Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart, 1st day December 9, 2011

Pattinson five-for puts Australia in control

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Australia 1 for 12 (Martin 1-12) trail New Zealand 150 (Brownlie 56, Pattinson 5-51, Siddle 3-42) by 138 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Phillip Hughes was caught Martin Guptill, bowled Chris Martin yet again, after Australia's quicks made the most of a verdant Hobart pitch to rout New Zealand for a meagre 150 on a rain-shortened day one of the second Test.

The visitors' abject total was made to look a little rosier by the opening overs of Australia's reply, as Hughes pushed at Martin's angle and offered Guptill a catch for the third time in as many innings. Usman Khawaja also eluded two appeals for caught behind, while the debutant Trent Boult worried David Warner a little with his left-arm swing before the showers arrived at 1 for 12.

Club team-mates Peter Siddle and James Pattinson had shared eight wickets between them for Australia, Siddle plucking two of the first three wickets as he pitched the ball up with intent. Pattinson's five maintained the striking impact he had made on debut in Brisbane, and he will be on a hat-trick in the second innings. Mitchell Starc, though still changeable in his line and length, nipped out the other two.

Of New Zealand's batsmen, Dean Brownlie again showed a steady hand in his punchy 56, while Brendon McCullum fought a losing battle in the most treacherous of the conditions. Theirs were rare hold-ups for Australia's bowlers.

Having struggled against seam, swing and spin in Brisbane, the visitors were in dreadful strife on a pitch that offered plenty of encouragement to the bowlers, having already suffered the loss of Daniel Vettori to a hamstring strain during the warm-ups. Their captain Ross Taylor summed up the team's frustration with an angry reaction to his lbw dismissal.

Michael Clarke has won few tosses as captain, but as in Galle against Sri Lanka, had the benefit of winning one that seemed critical to the final outcome. On a pitch as green and dark in appearance as many experienced observers could remember, Clarke gave his pacemen first use of the ball, and they quickly set about tearing apart New Zealand's fragile top order.

Utilising an intelligent full length, Siddle struck in the day's second over: he seamed one away to clip the outside edge, aided by Martin Guptill's bat being angled towards wide mid on.

Jesse Ryder was promoted to No. 3 but immediately found himself battling against deliveries moving in both directions. Pattinson swung one down the line of middle and leg stumps to pin him in front, but the third umpire Aleem Dar appeared to ignore circumstantial evidence of a faint inside edge in sending Ryder on his way after Clarke had referred the on-field umpire Nigel Llong's initial negative verdict.

Taylor was also lbw, offering no stroke to a Siddle delivery that seamed back sharply towards off stump. He immediately referred the verdict as the ball had seemingly struck him above his back pad, but replays showed a bent right leg and the ball's predicted path clattering into the off bail. Angry to be out, Taylor expressed his displeasure, perhaps encouraged to do so by a few choice words from the Australian celebratory huddle.

A patch of milder cricket followed, McCullum and Kane Williamson fighting as best they could as the hosts momentarily lost their best direction. Starc again swung the ball but could not find the consistency of line he needed, and was a fortunate beneficiary when Williamson swished at a ball curling down the legside only to nick it to Brad Haddin.

Pattinson had returned to the attack to replace Siddle, and found the ball of the morning to account for McCullum after 98 minutes of desperate resistance. McCullum pushed forward at an away swinger that was devious in its change of direction and precise in its length, and snicked behind, cursing once he had done so.

The next man, Reece Young, was beaten twice in three balls, and to his fourth withdrew his bat too late to prevent it from cuffing the ball onto the stumps. At this point there seemed a chance of New Zealand being bowled out by lunch, but Brownlie and Doug Bracewell survived.

On resumption, Brownlie and Bracewell continued to fight under sunnier skies, before Siddle found enough seam to prompt another outside edge, this time held at slip by Clarke. Tim Southee might have been out first ball, Siddle taking the shoulder of his bat then screeching in exasperation as the ball flew at catchable height between Clarke and Ricky Ponting.

Southee managed a couple of firm blows, and stayed with Brownlie until he had passed 50 for the second time in the series. Starc returned to the attack to have Southee dragging on, before Brownlie fell in a similar manner to Pattinson and Chris Martin was bowled first ball.

The visitors had suffered a serious blow even before play began, losing Vettori to left hamstring tightness that he aggravated during the morning warm-up. His place in the XI was taken by the debutant Boult, meaning New Zealand have an all seam bowling attack.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on December 11, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I know Cowan is almost back up to a FC ave of 40 & Rogers still has some legs in him, but I what I saw of Hughes on Day 3, I think he is more than capable of seeing off Sharma, who is no better than Martin (taking into account the last 3 yrs). I'll trust the selectors to make the right decision whatever that is!

  • josh2david on December 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @sarath 1948 I disagree with you, T20 batsmen still can perform in test it's all about mental approach, there are plenty of batsman out there shewag , dravid , sanga , mahela kallis all are good players for any fomat of the game.

