Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart, 3rd day December 11, 2011

Hughes, Warner ride luck in chase

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Australia 136 and 0 for 72 (Warner 47*, Hughes 20*) need 169 runs to beat New Zealand 150 and 226 (Taylor 56, Lyon 3-25, Pattinson 3-54 , Siddle 3-66)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A fortunate Phillip Hughes and an enterprising David Warner guided Australia to 0 for 72 in pursuit of 241 following a tense start to the fourth innings in Hobart. Rain arrived during the tea break and could not be shaken, meaning the duo will resume on the fourth morning to confront the session in which 19 wickets have fallen over the first three days. New Zealand's bowlers will consider themselves in with a chance of disturbing the chase, particularly against the nervy Hughes.

He had gloved a catch down the legside off the bowling of Chris Martin when he was on 0, but the visitors' appeal was muted and no DRS referral was requested. Batting uncomfortably for his Test place, Hughes survived in the company of Warner, who played more confidently though he too had a slice of luck.

They were batting after rain delayed the post-lunch resumption, having watched New Zealand slip from 3 for 139 overnight to 9 for 203. New Zealand's lead was given an unlikely top-up by the last pair of debutant Trent Boult and Martin. Boult struck four boundaries and Martin survived nine balls before his partner swung Nathan Lyon into the deep.

Lyon's three wickets meant he had wrapped up the New Zealand tail for the third time in four innings, but it was Peter Siddle and James Pattinson who did the bulk of the heavy lifting for the hosts. Siddle struck in the first over of the morning and persisted admirably throughout, while Pattinson's swing and speed accounted for Ross Taylor, whose 56 was the highest score of the match, and the dogged Dean Brownlie.

Ricky Ponting was late to the ground on the third morning, having received the news that his grandmother had died overnight. His team-mates wore black armbands onto the field in recognition, and were soon patting Ponting on the back as he clung onto a sharp chance in the day's first over. Siddle moved the ball fractionally away from a perfect length, and Kane Williamson's feet did not move swiftly enough to avoid the edge.

Brownlie had been Australia's chief batting tormentor in this series, and for 32 runs he hung tough . The ball continued to seam and swing, Siddle and Pattinson persistent and pacey, but in the absence of a wicket Michael Clarke was forced to make a change. Mitchell Starc could not improve on his first-day bowling at the Gabba, but his short ball disrupted the visitors' progress by clouting Brownlie on the left wrist as he ducked. Magic spray was called for, and Brownlie's touch was affected.

Taylor watched it all from the other end, and in the next over he did not get far enough forward to negate Pattinson's away swing. As in Brisbane, he edged, offering a chance that Clarke held adeptly to his right. Pattinson with in fine rhythm in his second spell of the session, and a bouncer grazed Brownlie's ginger left glove on the way through to Brad Haddin.

Reece Young fell victim to Siddle's nip-backer, reward for a wonderfully relentless display, and Tim Southee was unable to contain himself against Lyon. The first ball sailed over Michael Hussey's head for six, the second skimmed beyond mid-off for four, and the third picked out Hussey in a foolhardy attempt to repeat the first. Doug Bracewell swung rashly two balls later to be bowled.

Martin was very nearly lbw to Lyon before he had scored, but evaded the appeal and allowed Boult to swing for the boundary. He did so with success until he picked out Hussey in much the same manner as Southee had done.

Hughes faced up to the first over of Australia's chase and played Martin solidly enough, but in the third he should have been out. He looked a guilty man as New Zealand chose not to refer to technology for proof of a gloved catch, and went on to capitalise on their oversight.

Warner was the more positive of the duo, eluding a trio of lbw appeals that did not quite meet the precise criteria for a dismissal, and once snicking Southee past his leg stump to the fine leg fence. He also managed a handful of more authoritative boundaries, and gave Hughes an embrace of solidarity as they walked off for the interval, and ultimately the day.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mak102480 on December 12, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Yeah, I did just see the new and improved Aussies crumble to defeat to the lowly new zealanders. Maybe the new and improved Aussies can compete with Bangladesh and WI.

