Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day December 4, 2011

Pattinson sets up Australia's nine-wicket win

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Australia 427 (Clarke 139, Haddin 80, Martin 3-89) and 1 for 19 beat New Zealand 295 (Vettori 96, Brownlie 77, Lyon 4-69) and 150 (Brownlie 42, Pattinson 5-27, Lyon 3-19) by nine wickets
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James Pattinson achieved in Brisbane what Nathan Lyon managed in Galle and Pat Cummins accomplished in Johannesburg: a five-wicket haul on Test debut to help Australia to victory. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series with a dominant display in the field, ensuring that Michael Clarke's record as full-time captain - he has not lost a series since taking over from Ricky Ponting - will remain intact.

The second over of the day was a triple-wicket maiden from Pattinson that almost brought him a hat-trick as well, and New Zealand did not recover from the trauma of those first ten minutes of play. Through a fighting innings from Dean Brownlie and a counterattacking 36 from Jesse Ryder they did make Australia bat again, but victory for Clarke's side was a matter of when, not if, and they were ultimately set 19 runs to win.

Not that the chase was without its own drama: Phillip Hughes was caught at gully for 7 when he tried to steer Chris Martin through a small gap, the ball after he was dropped at second slip by Brendon McCullum. Hughes is becoming a feast-or-famine prospect for Australia, having scored 0, 126, 9, 9, 88, 11, 10 and 7 in his past four Tests.

Two strong scores in that time is a concern, although he is likely to have the Hobart Test to rectify his trend with neither Shane Watson nor Shaun Marsh expected to be rushed back from injury. David Warner struck the winning runs, a fierce pull for four off Doug Bracewell, and finished unbeaten on 12 from four deliveries, with Usman Khawaja at the other end on 0.

Not that much can be taken from Warner's display in such a tiny chase, but it did complete a memorable match for Australia's three debutants. Warner took four catches, Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets in the first innings, although he became less threatening as the game wore on, and Pattinson demolished the New Zealand top order in a stunning spell on the fourth morning.

Pattinson finished with 5 for 27 and, like Cummins and Lyon, his five-for on Test debut was also his first five-wicket collection in a first-class innings. Having struck before stumps on the third day, Pattinson picked up where he left off in a remarkable over that brought three wickets as New Zealand failed to handle Pattinson's fine outswing.

Martin Guptill (12) got a short ball that was fended to Khawaja at short leg and two balls later, Kane Williamson sent a regulation edge to Ricky Ponting at second slip. Ross Taylor also failed to counteract the swing of Pattinson and tickled a catch behind first ball, to leave Pattinson on a hat-trick, which almost came thanks to a wonderful yorker that Ryder was slow on.

Fortunately for Ryder, the ball was just a fraction wide of off stump, but Pattinson's wickets kept coming a few overs later when the nightwatchman Bracewell edged behind for 2. Pattinson had the extraordinary figures of seven overs, five maidens, 5 for 7. It was the sort of display that, combined with the emergence of Cummins in South Africa, promised a bright future for Australia's pace department.

Lyon deserved credit as well for picking up 3 for 19, taking his tally to seven wickets for the match. He bowled with impressive flight and turned the ball significantly, and it was Clarke's confident use of the offspinner that ended Ryder's near run-a-ball innings on 36 when he lazily lofted to mid-off, failing to clear the infield as he intended.

It was a terrible piece of judgment from Ryder, who as one of the last recognised batsmen needed to settle in for a long innings. His departure left New Zealand at 6 for 69, and it was only through Brownlie and Daniel Vettori that the visitors made Australia bat again.

Brownlie was again impressive after his first-innings half-century but straight after lunch he was caught upper-cutting off Peter Siddle for 42, trying for some quick runs as his partners ran out. Vettori (17) had gone in the last over before lunch when he tried to steer Michael Hussey's medium-pace to third man and was taken at slip.

Without Watson in his attack, Clarke showed a willingness to try different things, although Hussey has become something of a golden arm under Clarke's captaincy, with three wickets at an average of 15, compared to two wickets in 58 Test under Ponting. Warner even bowled an over of legspin and nearly struck first ball when Brownlie's flat pull was dropped at deep midwicket by a diving Pattinson.

Lyon collected the final two wickets, including Martin caught at mid-off for his 31st Test duck. It left Australia certain of retaining their powerful record at the Gabba, where they have not lost a Test since 1988. They will head to Hobart confident: Australia have never lost a Test at the venue.

New Zealand have drawn two of the three Tests they've played at Bellerive, but a more mature batting display will be required for them to avoid losing the series 2-0. None of their top five made a half-century in this game. They have four days to work out why.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on December 6, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - we've learned to love your tongue in cheek comments! You really are a character! "before the mighty Indians arrive...." he-he! That'll be fun to watch!

  • Markus971 on December 6, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    First time look at J.Pattinson, that action, very G.McGrath like!! (obviously without the wrist snap & accuracy). But he seems to have 145-150 kph speed & controlled swing! B.Lee like!! A good combination of both I may say, height around 190+ cm, & strong... --In the first inn's M.Starc looked good also, could I say, with those long legs & action, very B.Reid like!! (obviously without the control yet). He seems alittle stronger build(which wouldn't be hard), good pace 140-145 kph movement & tall 195+ cm... So I'd like to see them both, a little more. --You know, P.Siddle is going to have to stay accurate with good pace 145-150 kph, to keep his spot, beyond this season.

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, no one cares about the United XI. THeir popgun attack got to the number #1 position due to a weakened Aus side, we all know that. Now that we are better than the United XI don't expect to be there fro long.

  • MrBrightside92 on December 5, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I don't know if you were referencing my comments @dunger.bob but it's good you can name all of two attacking Aussie opening bats. What about Mark Taylor, Geoff Marsh, Justin Langer...blunt the new ball attack and let the agressors make hay...its called excellent test match cricket..like when you're 300(ish)-0 or 514-1. I'm a fan of Warner but I think someone here said he looked good...after 9 balls?! Hughes has at least had some success so I personally think it would be wrong to drop him. I think you're most correct batsman should be opening, look at Dravid in England. I think Hussey is a waste down at number 6. Selectors can't just say 'well that's how we've always played' England unashamedly went and copied some of the Australian ways and test match wise it is now paying off. Unfortunately, I think Oz are copying England's former mistakes of picking anyone who's had a little success in the domestic competition and shoving them in.

