Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day December 2, 2011

Ponting half-century steers Australia

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Australia 3 for 154 (Ponting 67*) trail New Zealand 295 (Vettori 96, Brownlie 77*, Lyon 4-69) by 141 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After nearly two years without a Test hundred, Ricky Ponting gave himself every chance of completing one on home soil with an assured half-century that provided a solid platform for Australia at the Gabba. On an eventful day on which Daniel Vettori ran himself out on 96 and Michael Clarke was bowled off a no-ball, Australia finished in a reasonable position at 3 for 154, but New Zealand knew a couple of early wickets on the third morning would put them on top.

New Zealand had done well to post a competitive 295, thanks largely to Vettori and Dean Brownlie, who in his second Test remained unbeaten on 77. But after Australia lost both their openers cheaply, including the debutant David Warner in the second over of the innings, their recovery was encouraging for the home fans, though it was not without its nervy moments.

Ponting was nearly run out before he had scored when he was called through and then sent back by Usman Khawaja, who himself was caught short due in the first over after tea. Kane Williamson's direct hit had Khawaja on his way for 38, a disappointing end to a promising innings, and it was hard to avoid thinking that Ponting's call for the tight single was to blame, although a split-second hesitation from Khawaja also played a part.

When the umpires called play off due to bad light at 4.40pm, a decision that in itself added to the drama of the day as conditions appeared fair, Ponting was on 67 and had played some fine strokes, 44 of his runs having come through boundaries. There was a lovely pull off Doug Bracewell and a confident drive through the off side against Tim Southee, and his fifty came up with a four driven through extra cover off Chris Martin.

Ponting had survived a close lbw appeal against the part-time medium pace of Brownlie on 63, the not-out decision of the umpire upheld when New Zealand's review showed "umpire's call" for the impact on off stump and the ball clipping the top of the bails. Clarke, who went to stumps on 28, had also had a let-off, having played on to Bracewell on 23 only to have Asad Rauf check on a suspected no-ball, which was confirmed by the third official.

Little mistakes like Bracewell's overstep threatened to undo New Zealand's strong start in the field. The Australians had to face two overs before lunch and in the second, Warner was cramped by a well-directed shorter delivery from Tim Southee that brushed the gloves on the way through to the wicketkeeper as the batsman tried to evade the ball.

Soon after the resumption, the other opener Phillip Hughes was squared up by Martin and edged to gully, where Martin Guptill took a fine catch low in front of him, and Australia were in trouble at 2 for 25. At that point, New Zealand's 295 looked a long way off for the Australians, who had been frustrated by the Vettori-Brownlie partnership for much of the morning.

Vettori and Brownlie added 158, a stand that ended when Vettori suffered a brain-fade approaching what looked like becoming his seventh Test century and his first against Australia. On 96, Vettori took off for a suicidal single to mid-off and even his full-stretch dive wasn't enough to beat the direct hit of Michael Hussey.

Vettori pulled well against the fast men and brought up his half-century from his 70th delivery, while Brownlie remained solid and made Australia pay for the chances he gave on the first day. He brought up his fifty from his 121st ball with an impressive on-drive for four off James Pattinson. Brownlie tried to lift his tempo once he began running out of partners, but had to settle for a solid half-century, his second in two Tests, instead of his maiden hundred.

Nathan Lyon picked up four wickets and was the most consistently threatening of Australia's bowlers, spinning the ball sharply and using flight and guile in his first match of any kind at the Gabba. He wrapped things up shortly before the scheduled lunch break when he turned a ball through the gate and bowled Martin for 1.

Australia began to chip away at the lower order after Vettori ran himself out. The wicketkeeper Reece Young was caught at slip for 2 off Peter Siddle, Bracewell edged a Lyon topsinner to slip for a duck, and Southee, having slogged Mitchell Starc over the fence, was caught at long-on for 17 trying for another six off Lyon.