  • on December 11, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    The only time England will worry about the Aussies in the near future,is if Warney and McGrath come out from their rest homes,as they are still better than this lot playing now.By the way the rumour is Johnsons is currently out of action ,because hes suffering from shock at actually keeping a delivery somewhere within 100 yards of the pitch.By the way,lads is it the new and improved Australia who got skittled for 130 in the first innings,and only got that,because Siddle showed yet again that hes a better batsman than bowler.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Gosh! Phil Hughes gone without adding anything to his over-night score. Is that his end? I guess!

  • MenFromMarts on December 11, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    AUstralia should win from hee but nothing is certain. One thing is certain though is that Starc is not ready for Test cricket. A win may help him avoid close scrutiny but I am afreaid there are too many in line to have him anywhere near Melbourne on Boxing Day. Why Copeland didn't play on this wicket still astounds me.

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    @mak102480 - you're lack of cricketing knowledge is gaping to say the least. It's so good to see all the poms and Indians showing their signs of worry at the new and improved Australia. I know our dominance is already shining bright, but there's no need to be so worried, afterall you guys are used to it! @HatsforBats, yeh don't worry mate we all know landl47 only ever comments when there is a bad session by Aus. That's why we've only heard from him once or twice lately. Similar to the period 1987-2007 where his lips were firmly shut!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 11, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Win loss ratio? Cummon people give me a break. China is never judged by how was it in 1945! I am an Indian fan and I agree that we were not a good team years ago..but now things have changed...just check the records of Ind vs Aus since 1996(Border gavaskar trophy) 28 matches, India leading 12-10 with 6 draws. And that was the period when aussies were the no-1 team. But we are better than you in last 15 years, the year since I started watching cricket as a 7 year old! Last 2 series in India, ozies are trailing 4-0 in 6 matches, while we have won matches the last two times we visited you.Period.

  • dalboy12 on December 11, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Owell as a Kiwi, at least I can be proud of our bowlers who punched above their weight in this series. I mean we are lead by guy whose 37, and then a couple of newbies - the one who has let us down is Tim Southee, he hasn't performed at all, his batting is careless and his bowling is sub-par on bowler friendly wickets. The batting is same old same old, we missed Vettori's batting in this test. Aussie's still have problems with the bat this is not a strong bowling attack and they have troubled them. I don't India have a bowling attack at the moment that will trouble them either (unless Zaheer Khan can get back to his best), but they had better improve their batting before they face England again.

  • hhillbumper on December 11, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Jonesey 2 good to have you back.It goes ominously quiet on here when Aus do bad.Aus will dominate for the next 10 years? Guess we will see won't we.Good to have you back fella.If Kiwis win will we hear from you then or mysteriously go quiet as per usual when your team does badly.Or as we call it every other day

  • mak102480 on December 11, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I think if proper DRS rules were in place - i.e. 3rd umpire calls for it - Hughes would have been out for a zero. And with a wicket that early and Ponting and the likes who can't play swing bowling anymore, Australia would have been 4 or 5 down by now. And they would have been on their way to a 100 run loss.

  • HatsforBats on December 11, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    @ landl47; it's funny isn't it, like how 06/07 never happened for the poms. If the Indians beat Eng in Ind I guess thier last summer never happened either.

  • mak102480 on December 12, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Yeah, I did just see the new and improved Aussies crumble to defeat to the lowly new zealanders. Maybe the new and improved Aussies can compete with Bangladesh and WI.

  • on December 11, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    The only time England will worry about the Aussies in the near future,is if Warney and McGrath come out from their rest homes,as they are still better than this lot playing now.By the way the rumour is Johnsons is currently out of action ,because hes suffering from shock at actually keeping a delivery somewhere within 100 yards of the pitch.By the way,lads is it the new and improved Australia who got skittled for 130 in the first innings,and only got that,because Siddle showed yet again that hes a better batsman than bowler.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Gosh! Phil Hughes gone without adding anything to his over-night score. Is that his end? I guess!

  • MenFromMarts on December 11, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    AUstralia should win from hee but nothing is certain. One thing is certain though is that Starc is not ready for Test cricket. A win may help him avoid close scrutiny but I am afreaid there are too many in line to have him anywhere near Melbourne on Boxing Day. Why Copeland didn't play on this wicket still astounds me.