  • popcorn on December 10, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Dean Brownlie played grade cricket at Perth, wasn't good enough to be chosen for Western Australia, goes to New Zealand,plays for the Test Team, and in the last 3 innings has scored 3 fifies.Try exporting Phil Hughes to New Zealand. They won't even let him in. Ross Taylor and his team must be laughing their guts out - he dared Australia to select Philip Hughes, they did, and 3 times out of three, Hughes got out for a low score - and all three times - caught in the slips,by Guptill bowled Martin. he will NEVER learn. Drop him forever.He is a burden to our Test Team.

  • Prema1948 on December 10, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    This is what happens when you employ technically defective batsmen as front-line batters. Test matches are planned for 5 days therefore you have to have openers who are solid in technique and quick in reflexes to overcome conditions aren't conducive for batting. No team can employ T/20 batters as openers, who're always in attacking mood. The good batsman is always properly placed & in a position to leave balls there to be left alone. Sri Lanka is suffering with this same problem for the last 25 years.

  • on December 10, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    What kind of pitches are these............fun with the bowling...............I don't see fun.........there will be more fun with little bit of batting............

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    ChrisMartin has struck thrice to put Aussies in disarray.But Aussies are not easily surrendering type. Of course Martin is. Very good pacer even better than Dale Steyne as far as bowling techniques are concerned.He is good with Bat Too. A good all rounder for NZ. But their score being just 150 ,does not seem to be worth enough to contain the Australians who have proved time and again that they are not sucesptible to pressure &,in easily surrendering.Even Johnson & other bowlers are capable of rising to occasion to deliver with Bat also.So it is not yet time to rejoice for NZ. But still a good challenge to the Australian Bowlers.Unless,Tailor, McLLum,& Vettori do well with bat they still face a big upheaval task! SreedharanMundanat

  • Will90 on December 10, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    @Ram, an ideal wicket generally flattens out after lunch on the first day. If team B is good enough, they can survive the first session and put up a reasonable score. If it is less than ideal and remains bowler-friendly, it won't magically become a road when Team A comes out, as can be seen this morning.

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    aussies 35-4.... ... god i am loving this...

  • on December 9, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    ponting gone also... so called legend cannot score on a green pitch... ha haahh haa... come one aussies... whats happening....

  • on December 9, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    hmmm... so a green pitch is an ideal pitch.. but turning pitches in sub continent are not sporty... why because english and aussies cannot play spin... lol....hypocrites.. forget aussie bowlers.. even indias club team bowlers will help themselves to a bagful of wickets on these pitches... I want the same pitches for all India matches.. our bowlers have enough bite and dravid,tendulkar,laxman have enough class to shatter the aussies... BRING IT ON.... and for sehwag pitches do not matter...if he is on song no one can stop him... lets see how pattinson copes up with batsmen of such class

  • Meety on December 11, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I know Cowan is almost back up to a FC ave of 40 & Rogers still has some legs in him, but I what I saw of Hughes on Day 3, I think he is more than capable of seeing off Sharma, who is no better than Martin (taking into account the last 3 yrs). I'll trust the selectors to make the right decision whatever that is!

  • josh2david on December 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @sarath 1948 I disagree with you, T20 batsmen still can perform in test it's all about mental approach, there are plenty of batsman out there shewag , dravid , sanga , mahela kallis all are good players for any fomat of the game.

  • popcorn on December 10, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Dean Brownlie played grade cricket at Perth, wasn't good enough to be chosen for Western Australia, goes to New Zealand,plays for the Test Team, and in the last 3 innings has scored 3 fifies.Try exporting Phil Hughes to New Zealand. They won't even let him in. Ross Taylor and his team must be laughing their guts out - he dared Australia to select Philip Hughes, they did, and 3 times out of three, Hughes got out for a low score - and all three times - caught in the slips,by Guptill bowled Martin. he will NEVER learn. Drop him forever.He is a burden to our Test Team.

  • Prema1948 on December 10, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    This is what happens when you employ technically defective batsmen as front-line batters. Test matches are planned for 5 days therefore you have to have openers who are solid in technique and quick in reflexes to overcome conditions aren't conducive for batting. No team can employ T/20 batters as openers, who're always in attacking mood. The good batsman is always properly placed & in a position to leave balls there to be left alone. Sri Lanka is suffering with this same problem for the last 25 years.

  • on December 10, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    What kind of pitches are these............fun with the bowling...............I don't see fun.........there will be more fun with little bit of batting............

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    ChrisMartin has struck thrice to put Aussies in disarray.But Aussies are not easily surrendering type. Of course Martin is. Very good pacer even better than Dale Steyne as far as bowling techniques are concerned.He is good with Bat Too. A good all rounder for NZ. But their score being just 150 ,does not seem to be worth enough to contain the Australians who have proved time and again that they are not sucesptible to pressure &,in easily surrendering.Even Johnson & other bowlers are capable of rising to occasion to deliver with Bat also.So it is not yet time to rejoice for NZ. But still a good challenge to the Australian Bowlers.Unless,Tailor, McLLum,& Vettori do well with bat they still face a big upheaval task! SreedharanMundanat

  • Will90 on December 10, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    @Ram, an ideal wicket generally flattens out after lunch on the first day. If team B is good enough, they can survive the first session and put up a reasonable score. If it is less than ideal and remains bowler-friendly, it won't magically become a road when Team A comes out, as can be seen this morning.

