Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart, 4th day December 12, 2011

Bracewell delivers extraordinary victory for NZ

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New Zealand 150 (Brownlie 56, Pattinson 5-51) and 226 (Taylor 56, Lyon 3-25) beat Australia 136 (Bracewell 3-20, Boult 3-29) and 233 (Warner 123*, Bracewell 6-40) by seven runs
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An extraordinary spell from Doug Bracewell and horrific batting disintegration by Australia handed New Zealand a dramatic and momentous seven-run Test victory in Hobart, their first on these shores since 1985.

The hosts' chase of 241 had been guided expertly by David Warner, but Bracewell's removal of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, all on 159, left Australia a nervous 5 for 173 at lunch, and on resumption the remaining five went down for a mere 60. In all it was a collapse of 8 for 74, Warner left marooned on 123 when the last man, Nathan Lyon, was bowled by Bracewell.

Bracewell's display, characterised by swing, bounce and sharp variation, confirmed his pre-series billing by the New Zealand captain Ross Taylor as a cricketer of enormous potential. It also branded Australia as a team of profound vulnerability with the bat, a problem made doubly vexing by the fact the top seven is populated as much by experience as callow youth. Clarke will take precious little consolation from the retention of the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

Phillip Hughes had been dismissed without addition to his overnight score, yet again caught by Martin Guptill off the bowling of Chris Martin, and Usman Khawaja was again out for a useful but not sufficiently consequential tally. Ponting and Warner took Australia to within 82 with eight wickets in hand, before tumult ensued.

Hughes and Warner resumed in morning sunshine, aware that morning session had been the most difficult in which to bat during this match. Martin shared this knowledge, and he swiftly made use of it by finding another delivery that seamed across Hughes to be snapped up by Guptill in the slips. Hughes had been out in that manner in each of his four innings for the series, and he walked off knowing he could not expect to be retained for the Boxing Day Test.

By contrast Warner did not let the bowlers settle, punching through the offside with rare power, though it was an edge over the slips cordon off the bowling of Bracewell that delivered his first Test half-century.

Khawaja provided sound support for a time, but Warner twinged his back when diving for a run-out and was visibly inconvenienced. Perhaps trying to take more responsibility for scoring, Khawaja drove loosely at a wide delivery from Trent Boult and was held by Ross Taylor, who did brilliantly to hold his poise as Guptill dived across him from second slip.

Ponting emerged for what may well be his final Test innings in Hobart, and played himself in with a handful of crisp shots. Warner was regaining some freedom of movement at the other end, and lunch emerged into view with the hosts in apparent control.

However Bracewell had been moving the ball consistently, and varying his pace with intelligence. Ponting was undone by a delivery that stopped on him as he tried a signature back-foot drive, and lobbed gently off the toe of his bat to cover. The crowd offered a generous ovation, but it was not acknowledged, Ponting lost in his own thoughts and frustrations at letting New Zealand back into the contest.

Bracewell had troubled Clarke all series, shaping the ball both ways from his muscular body action, and he now prised out Australia's captain with an away swinger that Taylor claimed at the second attempt. His next ball also swung, beating Hussey's bat to strike the pad in front of middle and leg. A not out verdict was referred by Taylor, and within moments Bracewell was on a hat-trick.

Warner top-edged a hook off Martin then drove with conviction to move well into the 90s, and after Brad Haddin survived Bracewell's hat-trick ball the teams walked off for lunch. When they returned, Warner was swiftly into three figures, laughing and punching the air in recognition of a richly-deserved century.

Tim Southee found some delectable outswing in the afternoon, and Haddin edged perilously wide of the slips. Taylor reinforced the cordon and next ball Haddin duly chased another, snicking straight to New Zealand's captain. Peter Siddle did likewise, and for the first time all day the visitors were favoured to win.

Bracewell was bending the ball with similar venom, and two balls after James Pattinson survived a review for lbw when he did not offer a shot, a delivery angled across was snapped up by Guptill in the cordon.

Mitchell Starc was too late and too crooked to keep out his second ball, another swerving demon from Bracewell, and all of a sudden Warner had only Lyon for company. A few solid blows brought the target within 25 runs, but then Southee and New Zealand had a moment in which they felt victory was theirs.

A full delivery swung down the line and struck Lyon in front, quickly drawing a raised finger from the umpire Nigel Llong. Lyon's last-ditch referral looked exactly that, but the ball tracker improbably revealed the ball had pitched a millimetre outside leg stump. To widespread disbelief, the chase resumed.

Next over and the 'keeper Reece Young encouraged the referral of another lbw appeal against Lyon, only to find that Bracewell's in-dipper was arcing down the legside, and the No. 11 then unveiled a princely flick through straight midwicket to demonstrate his composure. Warner took a single, Bracewell bustled in again, and found one more tearing delivery to crash through Lyon's defence.

As New Zealand celebrated, Lyon sank to the ground, disbelieving that the match had been lost. Bad as he felt, it was the batsmen other than Warner who had greatest cause to feel poorly.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 15, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    So let's get this straight. Up until recently SA had the world's best bowling attack. They have recently strengthened that attack with Vernon Philander who has, quite frankly, been as impressive as Cummins and Pattinson. Cummins and Pattinson have played three games between them and Cummins is out injured after one, yet they have still managed to leap-frog SA as the best attack in the world. Makes perfect sense.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | December 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @brittop, again, nothing new. Australia have their struggles but so too do South Africa (bowled out for 96 recently), NZ (as bad as the Aussies in Hobart), India (think back to the England series earlier in the year), West Indies (have folded cheaply at least once against every side they have played in the last five years). I could go on and on. The fact is, batting standards have dropped considerably when it comes to pitches suitable for bowling.

  • POSTED BY Loafer78 on | December 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I am an Indian. However, I do agree that this is a very valid question. Why do Indians have to usurp a discussion about an Aussie NZ match and abuse team Australia? I can understand comments that say "well done NZ". However, going beyond that and saying Aus deserved this for misdeeds from the past is immature. If it was an India Pakistan match, and we lost narrowly, you wouldn't see too many Australians gloating on cricinfo. I think we have to learn to mind our own business some times. Now, you can hate me for posting this. I do passionately support India, but that doesn't mean I have to deride Aus on every chance I get.

  • POSTED BY crikey on | December 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    It's amazing, everything about nz is positive and everything about aus is negative.And aus won the first test in a canter while there were only 7 runs between the teams in the second. Proves again how much people outside aus want to see them fall while a whole lot of so called aussie supporters only want to support them when they are winning. They cannot be perfect forever, get that through your heads.Maybe if you realise that when you support them the right way i.e. rain hail or shine they might get back to their best sooner rather than later. Just like the barmy army for all those years when their team were getting beaten!

  • POSTED BY nzc_fan on | December 14, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    with all due respect to david warner, a fantastic hundred in difficult conditions, we can all agree on that. But when your team is down in the dumps and Australia are at 2/150 Bracewell stood up and took his chance well, very well and got an unthinkable victory for nz. A MOM performance by my thinking. But you cannot take anything away from warners innings. A 6fa beats an 123no. any day in my book especially when the other side is on top. I think it's also very unfair that australia got some credit on the podium when nz got nothing, even when they won. For goodness sake it's the first test they had won in 26 years over in Aussie let them have their moment, don't just shy it away like they have done nothing extraordinary. I also think it was very poor sportsmanship by clarke. Doesn't mention ANYTHING about the nz team including Bracewell. Lost all respect for him. Mark Taylor was also very un-sportman like. poor stuff.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | December 14, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Love seeing great test match cricket! Mental strength is king, and I'd love to have been in the new zealand dressing room during the break. It must have been electric in there to then come out and deliver the way they did to win a great test match!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    funny cricket at one time aus favourite. black caps came through rapped up

  • POSTED BY brittop on | December 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Marico; @BillyCC: What this game did confirm is the OZ batting lineup's shocking inability to play any seam attack that is actually moving the ball off the straight!

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 13, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    DEAN BROWLIE is the man Kiwis should be thanking not just bracewell.

    Without him where none of the Kiwi batter showed spine, is he being treated shabbily by Kiwi cricketing elite and media for being a transpalnt from Australia?

    You have to be honest when bracewell got wickets its in such a favourable condition...where as Dean's run came against odds. honestly Kiwi bowlers were pretty bad when it came to cleaning up the australian tail in first Innings, i dont understand the hoopla in the media where a bowler get 9 wicket in best green top ever produced in a modern covered pitch days. wake up guys..in that way Warner's century deserved a MOM, i think i owuld share it betweeen warner and Dean Browlie

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @RandyOZ: best paced attack, agreed but we never saw them playing...are they in hospitals nursing injuries??? Steyn and Morkel are the best and Poms are the second best...Auzzies - dont even remember one name who has been consistently playing...though they certainly have best batsmen...in one sense...their lower order bats better than top order..LOL...

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 15, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    So let's get this straight. Up until recently SA had the world's best bowling attack. They have recently strengthened that attack with Vernon Philander who has, quite frankly, been as impressive as Cummins and Pattinson. Cummins and Pattinson have played three games between them and Cummins is out injured after one, yet they have still managed to leap-frog SA as the best attack in the world. Makes perfect sense.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | December 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @brittop, again, nothing new. Australia have their struggles but so too do South Africa (bowled out for 96 recently), NZ (as bad as the Aussies in Hobart), India (think back to the England series earlier in the year), West Indies (have folded cheaply at least once against every side they have played in the last five years). I could go on and on. The fact is, batting standards have dropped considerably when it comes to pitches suitable for bowling.

  • POSTED BY Loafer78 on | December 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I am an Indian. However, I do agree that this is a very valid question. Why do Indians have to usurp a discussion about an Aussie NZ match and abuse team Australia? I can understand comments that say "well done NZ". However, going beyond that and saying Aus deserved this for misdeeds from the past is immature. If it was an India Pakistan match, and we lost narrowly, you wouldn't see too many Australians gloating on cricinfo. I think we have to learn to mind our own business some times. Now, you can hate me for posting this. I do passionately support India, but that doesn't mean I have to deride Aus on every chance I get.

  • POSTED BY crikey on | December 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    It's amazing, everything about nz is positive and everything about aus is negative.And aus won the first test in a canter while there were only 7 runs between the teams in the second. Proves again how much people outside aus want to see them fall while a whole lot of so called aussie supporters only want to support them when they are winning. They cannot be perfect forever, get that through your heads.Maybe if you realise that when you support them the right way i.e. rain hail or shine they might get back to their best sooner rather than later. Just like the barmy army for all those years when their team were getting beaten!

  • POSTED BY nzc_fan on | December 14, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    with all due respect to david warner, a fantastic hundred in difficult conditions, we can all agree on that. But when your team is down in the dumps and Australia are at 2/150 Bracewell stood up and took his chance well, very well and got an unthinkable victory for nz. A MOM performance by my thinking. But you cannot take anything away from warners innings. A 6fa beats an 123no. any day in my book especially when the other side is on top. I think it's also very unfair that australia got some credit on the podium when nz got nothing, even when they won. For goodness sake it's the first test they had won in 26 years over in Aussie let them have their moment, don't just shy it away like they have done nothing extraordinary. I also think it was very poor sportsmanship by clarke. Doesn't mention ANYTHING about the nz team including Bracewell. Lost all respect for him. Mark Taylor was also very un-sportman like. poor stuff.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | December 14, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Love seeing great test match cricket! Mental strength is king, and I'd love to have been in the new zealand dressing room during the break. It must have been electric in there to then come out and deliver the way they did to win a great test match!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    funny cricket at one time aus favourite. black caps came through rapped up

  • POSTED BY brittop on | December 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Marico; @BillyCC: What this game did confirm is the OZ batting lineup's shocking inability to play any seam attack that is actually moving the ball off the straight!

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 13, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    DEAN BROWLIE is the man Kiwis should be thanking not just bracewell.

    Without him where none of the Kiwi batter showed spine, is he being treated shabbily by Kiwi cricketing elite and media for being a transpalnt from Australia?

    You have to be honest when bracewell got wickets its in such a favourable condition...where as Dean's run came against odds. honestly Kiwi bowlers were pretty bad when it came to cleaning up the australian tail in first Innings, i dont understand the hoopla in the media where a bowler get 9 wicket in best green top ever produced in a modern covered pitch days. wake up guys..in that way Warner's century deserved a MOM, i think i owuld share it betweeen warner and Dean Browlie

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @RandyOZ: best paced attack, agreed but we never saw them playing...are they in hospitals nursing injuries??? Steyn and Morkel are the best and Poms are the second best...Auzzies - dont even remember one name who has been consistently playing...though they certainly have best batsmen...in one sense...their lower order bats better than top order..LOL...

  • POSTED BY MrBrightside92 on | December 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Kudos to you RandyOz for fronting up to this embarrassing loss. I agree with your better comments than that from Indian fans (ZK injury, DRS, duckworth-lewis) or Poms (We don't care about ODI's) in similar circumstances! Nothing wrong with bigging up your own team but saying England are 7th or 8th at bowling is up there with when an Indian on here talked about chess...utter nonsense. I know they were said with some form of irony to get some attention. I think your team is getting enough attention for you on their own! I can't believe India will bowl as badly as they did in England but it should be a good contest, on decent pitches between two teams with obvious flaws! 2-2 please! Oh yeah, well done the Kiwis...only if you back it up with a strong performance against SA will people take you seriously (No hidden agenda for the English fan here...no sir-ree!!) Happy Holidays people.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 13, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    @Marcio on (December 13 2011, 00:06 AM GMT) - The thing is that because of how things were between the 2 sides and the expectation level from fans of both sides - esp in the position Australia were before the start of the last day - it will be NZ fans who would be more optimistic than the Aus fans , just like Aus fans would have felt better than the SA fans after drawing the previous test series. Australia are so inconsistent though. We all know what they can do on a good day and what they can do on a bad day. One of the problems is that no one seems to agree on what the best Aus side is at present. A few weeks ago Siddle should have been outed acc to many posts on here. Now he is suddenly a main man in the bowling attack. The India series should say more about where both teams are right now

  • POSTED BY RajKumarGoyal on | December 13, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @Randyoz: "how fast we are moving back towards number 1 in the world", lolz, thats the funniest thing that I have read in this forum. with a old teethless tiger (hiding behind selectors to get another chance to hunt a super fast running leopards sachin and Dravid), a man who is trying to prove he can score a two digit figures as a captain, again another a old goat trying hard to give milkl at the end of itz life,few bowling cubs are roaring against the giants lolz, and who else.. oh forgot your wicket keeper. cant stop laughing.. :D :D . ask him to hold the bat correctly, then expect some thing.. a bowler who got injured with just one test is going to save aus to retain their 1st rank. sad randy.. you can be optimistic, but you cant go crazy about your minnows. I re-iterate my earlier statement, Aussie is no more a world champion or unbeatable in any format of the game. how many times you find reasons for defending ur team instead accept the truth. wake up randy, it is the time to.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | December 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    In their last 3 series Aus have encountered 3 bad wickets to bat on (Galle, Newlands, Hobart) and lost two and won one. My question is the ICC issued a warning on Galle only but the other two actually resulted in worse batting scenarios! What is the ICC telling us here. Its ok if the game is over in 3 or 4 days provided the pitches are not doctored for the sipnners? A low scoring game where sides get bowled out for less than 150 (or even 100) is fine as long as it's green? This is simly not acceptable I dont beleive and the ICC needs to explain on what basis they are ok with Newlands and Hobart while Galles resulted in getting a warning - ironically the game that Aus won!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Aussies won't like to say it, but congrats to New Zealand. Bracewell exposed our weakness against swing and won a thrilling match.

    Obviously Australia is in a rebuilding phase, whilst the bowling the attack is shaping up well, it's the batting that continues to be brittle... Hughes and Ponting looked in very bad form and Usman needs a good knock to cement his place.

    A possible post Ponting-Hussey-Haddin top 6???

    Warner, Marsh, Usman, Clarke, Watson, Paine,

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 13, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    @RandyOZ, OK now who rated the best bowling attack? Is it from RandyRatings.com? :D They are new comers, one can't conclude looking at couple of performances when the best opposition is yet to come.. Bowling at 145+ is only to call injuries.. Cummins recent example.. Pattison will be next..

  • POSTED BY Positive_Critic on | December 13, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    India needs to make sure they perform well in the first test.. They need to shed their reputation of sluggish starters.. We cannot afford to lose the first test and then play catch up... If OZ batting clicks I believe they will have the upper hand and chances are decent with India's bowling lacking depth.... Hope Zak is fit else we will need a hiding... I doubt of Yadav's potency... I would prefer a steady conventional Ojha over Ashwin though I am cent percent sure that Ashwin makes the cut for the boxing day... Batting will be India's only strength... Dravid and Laxman form the core of our batting... Hope we see a repeat of some of their earlier performances...

  • POSTED BY christy29 on | December 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    this made me feel great and will make kiwi cricket fans who have been put off by poor results get back into the spirit. GO BLACK CAPS

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Funny that everyone ignores my well thought out and knowledgable posts. At least @jc did and he agrees with me. Come on Aussies don't get too worried, even the best team in the world has a bad session.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I don't understand why the Indians are crowing, we have the best pace attack in the world and NZ is about 3rd. India is down with England in 7th and 8th respectively. Embarassing. Well done on the boys for lulling them into a false sense of security though. We kept the trophy that's all that matters really!

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    @Kaze, change ur name to cage.. LOL! bullies wont win matches.. try them against India. It is known to the world when the test squad opener(Phil Hughes) is playing against India in practice match.. this shows how low his confidence is.. Ponting dying to secure his position in the team... be wary of likes of VVS, Sachin and Dravid.. When you talk abt fresh talent India is in better position.. hapless cummins is injured and out of team.. Eng too got white washed in India.. Watch Zaheer rip Aussie lefties through out the series.. ASSie.. :D.. WI is just without Gayle(OH U ARE SCARE OF HIM).. ofcourse India also won without Zaheer, Praveen, Yuvraj, Harbhajan..

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 13, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @sukantc... "Waiting to see Neil Wagner in April 2012"... ... Yeah, right... First we had the English Barbarians ('the barbies' - cos they can mix & match their uniforms every day) & now we will have the NZ Moa's (cos the locals are extinct)... Seems like a lot of young South African cricketers are moving over to NZ - guess that makes sense - if cricket doesn't work out they can become NZ'ers & move straight over to Oz... What a gig... lol...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @Marcio, well said as usual sir. We all know the reason the poms and Indians are hating is because they are super worried at how fast we are moving back towards number 1 in the world. With Australia you have the world's best pace attack at the moment, so you can hardly blame them I guess!

  • POSTED BY Positive_Critic on | December 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @Marcio I believe you are getting it all wrong... People are not blaming the Australian youngsters who have done brilliantly.. In fact the downside is, the youngsters performed out of their skins and yet they sufferred 3 below standard innings score... It clearly suggests that the senior pro's are not doing enough and probably deserves a second thought before they secure a place against the touring indians... As of now both India and Australia have an even chance of winning... Australia have a really strong bowling attack that will suit their conditions and indians boast the most formidable batting line up while bowling is a bit dodgy...

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Achievements against Australia in Australia : South Africa won a series after 16 years and England won a series after 26 years and now New Zealand have won a match in Australia after 26 years. And thats how the cookie crumbles!

  • POSTED BY sukantc on | December 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand. Wonderful victory against Australia. Waiting to see Neil Wagner in April 2012.

    Sukant

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | December 13, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @Marcio, well said. You would have thought that yesterday provided some divine revelation based on the reaction in this forum. But the big picture is this: Australia has drawn an away series against the third best side in the world, won an away series against the fifth best side in the world and drawn a home series against the eighth best side in the world. Earlier, we lost a home series against the best side in the world. And now we face the second best side in the world at home. Nothing has changed at all, and Michael Clarke remains undefeated in terms of captaining in a series.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 13, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    How Clarke & the selectors went with the same team is mindboggling... Even a quick look at the pitch & reading the weather forecast for the next 5 days should have struck alarm bells... But they did nothing... Christian should have played at no.6, with Hussey moving up to open with Warner (as I posted before the match)... Christian is good with the old ball & would have been difficult to face... Lyon should have been displaced for this Test by Copeland whose ball movement & run drying up would have been the perfect foil for Siddle & Pattinson... Starc was too erratic & didn't show any signs of improving from his 1st Test - leaked too many runs, but hopefully will get better with time... Starcs wickets were from very poor batting shots in both Tests so must be taken with a grain of salt...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree... Nothing can be taken from the last 2 (lolly-pop) Test series against SA & NZ... Both ended up 1 all, out of 2 Tests... Except that the bowlers were good & the batters form poor in all teams (in general)... In SA we were a fill in series... While attendances of the NZ series probably meant we lost money in Hobart... Which is why we should play a winter/spring Test series up north on smaller & cheaper grounds (Darwin, Townsville, etc) against teams that do not pull the crowds... Also could give more matches to lower ranked teams, thus potentially gaining more ranking points & good preparation & 'form finding' for the summer Tests...