Southee and Vettori joined the long list of New Zealand batsmen who contributed heavily to their own dismissals. Whether such lapses cost them remains to be seen.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 3, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    It was not Pontings call , and Hughes has not improved enough to be the opening batsman that Australia needs . In fact I don't see him as a batsman of any order in TEST cricket . Unfortunate , buts that's only in my opinion .

  • whitesXI on December 3, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    @mace15 - How quickly?!!! What are you talking about? Ponting hasn't scored a century in 2 years, has given up the captaincy, been moved lower down the order and still can't make a century on his favourite ground in Aus against NZ after several close call runouts and lbw decisions. I'm all for letting him leave the game on his own terms he has earned the right, but that requires him to actually leave. At the moment he is being saved by aus selection turmoil to prolong his career. Let him play NZ and India and say that's enough

  • mace15 on December 2, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    How fickle is the Australian Public. Ponting has been a servant of australian cricket for 16 years, he deserves to bow out on his own terms. Granted should he fail the rest of this season its definetly time to throw in the towel but he at least is warranted in finishing out the australian summer. Two half centuries in as many innings, one of those still in progess, and he still hasnt done enough to satisfy. Its disgusting how quickly we turn on our own.

  • on December 2, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Ponting teaches youngster not to take his spot by running him out

  • Decentclass on December 2, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Ricky Pontng gonna score big 100

  • stFleming on December 2, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Well Ricky Ponting is looking in ominous touch at the moment...He is really playing well...He is batting with lots of concentration...He.is leaving the ball really well...BEWARE Sachin...Ponting is back in form and he'll catch u in no time...

  • on December 2, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Zico123 We agree that is was a bad call from ponting but had Khawaja not hesitated then maybe he wud be batting all like now. People will blame Punter BUT Khawaja cud have SHOUTED NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smh he isnt playing for records

  • Okakaboka on December 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    @davidpk.....No...No...You misunderstand me...Not great as in 'A GREAT'....just a very good complete set of bowlers with options for most wicket types. You know, 'a great set of bowlers'...Not Siddle or Cummins or Copeland etc being one of the greats. As for thinking like RandyOZ...he thinks Siddle is pathetic...I don't (a very good no. 3 bowler). We ARE IN TOTAL AGREEMENT on Haddin being the team's biggest liability and should be dropped immediately....no...we need to get into the Tardis, go back 6 months and drop him then!

  • Claydo78 on December 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Its quite simple, until someone in state cricket is tearing it up with an avg of 60 with the bat, then no one has the calibre to replace ponting! currently no one is remotely close to that mark! well done daniel vettori, just about single handedly saved the test for new zealand again. I wonder how times he has done that with bat and/or ball in his career? at almost 33 would still easily be in any test nation in the world!

  • Claydo78 on December 2, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Zico123, would you have us run out there with a team full of 20 year olds? who growth is ponting stopping by being in the team? warner, hughes and khawaja are all there and marsh and wato are injuried, other then that there is no one in shield cricket scoring a mountain of runs! everyone has a right to there opinion but if you think ponting should be dropped, who takes his place? other then questions marks over hughes and wade/paine should be keeping our top seven have a great balance of youth and experience!

  • on December 3, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    It was not Pontings call , and Hughes has not improved enough to be the opening batsman that Australia needs . In fact I don't see him as a batsman of any order in TEST cricket . Unfortunate , buts that's only in my opinion .

  • whitesXI on December 3, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    @mace15 - How quickly?!!! What are you talking about? Ponting hasn't scored a century in 2 years, has given up the captaincy, been moved lower down the order and still can't make a century on his favourite ground in Aus against NZ after several close call runouts and lbw decisions. I'm all for letting him leave the game on his own terms he has earned the right, but that requires him to actually leave. At the moment he is being saved by aus selection turmoil to prolong his career. Let him play NZ and India and say that's enough

  • mace15 on December 2, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    How fickle is the Australian Public. Ponting has been a servant of australian cricket for 16 years, he deserves to bow out on his own terms. Granted should he fail the rest of this season its definetly time to throw in the towel but he at least is warranted in finishing out the australian summer. Two half centuries in as many innings, one of those still in progess, and he still hasnt done enough to satisfy. Its disgusting how quickly we turn on our own.