  • Srini_Indian on December 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @JamesWayne: If you look at Australia's record, 70% of the wins have come against weak teams like England, New Zealand. What you are talking about? Just 1 series win in India for last 25 years, that says the story.

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    copeland another bright guy for australia.

  • zn264 on December 5, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Disgusting effort from the black caps. Time we learnt how to bat time, Vettori and Brownlie did so well in the first innings, why can't our top order do the same?!

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    australia are getiing perfect next generation bowlers who have good physique such as allistar mcdernott ,josh hazzelwood, mitchell starc, james pattinkson ,patrick cummins and mitchell marsh their pace pattery is improving.Batsman might be aware of them.But they dont have spinner.

  • jameswayne on December 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @cool2cool Well, as I had said you people like to go in history. Then let us go back to India's lowest that is 32. Talking of Australia's disastrous 47, it should be noted that there would have been no other team in history except Australia who would have come back and won the next test match after getting dismissed for 47. Australia came back as only Australia can, winning the next test against South Africa. Talking about India, they have won around 110 tests in their 80 year history in test cricket whereas Ricky Ponting has featured in 102 test wins in 15 years. So don't talk too much about India's record as we all know that they only excel in India and out of the 110 test wins, India have won around 60% against teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, Zimbabwe etc. They better stay in India and play average teams so that they can become number one again. Real shame all of them.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Well done to Pattison, by no means near the 7-fer Jimmy Anderson got against New Zealand a couple of seasons ago. Two weak teams and a pretty uninspiring test match. The rest of the cricketing world awaits the next real series: When England continue their dominating ride at the top. Having left everyone in their wake and silenced all the critics, it'll be great to see the top team in the world in a really competitive series.

  • 5wombats on December 6, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - we've learned to love your tongue in cheek comments! You really are a character! "before the mighty Indians arrive...." he-he! That'll be fun to watch!

  • Markus971 on December 6, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    First time look at J.Pattinson, that action, very G.McGrath like!! (obviously without the wrist snap & accuracy). But he seems to have 145-150 kph speed & controlled swing! B.Lee like!! A good combination of both I may say, height around 190+ cm, & strong... --In the first inn's M.Starc looked good also, could I say, with those long legs & action, very B.Reid like!! (obviously without the control yet). He seems alittle stronger build(which wouldn't be hard), good pace 140-145 kph movement & tall 195+ cm... So I'd like to see them both, a little more. --You know, P.Siddle is going to have to stay accurate with good pace 145-150 kph, to keep his spot, beyond this season.

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, no one cares about the United XI. THeir popgun attack got to the number #1 position due to a weakened Aus side, we all know that. Now that we are better than the United XI don't expect to be there fro long.

  • MrBrightside92 on December 5, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I don't know if you were referencing my comments @dunger.bob but it's good you can name all of two attacking Aussie opening bats. What about Mark Taylor, Geoff Marsh, Justin Langer...blunt the new ball attack and let the agressors make hay...its called excellent test match cricket..like when you're 300(ish)-0 or 514-1. I'm a fan of Warner but I think someone here said he looked good...after 9 balls?! Hughes has at least had some success so I personally think it would be wrong to drop him. I think you're most correct batsman should be opening, look at Dravid in England. I think Hussey is a waste down at number 6. Selectors can't just say 'well that's how we've always played' England unashamedly went and copied some of the Australian ways and test match wise it is now paying off. Unfortunately, I think Oz are copying England's former mistakes of picking anyone who's had a little success in the domestic competition and shoving them in.

  • Srini_Indian on December 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @JamesWayne: If you look at Australia's record, 70% of the wins have come against weak teams like England, New Zealand. What you are talking about? Just 1 series win in India for last 25 years, that says the story.

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    copeland another bright guy for australia.

  • zn264 on December 5, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Disgusting effort from the black caps. Time we learnt how to bat time, Vettori and Brownlie did so well in the first innings, why can't our top order do the same?!

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    australia are getiing perfect next generation bowlers who have good physique such as allistar mcdernott ,josh hazzelwood, mitchell starc, james pattinkson ,patrick cummins and mitchell marsh their pace pattery is improving.Batsman might be aware of them.But they dont have spinner.

  • jameswayne on December 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @cool2cool Well, as I had said you people like to go in history. Then let us go back to India's lowest that is 32. Talking of Australia's disastrous 47, it should be noted that there would have been no other team in history except Australia who would have come back and won the next test match after getting dismissed for 47. Australia came back as only Australia can, winning the next test against South Africa. Talking about India, they have won around 110 tests in their 80 year history in test cricket whereas Ricky Ponting has featured in 102 test wins in 15 years. So don't talk too much about India's record as we all know that they only excel in India and out of the 110 test wins, India have won around 60% against teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, Zimbabwe etc. They better stay in India and play average teams so that they can become number one again. Real shame all of them.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Well done to Pattison, by no means near the 7-fer Jimmy Anderson got against New Zealand a couple of seasons ago. Two weak teams and a pretty uninspiring test match. The rest of the cricketing world awaits the next real series: When England continue their dominating ride at the top. Having left everyone in their wake and silenced all the critics, it'll be great to see the top team in the world in a really competitive series.

  • No_Excuses on December 5, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Enjoy your moment in the sun OhhhMattyMatty - being English it won't last. You will probably keep the Ashes next time around but you will be giving them back in Australia thereafter. Cummins, Pattinson, Hazelwood and Lyon will be far superior attack to whatever England can offer in Australia by that time. Cummins is a special talent and Lyon will be as good or better than Swann in the next couple of years.

  • Stevo_ on December 5, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Starc is very overrated, it's a shame Cutting got hurt as they need a good first change bowler. He bowls too short and has no accuracy. He bowled 6 balls to Martin (perhaps the worst batsmen in cricket) and only made him play at one ball, every other ball was wide and short outside off, one full and staright ball and Martin would have been bowled/lbw.