  • POSTED BY silly_pt on | December 13, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Well, important victory for NZ cricket I guess. A wonderful cricket match. Can't wait for the boxing day. Both teams have so many things to prove!!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 13, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @Parth Patel... "NICE WIN nz!! Please win the ODIs"... ... Yes a very good close win by New Zealand & good for Test cricket... I would rather us lose to NZ than most other countries... The ODI's... lol... Yes the world no.1's - Australia will be hard to beat, but India(2nd) & Sri Lanka(4th) have good teams & could push us out of the final... Unless you mean NZ(7th) against the South Africans(3rd)... Unlikely... But they will be at home...

  • POSTED BY azzaman333 on | December 13, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Could very easily make 6 changes to the side come Boxing Day. Warner, Clarke, Siddle, Pattinson and Lyon are the only players who can feel safe.

  • POSTED BY one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on | December 13, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ for their win. Choosing 4 seamers on this wicket was the right decision. Excellent performances by Warner, Bracewell, Pattinson, Siddle, Brownlie, Taylor, and Lyon. 123 not out, especially after the magic third ball change, was an inspired performance (it moved more than any ball in the three previous inns) and even in a losing side probably deserved MoM. I have seen a lot of people (from a nation who is running scared of the DRS?) criticising the overturning of the Lyon LBW decision. The ball did pitch outside leg (this was not an hawkeye prediction - it was a reality) and was more than likely continuing on to miss leg stump (hawkeye prediction). The enhanced DRS is designed to improve decision making and it does (just look at the SA series). Australia has only lost one series under DRS ( thrashed by England in the last ashes). Despite losing two nil the last time Aust visited India they were in contention in both matches and DRS would have changed one result.

  • POSTED BY Kaze on | December 13, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Marcio I agree with you, the reason you see all this negative stuff about Aus from Indian fans is because they are insecure about their side. They are trying to hype up their side so they can have some confidence that they might compete in the Aus series. They got whitewashed by England and they beat up on poor WI minus Gayle and they feel hey England was just a blip. The problem is India have moved from Dad's Army into Grandads army and they are poised to get another thorough thrashing. All I want are fast wickets so we can see Clarke and co whack those hapless Indian medium pacers and overrated spinners around the park. Then I want to see blood on the pitch when india bat, Harris, Pattinson Siddle can do that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Ive watched the Southee Lyon lbw that was successfully reviewed by Lyon over and over frame by frame and if the ball was going as far down leg side as hawkeye projected, how did the ball shoot to the offside? from what ive watched it looks like the ball pitched just in line with leg and was hitting middle and leg. I see why the Indians are not sure about hawkeye, it seems not as reliable as first thought. Maybe they should only be able to review lbw decisions to see if a batsman has hit it or not.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | December 13, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Why are so many people talking about the upcoming series between Australia and India at this time. This is the time to applaud NZ for their terrific victory over their superior opponents(up until now), and also to feel sorry for Bracewell, who should have rightly been declared MOM for his brilliant performance. Warner was good, make no mistake, but Douggie won the match for NZ with his awesome performance, and I am sure cricket fans all over the world must have been surprised(I was one of them), and disappointed when Warner was given the vote. I think the voting should be conducted by both sides, and not one like in this case. However, all said and done, it was a wonderful match, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope the India/Australia series will also provide great matches. Looking forward to it. May the better side win.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 13, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    As usual a whole heap of nonsense and illogical extrapolation taken from a single game. NZ have a glorious future and AUS a miserable one based on a 7 run victory. Congrats to NZ but there is way too much being made of this by all parties. AUS just beat SA a few weeks ago, and NZ just scraped home against Zimbabwe. Go back and look at the comments after those matches. Human beings appear to have no capacity to see beyond the last 5 minutes. Personally, I am excited by this series and recent events. Australia has unearthed some very talented cricketers: Lyon, Pattinson, Cummins, Warner and co, and they will form the basis of a very strong side in the near future. People are focusing too much on the negative, and failing to realise that Australia's form has been mostly very good this season, in all formats of the game. One 7 run loss doesn't change that. And 2 losses from the last 7 tests is not the coming of the apocalypse for AUS, much to the Indian fans' disappointment, I'm sure.

  • POSTED BY brittop on | December 12, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Never thought NZ would win. Apparently you shouldn't underestimate Australia's current ability to collapse!

  • POSTED BY brittop on | December 12, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    To all those saying Warner should be MOM as he batted well on a bowler friendly pitch, could you name the last bowler to win MOM for a fiver-for on a flat pitch who ended on the losing side.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    wOAH NICE WIN nz!! Please win the ODIs too please please please.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Great Test match - goes to show that T20 is not the be all and end all when it comes to exciting cricket. The pitch cannot be balmed, given that Warner was able to bat through the entire innings. Haddin surely must be dropped - his shot yesterday was simply irresponsible. Ponting might be the only one who could be excused as the ball appeared to 'stop' on him a bit. Hughes has to go and Khawaja is no certainty to hang on for the Melbourne Test either. I'd drop those three and bring in Marsh and Watson (depending on fitness), and Wade to keep. If Watson is not fit, bring Christian in to bat at six and open with Warner and Marsh. Ideally I'd like to see Katich back but that horse has bolted!

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 12, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Jonesey 2 we miss you.Are you okay are lying down in a darkened room trying to work out a way that this proves this is the worlds greatest team? Come on mate try hard to prove your theory.Please I need a laugh and you lot aren't batting for a while

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Get the feeling that Simon Catch (Katich) is being missed a bit? Great for Warner though.... good on hime. This is what test cricket should be all about! a real contest between bat and ball.... not a complete flat deck! NZ bowling is about to get better with Wagner and Milne around. And there is a couple more to come. We just need to keep that attitude with the bat.... value your wicket and keep the ball on the ground....etc. This is test cricket.... dont need to smash it around.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Well done too New Zealand for winning.Now i'll sit back an read all the would be selectors pick their side that they want in.I'll say this though ALL selectors will now sit down an pick over who will go an who will stay.One person who should go is Clarke from the selector table.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Before we start the blame game, how many can name batsmen who play the moving ball really well and have consistently scored. In history of the game itself there are only a few and out of these few , there are fewer who play top class spin bowling really well. 99% of batsmen are flat track bullies and most bowlers like conditions to favor their style.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Amazing win for us Kiwis, but can all you Indian fans grow up and show a bit of respect. Stop trying to hijack this result as a premature victory for your own team. Cricket is not all about India.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | December 12, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    I am very proud of the kiwis for their sheer determination and skill and never say die attitude they displayed and believing them that they can win this test match.Look for the future Doug Bracewell(Another Hadlee or a Shane Bond) and Boult mate he is fast and a great leftie who has the potential of making another Chaminda Vaas or a Wasim Akram.Hats of to Taylor leading the side with a very energetic young kiwis who will hold the forte for NZ Cricket.

  • POSTED BY tomphillips on | December 12, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    This was a great match and I am glad New Zealand won. I can't decide who I am supporting when the Indians take on Aus but as a Pom it's nice to know that there is a series going on between two of the top world teams and that we have destroyed them both within the last year or so!

  • POSTED BY Adoh on | December 12, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Can anyone tell me if there is a correlation between the timing of this apparent phase of Australia's catastrophic batting collapses and the appointment of Justin Langer as the national teams' batting coach?

  • POSTED BY billybub on | December 12, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    utterly brilliant test match that should (but won't) send 20/20 off to where it belongs. the sort of wicket all cricket should be played on. Ponting - i'm an england fan so have love-hated you for years and now find it sad to see you with your head hanging over the block. You were a genuine great - don't ruin it. Having said that still love seeing aussies get beat.

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | December 12, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    As a West Indian, I am particularly pleased to see New Zealand beating Australia at last. The team includes a number of promising young players, and they really played good cricket in this match. Bracewell looks a tremendous prospect for the future. Hats off to the Kiwis. They really deserve to win. As for Ponting, I am a big fan of his, but I think he need to give serious thought to hanging up his boot, and the selectors would do well to say goodbye to Hussey. Anyway, whatever happens, I am looking forward to West Indies beating both Australia and New Zealand in the Caribbean next year. No joke!

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | December 12, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    As a Team India fan, I have to say we cannot write off Australia just yet as a loss against New Zealand make wake them up. India will be better competitors then them so they will prepare better I believe. No offense to NZ as they rightly deserved that test win. We cannot predict India to win as our bowling dept still has weaknesses honestly and adding inconsistent Mithun and Vinay have not helped the cause. When Indian selectors gives chances to players based on MERIT rather than Favoritism is when we can afford to have blind faith in our team; until then lets not get carried away please. To all that feel India are weak abroad should understand "statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." What I mean is, India has always been competitive abroad whether they won a match and not the entire series; one england setback will not stop that. Please publish

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    well played Kiwis , i have been Kiwi fan right from days when Jeremy Coney and Hadlee played , i always thought hadlee was the best Allrounder and def best bowler of his Era. good see NZ winning this test , i was getting nervous when Lyon was getting all that reprieve, Now coming to India's tour to Australia , i think India will be really tested and don't take Aussies for granted , they had just drawn a series in SA and India's bowling is something which is not giving me confidence , Also India's batting will be tested , hopefully it will be interesting series , and whoever wins , test cricket should win in the end as it happened during AUS-NZ series , congrats New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Where are the fairweather fans aka RandyOz and Jonesy2 on these Australia related threads ?They have plenty of time to post rubbish on the England threads. A shame they have nothing constructive to say on their own forums. No doubt they'll return when Australia get back to winning ways.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 12, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Jonesey 2.Where are you mate its all gone quiet and I long to hear about quite how this is the no 1 team as you keep preaching on here.As for Randy Oz blaming Mickey Arthur have you seen your team the last couple of years.Also you were saying how good they were

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 12, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    BRAVO BRAVO PLEAESE LISTEN LISTEN , WE DREW IN AUSTALIA AND BEAT THEM IN INDIA IN 2001 REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE AT THE TOP AND WHEN UR TEAM WAS GETTING THUMPED HAHA AND THEN WE WHITEWASHED THEM LAST YEAR LOL CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | December 12, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    New (Unofficial) TEST Rankings: 1. England, 2. Daylight, 3. England Lions, =4. South Africa, India, =6. Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, 9. West Indies, 10. Zimbabwe, 11. Ireland, 12. Afghanistan, 13. Holland, 14. Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY ravikini on | December 12, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    It was a pleasant shocker. I always envied the nerves of the Aussies and losing of this match by 7 runs has brought the Aus team back tojust another team. The era of invincibility is diminishing and they are looking more and more vulnerable. I am shocked to see MR. Reliable (Mike Hussey) failing now a days so often. I agree Punter is a spent force but Mikey , I think he still has a lot to offer. Please just don't paint off all the oldies with the same brush. It should be interesting series with India, if same team faces India without Watson,Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Marsh.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Problems with Aussie cricket run deep. Siddle gave Taylor a foul mouthed sending off after his first innings dismissal. Hussy probably shuddered but others grinned like 14 year olds. Ponting left the field yesterday without acknowledging the generous ovation of his hometown supporters who were aware it was likely his last appearance there. Clarke revealed his gracelessness in failing to mention the opposition in his after game comments. Other million dollar men crumbled under the pressure. Crowds are deserting the game and with them will go sponsorship. The Channel 9 caravan of sychophants are yet again revealed as ridiculous for their bias (Chapelli excluded). Cricket Aust. bow to their sponsor in perverting time honored selection of man of the match. Pattinson looks very promising but he too appears bred on oafish arrogance with his in your face posturing. Aussie, you can look past these problems when your are winning but they will undermine a struggling side.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | December 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Another great victory for test match cricket!It proves that test cricket is the greatest form of the game.Full marks to Newzealand for displaying such resilience to capture a series of wickets at crucial junctures and fighting till the end to turn certain defeat into a spectacular victory.Bracewell superbly moved the ball around with immaculate control.In the end the Kiwi nerves won the day.David Warner played one of test cricket's all-time classics and almost pulled of a great win.A great wicket for test cricket where after capturing one wicket you could easily pick up another two or three.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 12, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    come boxing day test match against India, even if Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson return and Warner retains his place, youngstar Usman Khawaja has to be there in the playing 11, no point in persisting with Old Ponting and Hussey at expense of a rising youngstar, these youngstars like Usman Khawaja, Warner, Hughes, more they play, more they learn, but Australia have nothing to gain from old Ponting, he got to go.

  • POSTED BY NYCC on | December 12, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    ita about time for NZ to tell them what they can do. Ausis are on a down fall. so srilanka

  • POSTED BY RNikh on | December 12, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Pl do take a look at what I've written about David Warner on Coverdale's article about Australia's senior man...

  • POSTED BY cheguramana on | December 12, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I am absolutely delighted by New Zealand's victory and for the NZ team. Kiwis you beauties, very well done !! After the first test, i thot this is going to be another of those Trans-Tasman series which act as 'pratice matches' for the Aussies before the big events of their summer unfold. Happy to be proven wrong ! Hoping that this will dent the Aussie team's confidence when the Indians start proceedings. First Saffers beat Aus in Aus; then the Poms did that to them; now the Kiwis; next the Indians ? Sure hope so, we have waited long enough!!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 12, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    why putting unnecessary pressure on the youngstar Hughes, he has still everything to gain, he will definitely improve with more Test matches he play. what value is old Ponting or Hussey adding to the team, Australia have nothing to gain from them. Ponting is on 2 year run draught, wonder how much more time he can buy using his big name, he got to go

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | December 12, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Indian fans make me laugh. I support England and am actually disappointed by the Australian decline although think the transition period was inevitable. As for India they came to England as the "dominant" side and were utterly humiliated. They showed no fight and blamed the grey skys on the fact their batsmen are flat track bullies. As for the Aussie commentators being biased and showed little knowledge the India commentators, bar Ravi Shastri, are simply pathetic. The BCCI are ruining test cricket, the IPL is Mickey Mouse stuff and I pray India get hammered by the Aussies in the upcoming tour. The Inidan quicks are going to do noting over there and hopefully, like in England we will see another 700-4 scorecard with all the hopes resting on the shoulders on a bowler bowling under 75 mph. So you thrashed the West Indies at home, this does not mean your test team has improved, and once you see the ball bounce over shoulder height I am sure we will see some flinching timid shots once agai

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 12, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    any other Australian with 2 year run drought would have got dropped and forgotten long long back, it is just because of Ponting's massive career stats he got 2 year long rope already, how much more time does he need? Australia just can't wait on him forever!! he got to go now

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 12, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Ponting has been saying big score is not far away for last 2 years and by saying these earning himself Test matches everytime, i wonder how long selectors will persist with him at his age of 37, all we will get from him now is couple of fifties once in 4-5 test matches at the most, should rather invest that time on a youngstar

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | December 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @Gagg... maybe u forgot that india won against AUS in their last series in PERTH, the so called Mecca of Fast Bowling??? forget much???

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Australian team for future - David Warner, Philip Hughes, Usman Khwaja, Shaun marsh, Michael Clark (c), Shane Watson (wc), Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummns, Nethan Lyon, James Pattinson, Michael Starc/ Peter Siddle, sooner these youngstars get experience the better, which means they have to play more Test matches, which means oldies Ponting, Hussey has to GO pretty soon.

  • POSTED BY venkatesan84 on | December 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Waas not sure why Bracewell ws npot selected for MoM!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    if sehwag play like champion , you will see all middle of indian team comes to alive. They will say it is all because of training...blah blah. if sehwag gets out , all will fall like 9 pin under pressure. Aussies are very good at applying pressure. Pattinson is very good , Even though starc did n't bowl well , he is best they got. May be aussie should bring another swing bowler against india. or a bowler who can bounce ball chest height at tendulkar off side. Bounce at off side is the ke. Less runs india score more pressure on indians. Sehwag may get out or wreak havoc depends on how his team mates praise him. if indian team mates gets cocky , sehwag will get out. in England they were praising too much sachin , sehwag got out of the train as quickly as possible. All depends on sehwag not on sachin. Sachin scores when the ball becomes soft and bowlers are not threatening. I really really want green pitch in Boxing day. It will be awsome Test

  • POSTED BY Rohanbandekar on | December 12, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Everyone criticizing India here must remember that we drew against the mighty Aussies in 2003, 1-1. If not for Bucknor we would have won the last series in 2007, 2-1. It included a victory at Perth. Furthermore India also won the CB series in 2007.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | December 12, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    @tomphillips,u meant to say that sachin polish his stats by playing in flat subcontinent wickets??i guess sachin has better average in australia compared to india,hmm aus wickets r really flat in that case,btw aus teams in the so called flat pitches struggled forever even at a time when india was just an average team and aus were at the top,for ur kind information the last 22test matches in india produced 15results and two very close game,does'nt sounds so flat,yeh?if u blame india batsman of scoring runs in flat wickets how about blaming aus,SA,english bowlers of having better bowling average in better bowling condition,look at Lilee who played only in bowling frndly condition and hailed as great but when he played few times in subcontinent his average shoots upto 100 in pakistan and 35 against a newly introduced test nation SriLanka

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Now a days.. after any match non including India ... there is criticism about Indian cricket .... I think people who are criticising doesn't follow cricket.... each time they goes like can do well in flat tracks and bla bla bla .... the thing is people are jealous of Indian cricket on IPL and world cup winning.... As an Indian I am happy that all are gona play to entertain us every April.........

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | December 12, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    What a SUPERB game of Test Match cricket. What a pity that commenters from a certain country have to go and pour bile and hate all over it. Anyone would think it was india that won this match. Shame on you.

  • POSTED BY Archon on | December 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    What an awesome year for Test cricket. I hope Ind series down under lives up to being the climax!

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | December 12, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    BRACEWELL is the man and CONGRATULATIONS TO NZ!!! When the last time MEK Hussey played an innings of any substance for AUS? @g.narsimha: You are twisting the stats, when the last time IND won a series in AUS. Answer is NEVER in last 80 years.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Cong to NZ but it looks unfair to Bracewell, he took 9 wickets in a match but did not get the man of the match award...Aus have to show some sportsmanship on ground and in management......anyway really best performance from nz.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | December 12, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    g.narsimha - You are incorrect. Nav84 was not talking about Australia's record away from home. And even if he was, India was not the only country to beat Australia in a series out of Australia. Sri Lanka did it in 1999 and England did it in 2005. What nav84 said was that during Australia's period of invincibility at home, that New Zealand was the only country that drew a series in Australia. He is right, almost. The West Indies domination ended and the Australian reign began in April 1995 when Australia beat the Windies in the Carribean. Officially, Australia never lost the No. 1 position until August 2009 when we lost the Ashes in England. However, some people would say that our domination ended in January 2007 when Langer, Warne & McGrath retired at the SCG. If you take the period from April 1995 to January 2007, Australia won every single series at home, except for two. Only New Zealand and India managed to draw a series with Australia at home during that 12 years.

  • POSTED BY Ykesh on | December 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Hey, it seems that only pitches that offer bounce and favour fast bowlers are considered lively. How lame. Batting on spinning, spinner friendly tracks needs as much skill as batting on fast, your swinging pitches. Get real....

  • POSTED BY TTking on | December 12, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Great match................

  • POSTED BY Frankje on | December 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Tumbarumbar

    Tumbarumbar - some facts -

    Nathan Lyon got 3 wickets for 25 off 7.3 overs - average 3.3 per over. He didn't get bashed by the NZ tail - a mere detail. If this is buying wickets it was at a great price! (At that rate a team would be all out for 83)

    Anyway congrats to NZ for a historic win - it was an exciting game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Australia should be ranked at 8th position in Test Cricket above Zimbabwe & Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Pavan.BP on | December 12, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Great aggressive captaincy by Taylor!!! NZ cricket's future looks bright under his leadership. Cheers to NZ!!!

