortunately is not how selection works.

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    still not sure under the conditions win the toss and bat. the forecast was bad so it looked as if it would be a shortend day and overcast. as nz dont have perticular fast bowlers it would have suited. and its not as if the wicket is going to be bad to bat on later in the game. strange, iv only been 2/3 days to the gaba but most of the other posters who know the ground do not seem to see it as a win toss and bowl ground.dpk

  • Meety on December 1, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @Tony Watson - brainfart! Love it - that's GOLD! @Jeremy Cole - "..Maddinson got picked for Aus A with a whopping average of 28 so far this year - do you ever see that kind of selection for non-NSW players?" - umm Mitch Marsh? == == == I didn't get to see alot of the Match, from what I did see, the Oz bowlers were good but guilty of the odd bad ball. To NZs credit - they wanted to punish the bat ball, but lacked execution in their strokes. Vettorri as usal showed spine, Oz ahead, but not by much, the morning session will be important. I think all those that said that NZ should of bowled first - don't really know too much about GABBA history. The pitch for tests - always has Green in it on the first day - but is a bat first pitch. Taylor made the right decision to bat, given his best bowler is a spinner, IF NZ can get two reasonable totals together - chasing 200 on the last day may not be easy. Alot depends on this morning session!

  • on December 1, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    The biggest problem with this NZ side is an absence of guts, Vetorri aside. We play at out best when there is no pressure. Mark my words, McCullum, Guptill, Ryder and Taylor will play a lot better in the seconds innings, unfortunately what we really need are players that can play well in both innings of a test match.

    On another note, there is no way McCullum is or will ever be a test match opening batsman. His temperament and skill set is not suited to it...unfortunately it seems to be a case of the tail wagging the dog when it comes to his selection!

    Rant over.....

  • on December 1, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Quite frustrating we go in there after talking ourselves up all week and show no respect for a team that is weaker than usual but still better than us - We are number 8 after all and they are number 4 and they just won a test in SA while we almost lost to Zim. No respect for their bowling or the fact it is the first day of a test and look what happened - Horrible shot selection, impatient, and just immature / arrogant batting. It baffles me that Vetorri time and again out bats our top order. It appears to me he is simply more intelligent than the guys before him and assesses the situation better. His technique is all over the show but he still performs and usually scores at a good rate. We play well against an Australia A team and bring over confidence to a test against Aussie in Aussie and at the GABBA of all places. If Aussie bowled really well and simply out played us I can accept that as that is what sport is all about. But when we falter due to what appears to be just poor cricket

  • jellobiafra on December 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Vettori is a true legend. How come New Zealand can only have one good player holding the torch at any one time? Its been like this since as long as I can remember. Hadlee,Crowe,Flemming(as captain),Cairns,Vettori. Whos next??????? Taylor maybe? still always seems to fail when I sit down to watch him.

  • RandyOZ on December 1, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Siddle has been the worse choice as I have so often predicted. His hobby is getting carted around grounds it appears. Lyon looked impressive, I am happy we are giving him a continual run.

  • Pacelover on December 1, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Some promise from the Aus young bowlers especially Starc swinging the ball and Lyon looking a better spin prospect than any other Aus spinner tried recentlly. However it must be said that this New Zealand team is weak with a fragile top order especially when Taylor and Brendan fail. To be brutally honest the only New Zealand player who would make it into the Australian team is Vettori as an all rounder, NZ rely on him with the bat more than with the ball. They recovered today though and of the lower order players only Chris Martin cannot hold a bat.

  • Moneypenny on December 1, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    When I was watching scores on desktop it went exactly the same way as i thought before the Test match started.I didn't know which players were batting or who was bowling . I was only following numbers. Score became 96/5 and after that wickets stopped tumbling and resistance emerged. I knew even without looking at scorecard who had come to the crease. It couldn't be anyone other than Vettori. Aussie are tough to beat at home but if vettori survives first 30 minutes today then it will be a totaly different story. Good luck to the great man!

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    i turned it off after an hour and went to bed. was looking forward to seeing 2 young bowlers. but as siddle looked far and away above them. not sure what all the fuss had been about. or maybe it was another 2 bowlers most were talking about. dpk

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Not watched any of this. TBH it is at a difficult time in England and I forgot it was on. It seems from the comms made that most think Taylor made a daft decision in choosing to bat in these conditions and that NZ fans thought that some of their better batsmen gave their wickets away. Not sure who will be feeling better about the current scoreline. Aus would have been pleased at the 176-5 scoreline before play but having NZ 96-5 they'll probably be disappointed not to have got them all out by now or at least not to have made any more inroads and by the same token maybe NZ can take hope from not losing any more wickets. The old saying is that it is difficult to stage who has the upper hand until both sides have batted. Nice change to see so many constructive comments.