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    aussies 35-4.... ... god i am loving this...

  • on December 9, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    ponting gone also... so called legend cannot score on a green pitch... ha haahh haa... come one aussies... whats happening....

  • on December 9, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    hmmm... so a green pitch is an ideal pitch.. but turning pitches in sub continent are not sporty... why because english and aussies cannot play spin... lol....hypocrites.. forget aussie bowlers.. even indias club team bowlers will help themselves to a bagful of wickets on these pitches... I want the same pitches for all India matches.. our bowlers have enough bite and dravid,tendulkar,laxman have enough class to shatter the aussies... BRING IT ON.... and for sehwag pitches do not matter...if he is on song no one can stop him... lets see how pattinson copes up with batsmen of such class

  • nicevans on December 9, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    @ capt. meanster... Lets see how NZ go against South Africa at home before writing them off to some silly 2nd tier system. NZ have played poorly but we can still be competitive, especially at home (as Australia, South Africa, England etc have found out over the years) Losing players like Styris, Fleming etc has been a big blow in a country where cricket in reality is not a big sport, and our talent pool and player numbers are limited. I dont think a '2nd tier system' will help the minor sides to improve at all. Like it or not, i think the only way foward is for the minor nations to keep playing the better sides on a regular basis. Problem for NZ is that we just dont play enough test cricket full stop.

  • Meety on December 9, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @davidpk - "..but at least try to be fair about it.." - have you seen the weather? Also - Hobart is as close as it gets to NZ conditions outside NZ, that's fair! England's pitches during their summer was every bit as "Green" - Hobart has had a lot of the greass shaved off, so is not as bad as you think. It was a good toss to win, but you get that!

  • josh2david on December 9, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @G Sri cricket fans s have some qualities, you should appreciate the palyers who played well, please open your eyes

  • Stark62 on December 9, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    I hope Aus selectors stick with Hughes because he is a really destructive batsmen.

    He is right up there with the other young batting talents in world cricket like: Kohli, Umar, Bravo, Williamson and Ingram.

    They need to do what SL did with Jayasuriya and give him the confidence by backing him to play his natural game.

  • Wozza-CY on December 9, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @hyclass- I take your point & as usual, it is very well made. I am a fan of D'Costas & would love to have him as Oz batting coach rather then passing his knowledge onto Indias next generation.I am also a fan of Hughes & really want him to do well. As an old pro I knew once said 'you can't fluke a hundred' & Hughes has a bag load of them! But post Argus review & with a few other openers around the country inform, it could be time to try someone else. Would you pick him in the India series?

  • dalboy12 on December 9, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    How could Ryder have been given out - maybe the Indians are on to something. Watch it again closely. The ball swings into Ryder front pad, and is still swinging further down leg. You can fully see the off and middle stump behind Ryder - which is normally a good sign that the ball is going to miss leg stump. Yet hawkeye has the ball hitting between middle and leg ----- there is no way that the ball could've hit there. And that is not to mention the other hot spot mark on the bat. Not that would've made much difference, just haven't seen such a bad display of tracking by hawkeye.

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    The pitch was not as bad as these comments indicate. There was some movement early, and it certainly accounted for McCullum, Guptill and Taylor. Ryder was unlucky to get a dubious decision early. Williamson got out to a great catch to a leg glance. Young left badly. And Hughes played a bad shot to a good ball. There is something in the pitch for the seamers, but there is more in the atmospheric conditions. It will probably swing again this morning then flatten out in the afternoon. A pitch doesn't make the ball swing.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 9, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    It's utterly comical to see Indian fans panicking and stressing over the possibility of a 4-0 Australian win on the next tour!

  • bumsonseats on December 9, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    to all indian supporters who during the eng v ind tour and the aftermath comments on here re england making green tops for them. well welcome to the real world, now this is what you call a green top. and im sorry if these are the wickets that you will be getting over the next 6 weeks or so, then its a 4 - 0 win to the aussies. you dont need a plethora of bowlers to get wickets on these. as a old aussie bowler with over 20 years of playing and coaching in oz says hes never seen a greener wicket or been able to pick it out from the outfield. i know they want to get back up the icc league but at least try to be fair about it. dpk

  • Srini_Indian on December 9, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Even my 2 months old pussy cat would have bowled on this rubbish track and ripped through NZ batting. After India series, Pattinson, Siddle would be no more in Australian set up. Get ready to chase the leather, Aussies!!!

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    A T/20 specialist, Phil Hughes, an All-rounder & the outcast

    These are the candidates to open the batting against India in the upcoming test series.