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | December 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Holy cow! How did NZ manage to win this one? I mean, how did Aus manage to lose this one? I came in to work today and checked Cricinfo, sad that Aus might have won again. Well guess what?! I was stoked! Congratulations NZ. Way to demoralize the Aussies, esp before the India tour. Thank you!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    If Pakistan had lost like this,they would have been accused of match fixing! Perceptions! Perceptions!! Perceptions!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    aus fall in test match arena is still going on . i have noticed interesting fact that besides ilanders aus have levelled test series against pak SA NZ and defeat against ENG IND.Nobody can believe from 2005 era :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    It's a pittty that Doug Bracewell has not been elected as player of the match by the panal of judges, most probably the match commentators, where the majority is Australians. In this instance every cricket lover will vote for Dougy but not for David Warner as player of the match.

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 12, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Mr Tom philips they are not roads but they r challenging spinning tracks on which no away team can win and they say they r roads, if they r roads HOW COME ONLY INDIA WINSS HAHA THINK CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    congratulations for the black cats and mainly thanks to bracewell who shuts the aussie domination after their first test and before india series

  • POSTED BY dr.jha on | December 12, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    david has come a long way since his first ipl days...when i saw his name in delhi ipl list and found out he hadn't played any cricket at first class level, i thought either their talent scout is mad or a genius...wasn't sure bout it till this year's champions league..boy he killed it..HE WILL FAIL..HE WILL FRUSTRATE..BUT ON HIS DAYS HE WILL WIN YOU MATCHES SINGLE HANDEDLY... AND IF PLAYED AT THE TOP OF THE ORDER..TEAMS WILL DREAD DECLARING IN FEAR OF HIS ONE HOUR ONSLAUGHT..he just needs that consistency... as of others am not too sure... sad to see huss and ricky not score as well as they can. BTY...SOMEBODY PLZ REMOVE THAT "Jarrod Kimber" ARTICLE FROM CRICINFO.. PLEASE.. RICKY WILL BE BACK ...MAKE NO MISTAKE..HE IS NOTHING IF NOT A FIGHTER.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Australian batting has been in a downward spiral ever since South Africa beat them at home in 2009. Only reason they beat Sri Lanka was because they batted even worse. It has been their bowling that has been bailing them out a lot of occasions but that won't be the trend forever. If they want to beat India they have to bat stronger because they don't have a quality attack like England to trouble most of the Indian batsmen. They have to get rid of Hughes, even Ashwin looks more solid in defense than him & bring back Katich. Disaster it has been with their batting but what do you expect when the genius selectors drop the most consistent batsman in the last 3 years & bring in sub-par players like Hughes. Ponting has to get back to his best & Hussey needs to be reminded how he used to bat prior to the SA series. Aussies need to get their act together if they want to avoid a wipeout like the Ashes..........

  • POSTED BY Zafar_Abbas on | December 12, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    without taking any credit away from Bracewell... Huss and Clarke are the real culprits here.. Didn't watch the match to know whether Warner was in physical pain but he surely would have been hurt by this defeat.

  • POSTED BY FoMA on | December 12, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Horrified use of DRS today, I lost my interest after so many reviews were taken in consideration... Serious issue to take care in interest of play and especially umpire...

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | December 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Isn't it true that the best test matches are those where the ball slightly dominates the bat - please note the ICC that scores of 500+ often produce very dull matches. What a shame that the couple of most recent - thrilling series - that Australia have played have been two test series. A third test each time would have been so much more preferable than yet more ODIs. But is the ICC listening...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 12, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @TOMMYPHILIPPS . REALLY? I THINK YOU HAVE N'T WATCH THE RECENT TEST SERIES AGAINST WI WHERE 2 MATCHES PRODUCE RESULT IN 4 DAYS AND WAS A TIE IN LAST TEST . ALSO LAST YEAR 'S TEST SERIES AGAINST AUS PRODUCE FANTASTIC MATCH IN MOHALI AND BANGALORE . FROM 2008 ONWARDS TO PRSENT IN INDIA 19 TESTS HAVE BEEN PLAYED 12 GIVING RESULTS 6 DRAWS & 1 TIE . ACTUALLY THERE IS 65 % CHANCE OF MATCH PRODUCING RESULT & THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH . WE DON'T WANT TO PREPARE PICHES THAT PRODUCES RESULT IN EVERY MATCH OTHERWISE ENGLISH & AUSSIE PLAYERS WILL CRITCIZE THE PITCH & WILLSAY THE PITCH IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PLAYING TEST CRICKET LIKE THE RECENT INCIDENT IN GALLE .

  • POSTED BY mariofan97 on | December 12, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Kudos to David Warner for batting with honor

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | December 12, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Congratulations, NZ. I went to bed thinking that Australia will win this and I was surprised by the outcome. I hope NZ improves further on its record. As for Australia, your problems are with batting and beware of underestimating opposition bowling and overestimating your fast bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Real good test match to watch and hats off to NZ bowling.Man of the match was indeed bracewell that was unfair decision and it ll be an even contest between india and australia in the coming series .If aus made lively pitches like this one they ll win no doubt but if they went defencive with flat pitches then india has got the edge.

  • POSTED BY Technical-1 on | December 12, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I wanted NZ to win so bad. And they DID.. Big UP TAYLOR.. Speaking from the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY Tumbarumbar on | December 12, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    It was a good win by NZ but I would like to raise the issue of why Michael Clarke seemed so happy to give runs to the NZ tail yesterday. In the end it cost the match. Nathan Lyon bought his 3 wickets, surely a bowler doesn't have to get slogged for ten or twenty to earn a wicket?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    How many Australian fans would have had something to say if Stuart Broad had been mouthing off to Michael Clarke the way Pattinson was to Taylor? I'm no great lip-reader but that looked like quite a stream of vitriol. Good on Ricky Ponting for trying to blame the batsman.

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 12, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    MAXIMUM 6 SRY but for the younger generation test matches are exciting I accept But time consuming, look I am not saying out of any rivalry but seriously I think only old people I mean people who have witnessed cricket in the nineties or eighties will want test cricket that's all Guess why ipl and big bash are paying millions, cause people. Want to see this

  • POSTED BY tomphillips on | December 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    These two series between SA/Aus/NZ have produced awesome cricket because a) the sides have some decent quicks and b) the pitches have had something in it for all bowlers. I hope the subcontinent boards are watching, this cricket will bring in crowds, not preparing roads that produce 500+ scores so that tendulkar and sehwag can polish up their stats!

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | December 12, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    NOV84,,YOU R WRONG MAN The stats available in this very site says ,INDIA was the only team which challenged the AUSSEEs,at home &away during their heydays , with the mighty batting line up& as WARNRE was treated as club bowler by indians ,the ausses could not dominate them as they had effectivly done against all other cricketing nations .

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | December 12, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Shame!! Not that aussies lost ,but for batsmen who failed to support Warner,either he would have single handedly won the match for aussies. All credits to NZ & Bracewell. Anyway a very entertaining match , for that 10 out of 10. One thing more i m noway liking this ordinary ponting over the earlier GREATER version.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    aussies era gone lolzzzzzzz india willl beat them 4 nilbecause this indian side is fully fit now not like england jolted by injuries one was playing other was injured bad luck for aussies they are facinh stronger indian side and also india got three good bowlers fast bowlers two ishant yadav above 90 miles and zaheer best left arm seamer after wasim in skills australia is forunate thay aaron is injured third 90 mile bowler if 3 of these injured then aussies have a chance because of truddler like vinay and mithun also mystery spinner ashwin and ojha

  • POSTED BY Trapper439 on | December 12, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    As an Aussie fan I'm a bit disappointed that Warner's century didn't win the game. But NZ were the better team over the course of the Test and they fully deserved their win, so no complaints here. Congrats to the Black Caps.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | December 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    With India and the West Indies, South Africa and Australia and now Australia and New Zealand, we've witness some brilliant exciting Test cricket. Most of them going down the wire. It's a great summer for watching Test cricket. Zimbabwe vs Pakistan and vs New Zealand was o.k. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka was almost o.k. Bangladesh vs Pakistan is a missmatch. Best series to watch at the moment must be Australia vs New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | December 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Hughes and Ponting need to go now. Watson and Marsh in (if they are fit). It will be an interesting series against India. The Aussies batting will need to improve drastically. I feel though the Indian bowling lineup (a possibly half-fit Zaheer Khan) maybe weaker than NZs, however, their batting is formidable.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 12, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    A lot of Aussie fans on here calling for wholesale changes ahead of the India series, but I don't think that will happen. If fit I see Watson coming in for Hughes, Marsh for Khawalja and Harris for Starc. I would agree though that Ponting and Haddin are back under serious pressure and I get the feeling by the time you get to the Windies these 2 would have played their last test. Hussey will need to find his old spark again at some stage during the series 2 otherwise he could be joining them. However I'm not sure who will come in perhaps Christian can bat 6 and play as 4th seam, which would free up watson to concentrate on his batting maybe Cowan is looked at too, but not that many options I think.

  • POSTED BY Captcroc on | December 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Wasn't Haddin woeful again when it mattered. He MUST NEVER play for Australia again. Damien Martyn got a 7 year spell back in 1993 for an injudicious shot, Haddin deserves life as a habitual offender when it counts. His batting today was as incomprehensible as his insipid surrender in the magnificent 47 all out in South Africa Time for the selectors to make a stand NOW not in Januray 2013 after Australia have been cleaned up by South Africa, and Ponting, Hussey and naturally Haddin (all by then over 35 and well past it) have failed yet again on the eve of an Ashes flogging in England. One thing is for sure, if Haddin is playing in the Boxing Day Test, I will refuse to attend.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @rajkumar Goyal: UNDOUBTEDLY, AUSSIES are ready for BOXING DAY... Remember INDIANS never and ever Master OVERSEAS tours..... and 0-4 is nt just stats....consider the fact of TWO innings defeats and one huge loss of 194 runs!!!!! AUSSIES lost the matches fighting till the end except the 47 fiasco.....IT WAS AGAINST MIGHTY SOUTH AFRICANS....nt against MINNOWS like WINDIES!!!!

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | December 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    quiz time, folks! who is the most selfish batsman in the AUS lineup? hints : has hit a hundred almost two years ago against an ordinary test side after being dropped early in his innings. this batsman has lost three ashes series, twice away and once at home. this player is hanging on just because he is egoistic and wants to prove that he still has it. he is not retiring because he wants to chase records. he is not making way for the young players. he is placing his personal interest ahead of the team cause. this batsman, never a walker, walks off after being dismissed in a comical fashion because he is afraid of swing bowling.

    name him.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | December 12, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Is it not time for the short forms of the game to justify their sad existence????Who needs slog and giggle for entertainment?? Sometimes the truth has to come out and the real deal shown for what it is. Congrats to the NZ and the groundsman. Also to Aus for being part of a run of tests that have really stolen the shOow, fun wise.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | December 12, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    What a show by the Kiwis and I for one had written then off after the first test. In all honesty I think the Kiwis pulled one out of the hat there but alarm bells for Australia. That's now a string of low scores and what will become of the selections of Ponting, Hadddin, Hughes. Its NZ's day and all credit for a great performance and that buy a young chap in Bracewell. Also noted was Brownlie who has batted well as a new guy in the team so plenty to look forward to.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @ RajKumarGoyal : Did u forget England tour...india can play in their home only.They cant play against fast blowers.They made grounds for their spinners...let see how can play in australia...

  • POSTED BY sharkwolf on | December 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I think NZ Fast bowlers are always good enough and they usually create issues for Aussies, but the difference is that this time THE KIWIS Finished WEL"""" and I m afraid India doesn't hold a noticeable pace attack!

  • POSTED BY RNikh on | December 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Sorry, about the Johnson inclusion, totally forgot. Sorry once again, so it is starc instead of Mitch...

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | December 12, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Well done NZ - although the once great Oz side does tend to crumble now. They don't seem to have the same backbone as the side of 5 years ago. Still, no doubt they'll bounce back against India. It will certainly be interesting to see how India cope in Australia after their disappointing series in England.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 12, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    For those taking shots at the aussies ... have a look at the series total ... 1 each. Australia arent the great side they use to be, nor are we the WI of the late 90s. We have a good side that is just starting out. In our side we have 6 players with less then 10 tests. Of the 5 experienced players, three are out of form, leaving one batsmen and one bowler with experience thats in form (Clarke and Siddle). Lets be serious, Australia did brilliantly against Srilanka, SA and NZ to avoid loosing any of the last three series. Also NZ arent the side of old, they are only 20 rating points behind Australia, similar to Australia's lead over England in 2005 (when we lost a series everyone though we would win!). Regarding Warner MoM, I think that 9 for 60 player was hard done by, but lets remember ... 150,136, 226, 233 (about 740 runs) and one batsmen got 123* carrying the side to 233 (18% runs in match) ... it was a moving pitch with Pattison getting 8 wickets in 2nd match!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    What about the pontng batting form. Now a days he is useless . kick out from the team and keep one of the young best player.

  • POSTED BY braveknight on | December 12, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Congrats NZ -- well deserved victory, any time AZ loses anywhere it must be cherished for they are fiercely competitive and uncharacteristically magnanimous in their victories putting their opponents to shame..

    I resent the AZ public choosing Warner over Bracewell for the MotM - it only shows AZ are bad losers..!!..Bracewell took out Clarke, Hussey and then some..Bravo Bracewell!!

  • POSTED BY FLying.Horse on | December 12, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    wowo wot a great test match,, Test Cricket is The Real Face Of This GAME,,,All Hails NZ To Produce Such A Pleasing Victory Aginst The Opponents known TO B UNBEATAN at HOME,,, Well Played Warner,,,,,, N PLz Sum 1 Bring Bkack Simon KAtich,, HE is the Best Avilable Opener rite Now,,

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | December 12, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Aus bowlers has bowled well in SA and in this series,its their batsman who'r a failure,indian batsman wont find it easy when they play against Pattinson and Co.,also the Indian bowlers r not good enough to trouble the struggling aussie batsman like SA,NZ and Eng bowlers did to them..NZ win had put more pressure on indian team to perform..overall i see Aus winning 2-1 against india..

  • POSTED BY BarmyIan on | December 12, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Oz v India should be a good series, 2 mid ranking teams playing each other! Should make for interesting Test matches.

  • POSTED BY Basket_Case on | December 12, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Its interesting that NZ win a test as soon as they played a four man pace attack. Vettori has done a great job but can only reasonably play as a replacement for a batsman or on helpful pitches. He has much more to offer than most of the batsmen but doesn't look like knocking a side over cheaply. I do think that NZ should keep this pace attack together everywhere except sub-continent pitches. NZ have regularly lost steam on day 4 because they did not have a 4th seamer and because they don't possess the high levels of fitness of say England or SA. Better to lose due to some batting failures but always have a chance of taking 20 wickets. McCullum has a place only if he keeps wicket and bats low down. NZ should be ruthless and leave him out if he can't do the job in tests. Impressed with Kane Williamson and Brownlie. Need to develop an attacking spinner for the post Vettori era. Always go with 5 bowlers NZ!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    A Test to remember for both the Aussies & the Kiwi. The bowlers clearly won it for Taylor...

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    If Aussies can collapse like that when in sight of victory, in Australia !!! ... Indians should be prepared for everything.. I believe Warner showed inexperience in exposing Lyon, when Warner was the only batsman seemed to be capable of getting runs on that pitch and a test victory was near.... Congrats to NZ...and Warner.. On a lighter note...NZ found out what was preventing a test win against Aussies!!! Dan Vettori..Of course...LOL

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    whew a fantastic feat indeed. Indians take note. The Aussies are ripe for the picking if only the batting might of Indoa fires. The only disconsolate feeling is that hope it was'nt fixed!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Najjoo on | December 12, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Atlast the credit goes to NZ team for their amazing work on the field. Warner is much appreciated on his one man role in the 2nd innings but still not good enough to reward as man of the moment. Bracewell is the man who deserves 10/10 on this match winning spell for NZ's. Poor Adjudgement by the umpire's/ Refree on MOM :(

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | December 12, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Australia is heading towards a W.I phase of cricket, Their batting has been terrible and soon when Pointing and the others leave, The mighty Ausies will be left to eat crumbs at the bottom of the table, at least now they can experience what the other test nations have been going through..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Congrats Taylor&Co. I was disappointed when NZ were all out for 150 in their first innings.But what a result it turned to be?If this was in sub continent, the australian players, media would have made hue & cry about the pitch,crowd behaviour,spicy food blah blah.Assies are vulnarable and their confidence is very low. India should make use of this situatation and win the series.For Sachin,Dravid & Lakshman,it should be 'Good Bye Australia' with sweet memories of beating them and winning the series with centuries.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | December 12, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Just can't understand how a bowler who completely turned the match on its head by taking 6 wickets in the innings on debut, a total of 9 wickets in the match, thereby leading his team to victory, does not get the Man of the Match award? It is simply baffling. I think many people would like to know who the judges were? I was just telling my colleague before they announced the MoM that they should perhaps let Warner share the MoM award with Bracewell. When it appeared from Taylor's introduction that one person would be getting it, we were sure Bracewell was getting it. We got a rude shock, no offence to Warner, but he was second best on the day.

  • POSTED BY blackie on | December 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    From a Windies fan; CONGRATS KIWIS. Good show!!!!

  • POSTED BY nzplayer on | December 12, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    since when was a 123no better then 9 for 60? feel sorry for bracewell he should of been the man of the match! way to go kiwis!

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | December 12, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Special credit must be given to Trent Boult for his late order hitting which gave the Kiwis their victory!

  • POSTED BY ajmal1988 on | December 12, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Australia will take the series as Indian batsmen cannot play in seaming condtions and they don't have the bowlers. India only win at home...nowhere else.

  • POSTED BY CNBAS5 on | December 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Congrats to NZ team and they did show the grit and tenacity. They deserve this victory. Selectors should seriously think of creating an Australia A team ( none of the current test players barring Lyon and Parkinson). That Australia A team will do better against Indians. The current Aussie team with old experienced low scoring members will only dig a deep hole for Aussie cricket. Seniors should not play mind games saying that we play well in teh NEts ( who cares) and we still got lot to offer ( not as a batsman...may be a coach Punter).

  • POSTED BY cardassian on | December 12, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    So glad we won that one, feels real good. Looks like Brownlie's we think 150 is competitive was right on the money. Still we need to look seriously at our batting line-up.

    To the Aussie's don't panic, Punter will come back into form, Warner looks class, you just need a quiet opener at the other end, Ponting to 3, Clarke 4, Watson 5. Although time must be up on Haddin for sure, bring in a new keeper. Good luck for the India series I'm sure you can bounce back.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | December 12, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Congrats Kiwis, Fleming missed it but taylor got it. Why indians thinksing again they can win because it was NZ who won it. Well Indians shoulnt forget they got whipped in NZ in 2002, or they think they are on top of world. Stop crowing indian fans, will see how many indians will be ready with excuses by the end of aussie series. Australia must produce all green wickets and with shear bounce. cricinfo please publish. (Indians, do you still think you are better team out of subcontinent. haha just sore loosers)

  • POSTED BY mangocube6 on | December 12, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    What does Australia expect? They sack one of the best batsmen in the last 3 years, Katich, for an unproven and patchy Hughes and presto! They lose against one of the worst middle orders in world cricket.

    The difference of seven runs is the difference in that selection alone. They need Katich's grit, technique and experience. AND they can move Ponting on right now. They wouldnt let Healy play his 00th and last test at the Gabba years ago because his form was bad... Ponting's time has come. His numbers betray him.

  • POSTED BY candyfloss on | December 12, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    As an Indian fan I would request you to please keep Ponting,Hughes,Siddle,Haddin,Hussey,Khawaja until the end of the next series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    MOM was decided by text message vote from public because of a terrible company sponsoring...