  • on December 2, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Ponting teaches youngster not to take his spot by running him out

  • Decentclass on December 2, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Ricky Pontng gonna score big 100

  • stFleming on December 2, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Well Ricky Ponting is looking in ominous touch at the moment...He is really playing well...He is batting with lots of concentration...He.is leaving the ball really well...BEWARE Sachin...Ponting is back in form and he'll catch u in no time...

  • on December 2, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Zico123 We agree that is was a bad call from ponting but had Khawaja not hesitated then maybe he wud be batting all like now. People will blame Punter BUT Khawaja cud have SHOUTED NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smh he isnt playing for records

  • Okakaboka on December 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    @davidpk.....No...No...You misunderstand me...Not great as in 'A GREAT'....just a very good complete set of bowlers with options for most wicket types. You know, 'a great set of bowlers'...Not Siddle or Cummins or Copeland etc being one of the greats. As for thinking like RandyOZ...he thinks Siddle is pathetic...I don't (a very good no. 3 bowler). We ARE IN TOTAL AGREEMENT on Haddin being the team's biggest liability and should be dropped immediately....no...we need to get into the Tardis, go back 6 months and drop him then!

  • Claydo78 on December 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Its quite simple, until someone in state cricket is tearing it up with an avg of 60 with the bat, then no one has the calibre to replace ponting! currently no one is remotely close to that mark! well done daniel vettori, just about single handedly saved the test for new zealand again. I wonder how times he has done that with bat and/or ball in his career? at almost 33 would still easily be in any test nation in the world!

  • Claydo78 on December 2, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Zico123, would you have us run out there with a team full of 20 year olds? who growth is ponting stopping by being in the team? warner, hughes and khawaja are all there and marsh and wato are injuried, other then that there is no one in shield cricket scoring a mountain of runs! everyone has a right to there opinion but if you think ponting should be dropped, who takes his place? other then questions marks over hughes and wade/paine should be keeping our top seven have a great balance of youth and experience!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 2, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    In last 4 years vettori is a better batsman than punter.That says enough of the lean patch.

  • Moneypenny on December 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    I wish Vettori hadn't got run out! For people who judge players on the basis of averages would need to just see how Vettori bats. His test average is only 30.27. Is he really a player worth batting average of 30.27? He is a class act and a man of crisis much superior to many current batsmen with averages above 50 who consistently fail in cises situations.Leave aside his bowling, which team wouldn't select him solely on the basis of batting? Good luck to the lion.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 2, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Selfish batsman. For the sake of his own records ran a youngster out. Playing for milestones won't help.

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Vettori is a great All-rounder definitely.new Zealand really works hard to win this test match.Australia has a great batting strenght

  • zico123 on December 2, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Ponting ran Khwaja out to end a promising innings from a upcoming youngstar, this is exactly what Ponting is doing by occupying a place in the team stopping growth of a youngstar, he was a genius in the past, he can't carry on for ever using that big name reputation, he got to go.

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Y hi is still playing at number 4....................................

  • bumsonseats on December 2, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    okakaboka are u related to joneys2 or randyoz or went to the same school. let them 1. play international cricket or 2. play more than 1 match before they are superstars. maybe 50 wickets is a good guide in say 2 years that seems fair. and if you are of the same opinion. or majority might be better then maybe they could gain greatness. but depends on what greatness means 400 wickets in 100 test looking at good/greats of past years we shall see. mind mitch j has also been called in his early days great i heard richie saying it. dpk

  • on December 2, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    PUNTER ROCKS !! LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • atthipatti on December 2, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    At last the "great" Ponting finds his kinda opposition to score!!!