    What happened?!

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    the rise of australia starts ;)

  • montys_muse on December 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    i think nz cricket can only improve if they get few more imports from oz...may b time for katich to apply for nz residentship...

  • bigwonder on December 9, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Yawn, this is getting old and boring. Pace bowlers getting wickets on green pitches. a.k.a green pitch bullies. Surprisingly Cricinfo filters comments with green pitch bullies but happily lets through comments about other pitch bullies.

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    On an 'ideal' wicket: Team a wins the toss, puts Team B to bat. The 'ideal' wicket is semaing, so Team B plays till, say one hr into next morning, making a measly 220 odd runs. Team B now has a dried-out wicket, fit for batting, plays for say 3 days makes 550 odd runs, gets bored and declares. This leaves Team B with 330 runs to save an innings defeat on an 'ideal' wicket which now aids spin. Conclusion : the outcome of the match depends on the toss on an 'ideal' wicket.

  • WeeBee on December 9, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Missing Vettori ,His incomplete century in first inning of the first test resisted Ausies. You know i hate such pitches which dont have anything for batsman , a total bowler friendly track. Good effort by pattinson but i rather want him to take wickets on batting tracks , then his ability will be figured out.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 9, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    This guy is a wonderful bowler. He also resembles Brett Lee in many ways. I like his style of bowling. I think Australia have a good decent pace quartet in Copeland, Siddle, Pattinson and Cummings. If these guys can sustain their fitness levels, Australia should be able to depose all the POSERS at the top of test cricket and dominate again. Sadly though, they don't yet have a good spinner like Warne. Lyon is OK but not great. But seriously, Pattinson is looking nice. NZ... well I feel sorry for them. I think the ICC should now start to SERIOUSLY look at test rankings. I feel Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, NZ, WI etc should not play against top teams. We need a 2-tier structure with relegation system. ICC do something.... you are KILLING your beloved test cricket with your OWN hands.

  • couchpundit on December 9, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    "On a pitch so green that it barely qualified to be called a cut strip" LOL

  • Ajmalnumber1 on December 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    PATTINSON..YOU ARE 2ND DALE STAYEN.... BE READY FOR INDIAN AND IMPROVE YOUR LINE, LENGHT, AND IN/OUT SWINGERS......I WISH CUMIN ALSO COULD FIT. YOU PEOPLE STILL CAN BEAT INDIA BY CLEAN SWEEP...

  • chad_reid on December 9, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    MR BEAN SHUD REPLACE HUGHES

  • bigwonder on December 9, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Pattinson, another green-track bully, yawn!!. Its getting boring.

  • ed.dixon on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Whatever the question, Phil Hughes is not the answer.

  • Marcio on December 9, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    @jmcilhiney- people always whine when they lose the toss. This Hobart wicket is no different from the multie green tops that were prepared for the Ashes last year. The only difference - Australia had to bat first 4/5 times on those green wickets during the Ashes. Now, in this series they have had the better of conditions. Yes it is lucky. But luck comes and goes. NZ would have done better if they'd bowled first in these two games. But AUS would not have lost 3 games by an innings if they'd bowled first 4/5 times during the Ashes during the wettest summer in 100 years in Australia.

  • Barnesy4444 on December 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I'm a big backer of young Hughes. He has serious talent. He can be a run machine. But it seems like his headspace still has some maturing to do. Is it any coincidence that he seems to bat better with a stable, senior partner at the other end? If he does get dropped he needs to reinvent himself, the way Steve Waugh did when he eradicated the pull shot and many other risky shots completely for the rest of his career. Hughes has the natural ability and work ethic to do that.

  • MenFromMarts on December 9, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    I do not think Hughes should be in the team but geez I felt for him as he trudged off. I didn't snicker, nor was I mad, just felt really bad for the guy. I hope Michael Clarke now sees that it is not the media or the fans bashing Phil it is Phil bashing Phil. He'll come back but needs some First Class confidence. When is Tim Paine fit to play ?? Anyone know. Chris Rogers or Simon Katich for 1st Test with Warner.

  • guestspeaker on December 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    I love test cricket best, but I'm looking forward to the short form games hoping the black caps can redeem themselves... one can only hope...

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Australian openers are as poor as the ones playing for Bangladesh.

  • Kiwi_Craig on December 9, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @ Irfan Ahmed. Yes that would be helpful, nz has a good south african who does really well in our domestic cricket and when he is eligible for nz at about april next year i think it is im sure he will walk into the national team and start the wickets comming like he has been for otago. He was the leading wicket taker last season and also im predy sure he is again this season. Last season he got a world record 5 wickets in 1 over!!!. Come on blackcaps fight back against these aussies, it sort of gets annoying that rugby is the only sport that we can continuasly beat australia at. Good luck to india in there upcoming series against these aussies ill be cheering yous all the way. Well done virendir sewag you are a legend.