  • POSTED BY SmashingBaby on | December 12, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @RajKumarGoyal: So many things I could say Raj, but I will only say this: West Indies scored over 500 against your feeble pace attack at home, so I'm not too worried about Australia's batting when India comes. It won't be 4-0 Australia but India couldn't win a series here while Tendulkar and Dravid were in their prime for so many years so don't get your hopes up now ;) P.S. Congratulations Warner for your hundred, although a single off the first ball of the over to give the strike to the no. 11 with only 20-odd runs to get and plenty of time to get them was one of the worst cricketing decisions you'll ever make.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | December 12, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    A few observations: (1) hearty congratulations to the Kiwis - once again they showed that a tiny nation's cricketers have the skill and character to turn over an established, albeit waning, power in a test match (Why can't B'desh with a huge population and over-exposure to test cricket even get close, btw?); (2) The Player of the Match award should not be left to the nationalistic bias of Oz Vodafone customers! The concept of giving an individual award in a team game grates with me anyway - but that's the hollow celeb culture for you; (3) The body language of the Oz team posing for the photo with the retained Trans-Tasman Trophy looked like a group of men awaiting sentence, which, of course, they are! (4) The focus now shifts to the India series. To my mind, India has never had a better chance of getting the 'Can't Tour' monkey off their backs. Should they fail, then it exposes India as no more than a bully of the minnows in test terms, but we shall see..

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | December 12, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    I wonder how many arm chair pundits who cry foul at only having a two test series actually make EVERY EFFORT to go support their team at test matches? If you are worried about the future of test cricket then as a fan I urge you all to make sure you attend test matches in person when you can. It's simple market dynamics - full test attendances will lead to more matches being played. As lovers of test cricket, the future of the game is truly in our hands.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 12, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    well done to the kiwi's on a well deserved win..they are turning into a well balanced team..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Proud to be a kiwi, will remember this for the rest of my life! :)

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 12, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Well........rise of the Aussies didn't last too long! :D

    Congrats to Nz for getting their act together after, getting smashed by Bang just a year ago but realistically Bracewell should have been MOM.

  • POSTED BY Sagar_ru on | December 12, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Congratulation Newzealad Cricket team. Well played.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    We all saw what Bracewell had done for NZ and Warner for Australia and congrats to both, but choosing the man of the match by viewers was a bizzare decision and Australian public again proved they got it wrong. Warner himself was a bit embarassed to receive the award ahead of Bracewell. Hope Cricket Australia will apologise to him and give a special award to Bracewell. Taking 9 wickets for 60 runs in a match is amazing and you are the man of match to me.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Congrats to Kiwis, feeling prout to be a Kiwi fan, Well done Bracewell and Southee and their catching and fileding was upto the mark adn upto their reputation

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    well done NZ, best test performance i have seen in my 24 years of watching test cricket. the man of the match award was voted via a cricket australia app for iPhone or android by the public, hence why it was won by an australian. there was 3 options for motm - pattinson, warner & bracewell and it wouldn't surprise me if parrinson got more votes than bracewell, australians are bias but none more so than ian healy and he is a terrible commentator.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | December 12, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I think this series is another grim reminder for the aussies that Warne/McG/Gilchrist were their real match winners and not Ponting....he is the luckiest cricketer ever... Their balling depends heavily on swinging conditions like England and their battting prospers only on flat wickets....

    I think they really need to have a re-look at the players they have and not the CA..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    This is why Test Math is always on Top of the world. Let thousand varieties of limited over versions come cricket lovers watch 5 days @ 90 overs.

  • POSTED BY ali00 on | December 12, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the ways the Australians played and i know they are more better than New Zealand.They could sweep the series with 2-0 and they were very disappointing and Any team can beat the Kiwis and why the Aussie lost to a very weak team.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    So when ball moves at high speeds... the result is the same.. huh.. but only indian cricketers are ftb!

  • POSTED BY dipakvaio on | December 12, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    wow! i am damn ecstatic that nz pulled it off! i just love the nz team and was glued to the tv in the dying moments. bracewell was fantastic. well done! however one's heart must go towards warner who almost pulled it off.

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | December 12, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    srill AUS will win easily from india ....

  • POSTED BY tompuffin on | December 12, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    I am an NZ fan, and until today, the laughing stock of all my aussie mates. Admittedly, I made a few comments that said that 150 was a rubbish total. Honestly I still think it is, its just that aussie batted worse and NZ bowled brilliantly. It was an amazing result but I'll trust that John Wright and Ross Taylor will keep a cool head and get ready for the next tests against SA, and not get too carried away.

  • POSTED BY crikey on | December 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    It was a bowlers paradise.To get 123 not out was a greater achievement than getting 9 wickets.Simple as that.Australia hopefully will not be batting in conditions like this all summer and will put up a better show as a result.Also rajkumar, you are beginning to sound like the well hated aussies you so despise. Be careful that you don't start hating yourself mate.

  • POSTED BY MenFromMarts on | December 12, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    If Christian played instead of Starc?? Hmm. If Katich opened with Warner they may have been 0 for 241. While he didn't take the second innings wickets Boult was a revelation in this game and his batting at the end of NZ 2nd dig pretty much won them the game. Kerry O'Keefe said on radio today - if Phil Hughes is shaving and gets a nick Martin Guptill will pop out from behind the mirror and give him a band aid. Very funny man.

  • POSTED BY rawcrickettalent on | December 12, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    The Kiwis...though not an impressive team Recently have given the Aussies the taste of great defeat...... this was the fighting spirit of the team that made the Kiwis win!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Great Test Match .. Well Done NZ .. Best Of Luck Aussies Against India ..

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | December 12, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    That must have brightened quite a few indian faces but dont get too happy too soon, Aussies will hammer and vent all their frustration on Indians when they visit Aus.

  • POSTED BY Talezassian on | December 12, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @RajKumarGoyal: You can't rubbish the earlier history if you're going to use the slightly more recent stuff: Zaheer Khan is just as injury prone as Ryan Harris, I expect them to cancel each other out. Your batting is undoubtedly stronger, ours is way too prone to throwing it away at the moment. Still, I like the signs from Michael Clarke and the selection panel so far (if they bring back Johnson, that will change!) and I'm looking forward to the series rather than dreading it (not that I expect to win). I finally think we'll recover from our mountainous reign better than the West Indies (who never did, although Darren Sammy also looks to be their best captain in ages).

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | December 12, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I was really disapointed with the dismissals of 4,5,6 & 7. On a pitch like that, you don't go out & blaze fully fledgd drives when it's hooping around...you just don't. Just give it the full face of the bat or leave it. In Brisbane, Haddin had 2 runs off 34 balls, some would say a solid start to an innings. Went on to get 80. Since then he's slipped into his old ways of not knowing when to attack & when to defend. I thought the selectors were a little gung ho & underestimated NZ a bit. First test it worked, 2nd not so good. NZ played well, dug in with the bat & kept the ball up to the Ozis enticing them to play...and they obliged. A lot of soul searching ahead of the India series.

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | December 12, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Well play NZ. Couldn't believe people (even their own fans) were writing them off after the 150 first innings. They look to have the nucleus of a good team. For Oz...(big sigh)..still need some work! Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon all good. Starc, looks so raw. I was disapointed with the way they bowled with the new ball in NZ 2nd innings. The ball was doing all sorts yet they didn't make them play enough & bowled too short. A bowler who makes the batsman play all the time, one who is accurate might have done well on that track (i.e. Copeland). Warner, great. Hughes, enough said. Khawaja- would stick with him, but at number 6. In this test, the top 3 oz bats had 25 tests between them, the next three had 300. Is that what you would do with your club side? Bat all the newbies in the top 3 & all your experienced batsmen in the middle order? What about Kohli, scoring a bucket load at 6 with Dravid using his nous above him. Eng did the same with Bell. Time for the old hands to stand up! cont'd..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 Yes I do think that the Aussies will win 2-0 India are flat track sub continent bullies. Their bowling attack is probably ranked 6 in test cricket and they will not be able to bowl out the aussies twice to win a test in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    CONGRATZ TO NZ U GUYS PLAYED SOME EXCELLENT CRICKET DURING THIS TEST MATCH....I JST HOPE U GUYS CAN KEEP IT UP....WHO SAID TEST CRICKET IS BORING....DAMN!!!....THIS WAS AN AWESOME TEST MATCH...AS FOR THE AUSIES HANG IN THEIR GUYS U GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF TALENTED CRICKETERS...YOUVE TRIED THE YOUNGSTERS ND IT BACKFIRED ESPECIALLY THE BATSMAN...BT THE BOWLERS WERE BRILLIANT...PHIL HUGHES NEEDS TO GO BCK INTO THE DOMESTIC SET UP JST TO REGAIN SOME FORM CAUSE HEAVEN KNWS HE'S SO TALENTED BT HE LACKS PATIENCE....HADDIN NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS SHOT SELECTION..PONTING ND HUSSEY ARE THE OLDER STATESMEN IN THE TEAM BT @ THE MOMENT THEY NOT PLAYING THEIR PART AS BOTH OF THEM ARE OUT OF FORM...BT I THINK THE SELECTORS HVE TO STICK WTH THEM JST TO HELP THE YOUNGER GUYS TO SETTLE IN...ALL IN ALL A GREAT WIN FOR THE KIWIS....BT...DONT GET CARRIED AWAY.....

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | December 12, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    any **** Aussie fan - this is for you - Stop rubbish comments about Indian players. See the state of your 3rd class team and comments or ill comment on them. Anyway Indians will beat the Aussies black n blue this time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Was very happy to see Dave Warner got man of the match. I know a big deal has been made about Bracewell, but his figures are only just stronger than Pattinson's and he was bowling on a greentop under a grey sky - Warner has BATTING on a greentop under a grey sky. He scored an unbeaten century when nobody on his team managed to score a half century. He's perhaps the second opener in the past decade for Australia to carry his bat through an entire innings. He scored more than twice that of any other batsman in the innings. He accounted for well over half of Australia's total when they were only short 7 runs. He did this all IN HIS SECOND TEST MATCH. Man of the Match, no question.

  • POSTED BY butterBum on | December 12, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    warner Peoples man of the Match ....Its so gud to see a cricket mature Australian public ..... even not many here can acknowledge it . Batting performance in a bowler frindly condition deserves praise !.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Catches win matches! someone explain that to the Windies..

  • POSTED BY AUSOME_AWESIE on | December 12, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    lol it seems all indian fans seem to have forgotten what happened at ENGLAND 2011!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    hats off to Kiwis for tremendous win and a grand salute to kangaroos for giving us such entertaining test matches over last couple of months......

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | December 12, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    It's not that Australia have a bad side, its just that New Zealand has a better one. That last 10 minutes was up there with the final 10 of the rugby world cup, but I think deep down it felt even better than that result. Sitting in my freezing London flat at 3 in the morning I think I woke up the whole street. Thank you Ross Taylor for backing up what you said, and showing what that Kiwi spirit is all about...NEVER SAY DIE!

  • POSTED BY birdz_eye on | December 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Aussies need to get their act together in this series because Indians are having their mouth watered & they fancy their chances for a series win in Australia.

  • POSTED BY ozwriter on | December 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    its obvious from comments in this forum that most if not all 'neutrals' support the kiwis. ponting was a good batsman but did not really do anything to endear himself or his team to the cricketing public. he is despised amongst many although i note he has humbled down (a little bit) of late

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Meety, again I can't help but notice Clarke once again failing in the second innings when the pressure cooker is on.

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | December 12, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    How lovely is the game of TEST cricket! Congrats, Kiwis. Were it not for some terrible umpiring in that 2000-2--1 series, you'd have beaten the Aussies. India shouldn't start licking their chops though. I still believe that the Aussie quicks will demolish India's batting. If the Aussies can go past 250 regularly, they should prevail over India, whose batsmen have more fame than runs left in them. Aussie fielders can't afford to let off Dravid, as Windies did all year.

  • POSTED BY x-squire-x on | December 12, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Congrats to NZ, great game for test cricket. Just can't understand how Warner gets the m.o.m, instead of Bracewell who took 9-60 in the match and won the game for the Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | December 12, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Well if I was an Indian I would be happy but also a little hesitant. Australia will be very very keen when you play them on boxing day. I dont see India's 4nil whitewash and 2 nil victory over WI as a great lead up. Aus probably have better credentials with wins in SL and draws in SA and at home. Aus are going to cop it at home from the media and fans for the next few weeks, I think India should be careful because Aus will be desperate when they play them.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    good comeback by new zealand..

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Hmmm... one of my comments didn't make it. It's always been my view that NZ have been a team to get more out of their players than seemed justified based on the resources available. That's not been evident in test cricket for a while but, as an England fan, I can definitely appreciate their success in one-day cricket. Maybe they save their best for playing Australia and, living in Australia, I get to see their best. This was a stirring performance though. They really didn't make a great showing in Brisbane but they showed enough grit with the bat in trying conditions here to get themselves into a position to win and showed great belief and ability with the ball and in the field. It's hard to know how much of this result is from NZ rising, Australia declining or just who played how on the day but congratulations on a well-deserved win.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 12, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Congrats to NZ. A great finish. Haters posting here should be ashamed of themselves). Why post rubbish when we just had a great game of cricket? Australia's last innings was the highest total in the match, so it was not the catastrophe that some are suggesting: it was a decent score under the conditions, & NZ bowled/fielded v. well. Warner was rewarded MOM for an exceptional innings in very difficult batting conditions. These were VERY bowler friendly conditions, and that's why Warner was rightly given man of the match rather than a bowler. Because of the ongoing rain, the pitch never dried out on the second day as it always does on the AUS mainland, & this made for exceptional batting conditions right till the end. It was green all the way through. Bracewell did a great job to put the ball on the spot, & conditions did the rest. Watson or Copeland would have been a handful if they'd play. On the bright side, AUS have up to four excellent players returning soon.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | December 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Not sure why India fans are going on how bad Aussie are, my money would be on Aussie if India had of played on that wicket. India are a poor team when the ball is moving around, they have some of the best flat track bullies in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @Bhat Lakshminarayan Harnad: same thing i felt too when sachin got man of the match award in chennai test 1998....that was cruelty too..saqlain or afridi desrved it more..

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @RandyOz, the new coach in his first series is a big factor in the loss yet you make NO EXCUSES. Khawaja had to be in the team a few weeks ago and now he has one more chance or he has to be out. Australia were clearly the best side in the world a couple of days ago and now that even you can't stick with that one you still persist with insisting that their bowling is the best based on bowling NZ out on a meadow. How can anyone take you seriously? In SA you were calling the Australian bowling pathetic and now you're calling the batting pathetic and we should take your word that they are the rightful #1? How did the bowling go from pathetic to the best in the world based on one match from the now-injured Cummins and two from Pattinson where NZ were giving wickets away in one and the other was on one of the most pace-friendly wickets in living memory? Where do you get your material because it is truly hilarious.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    watta game of Test cricket. I was fortunate enough to watch the whole day early morning and boy, kudos to NZ for keeping up the pressure on Oz. Terrific day of cricket and this goes to show that Test cricket still rocks and is the true TEST for a player. David Warner!!! Take a bow!!! Amazing hundred under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | December 12, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    RandyOz, blaming Mickey Arthur for what have been systemic failures of the Aus batting for the past 3 years sounds bizarre. This has been coming for ages. Who was in charge when the Aussies collapsed for 47? It wasn't Mickey Arthur that's for sure. Got to say again, great match. More bowler friendly wickets please. And Punter needs to go. Talk about holding back a group of players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Quite surprised by the MoM I have to say. Bracewell was the deserving candidate, without a shadow of a doubt.

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | December 12, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Well done New Zealand. Wake up call at the right time, perhaps, for Australia. But will the selection panel and batsmen introspect and change for the better? I expected a well contested Aus-India series. But given the current form of Aus batsmen, it could be onse sided - India coming up trumps. I would suggest that the entire Aus team bastmen, who played the NZ Tests, should be in teams that play in the tour games with Indian team. However the bowlers should be rested and other bowlers like George, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, Copeland, and O'Keefe should be tested out

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I agree with the various comments about Langer. A very good point about him escaping criticism too. He is only there because he is mates with Punter and Clarke. Boof Lehmann would be a far better batting coach. Also what are the scouts in WA doing letting Brownlie go? He looks like he could be a good workhorse type player.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | December 12, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Kudos to New Zealand. They went into the match on the back of a big defeat in the 1st Test and without their captain and best player and looked to have surrendered the match tamely yesterday. Time will tell whether this is just one of those freak results that happen from time to time, or the start of a New Zealand revival. With New Zealand playing so few Tests it is going to be hard for them to build on this result but there are some signs for real optimism, particularly if the batting can gell around its new middle-order leader. There ae some interesting bowling options, but the top order batting is shakey and the tail has a "six out, all out" look to it. Brownlie is going to need more help if New Zealand are to win regularly against better opposition than this.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | December 12, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Well done NZ. How on earth David Warner got man of the match is beyond me, but boy oh boy NZ played with some guts. Finally NZ looks like they have a decent bowling attack - if the batsmen can get behind them, they really could turn a corner in test cricket - WELL DONE NZ.

  • POSTED BY mbogo81 on | December 12, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Warner, welcome to Sachin's pitiable world- score century after century while your team falls like 9 pins around you, while cricketing pundits wonder why he has not played enough 'match wining innings'.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    my sports provider allows me to pause and rewind etc etc, and there is no way that ball pitched outside leg stump the way it was shown. I believe in the technology, what I don't believe in is the people administering it, because that ball definitely did not pitch where it showed it did, it straightened considerably (considering the umpire gave it out too), and we've had to listen to Tony Grieg talk about how these new cameras take something like 240 ball tracking pictures per second.

    would've loved to see what they were up to in the techies trailer out back.

  • POSTED BY TopC on | December 12, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    What a CHOKE by Australia !! BUT @ RajKumarGoyal.. Bring it on ! The Indians will scuttle off home with their tails between their legs after the test series against Australia. :)

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 12, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    HAHA RANDY RANDY RANDY OZ WHERE ARE YOU LOL WE NEED YOU HERE RIGHT NOW , CATCH THE SONG DRIFT. LOL PLEASE LET'S ALL MAKE AN EFFORT TO CALL MR RANDY ALL FAIRWEATHER FANS LOL CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • POSTED BY AUSOME_AWESIE on | December 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    as a life time AUSSIE fan feel sad to admit this is the beginning of the end v r gonna be the new West Indies, jus look at the stats 16 test defeats.... plz plz selectors wake up atleast now... as much as i am a huge fan of the GREATEST BATSMAN since THE DON viz Ricky Ponting he has to go no longer the force he was like the team.... high time for haddin an hughes to be kicked out an maybe sent to play useless ipl... bring it Mitch Marsh Christian an other performing youngsters an keep mike hussey out as well... all this from a heartbroken AUSSIE FAN (im an Indian)...

  • POSTED BY couchexpert on | December 12, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Bracewell wasnt MOM because the Australian public cast the votes using TXTs

  • POSTED BY cricthoughts on | December 12, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    It's amazing how Aussies bowled down SA and had chance of carrying up a high total in 2nd innings and they wasted it, now it happened again with NZ and on home soil, you hear many bring excuses of who should be dropped or not but fact remains that they should have DOMINATED this game especially. Aussies been my favorite team along with some others for a long time, if they continue like this throughout 2012 they won't be seeing great future.

    It shows the batting definitely is the problem, especially when they have great advantage point, where's the great mindset they once had?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    One of the best year for test Cricket.The convention of test cricket is back. The great Technician Rahul Dravid kept on scoring so did others like Bell and Cook. and now the Mumbai test the harare test and the hobart test has put in the stamp of re affirmation about the beauty and thrill of test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Tom_Bowler on | December 12, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Great performance by the Kiwis, must have been hard to maintain the belief after setting such a small target. At the same time an absolute shocker from the Aussies, once again the flaky batting line up panicked, it's happened so often recently it becomes less a question of individuals and more about team pyschology like the woeful England sides of the 1990s. Australian fans must be so relieved India are touring next, even a team of shell shocked Brownies would struggle to fold against their bowling.

  • POSTED BY simpola on | December 12, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    hi guys.... JUST WANTED TO CONGRATS THE NZ TEAM....WEN LAST TIME THEY DEFEATED AUS IN A TEST MATCH IN AUS, I WAS ONLY ONE YEAR OLD..... DUNNO Y IT TOOK SO LONG FOR THEM TO DEFEAT AUS... WOTEVA IT WAS,, IT DUSNT MATTER NOW.... DEY HAVE WON,,, AND WOT A TEST IT WAS... JUZ A THOT FOR MOM AWARD... WAS JUZ WONDERING WOT WENT THRU THE MINDS OF DECIDING PIP WHILE GIVING IT TO WARNER.. NO DOUBT DAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE INNING,, BUT A MATCH FIGURE OF 9 FOR 60 OFF 26.4 OVRS.... AINT IT ENUF... PHEW.... DESE AUSSIES... I THINK DEY WANTED SOME CONSOLATION..... AND TO OL KIWI FANS.... CONGRATS GUYS... HOPE THIS TEAM WILL DO A LOT BETTER IN FUTURE AND ITS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT,...