  • Tumbarumbar on December 2, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    It's odd that given Pontings recent run of outs with the bat coincided with Tim Nielsen as coach and his reemergence has coincided with his departure not much column space has been devoted to the issue. Any coach in any sport who hadn't corrected an obvious fault in their star players technique before it became a major flaw would have been shown the door, but not in this case.

  • on December 2, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    As an avid test match watcher I was looking forward to this little tussle. Two average test teams playing against each other can provide good balanced entertainment. So far have not been disappointed, it has all been well, very average to say the least.

  • chicko1983 on December 2, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    A lot of nuff-nuffs saying Hughes should go, pffft. You don't need a textbook technique to succeed, just look at chanderpaul. He was done by yet another ripper delivery, as he was in sth Africa a couple of times.

  • zico123 on December 2, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    against a weaker NZ bowling attack, Ponting might score runs, but it will be illusion to think he is back in form. rather it is his best chance to walk away on the high.

  • JimDavis on December 2, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    As he is a spinner. As he was in the 90s. As he had an epic brain fade. As it's Australia v New Zealand....can we say Vettori did a Warne?

  • CiMP on December 2, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    This is Test Match #2020! I have three complaints! 1) Why only two Tests? We shd have a minimum of 3 Tests in a series. If a team is Good enough for Test cricket it shd be good enough for 3 Tests too. Cut down meaningless ODIs and T20s if need be. 2) Light rule. Crazy. Scrap it. And let Captains decide. If they cant spin a coin and let the winning captain decide. Not umpires. 3) Ponting back (almost) in form. As an Indian I wd like India to beat the Ozs Down Under despite the second best ever Aussie batsman performing for them!

  • Matt. on December 2, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Definitely positives and negatives for Australia. Negatives: Phil Hughes - gotta go, Starc - we finally get rid of Johnson and we get another inconsistent left armer..i can't believe this has happened! Positives: Khawaja - he's looking pretty solid and should develop into a good batsman for us, Lyon - looking extremely confident, he'll get better and better. I'm hoping Warner can step up in the second innings..welcome to the test arena. Finally, respect to Vetorri, love watching that guy

  • on December 2, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Ponting is one of the best of all time he played wonder full today he deserves a big 100.the cover drives he plays is best in the world.good luck punter

  • bubbageil on December 2, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Okakaboka, I really wish you hadn't used Starc as an example. If not for injuries, he'd be miles away.

  • whitesXI on December 2, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @disg3 - I don't know If you were watching Siddle bowl at all, but he led the attack brilliantly.He should have had 3 wickets and NZ completely done in, the fielding let the bowlers down, not the bowlers fault when all the half chances and the worlds easiest slips catch get put down. On a side note, if we disregard Hughes' 3 games in SA when they gifted him runs, Hughes has an average of 18 from 22 innings! Come on Hughes knuckle down and play like an opening batsman for a test team, it's time to turn talent into runs or go back to first class and fix a dodgy technique

  • on December 2, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    champions can came back wid bang cummon punter go on....................

  • Mitcher on December 2, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    As an unabashed Aussie fan I have many things to say - positive and negative - about the aust side. Firstly tho, dan vettori, what a competitor!! Monument to all that is good about test cricket (unlike the light rule). For those on warner's case: I have questioned his readiness as much as anyone but 'one swallow does not a summer make'. One more thing, Cowan played a good knock in 'a' game but his long term record does not stand up. If he's good enough his time will come.

  • MenFromMarts on December 2, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @Claydo78 Hear Hear. Well said. Still question Copeland's ommission. Hughes is really a liability. Can't write off Warner after one show. His instinct would have told him to bash the case off that delivery. Ah hindsight. When Tim Paine is fit again would like to see he and Khawaja open. But not for him to WK. He would be an awesome close in bat pad fielder. Put Watto as all rounder because it has to happen eventually and we need him just as much as a bowler. Team versus India. Pending fitness. 1. Paine 2. Khawaja 3. Clarke 4. Ponting 5. Hussey 6. Watson 7. Triffitt 8. Coulter-Nile 9. Copeland 10. Lyon 11. Cummins. 12 Warner.