  • Matt. on December 9, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    nathan lyon bats better than phil hughes. this had better be his last chance

  • Zoshak on December 9, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Antipodean pictches are very unpredictable, I think NZ will bounce back

  • zn264 on December 9, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @Patchmaster I totally agree, the talent is there but the focus isn't. That wicket looked extremely challenging for the boys though, and I'm sure there will be some pay back tonight (I'm in London). Can't wait to enjoy a few and watch Marto rip it up. I mean really, could you tell when the outfield stopped and the pitch began? No Vettori is also a massive blow. C'MON boys you still have fans out there! Well about half a dozen anyway.

  • Bishop on December 9, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    To all those bagging NZ, have you even seen the pitch? I've played soccer on decks with less grass than that. Yesterday it was difficult to even tell which strip they planned on using. Biggest turning point of the game was at 10am when Clarke and Taylor met and tossed a coin to determine the outcome of the match. The ball was swinging a bit and seaming a mile. Bounce was already inconsistent. All the Australian bowlers had to do was consistently hit the seam which even club cricketers can do regularly. Brisbane was a debacle, but believe it or not, today was a much improved, gutsy performance from the Black caps. Batting got a little easier during the day, and even so Aus are 12/1 of which 7 runs came from the outside edge. That should tell you something. Top teams play 12-16 tests a year. NZ plays 5 this year. That is why NZ struggle. Today they showed some fight. Good on you kiwis. I'm still a fan.

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Why is Watto not playing?It feels bad when he not plays :(

  • Andrew202 on December 9, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Why does our bowling attack look so much better? Because we're playing NZ. People really need to get a grip and not get overexcited about any of this. We're playing one of the worst teams in the world. I'd bet my bottom dollar Mitch Johnson would be taking swags of wickets against these guys too.

  • amclean on December 9, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Of most concern for me is the change in batting order. There was no good reason to move Ryder from 3 in the first place as Williamson should have been given time down the order as Aus did with Ponting. But, once Wright had decided that 3 was Kane's spot, where is the logic of reversing the decision in the middle of the series? Based on this yo-yo approach, I'd be surprised if Brownlie doesn't bat in the top 4 in the second innings!

  • on December 9, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Forget about the brilliant players lower down the order, periods of relative strength for NZ coincide with them having solidity at the top - Glenn Turner in the early 70s, Edgar & Wright (although Edgar without Wright wouldn't have worked wheras Wright alone did) through the 1980s and Richardson around 2000. When the latter retired, the test team got progressively worse. Their test record bears out that NZ need to focus on producing a solid pair of openers as their first consideration after which the rest will fall in place.

  • spiritwithin on December 9, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    as an indian i m now worried of india's chances after pattinson's performance..will there be another 0-4 or 0-3 rout for india like in england,most probably(though i hope not)...aus after few hiccups in the last three years atlast unearthed two genuine world class bowlers,it was quite a long time to recover(3yrs) for australians by aus standards after senior players retirement,for other teams its understandable who needs more time to settle,want to see Ponting to play well,he deserve to have a last hurray by winning the Ashes in eng next time,the only worry is their openers,Warner and Hughes does'nt look like a good opener but the middle order with Marsh,hussey,ponting,watson looks balanced and settled...good luck to NZ,lets hope they give a better fight in the remaining days

  • hyclass on December 9, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @Wozza-CY.Listening to Benaud commentating on Hughes dismissal was music to my ears.He identified 1 of the 2 reasons in Hughes technique that he is struggling. For more than 2 years,I have been saying that his game was forcibly altered by Nielsen.So did DeCosta,Hughes & Clarkes mentor.One of the 2 changes I identified back then was a complete change in his grip from a closed face an open one.Balls that used to go down the ground or through extra cover were now going to slip.His stance at the wicket & back foot to leg put his body in perfect position to cover bounce & swing.Now his footwork is slow & hes often out of position.Langer has had 18 months to fix these 2 faults & has made it far worse.Benaud identified the grip problem,while on air today.Its that obvious.Hughes is not a traditional side on player & cannot play front on with a side on technique.Its stupid coaching & hasnt worked.Hughes is a prodigy.8 100s & 1637 runs at 96 in 10 games pre 09 Ashes before he was 'coached'.

  • jmcilhinney on December 9, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    I will preface this by saying that I haven't seen any footage of the game, so I don't know exactly how well Australia bowled, how poorly NZ batted or what the exact state of the pitch is. A lot of fans from the subcontinent talk about double standards when pitches that spin a lot early on can be called "poor" while pitches that favour seam bowling early on are not. I think that that's generally rubbish because a good test match wicket should favour seam early, get easier for batting in the middle and favour spin at the end. If a pitch favours spin early then it's just going to favour spin the whole way through. That said, from what I've read, it sounds like this Hobart wicket could well warrant being called "poor" for being far too under-prepared. It will be interesting to see whether the Australians have trouble batting on it and whether anyone else shows interest in its condition. I'm sure that there are many Indians who will have something to say if India get a pitch like this.