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - hmm, this is the same NZ side that easily drew 2 of the 3 tests in India a year or so ago???? @reality_check27 - all for some turning tracks, the issue is though, that bouncier pitches = BETTER cricket. It's a fact, much more entertaining when a genuine pace bowler has a chance of knocking a batsmen's helmet off! == == == My take on this test was 1) NZ competed very well over the first 2 days, 2) Not getting Pup out, one way or another cost them heaps (the match?), 3) Pattinson is a lot better than I had thought, 4) Siddle is a trier & could/should eventually get overtaken by Cummins, Starc, Cutting, Coulter-Nile, 5) Lyon is developing into a very special bowler, IMO he is ahead of Hauritz now & closing in on O'Keefe, 6) NZ batting should have McCullum @#7 & Vettori @ #8 or #6, with McCullum a keeper. 7) Brownlie looks the goods in a Trott sort of dependable way, 9) Oz still have batting concerns, 10) Haddin should bat that way more often!

  • Stevo_ on December 5, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    @Patrick Clarke "The first Vodafone Test match of the summer has attracted a final aggregate crowd of 40,670, the second highest total for a Test involving New Zealand at the Gabba.

    The record aggregate was 52,082 which was set in 2004-05."

    Good luck getting 40,000 to a test against NZ (4 days with the result known after 3 and bad weather about 1st day) in Hobart or Canberra.

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @Patrick Clarke, 132,000 fans attended the Ashes test. Given the fact that NZ rarely draws much of a crowd (even in their own country), it was a reasonable result. If the GABBA got the same standards of matches as Adelaide & Perth, Brisbane would have attendances rivalling Sydney. Regardless, the crowds in Brizzy will be much higher than at Bellrieve.

  • dunger.bob on December 4, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    @hhillbumper : "The greatest test team playing currently according to some Aussies on here. Lets see". Yes, there has been a little bit of that, hasn't there. I'm an Aussie but I don't agree with those lads I'm afraid. I think we are about 3 top batsmen short of what we need to be a serious threat for the mace. One thing I am happy with is the youth policy. Too long in coming, but they seem to have it right, finally. Somebody asked why we persist in picking aggressive openers (Warner, Hughes), in comparison to England's rock solid approach. Well, the thing is, we have been doing that for at least 40 years. Keith Stackpole was the first I can remember, but you have guys like Michael Slater, Matty Hayden etc more recently. We just approach certain aspects of the game differently to you, always have, always will. It's one of the things that makes Test cricket such a fascinating thing in my opinion. What do the French say, vive la difference or something like that.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    @ Patrick Clarke. Watch the crowds come in for the India games and especially given the Cummins/Pattinson combo as a prospect. Brisbane was given a dud game for the first test of the Summer and Australian cricket fans will jump on the old bandwagon when things start turning around - they have been beaten by England and South Africa at home in recent times and the Australian crowds are still hurting. They will return - lets hope so. We have to keep this great game going and a successful Australian Test team goes a long way to helping achieve that goal.

  • Mervo on December 4, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Actually the caption on the picture is wrong. It says that Lyon took 4 wickets in the match. He took 7, one more than Pattinson.

  • kuroneko on December 4, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    So where are all the crazy people saying NZ were going to win this game? What a load of nonsense that was. Another abject Kiwi performance. Embarrassing. Compare the batting of the Aussie 'big 3' (Ponting, Clarke, Haddin), with the NZ equivalents (McCullum, Ryder, Taylor). Enough said.

  • cool2cool on December 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    @ jameswayne: Atleat India was never 21/9 and all out for 47. What do you mean by true sporting wicket? Isn't any skill required to play on Indian pitches? And why Australia has won just one test series in India since 1996?

  • SirViv1973 on December 4, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    You can only beat what is put in front of you a and Aus did that with some degree of comfort. Very disappointing with Kiwi's they didn't do themselves any favors with their batting. Aus should use the 2nd test to have a look at Christian with Johnson not playing and siddle batting at 8 their tail is way too long.

  • on December 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    The virtually empty stands throughout this match were an appalling advert for Test Cricket. There can be no excuses for the poor attendances throughout this match. It was Australia's first home test of the season, coming fresh after the dramatic and exciting victory in the 2nd Test to level the series in South Africa and also a series victory in Sri Lanka. Two days of the match were scheduled over the weekend, it was an interesting if one-sided match after the second day and the weather was good apart from on the first day. Perhaps it's time to drop Brisbane as a regular test venue for a few years and play more matches in Hobart, or even Canberra. A smaller ground that's full looks far better than a large one that's empty. Does Brisbane no longer have many test match fans?

  • S.Jagernath on December 4, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @RealityCheck...If you approve of the flat pitches in the sub-continent,I'm sure you must think that having severe short ball problems is a good thing.Indian pitches are beginning to get too flat,its as if their aim is to produce pitches of Sri Lankan quality.Whitewashing teams at home means very little,whitewashing teams away is impressive. @Sachida Nand...Brian Lara was not successful in all conditions,Ricky Ponting is a much better batsmen than him.Brian Lara scored a lot of his runs on the flatter West Indian pitches but struggled in India especially.Brian Lara should not be compared with batsmen of Tendulkar's,Dravid's & Ponting's quality.Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar have been the most successful batsmen in all conditions during the period that they played in.

  • JG2704 on December 4, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Australia obviously did a very professional job , but the NZ batsmen surely have to look at themselves. On paper their bowling is thin anyway but experienced players like Taylor , Guptil , Mccullam should be doing better than that. Out of interest , why is Vetori no longer captain of NZ?

  • JG2704 on December 4, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    @reality_check27 on (December 04 2011, 15:16 PM GMT) - Things change in cricket all the time. England would never have beaten Australia 3-1 in Australia with Warne and Mcgrath in their side. Maybe Australia are coming back or maybe NZ and SA in the last test are making Aus look even better than they are. What I will say is Australia have beaten Sri Lanka in their own den (which I believe is in the subcontinent) in the last 6 months so maybe that proves your theory wrong. England have it all to prove too , but let's not forget that in the last 3 test series in India they have lost by a single test twice and drawn the other series. England have proven that poor OD form doesn't necessarily carry over into the test arena when a poor OD series vs Australia and a generally poor WC was sandwiched by wins in Australia and the 4-0 win at home. Sorry to NZ/OZ fans for putting an Eng view over but I did also put an OZ view across

  • OhhhMattyMatty on December 4, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    How incredible was England's Ashes win last Winter?! Australia have beaten Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, drawn with SA in SA and are now going massacre NZ and India at home. Yet England completely decimated and destroyed Australia 3-1 with THREE INNINGS WINS! Can't wait to face the likes of Lyon, Cummins and Pattinson in 2013, it could get very very messy for these kids! Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Prior! OUCH!