  • PrasPunter on December 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @ Claydo78 - spot-on mate. As a die-hard fan of the Punter, just wish that Punter scores a LOT of runs throughout the summer. I dont see anyone as fit and agile as a 36-year old Punter is. Hope he gets his ton tomorrow and silence the so-called arm-chair architects !!

    As far the other ones, Siddle was surprisingly tidy today and Lyon was very very impressive. And the sooner Starc learns his lessons the better . It beats me as to how he could bowl 6 balls to Chris Martin , the all-time bunny, without dismissing him. Is there anything with the first-name "Mitchell" ?

  • Antomann on December 2, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Shocker from Ponting to run out Khawaja.

  • meursault on December 2, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Completely agree with Shazzy_B and popcorn that Hughes doesn't seem right to open for Australia. I had been starting to think that I was the only one with this traditional notion that test openers should be technically very sound. Watson is aggressive, but at least plays straight, Marsh knows how to leave well and Khawaja seems to have a fine technique. These three should be Australia's top three for the India series (in whatever order) -- presuming that Ponting saves his spot this series and that Watson and Marsh recover from their injuries.

  • zn264 on December 2, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Not bad, not bad. Kiwis need to really pile on the pressure tomorrow morning. I thought this was being played in the sunshine state? what a joke that is! Bowl out Aussie for under 350, quick 300 from NZ, Vettori to the rescue with a 5 for, game set and match.

  • BlueyCollar on December 2, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    surprise surprise the cross bat tonkers opening the innings for aust fail in test cricket.

  • Okakaboka on December 2, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    I'll be serious now! Our bowling attack is in a really good place. We are GOING to have a fantastic set of bowlers in a year or so: Great list. Starc....to use him as an example, bowled and swung the ball better than Johnston has for a long time. Don't forget...it was his first test. Siddle is maturing and waking up to his role. Pattinson, Cummins, Cutting and Copeland will all be class acts. No need for injury prone hacks anymore. Lyon is amazing considering his age and experience. Batting however is a different story.... the cupboard is bare, and given Finch and others fall from grace we have little to choose from. Even the one shining light (Marsh) has a chronic dodgy back. Our openers are not test standard....name some better ones......um.....I'm waiting.....nup..too old! No point! The other scary bit is the poor quality of our slips....which will impact on a great emerging bowling attack! Do we play White as a permanent slipper?.... I don't think so..

  • ozwriter on December 2, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    ponting has ridden his luck well. but really for the future of australian cricket, this should be his last series as a test batsman. short term pain for long term gain.

  • Fiery67 on December 2, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Another very intertesting and even days test cricket on what is an excellent pitch (a bit in it for everyone). But my big gripe yet again is the rediculously conservative manner in which the umpires are administering the light rule. I'm also not entirely convinced that the umpires know how to correctly use the light meters - they appear to have a lens on the opposite side of the device to which the display for the reading is. Today i saw asaad rauf (fine umpire whom i respect) "cradling" the light meter in his hand with his fingers at least partly obscuring the lens whilst taking the reading - surely this has to have an effect on the result (no wonder an official was quoted as saying the light appeared better than yesterday but the reading was less so we went off). The ICC need to ensure readings are taken accurately & also set a far less conservative "universal" reading at which play is to be halted, rather than ad hoc, per match at the umpires discretion as happens now.