  • tfjones1978 on December 9, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    This is the most vulnerable that Australian Cricket has been in 30 years and yet we are still flogging NZ. I think this gives support to the idea of a multiple division Test & Test A competition. Top tier should be six teams (Eng, Ind, SA, Aust, Srl & Pak) whom can all be competitive. The second tier should be six teams (NZ, WI, Bang, Zimb, Ireland & ICup team). Top tier should play each other home & away (three each) and a one-off test against each of second tier teams at 2nd tier's home over a four year period. Second tier should play each other home & away (two each) with the one-off test against each of top tier teams at 2nd tier's home. This would allow a minimum of 30 tests against similar ability and 6 tests against the other tier over a four year period. Add in optional extra tours or extended tours then this would give 10 to 12 tests. A solution could be for 1st vs 2nd tier matches, add extra time on tour for two more brief tests incase first test draw or upset.

  • whitesXI on December 9, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    @hayden jones- Starc easily the best bowler?! All of Starc's wickets have been very VERY fortunate . while his variance is a great asset in the shorter fromats, I can't help but think that once someone has faced enough of his deliveries the four bad balls an over that have somehow not been put away during the first test and this innings will be blasted to the boundary for repeated boundaries. Consistency is a requirement for test match bowling and Starc has to improve that to go with his unique action

  • Rooboy on December 9, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Petulant display from Taylor. If you dish it, cop it in return, sook.

  • bobbo2 on December 9, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I think NZ is trying but the application isn't there. Supporting NZ is a tough gig but once every few years they pull out a blinder - which makes it all worth while. C'mon NZ a few cheap wickets and we're back in it!

  • popcorn on December 9, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    This has GOT to be the END of Phil Hughes. Forever. He has been given TOO MANY CHANCES,and has FAILED EVERY TIME. One score of 88 amongst several single figures,does not warrant him a place in the side.He has got out the SAME way - 20 times now in 28 innings that he has been out caught by the wicket keeper, or slips,or gully. Three times in Three innings in this Two Test Series.Caught Guptill bowled Martin.Enough is enough.If he is chosen again,there will be no value of the Argus Review,which says thatselection should be on performance.Simon Katich should NEVER have been dropped.Phil Hughes is a burden on the Team. Creates gloom in the dressing room. Undependable.David Warner, Usman Khawaja,Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson have better technique.Until Ponting retires, three of these four can fill places 1,2 and 3.After Ponting retires,the one remaining can take his place.If Shane Watson or Shaun Marsh cannot play due to fitness, we still have places 1,2,3 covered.

  • RiscoGrande on December 9, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    @samincolumbia, were u even watching the match? dont think you would see that kind of wicket in a t20 match, and minnow? where did australia come at the world cup...

  • on December 9, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    haha GIVE UP captainacy ross tyalor !! thats not sportsmanship, being angry over the lbw dismissal !!

  • on December 9, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    NZ is a mediocre team in tests, they're far better in ODIs n T20s .. they dont have batsmen with temperament .. all batsmen want to hit sixes. Aussie all the way in this one

  • on December 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    This is the first time I am not missing McGrath and Lee. I think Australia has come up with some really fine pace bowlers. Still could do better in the spin department. I think the world cup would have been a different story for Australia had these young bowlers been introduced earlier.

  • vbkrish on December 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    I feel sorry for Ross Taylor.But he is out of form along with McCullum and Ryder. It is better NZ team is grouped with Windies,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and they should play with each other more often.NZ never played better cricket outside their country.

  • justcricket1 on December 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Why teams like New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh play test cricket, I dont remember when these teams played well in Test cricket in last decade.

  • Gizza on December 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    The Brisbane Test was a battle between 10 vs 2. Everyone in the Australian team except for Hughes vs Vettori and Brownlie. This Test looks like 10 vs 1 unless something dramatically changes.

  • VivGilchrist on December 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    What a wasted opportunity. Hughes, again nicks it behind the wicket for not much. Would've been good to see if Christian could cut it batting at no6 at this level. In a couple of weeks were going to be playing a very strong Indian batting line-up where a 5th bowler would be very handy. With Watto's fitness a bit of a worry at the moment, this has turned out to a bit of an opportunity wasted. Also shows how persisting with a player out of form can destroy there confidence rather than build it.

  • RandyOZ on December 9, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    This is the best side in the world at the moment. I want everyone to keep underestimating us. We will keep destroying sides like this. India - you are next! The United XI must be getting sweaty palms, will they slip against Pakistan?!

  • SirBobJones on December 9, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    "...stayed with Brownlie until the ersatz West Australian had passed 50 for the second time in the series". I just looked up what "ersatz" means, never having heard it before, and I propose it is out of context here or at the very least doing Dean Brownlie a disservice. Frustrating that the best NZ top 6 bat of the series is really an Aussie. So am I mind you, but I mean frustrating for the Kiwis in that he wasn't raised in their system. Looking at the batsmen NZ have tried in recent times though, I think their top 6 now is the best - I don't think Redmond, How, Fulton, Cumming, Flynn, Broom, etc would do any better. Guptill was the best of that "musical chairs" period so they're right to stick with him. Possibly McIntosh could come in if they need someone to hold down an end, but his form isn't great domestically at the moment. Bowling looking a little more promising though I suppose, I reckon Mills should at least be in the squad though. Thanks for readin' - Sir Bob.