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    @mak102480 - you're lack of cricketing knowledge is gaping to say the least. It's so good to see all the poms and Indians showing their signs of worry at the new and improved Australia. I know our dominance is already shining bright, but there's no need to be so worried, afterall you guys are used to it! @HatsforBats, yeh don't worry mate we all know landl47 only ever comments when there is a bad session by Aus. That's why we've only heard from him once or twice lately. Similar to the period 1987-2007 where his lips were firmly shut!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 11, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Win loss ratio? Cummon people give me a break. China is never judged by how was it in 1945! I am an Indian fan and I agree that we were not a good team years ago..but now things have changed...just check the records of Ind vs Aus since 1996(Border gavaskar trophy) 28 matches, India leading 12-10 with 6 draws. And that was the period when aussies were the no-1 team. But we are better than you in last 15 years, the year since I started watching cricket as a 7 year old! Last 2 series in India, ozies are trailing 4-0 in 6 matches, while we have won matches the last two times we visited you.Period.

  • dalboy12 on December 11, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Owell as a Kiwi, at least I can be proud of our bowlers who punched above their weight in this series. I mean we are lead by guy whose 37, and then a couple of newbies - the one who has let us down is Tim Southee, he hasn't performed at all, his batting is careless and his bowling is sub-par on bowler friendly wickets. The batting is same old same old, we missed Vettori's batting in this test. Aussie's still have problems with the bat this is not a strong bowling attack and they have troubled them. I don't India have a bowling attack at the moment that will trouble them either (unless Zaheer Khan can get back to his best), but they had better improve their batting before they face England again.

  • hhillbumper on December 11, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Jonesey 2 good to have you back.It goes ominously quiet on here when Aus do bad.Aus will dominate for the next 10 years? Guess we will see won't we.Good to have you back fella.If Kiwis win will we hear from you then or mysteriously go quiet as per usual when your team does badly.Or as we call it every other day

  • mak102480 on December 11, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I think if proper DRS rules were in place - i.e. 3rd umpire calls for it - Hughes would have been out for a zero. And with a wicket that early and Ponting and the likes who can't play swing bowling anymore, Australia would have been 4 or 5 down by now. And they would have been on their way to a 100 run loss.

  • HatsforBats on December 11, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    @ landl47; it's funny isn't it, like how 06/07 never happened for the poms. If the Indians beat Eng in Ind I guess thier last summer never happened either.

  • cricketlord2011 on December 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Really disappointed with kiwis efforts here. Another predictable Day 3 collapse means a sub par total and aus will most likely win it tomorrow even if we do take wickets in the morning. Looks like it will be a long while before we have the consistency to win against the major teams. Also, if I were an Aus selector I'd drop Hughes - 3 low scores and should've been another, against mid 130km/hr bowling, he'll only struggle further against quicker bowlers. Regretfully admit aus will win 3 or 4 down

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Its good to see the Aussie fans,havent lost their sense of humour.Number 1 in the world indeed,after all what more proof do you need than being bowled out for 47 and then beating the might of New Zealand.Of course after winning 8 and drawing 1 of their last 9 test series,England should be ranked below Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.It means nothing that against Pakistan,Australia,Sri Lanka and India,England have managed 7 Innings victories in 13 Tests.I do long for the day when England can maybe win the odd session against Australia.

  • on December 11, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    @BravoBravo: if we rank the teams by win to loss ratio you are right aus is top of the list(1.78 ratio) Pakistan is at no.3(1.10 ratio) and ind is at no.7 (0.78 ratio).

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @hris, well said about some hate comments here. And thanks for being level headed and not generalising all of us Indians under one blanket statement. Cheers! Ponting doesn't become a mortal just because some people think or wish so. His legendary status is set in stone. It's high time he is included in Cricinfo's Legends of Cricket List.

  • landl47 on December 11, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    I always get a good laugh from RandyOz and jonesy2. Last Summer never happened, did it, guys?