  • Nightwing32 on December 1, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Dear god. These are debutants. The difference between First Class and tests are massive. I thought all bowlers did a great job. Siddle was unlucky not to get more wickets. Starc bowled good but some times the bad balls get wickets. Pattinson was nervous but had the idea. Lyon was a beast. I am happy with this team. I am just annoyed with Australian fans. I thought Cutting would be there but he wasn't but Starc did a great job. All those with bias that's not NSW's fault for having better players. Regarding also the bias if we kept the players that weren't injured? Harris (QLD), Watto (QLD plays for NSW), Johnson (QLD plays for WA), Cummins (NSW), Marsh (WA) ummm yeah total bias.

    You fans are acting like the English of the 90's.

    Oh and O'Keefe? Injured. Paine? Injured. Bollinger? Injured. Dear god fans, be happy that we have a good team. Do you know how many countries would kill for the players that we have? A lot.

    Whine, whine, whine...seriously? Be positive.

  • crugy on December 1, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Ever heard of Mahdad Karimi? Best all-rounder has ever produced. He plays in WA and is the best player I've ever seen. He might get a game this summer. Starc looked good, but i am for Mahdad.

  • crugy on December 1, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    MItchell Johnson didnt play, but he's still the best all-rounder that Australia has ever produced since T20.

  • BifferSpice on December 1, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    what's with the stupid down under way of scoring, putting the wickets before the runs? it makes no sense whatsoever. you find out who's won by comparing the scores. the wickets signify how far you are through the innings.

  • lolrocket on December 1, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @2009hughem

    It's not that New South Wales and Victoria have more players due to their larger populations (even though Victoria don't really), it's that players are seemingly picked purely because they are from NSW especially over players from other states. Lehmann, Cox, Maher, Love maybe even Bichel might have gotten more of an opportunity had they been from NSW

  • Okakaboka on December 1, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Oh Geez, there is so much crap written here! Tough...IT IS THE AUS Cricket team...Not Qld or NSW or Vic or SA or Tas or WA with a couple of others. Overall, this attack looked very good. Siddle's bowling today was outstanding...he swung the ball, was accurate, beat the bat frequently and if not for butterfingers Clarke NZ could have been all out at tea. Siddle bowled very well ...he was constantly around 145 kms and could easily have had 4 - 5 wickets. I saw the momentum change with that dropped catch. This was Starc's and Pattinson's first test...give them a break!..they both bowled well..give them some credit. I remember Fleming holding Macgrath together for a while. Nothing educates like experience. Why don't some of you just come out and say.."We want the NSW bowling attack..the second eleven NSW in reserve followed by third eleven (NSW) in emergency reserve with West Sydney's bowling attack super mega emergency reserve. Just think what the attack will be like when Cummins is back.

  • 2009hughem on December 1, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    To all those people complaining about the NSW/VIC bias, they contain the majority of Australia's population (So is it any surprise most Australian cricketers come from there?). Also like to point out that Nathan Lyon and Brad Haddin started their careers playing grade cricket in Canberra for Wests and ANU respectively. Maybe the simple reason there aren't many players from the other states is that they aren't very good?

  • azzaman333 on December 1, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Siddle was by far the best pace bowler today. Was robbed of a wicket by Clarke's shocking drop, built up pressure, and unlike Pattinson and Starc didn't regularly bowl pies. Lyon was quite impressive as well. Pattinson and Starc have a lot of work to do if they want to hold their spots come the Indian series, but there's no reason to not give them, at the very least, both tests against NZ. Still, I'd definitely take 5-176 after being losing the toss and fielding. Shame about the lack of application from some of NZ's "best" batsmen, McCullum Taylor and Ryder all threw their wickets away.