  • POSTED BY TheIndiaRockers on | December 12, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @RandyOZ-- Stop commenting on indian player,pitches bla bla blaaaa. start worrying about assuie performance. superb performance by NZ they stunned aussiue. india scored 418 runs against WI but the great aussie allout for 136, what a excellent performance in there backyard.Please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I am shocked to note that the man of the match was given to David warner instead of Bracewell. It is totally injustice done to the bowler who won the match for NZ. The decision was totally wron as bracewell took 9 wickets in the match and won it for NZ. The decision maker made big and it is blunder to note.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Bracewell undoubtedly should have given the MOM award , for his 9 wickets in the match for just 60 runs. I would like to know who was the intelligent jury for this decision. Clarke does not even deserve a place in he Australian team as 12th man , I wonder how is the captain.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    its a perfect world...yesterday i wanted warner to score a ton & NZ to win the match..thats what i got..gr8 feeling

  • POSTED BY RNikh on | December 12, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    My XI for the aussies for boxing day: Watson(obviously, if fit) Warner marsh(same case as that of watto) ponting Clarke hussey haddin johnson(fitness taken into perspective) siddle pattinson Lyon... India's XI: gambhir sehwag dravid tendulkar laxman Kohli dhoni Ashwin zaheer(he's proved that he is fit) ishant Yadav.

  • POSTED BY couchexpert on | December 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I agree. No way did the ball pitch leg side in the first Lyon LBW review. There should be an enquiry into that. I know the result went NZ way but this has shaken my belief in the system.

  • POSTED BY RajKumarGoyal on | December 12, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @Ausssies: are you ready for India's tour? Can you tell me after wathing your performance today.. 22/9, 133 allout. Lost against NZ A team after 26 years @home. are you still not noticing that things are turning around. Aussie is no more an unbeatable team @ home or abroad. Ponting is like Lara @ the end of his career and will see his team in the rankings above 5. I wish your team all the best for coming series against India. Zak (If plays) and co will have a tough time against this STRONGEST australian batting line up. India's 0-4 is a hiostory. Later India's record is 9-1 in ODIs, 2-0 in tets. what about Aussie's current record? Can some body from Australia reply?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Congrats NZ .. And, Good to see, even people from other countries started realizing about the flaws in DRS ...

  • POSTED BY ozind95 on | December 12, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Congrats to the Kiwis .Great Catching in the slips and great bowling esp by Bracewell.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @csango, let's assume that ball-tracking technology is no good. Why would you throw out the rest of the DRS? The BCCI objected to the pitch-mapping technology because someone could tamper with it. You seriously believe that people are tampering with that stripe we see showing the line from wicket to wicket?

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | December 12, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    It's hard to believe that in summer 2009 England were coming off their worst nightmare in many years and Australia were the #1 ranked side in world cricket. Now, England are a full 22 points ahead of Australia. One Austalian fan was posting during this Test that he had never seen the Australian talent pool so deep: well mate, you could have fooled us! We've heard that poor pitches are to blame for this loss and that its all the fault of injuries but, if the talent pool is so deep injuries should be a blessing, as they have been to England over the last couple of years, allowing new players to bed in, rather than a reason to lose systematically.Since 2009 it is: lost 2-1 v England, beat Pakistan 3-0, beat New Zealand 2-0, drew 1-1 v Pakistan, lost 2-0 v India, lost 3-1 v England, won 1-0 v Sri Lanka, drew 1-1 v South Africa, drew 1-1 v New Zealand. It's not catastrophic, but it's not good either and highly inconsistent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I can't believe some of the comments here regarding the man of the match. It's not guaranteed to be given to the winning side.

    This was a bowlers pitch, all the bowlers were great and Bracewell the best, but not markedly better than Pattinson (only 1 more wicket).

    On the other hand look at the batters. Nobody holds a candle to Warners effort. This pitch was a mine field for batters and they all struggled. Bar Warner. He didn't win the game for Australia, that's a tall task for any one man; but by golly when looked at against all the other batsmen, he was truly head and shoulders above everyone.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    WTH!!!!!! how come bracewell wasn't the man of the match!!!! this is just plain favoritism!!! he sweeeeeped the ground from under the aussies!! n won the match for the Kiwis!! he got 3 wkts in the first innings too!! what did warner do in his first innings!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    seeing australia crumble like this i must say india have a very good chance of further rubbing salt in their wounds when the test series begins

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | December 12, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @Okakaboka, I agree, the Batting line up is bad, about the only 4 I would keep are Warner, Marsh, Khawja (deserves as many chances as Hughes), and Clarke (because hes captain), and build around that. @samincolumbia, thats just a specious argument there. Warner looks to be a good opener, but he needs someone who isnt a walking wicket at the other end.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | December 12, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    If u bring in cowans and warner plays than u only need a number 6 batsmen with watson and cowans opening...warner at one down...marsh and clarke...clarke should risk it.. play five bowlers with a new keeper...because if he fails versus india than he and his captaincy might be doomed too...

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 12, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Myself and many others have been saying on here for ages that this is a very ordinary Aus side and this defeat playp roves it. Fairiplay to NZL hopefully they will kick on from here. India will never have a better chance of winning a series down under.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | December 12, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    That was a poor batting effort. Warner with an unbeaten 124 showed it can be done.Test batsmen should learn from their mistakes and it seems Hughes is a slow learner. No confidence there. Sack the batting coach and Hughes. Khawaja brings no momentum to the innings, always seems to be playing his way in. Certainly not the batsman NSW cracked him up to be but now he has experience so he needs to capitalise next time he gets a chance. I think those two out and Watson, Marsh in for India. Also Starc was the worst bowler in the match and has a way to go. On the bright side Siddle and Patterson with backup from Lyon were outstanding again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @randyoz - So Aus did a brilliant job to roll NZ both times for low scores yet it was 'PATHETIC' batting that enabled NZ to bowl Aus out cheaply?...no credit to the kiwis? Maybe it was an average aus bowling attack flattering themselves against a weak batting lineup. LOL best attack in the world...yeah right.

    Very Australian logic

  • POSTED BY mullsmulls on | December 12, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    'Blal' Thankyou.. Somebody else who is in disbelief that Warner (great batting all the same) got Man of the match ahead of Bracewell!!! If it wasnt for that spelll of bowling NZ were toast!! A 6 wicket haul to win a match beats a century in a losing side every day!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    semaya kalakirukaanga NZ....... like this india kalakuma???????????????

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | December 12, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I think this series is another grim reminder for the aussies that Warne/McG/Hayden/Gilchrist were their real match winners and not Ponting....he is the luckiest cricketer ever...

    Their balling depends heavily on swinging conditions like England and their battting prospers only on flat wickets....

    I think they really need to have a re-look at the players they have and not the CA.

  • POSTED BY crow_eater on | December 12, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    @blal that is because vodaphone customers that download an app get to vote & decide on the MoM. Good luck to anyone not from sydney that puts in a winning performance!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 12, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    @RandyOz you win some and lose some. Not to worry this will make Australia come hard at India - no doubt. For India a great challenge faces them - its batting might versus great bowlers from Australia. For Indian batsman the challenge will be to face high bounce, lets prove that we have the technique to come thru. India has proved that we are tigers at home - a chance awaits to prove that we can perform just as well outside India. We have done it in patches in the past. A series win will silence doubters.

  • POSTED BY Surfacer21 on | December 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Chris Martins batting won the game!!!! how crucial was his batting in hanging around allowing boult to score those important runs

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @ephemeral5035 - even there weakened batting lineup is stronger than NZ's so im not sure on your logic

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    samincolumbia said David warner scored century because he had a IPL experience this is the most dumbest comment I have ever heard in a history of Cricket. IPL is a tournment where you get those sub standard dead pitches of India plus those noob head bowlers of Indian domestic league. What can someone learn from IPL ??? man you are funny

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @Marcio said after day 1: "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." Oh yeah, you got that so right. @RandyOz said after day 1: "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?!" Need I say more?

  • POSTED BY Antomann on | December 12, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Well done the Kiwis. Their slips catching today was out of this world. Think it's time that Ponting went, and if his Channel Nine cheer squad accepted the fact, then it might even happen. Why do those TV guys back him so much? They tell it straight on the radio. Send Hughes back to Shield for a couple of seasons, see how he reacts.

  • POSTED BY Stunnerfield on | December 12, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I think the selectors should reflect very carefully on who is really to blame for our capitulation and loss in the second innings. Warner did his job fantastically well for a second gamer, creating a solid foundation for the other batsmen to build partnerships with. All Australia needed for victory was five partnerships of 50 runs, and considering the wealth of experience (over 300 test matches!!!) and skill in Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Haddin, it should have been achieved. I see a lot of people coming down hard on Hughes and Khawaja, but I would point out that these two batsmen were the only two to share a 50 run partnership with Warner. These three players maturely gritted their collective teeth and grafted out a sound start of 2/122. They brought Australia more than half of the way to victory while Ricky Ponting lamely lobbed a catch to mid-off and Clarke, Hussey and Haddin all followed soon after; our young players should not suffer for their abject failure.

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | December 12, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Great win NZ! You made Australia look very good in the first test by batting rubbish, but this was great. Stoked.

    Nothing like beating Australia in the cricket. Shame there isn't a third game so NZ could win the series.

    Australia's batting looks very brittle under all the hype. If Australia produce flat decks Inida will beat them hollow but if they have decks with some spice Australia will have a good chance given India's batsman tend only to bat well on roads

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | December 12, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    i think pattinson, bracewell and warner all three should have divided teh man of teh match...The only difference that i see between the two teams is that new zealand went in with four seamers...while lyons bowled well with batting made difficult by the pitch and good bowling another aussie seamer could have done teh trick...

  • POSTED BY krshnan on | December 12, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Congratulations to the New Zealand cricket team for pulling off an incredible victory in 20 years over Australia. This was achieved in spite of the horrible decision of the UDRS which showed the ball pitched outside the leg stump when the naked eye can clearly make out it was pitched well inside. This gives rise to serious doubts about the system and India is right in not wanting this for their up coming series.

    M V Krishnan

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    until ponting and husseys averages are at risk of dropping below 50 they will not retire so the selectors need to make the call, or let them continue

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | December 12, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    a very good bowling performance from new zealand...UDRS is very important and gives good decisions...Australia might lose a couple of batsmen but watson has been their main scorer for a long time...move warner to no3 and bring in cowan...with marsh in for hussey...ponting probably will have tobe dragged into retirement alongwith haddin...but australia played well, bowled well...new zealand were just the better team with some spine...a close match...warner may be injured so marsh could come in at number 3...with a probably change in some bowlers and the keeper...wade or paine...?ponting, hussey and khawaja should be allowed to play out the year and be changed after teh boxing day test

  • POSTED BY disissk on | December 12, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    An exciting & throbbing match of cricket between two old rivalry... Really a great advertisement for something like "Test Cricket"...

  • POSTED BY nav84 on | December 12, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I see many Indian fans thinking its gonna be a cake walk for India now. Well they should know even wen the Aussies were invincible and other teams were struggling to avoid whitewashes down under, NZ was the only team that managed to draw a series in Australia. In fact in the first test match NZ almost won. Of course rain had its part to play but still it was unexpected. The point is, NZ always plays well against Aussies. Indians should take heart from this result but not get relaxed even a bit. Also Watson and Marsh will be coming in the Aussie side for Indian series. Marsh has looked their best test batsman since SL series and Watson has looked their most effective bowler for quite a while now. This result changes nothing for India. Coming series is gonna be as hard as it was yesterday. Still it should be easier than it had been in the past

    Well Done NZ!!

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | December 12, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Congratulations, New Zealand - really happy for the Kiwis for their richly-deserved win, and also congratulations to Australia. When the dust has settled they'll realise that despite the failure of their batsmen, in Warner they've really unearthed something special to add to their collection of Pattinson and Cummins over the last few months, and that must be worth more than a taken-for-granted Test victory over New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY akpy on | December 12, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Aus have lost 16 tests since 2008 only next to WI & Bangladesh apparently..hope people now realise it is always a team game with individuals doing their best to the team performance rather than saying ponting has 100+ test wins, etc...this has to be india's best ever chance if there are no injury issues but apparently 3 of the tests are played on slower pitches; clearly aussies know that in a sporting pitch, they will come 2nd best as indian batting can cope much better against this aussie attack than this australian batting coping against zak, ishant, ashwin and even yadav.

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | December 12, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    New Zealand were better on the day it counts. Australia is still a top side. It is no good dropping players if we lack consistency. We could bring in Cowan, Marsh, Christian and Wade for all we care but it won't make a difference if we aren't consistent. Bracewell is a top bowler and he did the job. Warner played great, I knew he had good technique thanks to Langer's work on him, Lyon held up an end. It was close but now to focus on India.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 12, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Again full credit to the Kiwis - but I would like a "please explain" regarding the changing balls late yesterday. Balls get changed all the time, but during my time watching cricket, I have never seen a red ball changed without having gone thru the rings. It happenned twice yesterday! They got a lucky ball - that's why they won! LOL!

  • POSTED BY RiscoGrande on | December 12, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    proud to be a kiwi, great test match, enjoyed the wicket, much like an nz one of old. Aussies are gonna come back firing from this one, think theywill smash the indians in the upcoming test series. Most of the negative comments about the blackcaps were coming from that direction after day 1, its your national game, get to know it properly. And aussie curators, give them a green one, they will have no idea what to do with it.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 12, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Great game - concratulations to the Kiwis. I think Oz retrospectively lost the game late on Day 2, just like the Kiwis almost lost the game late on Day 3. I blame myself for the defeat! I jinxed the team! LOL! At about 2/155, I left my office to watch the match on TV during my lunch break & witnessed a freak show! I felt Warner looked good for a ton, & fully expected him to get there, but the rest were poor. The selection panel have some hard decisions to make. == == == Justin Langar has got to go! He is the head on the plate I most want. I was disgusted in Haddin in Saffaland, but a couple of good 50s made me think he had turned the corner, his keeping was great in this test, but we need runs thru the batting line up. So Haddin is my 2nd sacrificial lamb. 1st Test v India 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Khawaja (on notice), 4. Ponting (on notice), 5. Pup, 6. Hussey (on notice), 7. Wade, 8. Harris, 9. Siddle, 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon 12th Faulkner (injured?)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    On Nov 13th there was a cricinfo article where Ross Taylor said that we can beat this Australian team. I agreed with him and most people who commented were rubbishing Ross's statement. Well I'm glad to see Ross backed up his words with action. Well done to the whole NZ team, particularly the bowling and fielding. Congrats too to Pattinson, Siddle and Warner, they didn't deserve to be on a losing team in this match. I hope NZ has learned that to win test matches they need to pick 5 bowlers to keep the pressure on throughout. We don't have worldbeaters (though some guys might be some day), so we need 4 pace, plus vettori at 6. Hope to see Kruger Van Wyk at #7, OR for Young to step up and contribute with the bat more consistently. Man the first test I ever watched was that Perth victory 26 years ago, never knew I'd be waiting so long for another NZ win in Aus, what a great day! :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Time for the old men of Austrailian cricket to be tapped on the shoulder by a selector and told to move on. There surely can't be a place any longer for Ponting, Hussey and that fool Haddin who is just reckless as he continues to believe he is Gilchrist reincarnated. Ponting will be remembered now as a great who hang on 2 years too long and is simply spent. Hussey scored 23 runs in 3 innings and is another relic from the previous era. Hughes simply doesn't have the technique for top order batting & needs to go away, most likely on a permanent basis. All in all Aussies batting is going from bad to worse, while we've uncovered 2 superb pace bowlers in Pattison & Cummins. Just need to say goodbye to the pensioners in the batting line up & flush the dunny.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    isn't it funny, I only played cricket at a low level and I do know a bit about the game, I said before this test when I heard that the wicket will do a bit on the first, second and a bit of the third that Ponting, Hussey and Hughes will fail!!!! Now can anyone tell why the selectors wouldnt know that as well?? I said to my mate today watching it, when Kawaja got out that thats it NZ will win, my mate laughed at me, I said it seems not only with OZ team but most teams these days that when 1 wicket falls 4 wickets or even more go easy, why is that??? Brad Haddin should never be allowed to show his face near an australian team for the rest of his life!!!! The shots he played in the first and second innings were atrocious!!! HE AND PONTING HAVE THE BIGGEST EGOS IN CRICKET!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Doug Bracewell deserved the Man of the match award. He won it for NZ. Aus is all out of steam. Great performance by NZ.. Top notch.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Oh man the upcoming series in australia just lost some of the billing it was getting... i mean ur lost to nz. now when we India go there it doesnt really test us if we beat you now..... does it?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    What a terrible, yet exciting match. Either consider it as an appalling batting performance, or a superb bowling / fielding performance by both sides. Am proud to say my boys produced just that millimetre of a better performance than the Aussies. When you walk down the road, and there is a godalmighty roar from a pub a block away, you know that something exceptional has just happened in our sports-loving nation. Well done Black caps - to beat the Aussies you truly have to be awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Well done to the Black Caps!!

  • POSTED BY SPC75 on | December 12, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Time for the new selectors to show some back bone and leadership! Out Hughes, Haddin, one of Hussey or Ponting and Starc!AND CAN SOMEONE PLEASE SACK JUSTIN LANGER!!!!!!!!!!! Surely this is one batting collapse too many without Langer being held accountable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Now Warner scored brilliant 100 in a loosing cause and some brain fade will call him not a match winner. You did your first initiation to join the elite group of Sachin mate. Now these brain fades will criticize, accuse you for you scoring a 100 when your team mates let you down. What a world it is. In India we call this Kaliyug (Modern World).e

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @Blal It was viewer rated by the public. And by public you had to be in Australia using the Cricket Live phone app to vote.

  • POSTED BY queen18 on | December 12, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    can you tell the Aussies Bord what reason if a player got 113 scores and he pushing towards guns i feel so sad for Lyn Warner is responsible for all tears why he was scary from kiwis , Warner should shepherd the #11 not push him towards slaughter house ,

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | December 12, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    This rather puts the win in South Africa and somewhat hysterical outpouings that the current Australian side is the stuff of legend in perspective.

  • POSTED BY WellingtonKiwi on | December 12, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    The man of the match award should always be given to the winning team and Bracewell's 9 for 60 was enough to give it to him.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 12, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    When we can say that New Zealand are better than Australia, it makes for a fascinating moment in the history of cricket: Well played New Zealand: You're better than Australia, well played.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | December 12, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Awesome! as a kiwi I was jumping up and down after every wicket and pulling my hair out after those dodgy drs decisions but glad we pulled through. Where are guys like randyoz and jonesy2 now????

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | December 12, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Hughes must be dropped, i am so dissapointed with Hughes and Clarke for keeping his good mate in the team regardless of his performance. Khawaja should be moved to opener with Warner.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Awesome man..... looks like another era coming to end, first it was Ever Dominating WI and now its turn of Australia...... there is no other team which has dominated world Cricket the way this 2 teams have done......

  • POSTED BY Julian017 on | December 12, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Brilliant, nerve wracking test match victory for NZ! Was watching at the Backbencher Pub in Wellington when Bracewell dismissed Ponting & Clarke. Came back later when Australia needed 30 with 1 wicket in hand. I thought once they got to within 8 that Australia would probably get home, but Bracewell came through. Second match winning bowling effort for him in 4 tests.

    For Australia, Warner played brilliantly and looks to have a long test career ahead of him.

    Again, as with the SA series, there should be a third test. Test games are far more rewarding than T20 fluff.

  • POSTED BY Mob_King on | December 12, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Well done, Black Caps! I have to say, that was the most breathtakingly entertaining Test in quite a while. Good to see that we had the BELIEF this time that we can take out Aussie; may this be the first of a long and proud series of victories over international-quality rivals.

    What a shame for Vettori though - leave him out, and we win ...... coincidence?