  • Peterincanada on December 11, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Sure Hughes got a huge break but I think he showed a lot of guts. I think he may have turned the corner because his dismissals were caused by temperament as much as technique. With four slips and a gully, the obvious stroke to play against the ball outside the off stump in seaming and swinging conditions is the leave. Unless the ball is a rank long hop of course. His defence was very tight, he showed patience, which he had not displayed previously. I hope he makes a big score because I think he has tremendous up side. Too many people forget the runs he piled up in 08-09 and you don't do that without talent.

  • Celtics24 on December 11, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Warner was the more positive of the duo, "eluding a trio of lbw appeals that did not quite meet the precise criteria for a dismissal" Uh WHAT? None of those deliveries were going to hit the stumps, at least two of them comfortably, you're making it out as though he got lucky with the decisions. I'd have hoped a precise criteria for an LBW dismissal would be for the ball to hit the stumps.........

  • Marcio on December 11, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    I'll make this prediction. If NZ win, the Indian sneer campaign will continue (you always know when there is a series coming up with them by the nasty comments here), and if AUS they will go very quiet. I predicted an Australia win after the second day, and I am even more confident of one now. I love the clueeless comments from the Poms here too, who magically surfaced after AUS had a bad day on Day two. AUS have no answers and AUS are no longer a force in cricket etc. etc. I prefer to note longer term trends than one 24 hour bad patch in a single game.

  • broken_chairs on December 11, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    "(Warner) eluding a trio of lbw appeals that did not quite meet the precise criteria for a dismissal" - Every one of those appeals were bouncing over the stumps. Warner was batting a fair way outside his crease and coming forward, to take LBW out of the equation. If anything it was very intelligent cricket, from someone I didn't realise had much intelligence.

  • hris on December 11, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    if my memory serves me right, then Hughes gloved a couple during the 2nd innings in his debut test against SA, and on both those occasions like today the umpire made a mistake and the opposition didn't review. He scored a scrappy 75 odd in that innings which preceded the twin hundreds. Hoping for something similar maybe at boxing day. or is that asking a lot.

  • jonesy2 on December 11, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    i think RandyOz is fair in saying that but i would say Aus are on a par with poms and SA, but in the long run Aus are miles ahead in that they will dominate cricket for the next 10 or so years with pattinson, cummins, warner etc. warner's innings was quite amazing, really didnt seem like he was going after the bowling at all and the bowling was pretty good but at the end of the day he had 47 off 50! hes a freak of nature, imagine if he really attacked..

  • 360review on December 11, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, You must be aware of Stuart Broad's demands on on-field umpires. NZ's ball change was comparatively a drop in the ocean.

  • AidanFX on December 11, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Gupta.Ankur what's your problem with Ponting? I don't get all these ultra hate comments. You totally have the right to criticize him as a fan of cricket; but is every post directed at him - and why is the post so mean spirited?

  • PACERONE on December 11, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    There is a problem with the DRS..been used and not been used.In Australia NZ decided not to use it when the batsman had touched the ball.In India where it is not been used the batsman was given out when only one person appealed and he had not touched the ball. Here is my problem..batsman is out and the umpire thinks he has missed a no-ball,so he calls for help and finds out there is a no ball..the batsman is called back. Now he cannot be certain if the batsman has touched or did not touched the ball..as the replay shows that he has made a mistake...but the umpires never calls for help when this happens. The commentators are quick to decide that a good or bad judgement has been made. What is the THIRD umpire doing,should he not be helping to correct mistakes made? This could be done before the batsman leaves the field as he is dragging himself off the field. Two batsmen have a chance to appeal their decisions and if wrong the remaining batsmen are out of luck. System is not fair to all.

  • BravoBravo on December 11, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    @HRIS: very articulate comment. AUS are champions of the game, they know how to win the matches, they top the LIST in WIN to LOSS ratio in Tests and ODIs among top 6 teams, and IND stays at the bottom of list. And being #6 does not count for a Bronze even. Well NZ is giving their best. To be honest NZ have been whitewashed and humiliated by below average teams like BD and IND in recent past. If NZ looses the match they should not be embarassed as they are playing against AUS, the champions.

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @randyOz. Welcome back. Thanks to the dynamic David Warner, we all knew that you will be back.