  • loudmouth on December 1, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    I thought that Australia's bowling was just OK but nowhere consistent enough. Good to see we have ample replacements for Johnson - guys who can turn up and bowl too full or short and wide straight away! Now we can drop Mitch! What happened to Copeland? He was online in Sri Lanka and just picked up 5 for NSW. Against a team like NZ you need consistentcy - in fact against any Test team you need consistency! NZ would gutted by their dismissals. Some very poor shots. The Aussies need to look at the way England bowled in Australia in the last Ashes. Still it's going to be a long road back for Australian cricket. Good to see CA focussing mainly on making money though - sorry I mean the Big Bash - sorry I actually mean making money. Oh dear.....

  • CRAZYWILDHORSE on December 1, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I have an idea, lets get rid of Hussey, Ponting, Siddle and Pattinson and replace them with Copeland, Jaques, Cruickshank and I don't know, whoever was NSW's 12th man last week. Then the rest of Australia can get together and form another team that might actually be competitive. But for now I guess it is going to be NSW plus a few celebraties from the other states.

  • stormy16 on December 1, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I think NZ put presure on themselves by trying to attack an inexperienced attack and got themselves out. What was needed was patience till the wickets evens out and then look for the advantage against the new attack but now half the side out the game is in the balance. Catches do win matches and Clarks drop is already making a difference. Still 4 more days and plenty of time for both teams. Wonder if Taylor considered bowling in helpful conditions against a relatively inexperienced top order and a middle order with plenty to prove. NZ would then bat when the wicket had evened out against an inexperienced attack.

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @ZN264...perfect....if new zealand get around 300 or more........they will be in with a chance......they should reach 300 with vettori and brownlie settled.....and reece young is there too........don't forget about bracewell and southee they can handle the bat too!!!!!!!!!! i think with the forecast of overcast for coming days and looking at the pitch the ball will still move around.....and southee,martin and bracewell will njoy bowling........ and martin is most effective when there is swing available.........new zealand can get through this vulnerable aussie line up........... we are set for an fascinating test match.......but seems like rain has more to say!!!!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    siddle and starc bowl some unplayeble dellevries,what r u guys talking

  • Marcio on December 1, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Why all the moaning and groaning? These are a bunch of kids playing for Australia. What do you expect? Miracles? And far from being unlucky, as some Kiwis suggest, there were probably 20 genuine chances and half-chances the NZ batsmen survived on day 1, including half a dozen when the openers were in and edging the ball everywhere and getting beaten repeatedly. It's true the bowlers didn't bowl that well, but they were hardly terrible either. It's 5/170, not 1/500, for goodness sake!

  • zn264 on December 1, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Good all round cricket to watch, a real shame about the bad light. If NZ can put on 300, which they should do if Vettori goes on, we are still in an OK position. In similar conditions to today I think you will see Southee and Marto bowl far better than the aussies did. Our over the top agression/nerves got the better of the NZ top order again...oh well, a lot of cricket to go. And would you Aussies stop moaning and start supporting your team, you sound like All Black supporters, great side but still always moaning!!!

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    i want australia to win, to sweep all before them and return to the number one ranked test nation again. I just cant see it happening anytime soon. And i cant be supportive of a bloke who avg is 42 with the ball in shield cricket but its not his fault, its the selected fault for picking him!

  • AidanFX on December 1, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @ Mervo - to say it was 'really poor bowling' is an unfair assessment - they did as good as we would have expected - Starc's second wicket was fortunate - and someone should remind him of that... I do agree Starc at bowled a few too many balls too short of a length; but I would say more positives than negatives about him. I was disappointed with Siddle (the leader) in his latter spells - I have no problem with the short ball - but they were not bowled well wasted deliveries; not close enough to the batsman. He bowled well in parts but needs to be better. Pattison, Starc, Lyon were decent.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    How on earth did Australia not bowl New Zealand out on this green top? Oh I forgot, Australia aren't very good...

  • Winsome on December 1, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    One other thing, Starc's best ground is the GABBA - by quite some way. I wouldn't go expecting him to get much swing elsewhere. But he is a good choice for this ground, unlucky for Cutting. I just can't see somehow that he is high up the selectors' plans though.

  • Winsome on December 1, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Why don't New Zealand batsmen apart from Vettori show some respect for the form? McCallum swaggers around but always gets caught smashing it in the air, Taylor isn't much better or Ryder... it's test cricket not one day. I really think that for all the pre-match talk they just don't care.

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    to rightarmeverything, when the selectors pick the right platers to do the job, i will stop bagging them! you honestly cant say we could beat india or england on that performance, can you? no one should be playing for their country after 4 first class matches! if these guys are so good let them prove it by taking a bag full in shield cricket, no what, we have blokes like copeland and cutting doing that but why pick them, they deserve a baggy green!