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @hilditchmustgo - absolutely no way Haddin deserves to keep his place. What are you talking about? To those asking where I am, I suggest you read below. Unlike the Indians I make no excuse for our batting. I am not really concerned about India though, their bowling attack isn't even half as good as the Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | December 12, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Scores of 47 & 136 are not going to help Aussies win. Ponting time is over since long time. I wonder why selectors who been cruel to Healy, Mark Waugh, Damien Martin etc. are now blindly watching poor show of failed batsmen. Warner is promising addition so is Pattinson but it high time they kick butts of flop batsmen.

  • POSTED BY rogan on | December 12, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    I thoroughly support Haddin. The way to chase down a small target is to swing freely and often. The occasional failure is more than outweighed by the intimidation felt by your opponent.

    OK, OK, an appalling failure. With Warner, of all people, at the other end, all anyone had to do was stay in. The only one who understood his role was Khawaja. Hughes should have got another egg, and will be dropped, Starc should join him, and Ponting as well.

    But Haddin, who thinks he's the Real Gilchrist, should not so much be dropped as encouraged to explore other pursuits. Putt-putt golf or obstacle bungee jumping are possibilities. Fat chance of the selectors making four changes though.

  • POSTED BY jblades on | December 12, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @ ephemeral5035 I'd hardly call Ryan Harris and Shaun Marshs big guns. And comparing Pattinson over Bracewell is premature at this early stage of both test careers. You're obviously moron. Look, Australia came back to the pack a while ago It's no surprise this kind of collapse against decent bowling. NZ have improved.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 12, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @ANDREW WOLF . AFTER 47 ALL OUT IN SA & NOW LOSING AGAINST NZ . YOU ARE STILL SAYING AUS WILL BEAT INDIA BY 2-0 EASILY . WAKE UP MAN , INDIA HAVE FULL FIT SQUAD NOW ( EXCEPT ZAHEER WHO WILL GET INJURED AFTER PLAYING 2 MATCHES ) . AUS PITCHES LIKE MELBOURNE , SYDNEY , ADELAIDE ARE MOSTLY FLAT . ALSO AUS WEATHER IS GENERALLY REMAINS SUNNY RATHER THAN OVERCAST LIKE ENGLAND . THAT 'S WHY INDIANS ALWAYS SCORED RUNS IN AUS EVEN SEHWAG HAD A BATTING RECORD 7 MATCHES 833 RUNS AVEG . 58 IN AUSTRLAIA WITH TWO 150+ SCORES .

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 12, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    With two days to bat, there is only one word for this shocking collapse. Disgraceful. Well done to the Black Caps and Bracewell for backing up his pre match comments.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Well done Black caps... Michael Clarke is a poor loser.. in his after match speech not once mentioned or congratulated the Black Caps ... You LOST NZ won.. take it on the chin... and of course David Warner was ALWAYS going to win MOM.. it was voted on by a bunch of Aussie supporters... great century but not a match winner.. should have been Doug Bracewell 6-40 match winning performance

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | December 12, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Wonderful, wonderful feeling! It's so incredibly beautiful to watch this pathetic Australia side play! England are the greatest team ever, while Australia are the worst ever!

  • POSTED BY skrcks on | December 12, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Congrats to Kiwis! I hope India Vs Aus will be a good series. I find it very interesting that most Indians here have an opinion on all things cricket.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | December 12, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    ....May be its time for Aussies to prepare Flat tracks and get their batsmen to bat on them and score 219's? LOL. Or perhaps send them in india to learn some batting skills, else even WI and Bangladesh will beat their at their own backyard. What a shame and utter disgrace.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    I think that australian public is losing interest in cricket as we see empty stands ,which is the primary reason they are not finding batsmen who can handle test cricket.coz with the kind of facilities they have they should be producing a lot of top class players.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 12, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    I think some people here need to get a life! It's a close loss in a game of cricket. It was a good game! We beat SA in SA a few weeks ago in another close game. They were both good for the game. The fact is Australia have won far more games than they have lost since the Ashes, and haven't lost a series in tests or ODIs since then. We are unerathing some great new talent: Cummins, Warner, Lyons, Pattinson.They cannot perform every game. We have 5 guys out of the team with injuries remember. Give them a break! Hughes will go back to shield cricket for a year or two, and Warner will come in. That will be great. Cummins will come in for Starc (who bowled pretty well, but needs another year at state level).

  • POSTED BY gothetaniwha on | December 12, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Who would have thought Chris Martins rollicking 2 no and last wicket stand with Boult made the difference .

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | December 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    LOL poor green top bullies couldn't even win against NZ at their own backyard. Where's RandyOZ? ROFLMAO!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Humiliatiuon is all I can say. Sad fact is the cupboard is bare as to batsman. Look around the Shield, where are the young ones pushing for selection. If Hughes and Khawraja are amongst the best, then there are real problems. Both the young and up and commers and the old hands failed. yes it was a green top but it showed if you stay in you can score. If Hughes stays in then I think I will give up watching cricket. He is crap. Warner on the other hand is a revelation. Khawaja is just average. Ponting and Hussey are past it but no one is pressing to take their place and I am not sure they can be replaced for India, even though they should. one solution is not to bowl Watson. yeah he is good but we need him fit to bat and our bowling stocks now that Johnson isn't playing are ok. Not sure which is more sad, the crap form of our incumbent players or the lack of people demanding to take their place.

  • POSTED BY Mooky on | December 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    why did Warner keep pushing for a single off the first ball of the last 4 or so overs and exposing his No11 to 5 balls against a bowler doing all sorts with it. Lyons did well but sucume to the enevitable in the end Warner should have been looking at taking most of the strike and protect his No11 Strange team this Australian one

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | December 12, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Anyone who is advocating for the retention of Haddin, Hughes, Ponting, and Khawaja is either an Indian Team supporter or a sadist who loves watching Australia Lose! If fit, I would go Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Finch, Clarke, Wade, Watson (if fit) or McDonald, Siddle, Pattinson, Harris, Lyon. (and Clarke is very lucky to be there!) Actually, lets dump Clarke and make McDonald Captain. Afterall, he was ripped bigtime by Hilditch and Co....for..geezzzz...that phoomo North! (a Phoomo is a tennis player who consistently launches a tennis ball over the fence or runs it along the ground!) Hey, that is what our current batting line up consists of!!!

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | December 12, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Man ..... why did I doubt --- well done Black Caps that was a great win, and an awesome match. All the young guys did really well. In the future, both teams need to work on their batting. Let's face it Aussie have a bunch of great pace bowlers coming through and Lyon looks a good spinner, but it looks like Hussey and Ponting are not going to be as consistent as they have been in the past so be i watching series against India with interest from over here in NZ land. Black Caps need to improve their batting as they have Steryn, Mortal and co coming next year.

    But hey that is next year right now ---- YOU BEAUTIES, GREAT STUFF.....

  • POSTED BY joisbalu on | December 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Australia will soon be ranked below west indies!!! Please selectors drop ponting, haddin, Phi.. time for young guns.... My team to face india would be ..... watson, warner, marsh, clarcke,hussey, tim/wade,dan christian, pattinson, harris, siddle, lyon

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Runs Ave PM Nevill (NSW) 472 67.42 EJM Cowan (Tas) 578 64.22 MS Wade (Vic) 369 61.50 DT Christian (SA) 475 59.37 AC Voges (WA) 469 58.62 PJ Forrest (Qld) 581 58.10 LM Davis (WA) 451 56.37 DJ Hussey (Vic) 436 54.50 WJ Townsend (Qld) 502 50.20 M Klinger (SA) 538 48.90

    Since the selectors obvious don't look, here is a list of well performed batsmen currently available for selection in the Australian team accompanied by their current season runs and averages.

    Or are they like Katich not able to be selected?

    Lets compare that these to the guys who did make the side. Hughes 126 runs at 21.00 and Kwaja 193 runs at 38.

    Australia has lots of talent they just aren't in the Australian team.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Congrats Kiwis!!! I feel Doug Bracewell has the potential to be the best bowler in the world, and also a bowling allrounder. He can swing the ball both ways, most importantly he can reverse old ball, is very young and has the potential to be a very good lower order batsman - something on which he will have to work on. With the likes of Adam Milne and Neil Wagner waiting in the ranks, NZ can very soon boast of a very potent bowling attack. But, it is time to say good bye to the evergreen bowler with a lion's heart - Chris Martin.

  • POSTED BY Batpad99 on | December 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Haha!! Brilliant result! So good to shove it up those Channel 9 "commentators". Have you ever heard such patronising, biased, arrogant, and ignorant views in your entire life?? Mark Nicholas has sold his soul while Healy and Slater are a couple of mindless kids. Good job!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Bracewell should have beeb MoM???!

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | December 12, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Bracewell surely deserved MoM along with Warner. At 159 for 2, Australia were the favourites and it required a special effrot from someone- which Bracewell duly produced. Hats off to the teams for producing a scintillating test matches- that had even neutral observers hooked!

  • POSTED BY slugger1969 on | December 12, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Gee whiz, calm down people. Australia loses a test and everyone has to be thrown out. I thought it was a wonderful game, disappointed as I am that Australia lost. Bracewell was magnificent and should have been man of the match. We all know that and it is quite embarassing as an Australian to see that he wasn't. I sure have egg on my face over Warner. I never would have selected him but I couldn't have been more wrong. With players to come back in for Boxing day, I'm sure changes will be made but some people really get carried away with anger. Starc didn't match up in my opinion but there is still Harris and Cummins to come back. Hughes is in trouble but Watson and Marsh are to come back and if they do decide to drop Haddin there are very capable replacements in Paine or Wade. Crikey, we lost a game. Big deal. Just say 'well played Kiwi's". Let's see what the India series brings. Hopefully it will be as riveting as the last few matches. Love test cricket. Stick your T20 up your freckle.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 12, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Perhaps we can now get all the hate out of our system and focus upon the fact that it was a great game of cricket. It really is a sad reflection of the psychological maturity of certain supporters (mostly from one nation) that they sit around their computers waiting for a chance to project hatred at others (i.e. when Australia lose). Australia's form has been quite good this season in all formats, and they have won far more than they have lost, so all this bashing of players and Australian supporters is completely unwarranted. Who cares if some supporters are over-enthusiastic about praising their own country. At least they are being positive! Their behaviour is far less objectionable than that of the trolls, and I have no idea why the latter are allowed to post here.

  • POSTED BY Rubbish on | December 12, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    What is going on with the man of the match decision? How can channel 9 and the australian public allowed to decide who wins MOM? This is ridiculous. The ICC has to step in and reverse this and give Bracewell the MOM award. NZ has to protest. This is worse than match fixing. It's a crime.

  • POSTED BY sammykent on | December 12, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Gideon Haigh wrote an article in The Australian on Saturday describing the current New Zealand squad as ".. a team in decline..". After watching the first innings in Hobart, which was clearly played in great bowling conditions, I couldn't understand his inference that 150 was a below par total. The New Zealanders vs Australia A game played prior to the first test in Brisbane provided evidence of a young New Zealand team that can amass runs on flat wickets and this was not a flat wicket. Played against a good portion of Australia's first picks, New Zealand dominated the warm up match. I have been really excited by the players coming into the New Zealand team and the continuation of the positive culture of the national side. What Gideon Haigh should now be realising (other than that he is hopelessly uninformed) is that he made the rookie error of writing of the New Zealand cricket team before the fat lady started singing.

  • POSTED BY pj1972 on | December 12, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Great win for NZ, well done. This is the defeat we Aussies had to have. Beating SL away, drawing with SA away and beating NZ at home might have given the false impression that everything is hunky dorey. It's not. Our bowling stocks look good, but batting is a huge issue. As soon as the ball moves off the straight and narrow our batsmen struggle. Picking Cowan who has made runs in Hobart may be an idea. And whilst this won't happen, David Hussey should be considered. First class average this year of 55, international experience, runs on seaming wickets in England plus handy bowler. As a Redback fan I'm not sure if Christian is the answer, although if Watson can't bowl then I'd pick him - we'll need all the bowlers we can against India. This loss isn't the end of the world, the sky isn't falling in. With an inexperienced team we will have good days and bad, but the future is bright thanks to the likes of Warner, Siddle, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon - just need more batsmen to step up.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    How can anyone say that a bit of green wicket doesnt produce an enthralling game. I would rather see a game like that than one played on a road where both teams bat once and score 600+ runs each. Yes there should be still a days play left but who cares. Even if we had've lost I wouldnt have cared. Maybe this wicket offered a little too much for the bowlers but both Taylor and Warner showed that with a bit of application scoring runs was possible. Bring on the green!!!

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | December 12, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    I'm gutted that the Aussies lost. But what a test match! I'd rather watch gripping, hard-fought test match cricket like that than a run-feast. What to do with the Aussie team? Hughes: bye bye. Shaun marsh comes in for him batting at 3. Khawaja: stay. He has got the temprement, he just needs time to get confidence at test level. Get him opening in a role similar to Geoff Marsh - stay there and get the shine off the ball (don't care if he averages mid-30's) give him time as a project, he has shown he can make big scores at domestic level. Ponting/Hussey: As soon as Watson is fit - bye bye (watson to bat at 4 or 6 depending on who goes) the other has until the end of the West Indies series to make runs. Haddin: bye bye. Wade to come in - has made good runs at domestic level. The bowling is a real plus. Pattinson and Lyon are two good young bowlers with at least 200+ wickets in them. Siddle stepped up well. Starc to be replaced by Harris. Mitchell Johnston never to play test cricket again.

  • POSTED BY Prasant_NSW on | December 12, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    With aussie batting line up struggling to score double figures, India is my fav in coming series. Can't wait to watch them on field. Aussie can still make use of Ponting. His gimmicks on the field are much needed. He will appeal for a catch which is well dropped before he cud grab it.. and much more.. wait n see..

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | December 12, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Well done to the Black Caps on a great victory. Their bowling was superb on a pitch not offering the same assitance as the first couple of days. Australia could not handle the swing bowling at pace and have paid the ultimate price. I'm sure there will be some blood-letting and I have grave concerns for three of our batsmen. On the plus side I have been massively impressed by Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle, whom always puts in for his country. It's been a while since Australia has had a spinner with the flight and drift of Lyon, maybe Tim May, and I can't wait to see how he goes against the Indians.

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | December 12, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @Okakaboka....then who will play for Aussie if you ask everyone to go out..:)

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 12, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @Blal, despite your contstant dislike of all things Australian, any objective observer will realise that scoring 120 not out and batting through an annings in a game which unbelievably bowler-friendly conditions, is far greater achievement than picking up a lot of wickets in such conditions. The former is exceptional, the latter merely doing what was required.

  • POSTED BY Doogius on | December 12, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @samin, you have absolutely no idea do you? Austraia lost because they were beaten by a better team on the day. How do you explain England smashing India in England, none of those boys played IPL yet all of India did. Seriously, I hope the boys made the mistake of being too focussed on the next series rather than this one. At least the kiwis have shown they can travel...

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 12, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Reg DRS.. Still am not sure of how we can rely on something which is going to predict itself.. People can say it is better than a human prediction at normal speed.. Agree to it but when u spend money on a system, it should be accurate or atleast be consistent.. How come a ball which very much seemed to pitch in line look as pitched outside in Hawkeye? I am not a fan of something which is predicting. .Allow batsmen to challenge the decision only when he is sure he is not out like inside edge for LBW or clearly pitch outside.. Review IS MUST but use it like the third umpire for stumping or runout with normal cameras and pitch maps.. ICC can minimize the cost as well as can stop howlers.. It ll be interesting what is the role of DRS in Ind-Aus.. BCCI being against and CA aiding technology..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    wow ....... what a match.......bracewell bowled a briliant spelll................n david warner showed his class....... nw match ll begin betwen shewag vs warner.... dec 26..boxing day..

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 12, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for a good win. It is great for test cricket. In case nobody noticed, Australia's fourth innings score was the highest in the test, and played under interruptions for rain. So it is not the end of the world. These were perfect conditions for NZ medium pacers, with movement in the air and off the pitch - and that is why NZ does better in Tassie than anywhere else in Australia. Fortunately we have a large number of excellent players to return to the team that will make it much stronger, and the team will only get better. And Australia is hardly "going through the horrors". It hasn't lost a test series since the Ashes (3 series, incl. 2 away from home), and has won every ODI series since then. Get a bit of perspective. A 7 run loss is not the end of the world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    real madrid- barca no longer seems el clasicos...but aus-nz today was simply classic, epic u name it....

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Well played NZ!!! I never expected Australia to lose, really thought Warner was going to get them the victory. I also feel bad for Warner, always bad when such performances result in defeat. Why wasn't Bracewell allowed to share the award with Warner? If anything, he truly was the surprise package!!!

  • POSTED BY mak102480 on | December 12, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @randyOz: My earlier comment of Aussies being able to compete only with WI and Bangladesh was a sarcastic one. But, little did I know that I was correct. Check out this stat: Australia's 16th Test defeat since 2008. Only WI and Bangladesh have lost more during this period.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    The selectors (including Clarke) have to start doing their job. Pick players on form and consistency not on the basis of who's mate they are (or aren't) or what potential they have.

    Look back to last summer. They drafted Smith and Hughes into the side. Neither had any form on the board in domestic cricket and neither had records that would suggest they could make the step up from State cricket to the national side. Both were averaging around 20 with the bat so is it any surprise that they continued to do so.

    Give me a scruffy fighter any day ahead of someone who is all "class". Remember Alan Border, tough minded, scrapper who didnt have style but fought like a demon for the win even in really poor sides. we didn't see any of that attitude on the field today.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 12, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Fantastic display from NZ. I have always considered them to be a team that consistently get more out of their players than it would appear that they should based on the resources available to them. They didn't always look great with the bat but this was a tough pitch for batsmen and they did show some grit at times. It's especially pleasing to see the captain setting an example. The conditions were helpful for bowling but, as Pattinson said the other day, you still have to put the ball in the right areas. The NZ bowlers all did that consistently. For Australia, great innings by Warner in trying conditions. It's hard to see Hughes keeping his place over Warner but then Hughes did score well early in his career too. Pattinson looked good again and it's good to see Siddle do a job (with the bat too) when half the country wanted him gone. It's hard to know how good the bowling was though, given the helpful pitch.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | December 12, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Australia should be happy, they have two new stars to celebrate - Pattinson and Warner. Hughes was a goner anyway, he only played this match because of Clarke and because Marsh & Watson were both injured. Haddin's had it. Starc was not good enough and should not keep out Cummins or Harris when they return. Lyon bowled great. The middle order is wobbly and Watson needs to go down to no 6 with Marsh & Warner opening.

  • POSTED BY dynosar on | December 12, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Congratz black cats...Do well in next match also.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | December 12, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Get Katich Back- and also Marsh now that he is fit- they should give the Aussie batting some backbone. Hughes of course has to go. Hussey in my opinion still deserves a few more chances. About Ponting, I am not so sure- I wonder why the great man is subjecting himself to such humiliation. The Aussie bowling looks settled now. Great victory NZ, wish Vettori had been a part of the winning team.

  • POSTED BY satchander on | December 12, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    As an indian fan, i could have asked for better from NZ...This is a demoralising loss for the aussies before they take on india...i think the coming ind-aus series can be considered the most evenly contested ind-aus series in the history...both teams do no play seam and swing well...india were found wanting in england this year and aus have already lost the ashes to england's seam and swing....looking forward to the india-aus series !

  • POSTED BY arvin on | December 12, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    australia holds distinction of losing 6 tests out of 10 where victory margin was less than 10 runs... what a wonderful performance from a professional team known for handling pressure well...

  • POSTED BY vertical on | December 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @Blal the spectators decided MoM. not a very good idea since always the home team is in favour.

  • POSTED BY sanzo5 on | December 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    is ponting retiring... it appears that he is as per this article

  • POSTED BY reeja on | December 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    135 runs for bang and 136 runs for ozee at homegroung.......... thanks god ozee are better than tigers

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | December 12, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Cricket AUS should invite ZIM, BAN, North Sudan and Bhutan to play test cricket in AUS so that Ponting and Hussey can get back in form. Ponting should sit out against ZIM and BAN and must play Bhutan and North Sudan only (to not risk his wicket). Hussey should play all four. He is another "flat track bully" who scored a bucketful of runs on the "flat tracks" of Sri Lanka but has failed ever since against SA and NZ. /sarcasm

  • POSTED BY timmyw on | December 12, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @RandyOZ - mate, you crack me up. Yesterday we were the best side in the world, and today we need sweeping changes to our pathetic batting line up. Which one is it? I will say this, it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Mickey Arthur. What a load of utter rubbish. Australia have been doing this for years now, which has been obvious to most people except one-eyed Aussie supporters like yourself. If anything I credit him with our win in Brisbane. NZ deserved this win they played really well and bowled as a unit and all it took was some false strokes after a build up of accurate pressure building bowling to bring undone the Aussie batting line up. Just the same as it has been for a very long time now. That spell from Bracewell was awesome. Just think if Bond had still been playing! Congrats Kiwis, from an Australian observer well done you deserve the win.