  • WeeBee on December 11, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    I just dont like such tracks which is total support to bowlers. Batsman cant even read the ball.

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Hris Well said sir, well said.

  • jmcilhinney on December 11, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Oh yeah, NZ asked for a ball change because the current ball wasn;t swinging and the umpires just went ahead and gave them one. Give me a break! Umpires don't change a ball unless the current one is out of shape, period. If the umpires changed the ball today it is because it was out of shape. NZ's motivation for asking for a ball change is immaterial. If the ball was changed then it was because it was warranted, just like when the ball has been changed when Australia have asked for it and the same for every other team. Do you really think that international umpires are that naive?

  • jezzricho on December 11, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    HRIS - your comments are spot on!

  • AidanFX on December 11, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    @ dsig3 - totally agree thanks for raising it - it happened last test and now this innings and only @ times things were not going well for them. If the conditions affect the ball a little - tough thats test cricket. If the 30 odd runs Aus made affected the ball a little - they deserve that benefit for seeing off the new ball and soffening it up. Changing the ball after 12 overs is a joke; and watching the replacement ball swing the way it did was fairly unfair for batting side. Bit at the end of the day umps need to be a bit tougher I think.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Will be a toss up between Hughes and Khawaja who makes way for Watson. If Marsh is available then they both go - unless Hughes scores three figures, in which case Hussey might be unlucky. Sounds like sacrilege but I reckon Huss will be pensioned off before Punter.

  • jmcilhinney on December 11, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Hey look everyone, RandyOz is back. We missed you yesterday when your alleged #1 team were getting skittled for less than 150 again. At least the tail-enders prevented it being less than 100 again. Today was a dominant day after being dominated yesterday. In their last three series England have beaten Australia away and Sri Lanka and India at home with 5 innings wins but that doesn't count for anything in your world. While they are favourites, it's still not a foregone conclusion that Australia will even win this match. Australia are not a spent force but the glory days are behind them. One-eyed supporters like yourself do them no favours at all. Past success doesn't create a "rightful place" and they will be ranked #1 when they have played enough above everyone else for long enough to warrant it. Not everyone may agree with the ICC's ranking system but it's better than the "my team won a few so they must be #1" approach that you favour.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    "Hughes, Warner ride luck in chase" - obviously Hughes had a large slice of luck in his 2nd innings. Outside of that - there was the odd play & miss (its that sort of pitch) - I thought they played very well. The heading suggests otherwise. I thought by & large Warner nailed everything out of the middle.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    @Okakaboka - I know you've plugged Siddle for ages, I went off him a bit a year or so ago, thought he was lucky to get back into the squad in SL, but from there on he has been tops. A bowler like Siddle needs to generate pace & I saw today he bowled at least one ball over 150kph. Nothing special about that ball - only the fact that it was during about his 10th over of the day! If he can maintain what he is doing, he'll be good this summer v the Indians. That being said I reckon there is more upside in Pattinson, Cummins, Cutting & Coulter-Nile.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Warner has set the stage to announce his arrival in a big way. I've always been a fan of hard hitting opening batsmen, and Warner is another of them. C'mon Dave, give it all u got...it'll also give the visiting Indians and your Daredevils partner Sehwag, heaps to think about in terms of ways to get you out. By the way, I'd walk miles to watch Sehwag.

  • ILoveTestCricket on December 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Hi Warnerbasher....go and talk to your tearaway fast bowler Shaun Tait. Ask why he left the test cricket after facing Indian batting line up at Perth in 2008....

  • mak102480 on December 11, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @RandyOz: Nice to have you back. You seem to be a fair weather fan. Commented after day 1, disappeared after day 2, and now back after day 3. And yes, you are correct. Aussies are the #1 side at the moment IF you don't include eng, ind, sa, and pak.

  • sawifan on December 11, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ... surely you're having a laugh. As a fellow Aussie i like your confidence, however it was lass than 12 months ago that the Poms toweled us 3-1 at home. I do believe the following series vs IND will put in perspective just how well the Poms played, both against us and IND. If Zaheer isn't fit, i don't think IND will have the bowlers to consistently threaten us.