  • kitten on December 9, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Taylor was critical of his batsmen after the first test. He was equally to blame, and even in this test he has failed in the first innings. When a captain falls cheaply it demoralizes the whole team. Vettori was a good captain, but recently he is being felled by injuries, time and again. It's a shame. He is one very good allrounder. I am really amazed by Brownlie's performances. All three innings that he has played, he has proved difficult to get out. I wish some of the others did at least half as well as him. He should be made Captain!

  • Drew2 on December 9, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    @Aspraso If you think Australia bat for records apart from winning tests, you have no idea. Take Bangladesh and Zimbabwe out ot the career records of India and Sri lanka and watch their averages plummet.

  • VinodGupte on December 9, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    It is about time South African cricketers played for NZ instead of ENG.

  • Sulli001 on December 9, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Honestly the ICC should revoke NZ's Test cricket status...., this is a joke all out for 150 again!!..All the talk about accountablity and standing up is rubbish, the top 5 batsmen again dismissed for less that 50 runs. I would sack the lot of them, I really thought John Wright was going to make a difference, I was wrong!

  • dsig3 on December 9, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    They seem to have lost that grit. Australia have aswell in the last few years to some extent, they just dont value their wicket enough. Always at a disadvantage with population but I would think that wicket is not dissimilar to something found in NZ. I dont think Ross Taylor is going to toughen up any cricketing side, but who else is there?

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 9, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    I think NZ are giving the aussies the perfect "net practise" before they face the real test against the Indians...

  • satish619chandar on December 9, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Shot out for 150 is not that bad.. Conditions were helping the bowlers much and it is the manner which they got out.. NZ missed Vettori.. I think they should make him bat in top 5 next time.. They do need stability in top order..

  • Okakaboka on December 9, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Why does our bowling attack look so much better? Ummmm???? .......Someone is missing. Even Haddin is keeping better???? No more of "Over here and over there"!

  • on December 9, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Nz doing the best they can only a country of 4.5 million, how many sports can they realistically play well, they need start recruiting pakistani, indians, and south africans from the under 19 world cups.

  • Wozza-CY on December 9, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Well, I think the selectors have done the right thing by Hughes through 7 tests over the last three series. Unfortunately he hasn't come up to scratch & that little experiment should be put to be for the time being. Ed Cowan anyone?

  • popcorn on December 9, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    This is great news for Australia. Competition for places in the Top Order, competitor amongst the bowlers,a new Coach, a grat batting coach, a brilliant fielding coach - Australia will be the Number One Test Side by next summer.

  • Aspraso on December 9, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    The Kiwis are very kind whipping boys for the Aussies enabling the latter to notch their records !!

  • samincolumbia on December 9, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Another T20 match pretending to be a test match!! This match will get over in 2 days. It seems that CA scheduled this series against the minnows to get the confidence of their players up before the India series.

  • TheLoneStranger on December 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    What is meant by "circumstantial" evidence? He either nicked it or he didn't. If he didn't, then Dar should be hauled over the coals, especially as the on-field umpire gave the batsman not out.

  • Patchmaster on December 9, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    I'm an NZ fan, and really liek to support the Black Caps, but I hate to see their lack of application, it genuinely looks like they are a group of ODI players and are rabbits in the headlights in Test Matches. It doesn't need to be this way though, the NZ team employs a head coach, and a batting coach and a team shrink, so I feel they are also responsible for this poor approach and weak mental Test match state that the Black Caps are in. I genuinely feel that we have enough talent to compete much better than this, but with people like Ryder clearly over weight and under prepared, Taylor looking lost and distant, and McCullum not interested in Test Matches, then I would rather see more young players like Brownlie being brought on. I think dropping Taylor would certainly give him a boot up the backside that he needs, Ryder should be treated like the ENG team treated Patel. C'mon NZ - you still have our support, but we need to see you trying harder to be Test Match players.

  • jr1972 on December 9, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    You mean Ross Taylor walked and talked at the same time! How on Earth did he remain on his feet. This guy sums up the NZ side, utterly bereft of intelligence.

  • on December 9, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    As a NZ supporter i have to say to the team "JUST GIVE UP" put us out of our misery. NZ shouldnt play cricket anymore. your making us all look bad

  • Meety on December 9, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    re: Photo - "Not happy" is a light way of describing his reaction there!