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | December 12, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @ Andrew Wolf -- Can not help laughing out loud reading your comments. The way the australian batsmen are playing, they dont even need a "pop gun" attack to bowl them out for less than 100. Are you suggesting that NZ had a world beating attack?? Australia will thrash India in Perth -- oh really? Can you check up and tell me what happened when India played Australia at Perth last time?? Stop dreaming and wake up. Australia are not even in the top 5 test teams now. They cant make runs if the pitch seams or swings or spins or bounces or keeps low. They can not pick wickets on good batting tracks. Lets do one thing to keep things interesting and competetive. India will play their batting innings in bouncy pitches. Australia can bat in the so called flat tracks of India when their chance comes to bat... Lol..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Ponting Clarke Hussey and Haddin should be removed immediately for the safety of Mickey Arthur's job

    these four players are the SOLE reason Australia have been beaten so badly in the last 18 months

    David Warner should not have won man of the match either the selection panel have clear bias for the selection of MOTM and the ANCIENT australian team

  • POSTED BY arvin on | December 12, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    record hungry aussie will keep ponting in the team in hope of him scoring runs and go past sachin's most test runs and 100's... this could take another 10-12 years and as long as ponting is in the team aussies will keep losing... good time for bangladesh to play them now... ponting may score some runs and bangladesh will get their first test win against them...

  • POSTED BY absha1 on | December 12, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Shameful decision on the man of the match award. Bowlers win matches, a bowler won the match here with an exceptional performance, yet the fixation lies with batsmen. Shame!

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | December 12, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    After seeing the way Lyon was declared not out the first time on review through Hawk eye,the doubts about Hawk eye and the way it is calibrated or even manipulated have again raised. Some one in ICC has to have a control over these tactful manipulations- intentional or otherwise . The wrong review almost cost the match to the Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY Looch on | December 12, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Kiwis will always fight to the last! Congratualtions to on winning a great test match, it is a shame that it is not a 3 test series. For us Aussie supporters, things are looking gloomy. Our most experienced bats (Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin) let us down terribly, only cobbling 71 between them for the match. Time to remove the old hats and promote guys like Cowan or India are going to wipe the floor with us!

  • POSTED BY Freck on | December 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Once again Australia lose a close match. Once again an opposing last wicket partnership decides the game. Once again there are too many NSW players - Hughes, Haddin, Khawaja and Starc are just not up to it, while Clarke should be sacked as captain for his extraordinarily graceless after-match speech. Ponting and Hussey are past it. If five of the top seven batsmen aren't sacked Australia will lose every Test against India by an innings - in fact, if the same Australian team is picked to play in Melbourne Sehwag will get more runs in one innings than Australia will in two. Queensland have won 5 out of 6 Shield matches outright, and went within one run of winning the sixth, and they can't get a player in the team. I would go with the following for Melbourne:

    Warner, Katich (c), Marsh, Watson, Clarke, Burns / Forrest, Wade / Hartley, Cutting, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon

  • POSTED BY Gabbagod on | December 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Wow. I rarely comment on here and am astounded at the vitriole in some of these comments towards the Australian side. Can I just remind people that it is a game ? On a lighter note, well done Kiwis. To play NZ in any sport is a great leveller - anyone can win any contest on any given day. It may be strange for others from other continents to understand given the comments, but Australia v NZ is not your average sporting contest. It is like India v Pakistan, England v Scotland or Brazil v Argentina. I played against NZ in my chosen sport many times and although the disparity in World rankings was large - the toughest games we ever played were against the Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY Kiwi-Mark on | December 12, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand. Great game of Cricket. Missed the action but must have been awesome. Hey did the Aussies wag their mouths as always or are they reserving the backlash for the Indian Team. Criticism always ripe that Asian teams are inept at the rising and moving ball. What has happened to you poor cricketers from "Down Under". May have to stay Down and Under for a while now. Isn't the DRS a proven joke. Further use of this tool will only degrade the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Oh please???, to even suggest that Australia lost this match because of their new South African born coach Micky Arthur is soooooooooo ridiculous. How do people get away with writing such nonsense?? The truth is rather that Australia lost because their very average batting line-up is pretty much exposed these days without the bowling of Warne and M'grath who covered it up for about 2 decades and won them so many matches that they would, otherwise, almost certainly, have lost without them.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | December 12, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Some of you guys don't seem to understand the system set up for MoM in this series. It was all voting system from viewers with certain smartphones which I believe new zealanders do not have or maybe a small minority do compared to the Australians. Warner was selected by viewers, not by "selecting committee" - Completely wrong way to go about it- Online voting would've been more fair choice maybe? Warner does deserve it as he played under pressure while watching wickets go by quickly from the opposite side so can't blame him when others let him down. Bracewell would've been my choice for MoM for brilliantly defending small lead and winning the match for NZ honestly. Or even shared would've been nice gesture. Hope Warner doesn't become arrogant like other Aussies as he builds up. Anyway, congrats to NZ!! Too bad some of these Aussies wont be included against India's tour. It would've been brutal for them even with our mediocre bowling but fun to watch for me. :(

  • POSTED BY immortalsidu on | December 12, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Brilliant game of cricket..congratulations to both the teams.. as for my fellow Indians..(well those who are talkin abt australia declining and goin on to say it will be a cakewalk fr the Indians) ..lets nt get carried over sme petty victories against the windies.. windies came mighty close to win that last test match.. both India and australia are vulnerable...our bowlin looks bleak..zak am nt sure abt him..ishant is delaying his surgery..and what r we left with? umesh , vinay and mithun.. .battin looks alright..bt after that debacle in england..i just dnt want to keep ny expectations...so lets just save our comments and post it during or after the series bt nt before the series...LATER!!

  • POSTED BY sunnybeta on | December 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    What a match! Congratulations NZ.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 12, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    the 2 lbw decisions shocked me.....the ball was hitting the stumps on both occasions only to be ruled out by hot spot & Eagle Eye....i do feel the ball tracking can definitely be changed accordingly with the situation the home team is...with DRS & hotspot being Australian invention you never know...anything is possible on a computer...& ICC should look into it....it almost cost the game for New Zealand...good that BCCI doesnt use this crap...& to Kiwis fans - dont u think it is much suited for the home team...Lyon was plumb on both occasions as Ian Smith pointed out...!

  • POSTED BY Fraz_1982 on | December 12, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Brilliant use of UDRS!! And technology was spot on!

  • POSTED BY vertical on | December 12, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    i don't think green pitches are the best way to go.C'mon james pattinson is far better bowler than bracewell.But aussies were missing big guns in watson,harris and marsh.congrtz to kiwis.(from ind fan)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    NZ deserved to win this match. Aussies keep batting badly, even the tests they've won recently have been with low totals. Warner's knock exemplified batting to the conditions. I'm sick of hearing the excuse of 'playing my natural game' after getting out to a rash shot when the team needs a gritty knock. As for dropping Hussey, he won a test series in Sri Lanka four months ago, short memories indeed.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | December 12, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    * This morning ,was following the exciting moments of the Newzeland victory against the Aussies at Hobbart on Star Cricket in India. After the concluding ceremony was over, was looking forward to catch up with the highlights of the match especially the Bracewell event.But Star cricket abruply started showing the T20 world cup match highlights between India and Australia.There is no sense of timing to insert this package especially after the momoentous win of the Kiwis. What is Star cricket trying to do? Does it feel that Indian TV viwers would be swayed by their victories only. It was pure amateurish on part of Star Cricket to switch over to this type of gimmicks. Momoentous

  • POSTED BY Blal on | December 12, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Warner was given MoM and not Bracewell for his match winning performance? Is scoring a century in a losing cause is more important than 6 for 40 in a winning one?

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | December 12, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    It's incredible that Warner scored a century and remained not out while the experienced batsmen fell like bowling pins to swing and seam...WHY?

    Because Warner had IPL experience while Ponting, Clarke et al did not!!

    IRONY!! HAHA...

  • POSTED BY csango on | December 12, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Time and again its getting proved technology in parlance of lbw and UDRS as it stands now is useless and inconclusive, throw UDRS OUT, India is correct.

  • POSTED BY cyniket on | December 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    a good wicket, and some classy bowling on both sides, produced a cracker of a test match. this recipe is ignored all too often, usually in favour of a flat boring pitch. batsmen who made runs in this game can really be said to have earned them, so all credit to taylor, brownlie and warner in particular. well done to both teams for creating a classic test match, full of ebb and flow, that will live long in the memory.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | December 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    After all the talk about Australia's green bowling attack before the series, it turns out to be the batting lineup that has let Australia down. And amidst all of it, people will forget that Hughes has outscored Ponting, Hussey and Clarke for the match. Coupled with the recent disgraceful performance in SA (23/9 in the 1st Test), Australia desperately needs to sort out some non-performing players. Ponting, despite all the predictions that his batting would improve once he was freed from the Captaincy, has failed to consistently score runs. Hussey, too, hasn't been performing. We still need some experience in the middle order, but time surely has to be running out for ageing batsmen who aren't getting big scores or even being consistent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Same day. Two different parts of the world. Two typical T20 players -- Warner & Pollard proved that we should not dismiss all performers in T20 as just sloggers. Both proved their adaptabilities, and thus capabilities to play longer formats. Congrats to both. IPL & Big Bash are not all that destructive forces in Cricket. Also provide labs for batting under pressure, and surprisingly in developing ability to adapt!

  • POSTED BY pj3000 on | December 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Congrats to NZ: hard fought and well earned. For the home team, I'm most disappointed in Haddin. He'd got himself settled in at the crease and should have played within himself to knock off the remaining runs runs with Warner. Instead, a loose swish outside off (the ball after another loose swish outside off stump) exposed the tail. Good signs for us for the future, though, with an eventual line up along the lines of: 1. Watson. 2. Warner. 3. Khawaja. 4. Clarke. 5. S Marsh 6. Christian. 7. Haddin/Wade 8. Harris. 9. Pattinson. 10. Cummins. 11. Lyon

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Australia with youngsters is completely different proposition....the upcoming Australia-India series reminds me of a young Indian team taking on mighty Australians with a 15 match winning streak back in 2001...India only had experience of Tendulkar-Ganguly & Dravid...Laxman was still cementing his spot in India test line-up....with no Kumble & Srinath available India had to go with newbies Harbhajan Singh Plaha & Zaheer....& they created history....Das & Ramesh scored some runs in only innings of the 3rd test...It was this side that snapped the 16 match winning streak...not once but twice... second time being the 3rd test at Perth with Australia being undefeated since 2005 Ashes...how times have changed in 10 years- now India has the experience & Australia has youngsters...but the question remains to be seen- can Australia defeat India ? my answer is no...they cannot....over to Boxing Day !!!

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | December 12, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    quiz time, folks! who is the most selfish batsman in the AUS lineup? hints : has hit a hundred almost two years ago against an ordinary test side after being dropped early in his innings. this batsman has lost three ashes series, twice away and once at home. this player is hanging on just because he is egoistic and wants to prove that he still has it. he is not retiring because he wants to chase records. he is not making way for the young players. he is placing his personal interest ahead of the team cause. this batsman, never a walker, walks off after being dismissed in a comical fashion because he is afraid of swing bowling.

    name him.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    HATS off to NZL they kept their cool,ROSS TAYLOR is the man,winning in AUS after 25 yrs my GOSH,AUS is not the AUS we know who dominated WORLD CRICKET from JUNE 1999 when they won WCUP in ENG to OCT 2009 when they won CHAMPIONS trophy,There is a transtiton phase in to them,WARNER has shown promise but HUGHES,KHWAJA are not up the mark,KATICH himself ruined his career,GIVE ALAN FERGUSON and Cameron White and even a DAVID HUSSEY a test cap now,I still blv if IND can survive the Boxing day test then they will make AUS life misreable because we are slow starters so SEHWAG and ZAHEER have to ensure IND can save MCG testbecause last year in SAF IND were blown away in Centurion test,so they must prepare well,RICKY shuld step aside now to allow DANE CHRISTIAN to come in as an all rounder,WARNER is AUSTRALIAN SEHWAG so give him time he will Blossom,I hope not against IND,I think IND shuld CASH on the Absence of JOHNSON and CUMMINS,they will SLASH LYON easily,Common Team IND do it for SACHIN !!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 12, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Reg DRS.. Still am not sure of how we can rely on something which is going to predict itself.. People can say it is better than a human prediction at normal speed.. Agree to it but when u spend money on a system, it should be accurate or atleast be consistent.. How come a ball which very much seemed to pitch in line look as pitched outside in Hawkeye? I am not a fan of something which is predicting. .Allow batsmen to challenge the decision only when he is sure he is not out like inside edge for LBW or clearly pitch outside.. Review IS MUST but use it like the third umpire for stumping or runout with normal cameras and pitch maps.. ICC can minimize the cost as well as can stop howlers.. It ll be interesting what is the role of DRS in Ind-Aus.. BCCI being against and CA aiding technology..

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | December 12, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Well, I've been saying it for ages. Our batting line up is crap...NO! IT IS CRAP! We have a great set of bowlers to choose from. We lost the Ashes due to poor batting producing sub-scores given the particular pitches. Time for new personnel....Okay Hughes MUST go. He is NOT a test cricketer and never will be..IT AIN'T THERE! Warner....Mmmmmm.....saw potential there today...he stays! Khawaja...Nope! ..Bye. He has had enough chances. Too many flaws... Ponting....Goodbye...Thanks...But he's lost it. Hussey.... Think back to last summer in Australia.... Goodbye..must be dropped. Clarke???? Well, what has his batting average been over the last 2 years. I'd consider dropping him if he wasn't Captain. He must be put on notice. Haddin...GEEZZZZZZZ!!!!! MUST GO! NOWWWWW! We've had a gut full. No good. NO, WE CAN"T WAIT FOR THE BLUE EYED BLONDE TO GET FIT AND BACK INTO FORM. WADE in Now!!!! .....or at least Ronchi....or Neville...or um ???? If changes aren't made, we will be ranked 8th in tests

  • POSTED BY chaksiipm on | December 12, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    I think for Australia its the beginning of the end, there cricketing standards decreasing day by day,there in a path of what west indies in present now.

  • POSTED BY d_the_b on | December 12, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @Jack_India - agreed! And probably with percentages in the 90s. Such an important decision decided by whoever happens to be watching at the time? Hard to believe. All for sensible innovation (though I'd still like to see a timeless test or two), but this smacks too much of gimmickry. What's next: "Oop- the decision's been referred - we'll go now to the viewers' poll. Tell us what you think: Did the ball straighten enough to hit leg? Vote now". . Ps - well done NZ!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    The Australian team is going through the horrors but there are some good signs. I think they have unearthed three good players in Warner, Pattinson anid Lyon. Hughes must go, clearly . he will make millions of runs in the sheffield shield but must not be allowed to play for Australia till he sorts out his technique. I think Ponting, Hussey and haddin should all be under watch but be given a chance till Sydney. If Watson and Marsh return, the batting will not be so fragile. Though there has been lot of talk about the bowling, it is the batting which has been the problem. Australia had no buisness to be bowled our for 136 in the first innings and have ended up losing to the no 8 team at home. A bitter lesson but they will get worse before they get better. However what is the bottom of the barrel? sridhar

  • POSTED BY lillie_express on | December 12, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Michael Clarke: You are useless. Any sign of movement and you are all at sea. Ponting at the same time in his career was brutal against the moving ball. You are a flat track bully. In fact, you are not even that. You carress the ball when its flat, you nick the ball when it moves. You are all flash and no substance. None what so ever. You have never won Auastralia a game with the bat. being captain will only hide your inadequate battting for so long mate. You know it (remember that feeling when you quite T20...feeling inadequate). Its coming down on you like a tidal wave and soon will be unbearably noticable to everyone. Dont care what your hair looks like, how well you speak, how nice you are etc...score important runs damn it

  • POSTED BY Blal on | December 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    @cricketpurist: 'Australia is defenetly sliding down'. As if that is a news!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Time is now right for Ponting Hussey Hughes and Haddin to go. They are all long term out of form and dont have the runs or performance of recent time to justify their selection. My team for the boxing day test in batting order would be Marsh, Warner, Khwaja, Clarke, Watson, Christian, Wade, Siddle, Patterson, Starc and Lyon.

    We will need the 6 bowlers on the flat pitches we will be playing India on (MCG, SCG, Adelaide) and we wont need 6 specialist batsmen against the pop gun Indian attack!! Australia will thrash India in Perth and probably win the Melbourne Test, the other 2 will be long strung out draws.

  • POSTED BY Erebus26 on | December 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    A great win for the Black Caps. Congratulations to Ross Taylor and his lads on their first victory on Aussie soil since 1985. Hopefully this will kickstart test cricket again in NZ and get them more three test series. Bracewell looked a very good bowler, in fact all of the four pace bowlers bowled well throughout the match and shocked the cricket world that they can win a match without Dan Vettori playing!!!

    For the Aussies - it wasn't good and the blame has to lie with the senior players - Clarke, Ponting, Hussey and Haddin all failed in this match. Siddle bowled well (and showed some resistance with the bat in the Aussie 1st innings)l, as did Pattinson and Lyon again. Warner got lucky but scored a good century. Hughes sadly looks like a walking wicket and I think Khawaja looks under pressure too. I think Hughes' test career is over, at least for the time being.

  • POSTED BY shilsen on | December 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    This has been a great year for watching test cricket (even if the crowds at the games don't always indicate that), with a number of exciting matches and tons of excellent performances even in the one-sided matches or draws, but this one really took the cake. I had been hoping NZ would win one but not really expecting them to, so I was very happily surprised when they did, especially after the point Australia began the day at. The only thing which would make this day better would be RandyOZ and jonesy2 coming back to eat humble pie here, but I doubt they have the guts and honesty to do so. But here's hoping!

  • POSTED BY pikk0n on | December 12, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Wonderful performance from Warner. Haddin again a culprit in the collapse with his waft at a delivery swinging away after he hits a four. Always a huge fan of him but after that shot, it's time to move on. Hussey and Ponting surely can't be thinking of playing past the Indian summer. There aren't many batsmen coming up in the ranks but we've got watson, marsh, christian and cowan who are all ready for test cricket. It's time for Hughes to take a break from test cricket to sort his mind out. Injuries will mean that he will return to the frames of the selectors' mind in the future but he is at this moment, not ready for test cricket. Motoring on will do more damage to him. We shouldn't let his talent go to waste. I can imagine a batting line-up of Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Khawaja, Watson, Clarke, Wade, Siddle,Copeland, Pattinson, Lyon in the near future injuries accounted for. If Marsh isn't fit, Christian can slot in easily and take the bowling pressure off Watson.

  • POSTED BY SanasDoha on | December 12, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    unusual man of the match decision, it should be Doug Bracewell for his 9 wickets for 60 runs in both innings. He is the real match winner and Man of the match.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 12, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    India fan here....good win for Kiwis...John Wright shows his brilliance again....now that Kiwis have got a decent attack Boult-Bracewell-Southee,they have to win games in NZ to consolidate their position in tests...batting has always been problem for Kiwis & now they have to stick with Guptill-Taylor-Ryder-McCullum,Brownlie looks good & if Williamson starts converting his starts...NZ will be a hard nut to crack....good luck for SA & Zim at home...congrats for the win & cheers...

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    tough luck for the aussies but what a knock by david warner ... possible a signal to india ?

  • POSTED BY Cynthia25 on | December 12, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    @Aussie fans. It is better to be flat track bullies and respect your limitations than preparing spicy pitches and getting bowled out time and again (like today against NZ). 47 all out is no proud moment on whatever pitch.

  • POSTED BY MiltonMathews on | December 12, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Cricket does not seem to be a popular sport at all in both these countries, otherwise why has not shown interest in writing here. Soon it will be played only in India, Pakistan, SL, Ban; then India, Pak, Ban, then India, Ban...then India...then IN(orth)dia...then Maharashtra...then memories...then nostalgia Nb:- as an after thought: may be because they (especially Aus) are now on the waning side of the graph.