  • hris on December 11, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    It sad to see all these Indian fans posting comments on oz matches just bashing them. Crying how the world is unfair to the Indians. And that every umpire happens to favour oz. And how every time oz win it's becuz of luck and how Indians win becuz of pure talent. They would support any team playing against austrailia. I'm sure every England fans remembers something similar during the India - England series. But the hate against oz these Indian fans have is even there when they are not playing each other. It's sad how every Sachin fan hates pointing. Make him look like the devil leading the army of darkness against the heroic Indians. I don't want to generalise, cause there are many sensible Indian fans out there too. But these arrogant ones seem to outnumber the good ones.

  • on December 11, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Interesting day's play, and heading towards becoming another low scoring thriller......Warner has set the stage to announce his arrival....way to go Dave, just do it.

  • Nightwing32 on December 11, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    If Hughes plays like he did today. We could have a great solid opening partnership. Hughes needs to be the more patient man while Warner can do his stuff. Great bowling by everyone. Always a Siddle fan and I loved how people questioned him but he pulled out the stops. Pattinson is a great find and Starc did his part well. Lyon did what a great spinners do, toss it up and clean up the tale. Anything can happen tomorrow but I hope Hughes just continues to leave the ball outside off stump unless it is wide and short or overpitched and in the slot. Rosco will regret not reviewing it but no one was certain at all including Young, so I can't fault NZ because I thought it was not out until Hot spot should it was.

  • warnerbasher on December 11, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Starc, Siddle and Pattinson will get stuck into the Indian grandpa batting lineup. I hope they don't get their walking sticks confused with their bats.

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @Tumbarumbar - a catch is a catch if it is hit and taken on the full, bowled is bowled if a bail is removed by the ball. Not exactly precise criteria. On the contrary, LBW requires the ball to not pitch outside leg and hit the batsman inline (or outside off with no shot offered) before the umpire considers whether the ball will hit the stumps or not. I see where you are coming from in that it is just another dismissal, but it is far more complex than most dismissals, so having a shot at the writer on that basis is a bit of a stretch

  • VivGilchrist on December 11, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    This is the beauty of Warner. 47 of 50 balls and he has put the Aussies in the driver seat. He is not an out and out basher, he is just a positive player that can score quickly. If he had Khawajas approach and had only scored 7 from 50 balls, Australia would be 0/32, and he Kiwis would still have there tails up and the Aus dressing room would not be feeling as confident.On a pitch like this chances are you are eventually going to get a Jaffa of a delivery, so you might as well score a few runs first. I feel less nervous watching Warner bat in Tests than I do in ODIs.

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Another dominant day from Australia. Looking like another series whitewash. With our performances in SL, SA, against NZ, it'd be fair to say we are the real #1 side in the world at the moment.

  • jmcilhinney on December 11, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    It looked like NZ might put up a reasonable lead but alas it wasn't to be. That caught behind decision against Hughes could be the pivotal moment. An early wicket would definitely have put Australia under pressure and anything could have happened. If NZ weren't sure enough to review then you certainly can't blame the umpire. Hughes would have to have known it hit his glove so he would have been sweating bullets. Surviving that and then going on to score a few might just save his career. A lot may depend on the weather. There would still be plenty of life in that pitch but batting will be far easier tomorrow if the sun comes out. Australia favourites at the moment, especially if it's sunny tomorrow. If there's some movement for the bowlers then it becomes that much harder for the batsmen and a couple of early wickets might turn things in NZ's favour.

  • Tumbarumbar on December 11, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    "did not quite meet the precise criteria for a dismissal". The ball not being caught and the batsman not being bowled also don't meet the precise criteria for a dismissal, why not include his dozen or so play and misses as chances as well? A very odd piece of writing.

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 11, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    The moment the pitch flattens out.......Aussies don't seem to have a problem in scoring......but that's no good news for Ponting.....as you can still get out to a straight bowl....