  • JG2704 on December 4, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop on (December 04 2011, 06:52 AM GMT) How have Australia been lucky exactly ? They won this match and the last match vs SA fair and square.

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    @jameswayne Well, your so-called best batsman(Ponting) in past 10 yrs could never perform on those wickets, how do you rate him then? Why should he even be compared with the likes of Lara and Tendulkar who scored just about everwhere. Aus has always been Laxman and Tendulkar's favorite hunting ground. I'm sure they will again come good. It will be some series. We should not read too much into Indian Victory over West Indies and similarly Australian Victory on NewZeland coz both these losing teams are ordinary when it comes to Test Cricket. Since when, in past 10 years, New Zeland ever started threatening the rest of the world in Test Cricket Arena? Barring Vittori, they don't have a single batsman with good defence. When wickets are falling like nine pins, its your defensive abilities that let you see-off a tough period, even Aussie openers for that matter, are quite ordinary just like Sehwag and Dhoni, as they only perform in Sub-continent and not in alien conditions.

  • MrBrightside92 on December 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    It's nice to get back to a bit of 'other country bashing' in conjunction with a generous dollop of 'over optimism'. Looking at it objectively, Australia still don't know their best team, which to me doesn't make them look settled. Marsh has been the only one that's impressed me (looking from afar), jury still well out on the others though Cummins has obvious potential. The fast bowler stocks are good but what is the tail like? I'm assuming it's why they've been so reluctant to drop Johnson, because he is a test match No8. Ashwin looks good and will be key in Oz (more with the ball). If ZK doesnt get fully fit, the Aussies will have to get themselves out. Oz have more firepower against the Indian batting line up who must be wanting to prove the bleak Eng tour was a one off and go out on a high. As for NZ...why Mcullum is opening I do not know...give him the gloves and put him in at 6/7..why do these two teams think you need a pinch hitter opening?

  • zshanto on December 4, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    CONGRATS AUSTRALIA ... NEW ZEALAND SHOULD ORGANIZE A TRI SERIES BETWEEN : NEW ZEALAND , WEST INDIES AND PAKISTAN EITHER IN SHARJA OR IN NEW ZEALAND . AS NZ HAS LOTS OF YOUNG PLAYERS AND OFF FORM PLAYERS THEY MUST GET READY TO HANDEL TEAM LIKE AUSTRALIA BEFORE . TO BEING A T20 WORLD CUP COMPETITOR AND REAL 50 OVER WORLD CUP COMPETITOR NZ MUST PLAY AGAINST WI , SRILANKA ,PAKISTAN AND INDIA AS BECAUSE IN THIS FOUR TEAM HAS MANY YOUNG PLAYER AND IF THEY PLAY EACH OTHER THEN THEY WILL LEARN A LOT . AS THIS MAINTION TEAM PLAYERS WILL PARTICIPATE AT THE END OF FINAL WORLD CUP . SO THIS TRI SERIES IS NOT AN BAD IDEA DUDES

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Australia will soon rise...they got their Bowling unit right...soon they will shine and be top of the world...Punter fan from india

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Is Australia again on verge of touching that standard which was left by their veterans like McGrath, Warne, Langer etc?

  • reality_check27 on December 4, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    well leet me tell you all playing on subcontinent pitches turning tracks is as important as playing on fast tracks because out of 9 test playing nations 4 are subcontinent teams infact even westindies now have turning tracks so spin is also important part of the game. And as far as all aussies taking about that need to play on good seeming or green tracks well you should be last people to talk about that after that 47 runs in the fi9rst test against southafrica.ANd as far as england beat us 4-0 yes they played well but they have not been able to beat india in india since more than 25 years and we had done the same thing to them in 1992 bown wash series india beat england 3-0 and england beat australia in australia 3-1 in recent ashes so just shut up

  • stormy16 on December 4, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I think NZ out too much presure on themselves and ended up playing poor cricket to lose this test. Their batting was awful and most of the guys played poor shots. All credit to Aus who were way too good and keep unearthing bowlers! If there was ever doubt about the future of the attack I guess those fears have now been laid to rest. Not many bowlers make their debut with 5fer's on winning sides - Aus have 3 in the last 8 tests!! What on earth is going on with the Indian fans here!

  • S.Jagernath on December 4, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    New Zealand really need to fight harder.They wanted to make this series special enough to warrant a 3-Test series next time but with a performance like this,they are not helping themselves.Pattinson was exciting to watch,especially for a person who enjoys high class fast bowling and he can only get better.Pattinson & Cummins might become a devastating duo.The world needs a few high class fast bowlers for the decade ahead.India might have a problem against them as many of them struggle on faster pitches against very good fast bowlers.Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar have been successful previously in Aus and against the attack of McGrath,Gillespie,Warne & Lee but their are older now.I still would back them both to do well,they are two of the all time greatest batsmen.The Indian bowler have struggled as well,India need to find a balance between seam & spin,their own pitches are too flat for the seamers and too friendly for the spinners & when the spinners tour they embarass themselves.

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 4, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    people from that part of the world could even say India won 4-0 in England when they toured half an year ago, but cricket is such a game that paper tigers are good for nothing in it.

  • jameswayne on December 4, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Ya, Indian batting is quite formidable as we all saw in England. Paper tigers most of them who excel only at home on those dirty and muddy wickets. Try and play on a good and true sporting wicket which reveals the true character of a cricket team and the Indians will fall as 11 pins. Yes, Australia have to win in all countries which they have done in the dominant era of the last 2 decades but what has this Indian team won except as always in India. In a country like India where everyone eats, breathes and sleeps cricket, I don't think that India has achieved much like other countries like West Indies (1980s) and Australia (1987 to 2008) and even South Africa who have a fine record after their return to International cricket. So all should stop overhyping the Indian team who unless they start winning abroad and consistently like a decade or so and not just a series or two, then we should take them seriously or else they are only as good or bad as any team in world cricket.

  • on December 4, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Indian batting line up is not getting any younger.Will these guys have the stamina to withstand the sustained attack of hungrier young bowlers of the Ausssies is the million dollar question.The Indians did look brittle in England.Shewag ,laxman and to some extent sachin failed to click in England.

  • on December 4, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @Sinhaya I seem to remember very similar comments from Indian fans when your team landed in England. Then more about how Sehwag was gonna hammer us when he arrived. What happened? He got a king pair! The truth of the matter is it doesn't matter how good your (aging) batting line up is when it is put under so much pressure by a below average bowling unit. Instead of idiotic big talk, you guys should be praying both Ojha and Ashwin perform at their best. Otherwise you have had it bhai.