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Maybe it's time to start Test Matches an hour or 2 earlier, so many days lost due to bad light.

  • on December 1, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    I think it's important to note how little sustained pressure the Australian were able to build during the day despite the conditions, and how poor the strokes were from the New Zealanders to bring about their own dismissals. I like each of the bowlers on display today, but they all have a lot of improvement if they're to play a decent part in beatin tougher teams than this New Zealand squad.

    And yeah, there's a chronic bias towards NSW in team selection. It isn't about the home states of the selectors, but about media pressure from the press centred in Sydney. It doesn't do anything when there's a top quality player demanding selection, but it when the cupboard is a little bare and they're picking on hope more than achievement, they'll inevitably fall for whoever the Herald has been calling the new wonder kid of Australian cricket. I mean, Maddinson got picked for Aus A with a whopping average of 28 so far this year - do you ever see that kind of selection for non-NSW players?

  • dsig3 on December 1, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    One of the worst bowling starts I have seen from us in a test match. Every time I have seen Pattinson he has been expensive. I know he is good but boy the last thing we need is another loose bowler. Same goes for Starc. Most impressed with Lyon, the love affair that Aussie spinners have with the Gabba continues. Whats with all the Indians commenting here? You guys have got your hands full with the Windies at the moment. Yes NZ batting is not as strong as Ind but you can bet your bottom dollar that Aus will be tougher than facing the Windies in your OWN backyard.

  • satish619chandar on December 1, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    NZ just didn't find the balance between attack and defense.. Controlled aggression should have been the way.. All the 5 attacking is a bad strategy.. This is the best chance they can challenge the Aussies.. With Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, they got a attack which could have been vunerable under pressure.. Anyway, this Aussie team is just another team that can have bad day very often.. The match is not yet over for them..

  • Mervo on December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Really poor bowling from the 'young guns' Too short, dying to bounce the batsmen out. Better opposition would have flogged them. And Clarke dropping catches ...

  • AidanFX on December 1, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Too much winging here for my liking - NZ will be disappointed with at least a few of those dismissal but all in all; shame play washed out early - But good cricket to watch for spectators - Batsman playing their shots; wickets (few from debutants); some drama with few missed chances. Often when NZ tour we suffer bad crowd sizes - me thinks based on what this match has dished up thus far - people should get along in Brissy should get along to this game.

  • RightArmEverything on December 1, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    hey CLAYDO, why don't you try supporting your national team instead of bagging them.

  • lekharaj on December 1, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    No Surprise that NZ lost 5 wickets early ,their batsman never had patience to play long innings..never. However they got out to useless deliveries since they wanted to break free, i can say they were touch unlucky to get out for those bad ball...But thats been the case with NZ... also it does not make AUS bowlers great... wait for India.Don't think you are doing great by dismissing so called NZ batsman ( well they have had only one player Vettori, bowling, battting sometimes coach and selector) Beat India and then take credit!

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    yeah rooboy, we might us well if our best and brightest young stars perform like this! Once again too short and too wide! isnt their a coach in the country who teaches their bowlers to pitch the bowl up, its something ho should learn in under 10's! Ryder, taylor and mcullum got themselves out to rubbish balls! India will put us to the sword if we dont improve!

  • satanswish on December 1, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Test match should have been over by now with scores of 96, 47 etc. etc.

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    mixters we mustn't be, because I see Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon all averaging above 30 at the moment, with Starc averaging a more respectable 26 with 3 of the 5 wickets coming from '8th in the world' batting. Furthermore, the game is still not over yet. My point is that we need to use this opportunity to give players who have the potential to be greats of the game so that we can become BETTER than England, SA and India. Unless we have at least two or more class bowlers averaging under 30 with respectable strike rates, we're never going to be winning games regularly like we used to with McGrath, Lee, Gillespie, Clark, Warne and MacGill. Siddle most certainly is never going to be a great, I don't care about his work ethic if he's rubbish. Currently the bowlers with that potential are Harris, Cummins, Copeland, Butterworth, Faulkner, Cutting, Coulter-Nile and O'Keefe. Those are the bowlers we need to be giving opportunities right now and that's why the selectors are wrong.

  • Rooboy on December 1, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Yeah claydo. Guess the Aussies might as well pack up and go home now, huh? Geez ...