  • HatsforBats on December 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Not always the highest quality of play, but gripping nonetheless. Aus are set up for the win but quick wickets in the morning will put them under pressure and NZ back on top. Siddle bowled beautifully, if a tad short at times, and was unlucky not to get more reward, good to see his pace is back to what it was before his back injury. Starc was innocuous, amazing that he couldn't recognise the need to bowl a fuller length; give him some experience though and he'll be very good. I really like the look of Kane Williamson and Bracewell, both quality young players.

  • dsig3 on December 11, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    How about NZ changing the ball 3 times in the first few overs until it swung? How is that legal? Umpires need to be more aware of teams pulling the wool over their eyes and realize whats going on.

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Don't worrried Austrelian.....now Indian Team will play against you....then we will seeing that who will dominate to others.....All the best to Indian Team.....Just do it....!!!

  • on December 11, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Nz ruined their chance.I think aus will get there

  • on December 11, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Kiwis fighting to historical win but difficult to beat aussie............................

  • praveen4honestremark on December 11, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    It's not worth watching cricket if umpire decisions by mistakenly goes wrong and third umpire have no rights to correct it? Aus vs Nz match..Hughes was out and poor Taylor didn't refer as he felt he may loose his review. Shameless rules by ICC. Third umpire had to interfere, a rule should me made. Crores of people are asking for you to change ICC. If you can't change better i change. No need to watch cricket which is never a fair game. Dravid was given out many times unfairly and Sachin too. now in this Match poor new zealand's r sufferers. I will never watch any match until ICC changes, It's high time they changed. I posted many times my frustration and it's frustration from crores , as we all want a fair game to be watched. When it's no more a fair game, i feel i have to stop watching. No longer a cricket fan from today watching matches, better i play some cricket game in my street, it will be fair. Bye bye Cricket...Bye forever. Please publish cricinfo.

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    The weather looks as if it is favoring the Australians.This coulld enable the game prolonged today.Australia would get the rest they need after Fielding.Even if they are to play 2 to 3 hrs today,they can safeguard their Wickets without a collapse towards the Fagend ofvthe day as it used to happen in Cricket,they can still come out afresh tomorrow to put pressure on the opponents. This could help them to convert the game in their favor.In such a case,the final outcome could become a matter of affecting NZ unfavorably . This could also result in the same way the SA felt a few days ago for NZBut one aspect that could give relief to NZ is the youngster Cummins who was instrumental to the win in SA is not playing here. But this set aside,the match looks in favor of Aussies who had reigned Cricket for a long time in the Past. But still the probability of the Australia facing the fate of WI yet another. Country excelled under legends Clive Llyoid,Kanhai,Richards &Kalicharran may be Zero

  • praveen4honestremark on December 11, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    New Zealand will win this match with some twists and turns is my prediction. 210 is maximum what Aussies can make chasing 241.

  • satanswish on December 11, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Would be real shame for Aussies if they lose from these minnows.

  • waqas78 on December 11, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    go Aussie go!!! go Aussie go!!!

  • Okakaboka on December 11, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Well, if you had all your Australian cricketers lined up along a wall and you were picking your team......first pick: Pattinson......second pick: Siddle .....Third pick: Lyon... Fourth pick: .......um...errr....geezzzz....'s---t I don't know!'

  • on December 11, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    The final outcome has bearing on INDIA,S.AFRICA,ENGLAND besides AUSTRALIA ,I mentioned because it could make a big difference in the Points to determine the NumberOne Rankings in TeSt cricket.Now England& India are at #1&#2 position.If Aussies win it could enable their advancing in the rank.Otherwise it helps England& SA to advance.If India wins Test Matches DownUnder, it could help them even to recapture the Number One Rank the enjoyed for sometime! SreedharanMundanat

  • on December 11, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    NZ was progressing tremendously at one stage.But an unexpected collapse changed the scene totally. That is why Cricket is called a Game of Glorious Uncertainty!.Now 241 in 2 days yet to be played looks like a Cakewalk for Aussies. But yet,only time can tell the difference & final outcome since the Luck of a particular Nation on a particular day is also an important & affecting affecting factor in this Glorious game.Nowadays, it also turned into a game of Glorious WillPower also.so let us wait for the final outcome of the Match..One Bowler with accuracy could make a difference like Rahul Sharma did at INDORE against WI when he was bowling for India. Or for that matter the Great WillPower of Indian Captain Sehwag scoring an all time record of 219 runs decided the match in favor of India. So we Spectators ,have no option but wait & see the final outcome.All the Best for NZ & Australia! But again here,the final outcome has a bearing on India,SA,England besides Australia themselves also .