  • Erebus26 on December 4, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    New Zealand are portrayed as being a weak time and on this evidence it's hard to dispute this. But overall the Black Caps aren't lacking in talent. McCullum, Guptill, Taylor and Ryder are all gifted batsmen whilst Brownlie looks like he's added a bit of grit to the side on the evidence of the last two tests. Australia came in with a couple of promising young bowlers but the NZ just committed batting suicide. I think on each occasion they set out to dominate this inexperienced Aussie attack but just kept misreading the length of the balls they faced. None of them except Brownlie and Vettori played themselves 'in'. We are dealing in ifs and buts here but this should've been a much closer test match if only the dropped catches had been held and the top order hadn't committed batting suicide. Didn't really reckon too much to this Aussie bowling line-up. Pattinson's figures were inflated by poor batting and Starc's radar was all over the place. Lyon looked decent though.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 4, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    @RandyOZ:20 years of beating?LOL. I am watching cricket since last 15 years and in that I have never seen anything as such. Anyways stats are there to say all.last 28 matches (border gavaskar 1996) India leading 12-10 with 6 draws.And if you see for last 3 years, We are leading 4-0.See this link as validation .http://www.cricketworld4u.com/series/history/india-vs-australia.php .Utter dominance.

  • jameswayne on December 4, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Ya, Indian batting is quite formidable as we all saw in England. Paper tigers most of them who excel only at home on those dirty and muddy wickets. Try and play on a good and true sporting wicket which reveals the true character of a cricket team and the Indians will fall as 11 pins. Yes, Australia have to win in all countries which they have done in the dominant era of the last 2 decades but what has this Indian team won except as always in India. In a country like India where everyone eats, breathes and sleeps cricket, I don't think that India has achieved much like other countries like West Indies (1980s) and Australia (1987 to 2008) and even South Africa who have a fine record after their return to International cricket. So all should stop overhyping the Indian team who unless they start winning abroad and consistently like a decade or so and not just a series or two, then we should take them seriously or else they are only as good or bad as any team in world cricket.

  • on December 4, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    australia has high quality pace reserves ,lyon is crafty a great combination aswell , for those who say india will dominate i don't think so Australia is in much better nick playing against more formidable oppositions , the conditions are different pace and bounce not a dust bowl which is only conducive to spin . Most of indias great wins have been on their soil but not elsewhere that is where its going t o be tough.

  • NALINWIJ on December 4, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    This test revealed the achiles heal of NZ batting. McCullum is an ODI opener suited for a slog in flat tracks and in the same mold as Warner.NZ has struggled to protect the top order. Australia must feel relieved that they got away with so many injuries and still won this match comfortably. Real test will be with the Indians but I expect Australia will be warmed up and recovered from injuries by then.

  • Nightwing32 on December 4, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Firstly I did not like Hughes when he first appeared but there is something about him that I like. I want him to be in the team. He is a gun but needs to just relax a little more and he will be fine. Sure NZ have got him 'figured out' but India? I predict a massive series for Hughes. Also in regards to the wicket. When ever any team chases like 10-40 runs I remember Langer getting out a fair few times, I remember Taylor as well doing the same. It happens because it is a little target that you can't lose and then you get lazy and you get out.

    I would wait for Watson, Cummins and Marsh to get Fully fit. Give these guys another run at Hobart before Boxing Day.

    I mean if we listened to everyone that is not in cricket. Australia would have a team that would be pretty bad. Yeah lets drop Hughes for Marsh? Ummm Marsh is the No.3 and I don't think he will want to open. No lets drop Haddin for Wade. I mean Haddin has experience. Seriously if it were up to all these comments, we would suck.

  • Kiwi-Jake on December 4, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Complete lack of intelligence shown by the Kiwi top 5 lost them the game from day 1. I also believe that the un-bowling and 2 drops off Clarke shaped the game from a fairly even one to a ludicrously lop-sided one. I am sick and tired of watching McCullum, Taylor and Ryder in particular get out to complete brain explosions that many lesser players would not get out to, it's happening all too often and we should consider at least offing one of them just to scare the other two back in to proper working order. McCullum definitely plays better when he's on the verge of getting the sack. They've got the technique but they just lack the brains, which is probably why Vettori has done so well, the guy is a genius, even off the field, and that reflects on his batting even if his technique is probably the 2nd worst in the whole team, next to Martin. Pattinson impressed, before now I thought he was just some rank medium pacer, but geez he can play, 150km/h swingers. See ya later Johnson.

  • hhillbumper on December 4, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    The greatest test team playing currently according to some Aussies on here. Lets see

  • Jaggadaaku on December 4, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    NZ are going down like WI. When the top order will take their responsibilities and make some runs? Ryder made 175 runs with 16 sixes in tour game and raised his bat, and did not make just 75 runs from both innings of the real match. Guptil blasted century in debut ODI, and look at him in the test. Taylor blasted so many runs against Pakistan in world cup and look how he is playing these days. NZ cricketers are not in good form then why Taylor said they have no fear of Australia before the series started? They must have fear even against Bangladesh these days.

  • Aussasinator on December 4, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Pattinson seems to be a formidable bowler. By the way did anyone notice that Phil Hughes has managed to fail twice even in such an easy outing? Batting woes dont seem to matter because it is bowlers who win test matches.

  • Micgyver on December 4, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Good to see these young bowlers stepping up to the challenge.A bowling attack of Harris,Cummins,Pattinson,Lyon and Watson over the next few seasons can cause some havoc not to mention having Siddle,Starc and Hazelwood as well.The bowling stocks are looking real good to win the Ashes back in 2013.

  • PrasPunter on December 4, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    A word about the Punter !! Two excellent catches and a nice contribution in the middle order !! I dont really care if he scores a century or not. As long as he turns up with the sort of contributions he made against SA in Joburg and this one, must be good enough.

  • PrasPunter on December 4, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    A good win to begin with, for us Aussies. But we have to be careful and aware that the indians are going to be as hard as nuts. They are very very good team and we got to be on our toes, if we are to beat them. Am sure Pup is pretty much aware of the challenge ahead this season. The only way is to keep training hard and giving more than our best.