  • bobagorof on December 1, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Starc the leading wicket-taker just after lunch... I guess Cutting may have dismissed NZ by now but there's no guarantee of that, considering he missed out during the Aus A game. I'm pleased to see the young Australian bowlers getting a chance and doing well so far, though. That bodes well for the future.

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    are you guys kidding? these bowlers take 5 wickets and all of a sudden they are world beaters! put it in perspective, its new zealand, their is a reason why they are 7th in the world and its great bowling conditions. really we should have bowled them out by now! Lets see how well your beloved lyon does against tendulkar and dravid, my prediction is he will be back watering the pitch at adelaide oval by the end of the series!

  • msb27 on December 1, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    When will those serial posters from WA, QLD and SA stop throwing their toys out of the pram over some perceived NSW (sorry, updated now to NSW-VIC) bias? Take a look at the selection panel in recent years: not too many NSW boys on there. O but there must be a conspiracy, don't take away my voodoo doll!

  • Wozza-CY on December 1, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    haha, so the conspiracy theory has expanded to a NSW-VIC bias now? haha

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    What kind of brainfart was it that caused Taylor to bat first on an overcast day? The lack of test matches really shows in the NZ mentality. None seemed to be able to adjust to a REAL test match. Put away the flashy shots until the shine's off for goodness sake! I just don't get it, so many stupid shots. Can we at least drag the next one out for 5 days? I don't even care if we lose, lasting 5 days of cricket would be a win at this point

  • on December 1, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    i can imagine future..what will be Indian batsmansituation

  • Mervo on December 1, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    So Pattison gets to play and Cutting doesn't? Pattison with a grand total of 25 First Class wickets and a 29 average gets the nod over Cutting with 85 wickets and a bowling average of 25 AND a batting average of 20 AND on his home ground ...

    Oh sorry I forget, Cutting is not from Victoria or NSW ...

  • satanswish on December 1, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    As I said earlier even second string of Aussies will prove too much for these weak Kiwis.

  • Patchmaster on December 1, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Really really poor shots from McCullum and Taylor, they should embarressed to play those shots in such a time of the match. Great captains lead by example Mr Taylor.

  • 5cooter on December 1, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Cutting was a token. Being a Queenslander he was always going to be 12th man despite the game being played at the Gabba.

    CA hasn't learnt much at all in recent years and it would appear that playing for South East Australia (NSW or Victoria) continues to be tick for selection purposes.

  • Sanj747 on December 1, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    An inability once again by McCullum to play an innings at the highest form of the game. Hard to see how much test cricket this guy can play when he thinks it's all about flashy shots. Just not upto it at this level.

  • mixters on December 1, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @Wefinishthis if they got it all wrong I would hate to see the NZ srorecard if they got it right are you looking at the same test as me?

  • dsig3 on December 1, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Seems like business as usual. Tough talk from the kiwis but bad shots and mental disintegration have eventually come through. Also, brave and a little disrespectful to have batted first. Lets see how it works for them.

  • Daveallo on December 1, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Looks like all you Siddle, Starc, Lyon and Pattinson haters are wrong.....NZ looks like the B...or even F team as usual. NZ=hopeless.

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    dont care what any of you say we have found our spinner!!! he is doing his job well, stick with lyon australia!!!!!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    congtratz to starc, pattinson, wowwie warner.. best of luck...

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    why, why ,why?? every ones giving it to starc, but why Pattinson??? Why not cutting, starc and copeland, i think you need variety in an attack!!! and yes even butterworth or Daniel Christian, faulker should have found there way there for watson...

    But your all forgetting why, why , why Haddin????????

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Can anyone tell why O'keefe never gets a mention when it comes to test selection? Hes a way better bat then lyon and with the ball has the edge too! Another bone head call from the selectors! Lyon should have never got a cap in the first place!

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Spot on Wozza-CY. Siddle or one of the debutants will have to step up, but being that they all bowl at 140kph+, they won't be able to bowl all day and if they go after Lyon then we will have no-one in the side who can slow the scoring rate, bowl all day and apply the pressure like Copeland, Watson or O'Keefe. Clarke, Ponting and Hussey might be having to bowl some overs later today to compensate.

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Its been said that shield cricket is the best domestic competition in the world and this is the best bowling attack we could come up with! Getting smashed against new zealand with bowler friendly conditions! The future is bleak for australian cricket!