  • Claydo78 on December 9, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    hats off to the australian bowlers, taking wickets in bowler friendly conditions! pattinson is really liking like a good bowler, pitching it up. Its a real shame we dont have someone bowling at the other end with abit of class. pattinson and harris taking the new ball would be great to see. but this is the worst series to have leading into india. indian batsmen have just to much class to be getting themselves out like the new zealanders continue to do, granted mcullums wicket was just about unplayable. its great getting our bowlers full off confidence but its a long way down when india are 3 for 600 odd on a road in adelaide or perth!

  • on December 9, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    what a surprise! Taylor another low score. He's just not up to Test cricket, unfortunately a slow learner and he's our captain. what a joke.

  • dms1972 on December 8, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    To all those telling us that Ponting is not one the great batsman of all time and telling us that Ponting had greats all around him, please stop using double standards. Stop ignoring the fact that Tendulkar has had players like Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Harbhajan, and Laxman playing with him. And don't use the argument that Ponting never had to face McGrath and Warne. Next you'll tell us that Warne and McGrath were never any good because they never had to bowl to Hayden, Langer, Ponting and Gilchrist. Ponting may not have had to face McGrath and Warne but he had to face the likes of Walsh, Ambrose, Muralitharan, Donald, Pollock, Kumble, Harbhajan, Shoaib Akhtar, Steyn etc

  • on December 8, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Really? Why wouldnt we travel with a 2nd spinner. This NZ outfit is just turning from bad to worse under Ross Taylor! I rate Taylor as a bat but as a captain......NO!

  • on December 8, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I'm incredibly excited for this match, especially to see how well Starc can perform. He was easily Australia's best bowler in the first innings of the first test, albeit slightly inconsistent, and I want to see if he can repeat or better this performance. On another less-related topic, has anyone noticed that Lyon has the same first and middle name as Hauritz (Nathan Michael)?

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  • on December 8, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I'm incredibly excited for this match, especially to see how well Starc can perform. He was easily Australia's best bowler in the first innings of the first test, albeit slightly inconsistent, and I want to see if he can repeat or better this performance. On another less-related topic, has anyone noticed that Lyon has the same first and middle name as Hauritz (Nathan Michael)?

  • on December 8, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Really? Why wouldnt we travel with a 2nd spinner. This NZ outfit is just turning from bad to worse under Ross Taylor! I rate Taylor as a bat but as a captain......NO!

  • dms1972 on December 8, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    To all those telling us that Ponting is not one the great batsman of all time and telling us that Ponting had greats all around him, please stop using double standards. Stop ignoring the fact that Tendulkar has had players like Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Harbhajan, and Laxman playing with him. And don't use the argument that Ponting never had to face McGrath and Warne. Next you'll tell us that Warne and McGrath were never any good because they never had to bowl to Hayden, Langer, Ponting and Gilchrist. Ponting may not have had to face McGrath and Warne but he had to face the likes of Walsh, Ambrose, Muralitharan, Donald, Pollock, Kumble, Harbhajan, Shoaib Akhtar, Steyn etc

  • on December 9, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    what a surprise! Taylor another low score. He's just not up to Test cricket, unfortunately a slow learner and he's our captain. what a joke.

  • Claydo78 on December 9, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    hats off to the australian bowlers, taking wickets in bowler friendly conditions! pattinson is really liking like a good bowler, pitching it up. Its a real shame we dont have someone bowling at the other end with abit of class. pattinson and harris taking the new ball would be great to see. but this is the worst series to have leading into india. indian batsmen have just to much class to be getting themselves out like the new zealanders continue to do, granted mcullums wicket was just about unplayable. its great getting our bowlers full off confidence but its a long way down when india are 3 for 600 odd on a road in adelaide or perth!

  • Meety on December 9, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    re: Photo - "Not happy" is a light way of describing his reaction there!

  • on December 9, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    As a NZ supporter i have to say to the team "JUST GIVE UP" put us out of our misery. NZ shouldnt play cricket anymore. your making us all look bad

  • jr1972 on December 9, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    You mean Ross Taylor walked and talked at the same time! How on Earth did he remain on his feet. This guy sums up the NZ side, utterly bereft of intelligence.

  • Patchmaster on December 9, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    I'm an NZ fan, and really liek to support the Black Caps, but I hate to see their lack of application, it genuinely looks like they are a group of ODI players and are rabbits in the headlights in Test Matches. It doesn't need to be this way though, the NZ team employs a head coach, and a batting coach and a team shrink, so I feel they are also responsible for this poor approach and weak mental Test match state that the Black Caps are in. I genuinely feel that we have enough talent to compete much better than this, but with people like Ryder clearly over weight and under prepared, Taylor looking lost and distant, and McCullum not interested in Test Matches, then I would rather see more young players like Brownlie being brought on. I think dropping Taylor would certainly give him a boot up the backside that he needs, Ryder should be treated like the ENG team treated Patel. C'mon NZ - you still have our support, but we need to see you trying harder to be Test Match players.

  • TheLoneStranger on December 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    What is meant by "circumstantial" evidence? He either nicked it or he didn't. If he didn't, then Dar should be hauled over the coals, especially as the on-field umpire gave the batsman not out.