    @RandyOZ, mate, its not a surprise that everyone keeps bagging us, for we have been dominating the game for a pretty long time. And those who claim to have unseated us are not even half of what we were at our peak. Anyway, lets hope that our team grows by leaps and bounds and get back to where we belong to - right at the top !! Go Aussies !!

  • Wozza-CY on December 4, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    A good win to oz. Kudos to the selectors whom I doubted on a couple of selections. The bowling was an 'all or nothing' attack & this test it worked. Can't help but feel NZ will be bitterly disapointed with this showing & expect they will perform better in Hobart. An exciting bunch of bunch of quicks emerging & Lyon has been great ( when was the last time a finger spinner took 7 wickets in a test at the GABBA)? Still think the batting line up will change. BCI negotiated well to avoid the Brisbane & Hobart tracks, still they do have to play in Perth :)

  • leighrh on December 4, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Don't get too exited Australia.

  • cheguramana on December 4, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    New Zealand has declined quite a bit over the years. If the weakest teams in Test cricket are Zim, Bangladesh and WI, NZ may not be far removed from this bunch. They are much better in ODIs, were in the Semis even in WC 2011. So far atleast, theres not much evidence of the famed Trans-Tasman rivalry. If India were not stretched at home by WI, Aus wl be in similar state wrt NZ. The real match up will be when India lands in Australia !

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 4, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Remove NZ and get Netherlands in the test playing nations... NZ are probably the most boring cricket team ever!!

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I know I have said it before but the plethora of young talent in Australia is absolutely incredible. We will be #1 and peaking by the time the next Ashes against the United XI comes along. Wins like this make it all the more sweet when you read the embarassing comment of people like @Full-Blooded-Wallop, who is still blinded from his 20 years of beatings at the hand of Oz. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • comonge16 on December 4, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    The Aussie bowling attack with Ryan Harris, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson looks very formidable, as was evident in South Africa and now at the Gabba. India will have a tough time dealing with this attack. But the Indian batting line up is much more formidable than the Kiwis. Of all the top test playing countries New Zealand look the most ill equipped to play the longer version of the game. They always come up short. A better effort is required of their top order at the Bellerive Oval, where the Oz have not lost a test match.

  • comonge16 on December 4, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    The Aussie bowling attack with Ryan Harris, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson looks very formidable, as was evident in South Africa and now at the Gabba. India will have a tough time dealing with this attack. But the Indian batting line up is much more formidable than the Kiwis. Of all the top test playing countries New Zealand look the most ill equipped to play the longer version of the game. They always come up short. A better effort is required of their top order at the Bellerive Oval, where the Oz have not lost a test match.

  • Sinhaya on December 4, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    This Aussie bowling wont stand a chance against Indian batting! Sehwag will hammer the ball out of the ground when Lyon bowls. Indians will pile 500 plus in all innings of the test matches in Australia. India can definitely win 4-0! NZ poor shot selection was the only reason for them to lose today. Hope the Kiwis hold on to catches in Hobart so they can win!

  • bretandme on December 4, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    NZ have been on decline post 2007 WC. They used to have a brilliant team with Fleming, Cairns, Astle, Mcmillan, Bond, Styris. Include all these with Rosco, Dan and Ryder and U will find a Better NZ lineup.

  • dalboy12 on December 4, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Another embrassing batting show in the 2nd innings by NZ, they always collaspe with the pressure on. Really thought this team had the makings of a good top 6, but they were terrible in this test against a new young attack. Our bowlers were not actually that bad (if only more catches had been caught) and that is where i thought we would really struggle. C'mon McCullum, Guptill, Taylor, Ryder and Williamsom time to show some fight - the world is laughing at NZ cricket again.

  • waitara on December 4, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    This was Ross Tayloer's first duck in Test cricket, ever. Is that a record?

  • on December 4, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Ryan Harris, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson/Mitchecl Starc, Shane Watson looks a good enough bowling line up to win against India

  • riverlime on December 4, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Huh,..... a pace attack reminiscent of the 70's. The Indian tour should be quite interesting, then. Will Tendulkar go out in a blaze of glory against Australia, or will India collapse against the trio of irrepressible speed demons.

  • Itchy on December 4, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ: I too enjoyed reading and listening to the chest-beating before this series by NZ fans and coaching staff about how they were going to kick the Aus teams butts and weren't to be feared - didn't see a great deal of evidence of this in this test.

  • kitten on December 4, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    McCullum is not a test batsman. Period. He is in the ODI mould. Better still, the T20 suits his style of play even better. He starts hitting from the word go. You can't play test matches like that. Sehwag plays somewhat on the same lines, but make no mistake, Sehwag is in a different league. His hand-eye coordination is brilliant, and that is the reason he has scored two triple centuries against Pakistan, and yes, South Africa(no less). Sehwag has even scored 197 against Australia, but the fact remains that he doesn't try to hit every ball out of the park! McCullum should go down the order....I am not saying this would be successful, but it can't get any worse. Brownlie has proved a revelation, and should be promoted up the order. I sincerely hope NZ fare better in the next test, and I am sure they will, if they have learned lessons from his defeat.

  • Roshini on December 4, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Congrats Aussies..you are slowly but surely getting to where you belong!!! And to you Kiwis your year-end performance review has not gone un-noticed without reward "Welcome to the fearsome, awesome n foursome group SL ZIM BD NZ" God Bless the "4" - Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • swissjacko on December 4, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Well done 'Stralia, a well deserved result. As an NZ fan that was another pathetic batting performance. The biggest suckers aren't the NZ batsmen, but us NZ fans who fell for the pre-match hype about the potential weakness of Aus and how we could pull off a result. Tomorrow's statements from Taylor wiill be the same old blah blah about how we will bounce back blah blah. Aus may be weaker these days but so are NZ. Also, Gupta.Ankur, why do you turn every cricinfo comments section into a discussion about India. Yawn!

  • bobbo2 on December 4, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    NZ batsman you are the most frustrating lot ot follow! Please start to value your wickets. After years of trying it is clear you cannot just blast your way to 100. Look at Dan Vettori, by no means a great natural bastman but he puts his head down. Some of the shots that got wickets in this game were appauling. Well done Australia. Until such time as NZ batman learn to value thier wickets you will always have an easy win So frustrating!