  • on December 1, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Yep Wefinishthis, i agree with you. people say Starc has 2, 5 wicket hauls. most of those wickets were against tailenders in the short form swinging at him. please. Why do we need a left armer. your right siddle is worse then johnson. Starc will go for alot of runs, he may pick up 3 or 4 wickets from tail enders or batsman scoring runs off him, but copeland, cutting, pattinson and i agree O'keefe should be there. if they are obsessed with a left armer then faulkner is the man, he can bat really well too. a perfect number 8, maybe even a 7, much better bat then johnson.

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    thought nz would have bowled, overcast rain forecast looks a good bowling day.dpk

  • Wozza-CY on December 1, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    If the experienced & aggressive NZ batsmen go after the green horns, who does Clarke turn to for regain some composure...Watson....no...Copeland....no...Cutting...no...er Siddle!

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Selectors could not have gotten it more wrong. That same bowling attack w/Siddle instead of Cutting is actually weaker than the one that got smashed by NZ in the Aus A game. Siddle is as bad if not worse than Johnson and Starc has improved but is still not there yet. We also don't have Watson to save us either. So what if Starc's a left armer? We never needed one when we dominated with McGrath, Lee, Clark, Kaspa etc. I can see this being a high scoring game as neither team has any world-class bowlers other than perhaps Vettori. NZ's tactic should be to see out the new ball and then go after Lyon just enough to get him taken off. Then batting against a tired Siddle, Pattinson and Starc will an old ball on the Gabba will become easy. With Harris, Cummins and Watson out, it should have been Copeland, Cutting, Butterworth and O'Keefe w/Faulkner 12th man.

  • on December 1, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Cutting should have played instead of Starc

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  • on December 1, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Cutting should have played instead of Starc

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Selectors could not have gotten it more wrong. That same bowling attack w/Siddle instead of Cutting is actually weaker than the one that got smashed by NZ in the Aus A game. Siddle is as bad if not worse than Johnson and Starc has improved but is still not there yet. We also don't have Watson to save us either. So what if Starc's a left armer? We never needed one when we dominated with McGrath, Lee, Clark, Kaspa etc. I can see this being a high scoring game as neither team has any world-class bowlers other than perhaps Vettori. NZ's tactic should be to see out the new ball and then go after Lyon just enough to get him taken off. Then batting against a tired Siddle, Pattinson and Starc will an old ball on the Gabba will become easy. With Harris, Cummins and Watson out, it should have been Copeland, Cutting, Butterworth and O'Keefe w/Faulkner 12th man.

  • Wozza-CY on December 1, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    If the experienced & aggressive NZ batsmen go after the green horns, who does Clarke turn to for regain some composure...Watson....no...Copeland....no...Cutting...no...er Siddle!

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    thought nz would have bowled, overcast rain forecast looks a good bowling day.dpk

  • on December 1, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Yep Wefinishthis, i agree with you. people say Starc has 2, 5 wicket hauls. most of those wickets were against tailenders in the short form swinging at him. please. Why do we need a left armer. your right siddle is worse then johnson. Starc will go for alot of runs, he may pick up 3 or 4 wickets from tail enders or batsman scoring runs off him, but copeland, cutting, pattinson and i agree O'keefe should be there. if they are obsessed with a left armer then faulkner is the man, he can bat really well too. a perfect number 8, maybe even a 7, much better bat then johnson.

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Its been said that shield cricket is the best domestic competition in the world and this is the best bowling attack we could come up with! Getting smashed against new zealand with bowler friendly conditions! The future is bleak for australian cricket!

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Spot on Wozza-CY. Siddle or one of the debutants will have to step up, but being that they all bowl at 140kph+, they won't be able to bowl all day and if they go after Lyon then we will have no-one in the side who can slow the scoring rate, bowl all day and apply the pressure like Copeland, Watson or O'Keefe. Clarke, Ponting and Hussey might be having to bowl some overs later today to compensate.

  • Claydo78 on December 1, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Can anyone tell why O'keefe never gets a mention when it comes to test selection? Hes a way better bat then lyon and with the ball has the edge too! Another bone head call from the selectors! Lyon should have never got a cap in the first place!

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    why, why ,why?? every ones giving it to starc, but why Pattinson??? Why not cutting, starc and copeland, i think you need variety in an attack!!! and yes even butterworth or Daniel Christian, faulker should have found there way there for watson...

    But your all forgetting why, why , why Haddin????????

  • on December 1, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    congtratz to starc, pattinson, wowwie warner.. best of luck...