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  • on December 11, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    NZ was progressing tremendously at one stage.But an unexpected collapse changed the scene totally. That is why Cricket is called a Game of Glorious Uncertainty!.Now 241 in 2 days yet to be played looks like a Cakewalk for Aussies. But yet,only time can tell the difference & final outcome since the Luck of a particular Nation on a particular day is also an important & affecting affecting factor in this Glorious game.Nowadays, it also turned into a game of Glorious WillPower also.so let us wait for the final outcome of the Match..One Bowler with accuracy could make a difference like Rahul Sharma did at INDORE against WI when he was bowling for India. Or for that matter the Great WillPower of Indian Captain Sehwag scoring an all time record of 219 runs decided the match in favor of India. So we Spectators ,have no option but wait & see the final outcome.All the Best for NZ & Australia! But again here,the final outcome has a bearing on India,SA,England besides Australia themselves also .

  • on December 11, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    The final outcome has bearing on INDIA,S.AFRICA,ENGLAND besides AUSTRALIA ,I mentioned because it could make a big difference in the Points to determine the NumberOne Rankings in TeSt cricket.Now England& India are at #1&#2 position.If Aussies win it could enable their advancing in the rank.Otherwise it helps England& SA to advance.If India wins Test Matches DownUnder, it could help them even to recapture the Number One Rank the enjoyed for sometime! SreedharanMundanat

  • Okakaboka on December 11, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Well, if you had all your Australian cricketers lined up along a wall and you were picking your team......first pick: Pattinson......second pick: Siddle .....Third pick: Lyon... Fourth pick: .......um...errr....geezzzz....'s---t I don't know!'

  • waqas78 on December 11, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    go Aussie go!!! go Aussie go!!!

  • satanswish on December 11, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Would be real shame for Aussies if they lose from these minnows.

  • praveen4honestremark on December 11, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    New Zealand will win this match with some twists and turns is my prediction. 210 is maximum what Aussies can make chasing 241.

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    The weather looks as if it is favoring the Australians.This coulld enable the game prolonged today.Australia would get the rest they need after Fielding.Even if they are to play 2 to 3 hrs today,they can safeguard their Wickets without a collapse towards the Fagend ofvthe day as it used to happen in Cricket,they can still come out afresh tomorrow to put pressure on the opponents. This could help them to convert the game in their favor.In such a case,the final outcome could become a matter of affecting NZ unfavorably . This could also result in the same way the SA felt a few days ago for NZBut one aspect that could give relief to NZ is the youngster Cummins who was instrumental to the win in SA is not playing here. But this set aside,the match looks in favor of Aussies who had reigned Cricket for a long time in the Past. But still the probability of the Australia facing the fate of WI yet another. Country excelled under legends Clive Llyoid,Kanhai,Richards &Kalicharran may be Zero

  • praveen4honestremark on December 11, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    It's not worth watching cricket if umpire decisions by mistakenly goes wrong and third umpire have no rights to correct it? Aus vs Nz match..Hughes was out and poor Taylor didn't refer as he felt he may loose his review. Shameless rules by ICC. Third umpire had to interfere, a rule should me made. Crores of people are asking for you to change ICC. If you can't change better i change. No need to watch cricket which is never a fair game. Dravid was given out many times unfairly and Sachin too. now in this Match poor new zealand's r sufferers. I will never watch any match until ICC changes, It's high time they changed. I posted many times my frustration and it's frustration from crores , as we all want a fair game to be watched. When it's no more a fair game, i feel i have to stop watching. No longer a cricket fan from today watching matches, better i play some cricket game in my street, it will be fair. Bye bye Cricket...Bye forever. Please publish cricinfo.

  • on December 11, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Kiwis fighting to historical win but difficult to beat aussie............................

  • on December 11, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Nz ruined their chance.I think aus will get there