  • Marcio on December 2, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    It's been a good game of cricket. Too bad about the light - glad they are starting early tomorrow. Good fight by NZ. Australia's bowling as not perfect, but what do you expect with such a green lineup. There are some idiot comments getting around, with some folks seeing to think they should be performing like a seasoned team. Only one bowler has played more than 6 tests! And who is the clown below who said Warner has shown he doesn't have the technique for tests? Goodness gracious, give the guy a chance! These guys need to be given the time to make mistakes! That is part of the learning process. The role of leadership (Clarke) is to get in their ear and help them learn faster. But just sacking them for one or two bad games is nuts. Look at Lyon. He looks the goods! But has had a couple of games where he looked average. Give him time!

  • on December 2, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    ponting performance just shows the spirit of a champions, of a legend rahul dravid sachin tendulkar have done it and ponting to can do it he is more than capable never write of a champions this just makes our job(India) tougher later in the summer but we will be ready come boxing day this also creates more spice to the series eagerly waiting for it

  • Shazzy_B on December 2, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    please get rid of hughes

    assuming every1 is fit, this is how the team should be:

    1. watson 2. marsh 3. khawaja 4. ponting 5. clarke 6. hussey 7. paine/wade (haddin is ok for now since he helped win against south africa) 8. harris/siddle 9. cummins 10. starc 11. lyon

  • Claydo78 on December 2, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    punting is to proud and has to much grace to stick it into those who think he should be dropped but unfortunately i don't have that trait! to chappell and those hacks in the channel 9 com box, you guys are a disgrace! how you guys call yourself australian is beyond me! never bet against a champion because they always bounce back! hopefully he goes on to get a ton and all those doubters can keep there mouth shut for a while! Punter is nothing short of a nation hero and certainly hasn't deserved the abuse he has copped in the last 2 years!

  • DasaradhiR on December 2, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Vettori batted well, deserved a century that could have set the tone for the reminder of the series for Kiwis. Aussies also bolwed well and stuk to their task. Punter now deserves a century having done with all the hard work, he was lucky to escape the run out though. If kiwis can come back tomorrow and restrict Aussies to 325, another good test in prospect.

  • on December 2, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I'm more and more impressed with Nathan Lyon. He should be given at least 10 more matches.

  • travelunlimited on December 2, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    lke to see ponting getting hundred Well Deserved One

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    All Hail Lord Pointing, Master of All that is Cricket!

  • Okakaboka on December 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I'm gonna get in first!!!! Naughty Peter Siddle! He got carted all over the park again....sick of his deliveries being used to belt satellites out of orbit causing telecommunications breakdowns. It was his fault Clarke dropped that pie ...he bowled it too fast! He must have even been responsible...um..in some way...for Warner's and Hughes's failure with the bat. Well.....did he even cause the run out??????

  • popcorn on December 2, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    I simply fail to understand why the Selectors persist with the undependable Phil Hughes as Opener. Time,and Time Again, he has got out edging to the slips. He is only good for One Day Cricket.He has poor Test match Technique. In contrast, we have Shaun Marsh who can open,has good balance and technique. Usman Khawaja is organized and has superb technique. We DO NOT NEED Phil Hughes in the Test side. Shane Watson pairing with Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh as Openers,Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja at No.3. Now there's a Top Order that is dependable, can build a solid foundation,and reassure the entire Team and the Aussie supporters.

  • dsig3 on December 2, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Well done to Vettori, much respect. Lyon was very good. Aussie pace bowlers are like headless chickens, badly need a real leader to set some examples. Hopefully it wont have to be an 18 year old to show these guys how its done and we get either Copeland or Harris back in the long term. Hoping Ricky can get his ton tomorrow and give himself a great start to the series. Usman is learning all the hard lessons about test cricket early which will make him a champion for us in the future.

  • darkrai_chatu on December 2, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Tough luck on Vettori, being run out on 96, but a good come back by the Aussie's. For the sake of a good competition, I hope the Kiwi's get some early wickets. Ponting's run in the team is riding on his performance here, bet a century will clear the minds of the selectors. Looking foreword to the day ahead. =D

  • AidanFX on December 2, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Not impressed with the umps - this has been a fairly entertaining cricket match; the balance of Bat and Ball in both the NZ and Aus innings so far has been perfect (well done curators) - I wish common sense would prevail and umps would utilise the 'Light' rule only when seriously required.