  • Front_Foot on December 4, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Thought the Aussie newbies performed ok in the 2nd innings but wouldn;t get too carried away yet. The NZ batting effort was a disgrace in their 2nd innings. None of the top order showed any guts or intellect. The ball that got McCullum was a good one. Guptill is pretty poor at the top level and the ball that got him was a stock short ball badly played. Williamson and Taylor played at full balls well outside their off stump (which they don't seem to have any idea where it is locate) and Bracewell is a lower order player who got a goos delivery that moved away a touch and he was only good enough to get a touch. Ryder played a dumb shot at the wrong time - a common trait for him. So all up my view is that the bowlers earnt 3 of the top 6 and were gifted the other 3 by ill discipline and the inabiility to apply themselves as batsmen. Hard to coach my young team to play the right way when they see the crap their national team serves up..........

  • popcorn on December 4, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Ever since the Sri Lanka tour, our bowling attack has become solid. In the fast bowling department,all four newcomers have performed well - Trent Copeland, Patrick Cummins,James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc.Add the seniors Peter Siddle,Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, and we have a fearsome attack that we can build on for the future. In the spin department, Nathan Lyon has been a consistent performer.Dependable.

  • RWood on December 4, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    A pathetic, but typical, effort from NZ. On their way to the cellar as far as test rankings go. Perhaps we should retire hurt now!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 4, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Ah NZ you missed the best opportunity of whitewashing a weak lucky australian side. Anyways 1-1 will be also good. Just don't throw your wickets and take call the catches,then this team will struggle to reach 3 figure

  • maja2834 on December 4, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    New zealand are just good enough to talk and not play.There entire line up is crap..Will any team in the world want brendon muccllum in there team as a specialist batsmen esp as an opener the answer is big NO.He should keep or else booted out of team big time..

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    With such emergence of new ball bowlers Mitchell Johnson's future seems bleak already

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Easy in the end for Australia, their new bowlers did very well and are to be congratulated. But as well as Australia played NZ were really disappointing, some of their players are just technically limited but players like Taylor and Ryder really have to step up and be counted. Vettori has performed wonders in how he has transformed his batting in the last few years but can't be expected to carry the team alone. For Hughes it'll be interesting to see how long the Aussie selectors can persist with an opener who averages 15 in Australia.

  • pontingfanfromindia on December 4, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    iam very happy to see PUNTER BACK IN FORM, those Pulls showed them all. My team if selected would be WATSON, WARNER,HUGHES,PONTING,CLARKE,HUSSEY,HADDIN,CUMMINS,LYON,MITCHEL,BEN HILFENHAUS,RYAN let khawaja not be in the team till ricky plays, khawaja has a poor record at international level. Ponting is a legend and he has ability to play like Sachin, dravid ..

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Pattinson + Cummings == Lillee + Thompson of the new generation

  • Okakaboka on December 4, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Dah..DAhhhhh! Told you! This was the best opening spell by two quicks since McGrath and Fleming. Quality bowling from BOTH ends. Now hopefully we can look forward to Pattinson and Cummins in partnership with support from Siddle or Copeland at first change. Copeland in Adelaide and Sydney.....Siddle in WA and MCG .....Either in Tassie. NO!.....NO HACKS!..... Johnston will not find his way back into this team.

  • errol1233 on December 4, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Heartening effort from Clarke's boys following on from Sri Lanka and South Africa. Pace attack ,with constant attention from McDermott, should serve Australia well . Now , If the selectors are courageous enough to make the bold decision of dropping Phil Hughes then we are certainly on the right track. In all my years of following cricket I cannot recall seeing a top order batsman so deficient in technique as this player.If coaching and training does not stop him opening himself up to slanting balls on his off side then he should put his hand up to say ... 'please drop me'. He jumps, he plays away from the body and his footwork is awful ... you can go on.Kawaja (excuse spelling) ends up opening SO GROOM HIM. With him and Watson, Marsh, Ponting,Clarke,Hussey and Warner plus Madderson and Fergusson,Paine and Wade things are on the up NOT to forget James Faulkner from Tasmania and Christian

  • Alexk400 on December 4, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    For NZ , ryder and taylor has to be consistent for bracewell and williamson to flourish. That is the major problem. senior players not consistent then young players will throw their wickets.

  • dunger.bob on December 4, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Hughes has got Hobart, and he needs to 700 or so get a game against the Indians imo. I think the aim is to get Watson down to 6 or 7 where he can be a middle order aggressive opener, if you know what I mean. A-la Gilchrist at 7. Some-one who start his innings against the 2nd new ball, which is what undoes a lot of other lower middle order guys. Warner is interesting. Sort of the Aussie answer to Sehwag. If he's even half as good as Sehwag, it will be worth it. Fields well, very enthusiastic. Still not sure he understands that a Test match can last up to 5 days, but a few days chasing leather somewhere around the globe will drive that home. The kiwi's got sucked in by the swing, which is kind of nice because it's usually us Aussies who fall for that. Look at our history. It terrible against good swing. Finally, if the Kiwi's had held their catches, we may be talking about how close the game is instead of how good or bad the respective players went in this test.

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 4, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I think NZ must seriously consider whether they want to be any better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in their performances...

    NZ play so little cricket, that it is impossible for their average players to be of International standards....

    Aus couldn't have asked for a easier series than this, before the mighty Indians arrive....

  • mjs28 on December 4, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    well done oz. dominating performance. c'mon NZ get up for the next one.

  • Heisenburg on December 4, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I used to be a Hughes fan, but now he really needs to go, Warner should stay, he looked good, Marsh can take Hughes place (He needs to rest for India though) Khawaja can open instead of hughes in the next test. Ponting should move down to 3, Australia has a really flimsy top order.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Wonderful pace bowling from Pattinson, which really grabbed the game right out of the Kiwi's hands. Poor shot selection didn't help either, but I reckon Patto, Cummins and Lyon are the backbone of Australia's future bowling structure. Like Patto, Lyon bowled exceptionally well. What I've noticed is that he is very similar to Hauritz: firstly, their bowling action is very similar. secondly, their names are both "Nathan Michael".

