Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day December 3, 2011

Bracewell needs to work on no-balls - Martin


Doug Bracewell, the New Zealand seamer, must use the error of dismissing Australia captain Michael Clarke with a no-ball as a spur to ensure it does not happen again, Chris Martin, the senior New Zealand fast bowler, has said.

Bracewell, who had received praise from his captain Ross Taylor before the Test, could have dismissed Clarke three times. He bowled Clarke on the second day, but had overstepped. On the third, he had two catches dropped off his bowling, by keeper Reece Young when Clarke was on 85 and by Jesse Ryder when Clarke had scored 106. Clarke went on to get a match-shaping 139.

Martin, who bowled tidily and dismissed Ricky Ponting, said Bracewell had to take the episode as a lesson and revealed the matter had already been discussed in the dressing-room. "He's had a rough day," Martin said. "He's definitely a wicket-taker and he bowls wicket-taking balls. The field let him down today and he let himself down yesterday with the no-ball. These are all parts of the game, where you can turn the screws and we didn't really do that. He'll be a bit disappointed."

Bracewell bowled five no-balls in his debut Test, against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, and bowled another five in Australia's first innings at the Gabba. Martin said it was something he would have to work on between Tests. "If it's happened a couple of times in your first two Tests you have to pause and have a look at it and know that you're probably cutting a fine line there. It'll be playing on his mind a little but it's something you can't really focus on during the game. He can work on it between Tests, the conversation has already begun and he was a lot better today. He wasn't having as many conversations with the umpire about where his foot was landing."

After holding their own against Australia on the first and second days, New Zealand were undone by dropped chances on the third, and Martin acknowledged the missed opportunities had allowed the hosts to take control of proceedings, despite a series of solid spells by the New Zealand bowlers.

"We created plenty of chances, probably enough to still be in the fight but we just didn't take the catches today. It is a difficult stadium to spot the ball in but we are an international team that needs to be taking catches on any ground. Frustrating, but we'll have to take that on the chin today.

"There were periods in which we built good pressure but when we got that opportunity we didn't take it and they changed the momentum through the ineptness of our catching. That was the tough thing today.

"The positives were the fact we did create those chances so the guys can walk away and know they can compete against this batting outfit. It's just a matter of doing it consistently through the day. There were periods when we chased wickets, which was probably not the right thing to do on that pitch."

Ponting and Martin were involved in a sustained duel on the third morning that ended when Martin whirred a delivery towards leg stump to win an lbw verdict, which withstood a DRS referral. Ponting's poor form in the last two years had put him under the scanner but Martin said Ponting was still as good as he was the last time Martin played against him.

"The hype and media surrounding players is always a little bit intriguing to me. I didn't think he [Ponting] looked any different than when I bowled to him in the past. It's always a challenge to attack the stumps with him, it's a little bit of a risk and today it paid off for me. But he looked fine, he was starting to hit on the up and do things that Ricky Ponting would usually do. It was good to get him at that stage of the game."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on December 5, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahaha. OK now, that I stopped laughin, I'll... no wait I can't.... hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahah! I can't stop laughing - Ponting selfish - hmmm, & what are Laxman, Dravid & SRT????? LOL @SixFourOut - your assessment on NZs bowling attack is way out. They have a sound attack & have scope to improve. BTW - Southee will wone day learn to take his ODI skills & implement them in Test matches, when that happens his stats will improve. @Blake Houston - LOL! He has improved! This is the first time in his career that he survived 10 balls in BOTH innings of a Test Match!

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    @SixFourOut, you're wrong on Southee. Sure, he only knows one method of batting which is clear the front foot and swing for the windows, but he is a very good bowler when utilised properly. He was told by Allan Donald to bowl at his proper pace during the world cup and he was a handful in doing so. Now look at what is happening, he's gone back to bowling within himself (I'm sure the coaching staff are to blame for this) and was harmless. He'd still get a place in any of India's, Sri Lanka's, Zimbabwe's or Bangladesh's sides if he wanted to, hell even South Africa might take him as Donald knows how to use him. He's rated pretty well as a bowler, so you saying he's god awful is a poorly executed joke.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Chris Martin your the phantom, u need to work on ur batting, forget about other people

  • A.J on December 4, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    The problem as I see it with the Kiwis is they are too accepting of failure, even when they have an okay team. Granted, they have the worst bowling attack in the history of this planet, but their batting line up is okay. They think that fifty is a good score and that Mccullum and Southee are great. The truth is Southee is god awful and wouldn't get a place in any team anywhere, he puts in a good performance once a year and they remember it forever. Ian Smith the NZ commentator is a classic example as he talks up how dangerous Mccullum is, but forgets that Mccullum is hopeless against good attacks and like Southee puts one decent innings in a year. They are still talking about his hundred against Aus last year in the twenty20, but that was 18 months ago and this is now. Until they stop accepting mediocrity and start expecting players to get hundreds and take five-fors every match, then we'll keep wiping the floor with you and be bored watching one sided contests.

  • Pushkar on December 3, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    The Phantom has spoken. Consider it done.

  • Kurt on December 3, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    New Zealand are throwing away a prime opertunity to win a test match in Aussie, but in the coming seasons the are going to be a force to be reconed with.

  • Aaron on December 3, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    They should interview Chris Martin more often, instead of the usual collection of cliches that you tend to get from the modern circketer there was some quite intelligent analysis there. But of course it's The Phantom's batting analysis that we really want to hear.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    No doubt Bracewell can improve, but I'm a little annoyed at Southee. He seems to have been told to keep his pace down again. If only Allan Donald was kept as our bowling coach. Southess regularly bowled at 145km/h in the world cup and still got the ball to move, yet I don't recall him ever going past 140km/h in this test so far. He is being mis-used. @ Sinhaya, we will soon have a good bowling attack, we'll have Neil Wagner eligible to play for us in April, so finally we'll have an aggressive, proper quick left armer. He and Southee will be a handful, with Bracell and either of Boult or Milne as back up as well. But we need more test experience, as we are playing like crap with our fielding and the bat in this test.

  • django on December 3, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    The guy clearly has talent. He bowled some very good deliveries today. He just looks a bit unpolished. You can say the same about Southee.

  • sam on December 3, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur Aaron is going to test nobody except tail enders (even that is doubtful). Ishant is extremely inconsistent and you expect a 2-test promising rookie (Umesh) to share the burden. With no Praveen, its going to be a difficult time for our pacers and we are going to struggle to dismiss the Aussies unless some miracle happens.

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