  • gjando on December 2, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Great punt on Lyon by the previous selection panel....both he and Cummins look like gems with long futures as test spinners.

    As i predicted we were 2 for nothing...Warner and Hughes do not have the temperament or technique for test cricket.

    Assuming fitness is good below is my team for the first test in Hobart;

    Khawaja, Cowan, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Watson, Wade or Paine, Lyon, Starc, Pattinson, Cutting 12th Man siddle

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Ponting was best batsman in the world.he will continue to play next 4 years.................

  • lekharaj on December 2, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    I think if NZ can pick up 2 early wickets on 3rd day , we are in for a interesting match. Pointing is far away from being in Form, i think he struggled against Phantom. I think NZ did fairly well , I would say Test Match is in balance and NZ needs some luck...

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  • lekharaj on December 2, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    I think if NZ can pick up 2 early wickets on 3rd day , we are in for a interesting match. Pointing is far away from being in Form, i think he struggled against Phantom. I think NZ did fairly well , I would say Test Match is in balance and NZ needs some luck...

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Ponting was best batsman in the world.he will continue to play next 4 years.................

  • gjando on December 2, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Great punt on Lyon by the previous selection panel....both he and Cummins look like gems with long futures as test spinners.

    As i predicted we were 2 for nothing...Warner and Hughes do not have the temperament or technique for test cricket.

    Assuming fitness is good below is my team for the first test in Hobart;

    Khawaja, Cowan, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Watson, Wade or Paine, Lyon, Starc, Pattinson, Cutting 12th Man siddle

  • AidanFX on December 2, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Not impressed with the umps - this has been a fairly entertaining cricket match; the balance of Bat and Ball in both the NZ and Aus innings so far has been perfect (well done curators) - I wish common sense would prevail and umps would utilise the 'Light' rule only when seriously required.

  • darkrai_chatu on December 2, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Tough luck on Vettori, being run out on 96, but a good come back by the Aussie's. For the sake of a good competition, I hope the Kiwi's get some early wickets. Ponting's run in the team is riding on his performance here, bet a century will clear the minds of the selectors. Looking foreword to the day ahead. =D

  • dsig3 on December 2, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Well done to Vettori, much respect. Lyon was very good. Aussie pace bowlers are like headless chickens, badly need a real leader to set some examples. Hopefully it wont have to be an 18 year old to show these guys how its done and we get either Copeland or Harris back in the long term. Hoping Ricky can get his ton tomorrow and give himself a great start to the series. Usman is learning all the hard lessons about test cricket early which will make him a champion for us in the future.

  • popcorn on December 2, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    I simply fail to understand why the Selectors persist with the undependable Phil Hughes as Opener. Time,and Time Again, he has got out edging to the slips. He is only good for One Day Cricket.He has poor Test match Technique. In contrast, we have Shaun Marsh who can open,has good balance and technique. Usman Khawaja is organized and has superb technique. We DO NOT NEED Phil Hughes in the Test side. Shane Watson pairing with Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh as Openers,Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja at No.3. Now there's a Top Order that is dependable, can build a solid foundation,and reassure the entire Team and the Aussie supporters.

  • Okakaboka on December 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I'm gonna get in first!!!! Naughty Peter Siddle! He got carted all over the park again....sick of his deliveries being used to belt satellites out of orbit causing telecommunications breakdowns. It was his fault Clarke dropped that pie ...he bowled it too fast! He must have even been responsible...um..in some way...for Warner's and Hughes's failure with the bat. Well.....did he even cause the run out??????

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    All Hail Lord Pointing, Master of All that is Cricket!

  • travelunlimited on December 2, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    lke to see ponting getting hundred Well Deserved One