  • jonesy2 on December 4, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    absolutely incredible. just shows australia's embarrassment of riches in the talent department. i will admit hughes looks like he is the oppositions fielding coach giving the slips catching practise but he needs to be given all the opportunities possible to become a great player. unbelievable the speeds siddle was bowling, fastest in test matches since brett lee. siddle looks like a new player, getting swing and whatever else on top of his speed and brilliant short ball bowling, just add him to the ridiculous collection of fast bowlers

  • yuio3456 on December 4, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    @tushar naik starc is definately not a first choice bowler. he is the most overated bowler in australia, and i would have copeland in the attack rather than him

  • BravoBravo on December 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Congratulations to AUS for a big win. NZ looked promising in their first inning, but fell like a house of cards in second innings. BB McCullum is only good to be playing in IPL, where all the loosers play to satisfy their ego and to generate money. Well NZ good luck for 2nd test. They (AUS) are going through a lean patch but I still believe that AUS team is a class apart.

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Also, how good was it to see the greatest fielder ever back in the slips!

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Warner/Watson/khawaja/Pointing/Clarke/marsh/Haddin/Starc/Cummins/pattinson/Siddle/lyon ,India will have to bat Really well ,to have some competition in coming series,India bowling will get hammered if Pitches dont turn square ,Ashwin may do well as he has variation

  • Sanj747 on December 4, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Good attack and agree with comments on Hughes. Totally out of depth. As for the Kiwis, McCullum is an absolute wasted selection. When is this bloke ever going to shut up and let the bat talk. Probably never. As for Ross Taylor, mate as captain there needs to be some leadership in the batting.

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Utter domination, a 'massacre' as I predicted. Am really looking forward to all the anti-Aussie fans making excuses and/or not saying a thing. Keeping bagging us out, and we will continue to win. Predicted whitewashes against us in SL, SA and against NZ by clueless fans on cricinfo (by POms, Indians, Saffers, SL's and Kiwis) have not gone unoticed. As I have said many a time underestimate us at your own peril. This brilliant team will soon be at #1 where we belong. On another note, it is time to give Haddin and Siddle (who achieved as many wickets as Mike Hussey in the 2nd innings) the chop!

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    That's Great Victory.In the Preview of the test Match the NewZealand had said that Australia was not to be feared at all.But now the result is Still better than I expected.At least Newzealandwasable to avoid an innings Defeat.Of course therevwas lean period for Australia for some time especially in the W /C.But underestimating Australia who reigned Cricket World for a long time & expecting them to be in the same fate of WI was never reasonable.Australia& SA are 2 international Teams whom every other International Teams should approach with Caution. this also appears to be lesson for India also to take Ausralia very seriously particulary in view of their recent wins against SA& in this test match against NZ. Pattinson the debutant with a 5 Wickets haul deserves every praise. He looks like a big prospects as is evident from his way of Bowling& Bowling Action. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • chad_reid on December 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    get rid of hughes he sucks doesnt want to change his technique after given so many chances when marsh is fit get let him and warner open for now khawaja can open pattinson is awesome as all aussies know siddle should be out starc is no way better than cuttings and mitchell marsh my team when all players are fit

    warner, marsh, khawaja, clarke, hussey, watson, wade, pattinson, cutting, cummings and lyon/okeefe

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    great attack for the future with cummins,pattinson,starc andlyon as the first choice, with copeland ,hazzelwood to follow in the pace battery...

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Bravo to young Pattinson.

    But surely the axe has to fall on Phil Hughes. Averaging just 25 from his last 9 tests and the way he got out in the second innings at Brisbane showed not only a technical problem with his game but a mental one also.

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  • on December 4, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Bravo to young Pattinson.

    But surely the axe has to fall on Phil Hughes. Averaging just 25 from his last 9 tests and the way he got out in the second innings at Brisbane showed not only a technical problem with his game but a mental one also.

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    great attack for the future with cummins,pattinson,starc andlyon as the first choice, with copeland ,hazzelwood to follow in the pace battery...

  • chad_reid on December 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    get rid of hughes he sucks doesnt want to change his technique after given so many chances when marsh is fit get let him and warner open for now khawaja can open pattinson is awesome as all aussies know siddle should be out starc is no way better than cuttings and mitchell marsh my team when all players are fit

    warner, marsh, khawaja, clarke, hussey, watson, wade, pattinson, cutting, cummings and lyon/okeefe

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    That's Great Victory.In the Preview of the test Match the NewZealand had said that Australia was not to be feared at all.But now the result is Still better than I expected.At least Newzealandwasable to avoid an innings Defeat.Of course therevwas lean period for Australia for some time especially in the W /C.But underestimating Australia who reigned Cricket World for a long time & expecting them to be in the same fate of WI was never reasonable.Australia& SA are 2 international Teams whom every other International Teams should approach with Caution. this also appears to be lesson for India also to take Ausralia very seriously particulary in view of their recent wins against SA& in this test match against NZ. Pattinson the debutant with a 5 Wickets haul deserves every praise. He looks like a big prospects as is evident from his way of Bowling& Bowling Action. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Utter domination, a 'massacre' as I predicted. Am really looking forward to all the anti-Aussie fans making excuses and/or not saying a thing. Keeping bagging us out, and we will continue to win. Predicted whitewashes against us in SL, SA and against NZ by clueless fans on cricinfo (by POms, Indians, Saffers, SL's and Kiwis) have not gone unoticed. As I have said many a time underestimate us at your own peril. This brilliant team will soon be at #1 where we belong. On another note, it is time to give Haddin and Siddle (who achieved as many wickets as Mike Hussey in the 2nd innings) the chop!

  • Sanj747 on December 4, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Good attack and agree with comments on Hughes. Totally out of depth. As for the Kiwis, McCullum is an absolute wasted selection. When is this bloke ever going to shut up and let the bat talk. Probably never. As for Ross Taylor, mate as captain there needs to be some leadership in the batting.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Warner/Watson/khawaja/Pointing/Clarke/marsh/Haddin/Starc/Cummins/pattinson/Siddle/lyon ,India will have to bat Really well ,to have some competition in coming series,India bowling will get hammered if Pitches dont turn square ,Ashwin may do well as he has variation

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Also, how good was it to see the greatest fielder ever back in the slips!

  • BravoBravo on December 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Congratulations to AUS for a big win. NZ looked promising in their first inning, but fell like a house of cards in second innings. BB McCullum is only good to be playing in IPL, where all the loosers play to satisfy their ego and to generate money. Well NZ good luck for 2nd test. They (AUS) are going through a lean patch but I still believe that AUS team is a class apart.

  • yuio3456 on December 4, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    @tushar naik starc is definately not a first choice bowler. he is the most overated bowler in australia, and i would have copeland in the attack rather than him