  • POSTED BY waitara on | December 12, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    With a pitch like this NZ were always in with a chance. They didn't make it easy for themselves though after leadign from the second day. The first Test capitulation was a surprise to be honest.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Finally! Finally! Thank you Lord!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    NOW ALL TEAMS LOOK LIKE SAME MOULD. ANY TEAM CAN WIN OR LOOSE, THAT THE CONDITION. SO NO MONOPOLY AND IT IS INTERESTING TO WATCH THE MATCHES AGAINST ONE SIDE MATCHES. CONGRATS TO NZ TEAM.

  • POSTED BY hilditchmustgo on | December 12, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Well done to NZ but Australia are becoming the joke of world cricket. Batting isnt that hard, especially against NZ. The fact that Hussey and Ponting cant make runs means that their experience isnt as important as blooding new players. Why keep them when they arent scoring. its simple.

    1st test against India. Warner, Khawaja, Marsh, Clarke, Hussey (last chance), Watson, Haddin, Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Lyon.

  • POSTED BY cricketpurist on | December 12, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    C'ant belive this!!! missed the action on TV Shocked to read it here..c'mon aussies whats wrong with you all cant finish a game against newzealand i would term this as there worst defeat in the last 5 years. Australia is defenetly sliding down.

  • POSTED BY The_Lethal_1 on | December 12, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    It's great to see Warner take his opportunity and at least cement his spot for the next two tests in Melbourne and Sydney. Provided everyone who is in doubt gets up for the next test, there should only be three changes to the side. Harris (hip), Marsh (back) and Watson (calf/hamstring) should all return for Starc, Khawaja and Hughes respectively. I would be looking at changing the batting order though to take the strain off Watson so his bowling can be used for say 20 overs per innings when required. This would be my 11 for the boxing day test... 1. Marsh, 2. Warner, 3. Clarke, 4. Watson, 5. Ponting, 6. Hussey, 7. Haddin, 8. Harris, 9. Siddle, 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon. Also, if Australia continue to collapse due to over-arrogance, India will win this series easily.

  • POSTED BY MenFromMarts on | December 12, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Casualties - Starc, Hughes, Haddin, Khawaja. You just have to keep Ponting and Hussey because you would have a team of debutants. Or keep all of the above who are to be discarded (excluding Starc) and go all youth!! Ponting, Hussey gone. I really don't know> Nor do the selectors. Conundrum. When is Tim Paine fit again - there has been no mention at all. How gutsy was Nathan Lyon and also quite refreshing at his devastation in defeat.

  • POSTED BY SyedKabirHussainy on | December 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    **** WRONG CALIBRATION OF HAWK EYE *** had just costed the match to New Zealand. Lyon LBW where ball clearly showed to clip the leg stump in very close slow motion replay but hawk eye even pitched it outsite leg and then missing leg. Can someone from ICC tell who is monitoring it and controlling it ?

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | December 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    GO THE KIWIS UP THAT AUSSIES!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    You'd think Australia had won by the photos and man of the match... (Full credit to Warner for an incredible innings, but Bracewell's effort single-handedly won NZ the match).

    Still, the first NZ win on Australian soil in my lifetime is certainly something special to savour.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    It just takes one South African in the dressing room for a team to choke!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Congrats keep up good work kiwis.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    proud to have watched this game, proud to be a kiwi and blackcaps supporter ... we all know Doug Bracewell deserved Man of the Match ... Typical!!! And as the great Ian Smith commentated "The only thing that's missing is William Morris Lawry".... That's what test cricket is all about and what will always be everything that defines cricket!

  • POSTED BY OMPRAKASHGURJER on | December 12, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    It seems Clarke& Company is very fond of giving green pitches to the opponents,but unfortunately they themselves lack the spirit to play on these pitches. Remember South african treat in which they cooked kangaroos for just under 50 runs!! Still they played gamble thinking that Kiwis are not that much dangerous. But alas!! they are now beaten by the Kiwis as well! Now think twice before giving such pitches to India Mr Clarke else you will be once again feeling shy of yourself in the forthcoming series!!!!!

  • POSTED BY kiwiboy1 on | December 12, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    What a win by the boys..!First test win in Australia for 26 years..well done..Proud to be a kiwi today...!

  • POSTED BY v_singh on | December 12, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Had been following this match on Cricinfo.. Went to bed yesterday assuming that I would be reading about an Aussie victory the next day (am from India), and articles about what could have been a Kiwi's test-match to remember had they batted a little longer in 2nd innings... BUT.. test circket is wonderful (on helpful pitches).. anything can happen and the Aussies are no more the invincibles of the early 2000 !! Wonderful result for NZ cricket !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Phil Hughes and Mike Hussey are both in trouble if Australia can field a fully fit team. Khawaja might get elevated to No. 2 and Shaun Marsh will take No. 3. When Shane Watson comes back he will probably give up opening and become a middle-order batsman. Don't see Mitchell Johnson coming back in the team ever unless more injuries

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    A few years ago I recall there was serious doubt raised about the validity of the hawkeye flight algorithms when it came to predicting the swinging ball. At the time it was cited as a reason not to use DRS for LBWs. It seems that this debate needs to be reignited, because those predictions, particularly the first one, were howlers. Wow, great game. Best fun listening/watching (I'm on the side of the road parked up in the shade with the laptop plugged in) I've had forever. Congratulations Black Caps! A glorious victory- and, if I am not wrong, the beginning of a new golden era for them. When was the last time NZ could sport a four man pace attack that can all bowl with discipline at pace and move the ball? To have won this game without Vettori to rout Siddle in the first innings is a great achievement. Poor Dan!! How must he feel?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Another exhibition for test cricket. Low scoring matches bring out the best quality of batting, fielding and bowling. We complain too much about pitches whenever there is a hint of grass on it. But there is no denying that such matches make us bite deep into our fingers, much more than a run fest or a limited over match where there is no amphitheater-like build up of tension. Long live test cricket and long live challenging tracks!

  • POSTED BY Biophysicist on | December 12, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    In the last 4 years (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) Ponting averages 47.28, 38.77, 36.95 and 26.63 respectively. A clear indication of declining abilities! He will do well to quit before he is dropped from the test team.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    australian team in 2000s are invincibles only due to two of their greatest bowlers in history warne and macgrath. They can never be compared with bradmans or llyods invincibles because in the later 2 teams all the 11 are legends. Even a school kid can play freely and make centuries with warne and macgrath in his team. Ponting has never been consistent after their retirment. This is in contrast to lara who had played consistently throughout his career with out walsh and ambrose for half of his career and sachin who is playing consistently thru out his career with never a genuine pacer and with ordinary and pathetic spinners like bhajji.

  • POSTED BY Jack_India on | December 12, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    I think it is a ridiculous idea having to vote for the Man of the Math award. The award will always go to the player of the country that has more people online. Let see if they use the same system when India plays Australia. The MoM will most likely be someone from India even if we lose the match.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | December 12, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    ps. Once again pity its only a 2-test match series from the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Tootsie on | December 12, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Hughes, Hussey, Ponting have played their last test. Starc needs more 1st class games before coming back. CA should bite the bullet and bring back Katich, he atleast values his wicket. Justin Langer, as much as he is a nice guy, has absolutely no idea as batting coach. Time to go JL, but ofcourse like everyone else involved with CA, why get off the gravy train? The Argus revue has achieved ZILCH!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Well batted Warner, but man of the match? Bracewell won it for NZ, not Warner for Aussie - should have been the other way around. Plus he had 3 for 20 from the first innings. That's 9 for 60 for the match! Good to see the Aussies gracious in defeat - as usual!

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | December 12, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Cricket AUS should invite ZIM, BAN, North Sudan and Bhutan to play test cricket in AUS so that Ponting and Hussey can get back in form. Ponting should sit out against ZIM and BAN and must play Bhutan and South Sudan only (to not risk his wicket). Hussey should play all four. He is another "flat track bully" who scored a bucketful of runs on the "flat tracks" of Sri Lanka but has failed ever since against SA and NZ.

    /sarcasm

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 12, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Absolutely awesome victory for the Kiwis. Congratulations to them on this rare victory. Superb batting by Warner. Loved it! I'm mighty pleased with his century though I'm sorry for him that he couldn't take the Aussies across the line. I'm glad that Aussies lost because now they will be slightly down on confidence while taking on India. Brilliant bowling by Bracewell. What else can one say? Brilliant cricket all around. I'm disappointed that Ponting didn't contribute much. The ball all of a sudden decides to stop on him. Nothing seems to be going right for him at this time. I wish him the very best against us. Hope he gets to a 3 digit figure once. Things would fall in place from then on. 2011 has been a great year thus far for test match cricket.

  • POSTED BY lebigfella on | December 12, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Awesome... test match cricket once again proves it is the very best form of the game... well done the Kiwis, commisserations David Warner...

  • POSTED BY butterBum on | December 12, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    i witnessed this one from down under 'INDIA' , Pitch favoured the bowlers 75% so anyinings which lasted more than 50 deliveries deserves an applause,to me WARNERS was careeer defining one. Cairns was right when he said ponting is a "Big El " in this aussie dressing room but i beleive ausssie selectors should first cook the "USMAN n HUGHE" bunny before getting to de El!. besides who prefers an El to a Bunny !

  • POSTED BY ammiel on | December 12, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Woeful Australain batting. Surely Hughes, Khawaja and maybe M. Hussey must go, awful! Warner outstanding, never write off a dasher to become a test great, u need great skills to be a dominant batsman in any form of the game. The reverse is not true, some batsman are'nt suited to the shortened versions. Good bowling by the kiwis, it appears as tho they may be a force if they could find a few quality bastmen.

  • POSTED BY Rumtap on | December 12, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Warner should not have got man of the match. He cost Australia the match! Look at the ball by ball. Once the tail was in he kept taking singles off the first ball of the over and giving the strike away! Was he more concerened with carrying the bat and cementing a place in the side? He needs to learn how to bat with the tail because that was woeful.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Have a barbie and get on with the next game!

  • POSTED BY dms1972 on | December 12, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Well done to Warner, and congratulations to New Zealand. Hughes has to be dropped and Khawaja may need further time at Sheffield Shield level. Watson and Marsh must come in for the First Test against India. And possibly Dan Christian comes in for either Hussey or Ponting. Ponting is a legend of the game and Hussey has been a great Test cricketer, but one of them must go for before the next Test match. If Ryan Harris is fit, then Starc probably makes way.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | December 12, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Everybody talks about poor crowds in the sub-continent. What about in Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    1. Congratulations to Taylor and the NZ team. 2. Congrats to my Delhi Dredevil's "devil", David Warner for his fabulous century. 3. Consolations to our friend RandyOZ.

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | December 12, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    what a match! .... i am happy for Newzeland, Bracewell really made the difference. To Defeat Aussie on their pitches .. Only NZ can do that ! ... awesome!!

  • POSTED BY Chupaa_Rustam on | December 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Here is another example of a batsmen scoring a 100 and his team letting him down....As Brettig said we must feel sorry for Warner as he truely deserved to be on the winning side....

    But very seldom do people feel sorry for Tendulkar, who had to endure such frustrations........many a times, but sadly he is accused of being selfish.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | December 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    I'm off home to start making some effigies.

  • POSTED BY Dr_Van_Nostrand on | December 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Yesss!!!! Great win for NZ. Hopefully now the batsmen can find some form ahead of the home season against Zimbabwe and then for the big series against South Africa. This should do wonders for our awful rankings in Tests!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    what a match .. what a match .. i was up all night to watch the match .. i'd a feeling, even though Australia had a very good start, Kiwis will fight and they fought very hard for there victory. warner .. watch out india, you have another attacking opener coming your way. i think the last time an australian player making a century other then the caption was hussey agaisnt srilanka, this shows warner has the temperament to play the test format cricket. Doug Bracewell, a game changer type of bowler, though he doesn't have the pace of Shane Bond, but he does have loads of talent up his sleeves. In my opinion Bracewell should have been the player of the match, taking the big guns of aussies i.e Ponting, clarke and hussey, am not taking the credit from warner for his gritty century, but that was in the losing side. but Bracewell changed the match just 30 to 40 mins before lunch and he was the deserving player of the match .. ps. tell the jury of selection "player of the match" meaning..

  • POSTED BY tomikuttan on | December 12, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    so everything is set for india.......if the team is able to show some calibre in Australia, they will make another great history....

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    And the question comes back: Why just 2 Tests? This series definitely needed a decider. Is BCCI responsible for even this trans-Tasman series? Lol!!!!

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | December 12, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Well well well. That's what you get when your batsmen don't know how to apply themselves. Does anyone else find it remarkably ironic that it took Warner (a supposed T20 specialist) to show the rest of the (far more experienced) batting lineup how to craft a test innings? Learn from it and move on boys. All you need to do is look at how England bat. Never give away their wickets, no driving on the up, simply occupy the crease, keep out the good balls and put away the really bad ones. Well played NZ. Expect to see many more victories for them in the near future.

  • POSTED BY hey_homes on | December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Wow.

    I apologise, Black Caps, for all those awful things I said about you. This feels better than I'd imagined.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Great job NZ, I didn't expect it at all. What a come back. Good batting by DW but man of the match should have been Bracewell since he won the match for NZ mainly.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Just mouth watering!! Decline of dominance of Australia is resulting in more thrilling tests.. Now, we have a situation like T20.. Any team which plays good cricket on the given day can win against anyone.. Rather surprised to see the Australian big guns(Punter,Clarke and Huss) to get out without much!! Australia atleast can be very happy with Warner's wonderful innings.. They have found one slot filled.. Hughes was decent in SL but SA and Martin has done him in now.. Will be be picked for India? Watto ll be back and i dont think Hughes deserves it as Warner sealed that spot.. Ussie ll give it for Marsh and the rest three picks themselves.. Starc is the darkhorse in bowling dept.. Haddin is worth to be held until Paine comes back! Wish India-Australia series can also uphold the same level of entertainment..

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Australia's batting is a mess, I assume the cricinfo writers just have "Australia suffer horrific batting collapse" on copy/paste now to save time. So many batsmen are either not good enough or totally out of form that its hard to pick a lineup. Really on performances you'd want to drop Hughes (slip catching practice), Khawaja (same batting average as England's no.9, Broad), Ponting (Great player but time to retire) and Haddin (liability).

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | December 12, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Well done NZ. Hughes doesn't look so bad now, since all but Warner failed.

  • POSTED BY sjhussaini on | December 12, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Australians sliding, thrill of Ind vs Aus series is vanishing as Team Australia is not performing well. Agnipath series will be walking in the park for India.

  • POSTED BY mimm on | December 12, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    i just can't believe this.i was not in any side[due to MJ's absence.]

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 12, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    OUTSTANDING BOWLING FROM BRACEWELL AND DISGRACEFUL BATTING FROM AUS MIDDLE OREDER . I LOVE WARNER SMASHING THE BALL THRUOGH THE GROUND . NOW I THINK HE HAS PROVED ENOUGH THAT HE CAN BE AN ATTACKING TEST OPENER . ANOTHER PRODUCT OF SEHWAG , GILLY , RICHARDS FACTORY .

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 12, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    A thrilling test match and another great advertisement for test cricket. Warner batted very well, but he had virtually no support. Bracewell bowled extremely well and the NZ fielding, especially that of Taylor in the slips, was outstanding. The last few minutes, with the DRS saving Lyon only for Bracewell to seal it with an emphatic 'take that', were great to watch. Congratulations to NZ for winning in Aus for the first time in 26 years. A wonderful game to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Awesome game that one. I have always had a monkey on my back about Australia that made it nearly impossible to cheer for any of their players, especially when we played them here in Wellington or anywhere else. Perhaps it was their perceived brash arrogance, or the way the Aussie media tended to go out of their way to make us look backwards, I can't pinpoint it exactly. Alas, as I've matured negligibly I've found things to like about you Aussies and will now fully support Autralia for the first time when you guys host India over the Tasman. I think in Pattinson and Siddle you have a very good combination that will trouble India, and India's pace attack is somewhat more tame than ours so you should have no issues there. Hopefully Ponting stays on for that series and fully regains his form, as there have been signs he's not far from it. Warner and Watson would be a very solid opening pair I think, as long as Watson is managed properly as far as workload is concerned.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    beauty!!!!!

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Fabulous victory New Zealand! Congratulations. Wonder where RandyOz is now - one of the biggest choke jobs ever.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Now is the time for Ponting & Hussey to be given that tap on the shoulder. Thanks for your great service guys, but your time has come! For the rest of the batsmen besides Clarke & Warner, you are all on notice! As for Hughes, back to First-Class and another couple of thousand runs before you deserve a chance again.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Real shame for Aussies!! But due credit to superb NZ bowling.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | December 12, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I saw very insulting coments on NZ alongwith ind, wi ,from few mean minded comentators from a particular country ,well done nz,this is a slap on the fece of such people.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    its bye bye for ponting and hughes warner should be retained for India series

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    just goes to show the extra runs Boult scored yesterday. Tony Greig was commentating then and this is precisely what he said. Warner is the left hand version of Shewag...so Indians watch out....

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Congratulations NZ. The Aussies should not take things for granted, and never underestimate the opposition. Hughes would be dropped for Watson, Khawaja for Marsh. Ponting, Clarke and Hussey would be lucky to stay for boxing day. Starc out for Harris. David Warner scoring a century in a losing cause! Go back to Adelaide 93 (1 run), Edgebaston 2005 (2 runs) Adelaide 93, Melbourne 82 (3 runs), Sydney 94 (5 runs), Australia have lost by lower margins. The blackcaps have made NZ proud!

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | December 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    What a fantastic match. Excellent bowling from Bracewell, slick catching from the Kiwis and Warner doing a 'boy stood on the burning deck' routine. Have to feel for Lyon, but it should never have been left up to him. Great win for New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    woohoo! unbellarievable!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | December 12, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    australia look like they are gonna get the pasting of their lives in the hands of the indians.... just look at their performances... they cant even beat NZ hahahahahahahahaha NZ are a better team then Aus anyways..... they deserve the win.... they were superb.. cant wait for the india series... some walking wickets in the form of khwaja, ponting, hussey and huges awaits india's new breed of fast bowlers... as for our batsmen... they can enjoy a good buffet against those 21 yr old raw, overhyped and physically frail aus fast bowlers. where is randy oz what do u have to say now mate ? ur team can barely win at home too haha i kno they are not a very good team but how can they be so poor? wel, we shud ask selfish "sitting elephants" in the aus team like ricky ponting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Superb Commitment & Dedication shown by New Zealand, Congrats

  • POSTED BY Seatts on | December 12, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Man of the Match - who? Chosen by Australian television viewers? What a joke - rename the award "Australian of the Match"

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    congrats to nz winning against bogus athletes!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Yippie! Three cheers for New Zealand, Hip Hip Hurray! Down with the Australians :P

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    (Cont.) I am gonna save the Indians and Poms some breath here. Forget critcism of the Aussie bowlers, they did a brilliant job to roll NZ both times for low scores. Even with the bat many performed far better than our utterly PATHETIC batting lineup. The West Indies look far more stable than our house of cards. I thought we had turned a corner but as the recent trend has been as soon as the pressure gets turned up the pack crumbles, and I include Clarke wholeheartedly in this. If Warner was English he'd deserve an OBE for his efforts, especially with the horrible batting around him. I cannot emphasise enough how we should start axing deadweight. Many of you know my well publicised criticism of Siddle, well guess what? I'd rather have him in the side as a BATTER of the likes of Ponting, Hughes and ESPECIALLY Haddin. Don't get me started on Haddin, those 7 runs, he almost gives that away an over in byes, leg byes or in general pathetic keeping. Wade, the better bat, needs to come in NOW!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Warner!! you beauty!! <3 donno where are all those blokes who said Warner is just a T20 batsman??

  • POSTED BY reeja on | December 12, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    man of the match should have been bracewell.... this is not fair

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    A well fought match indeed, both teams deserved to win this one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Aussies deserved to lose, though Warner played well. The Kiwis bowled superbly today and completely disintergrated the aussie batting order. waiting to see Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and hopefully fir Zak screw the aussie nuts..

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 12, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    As i said before Doug Bracewell is going to be great bowler if he can increase speed another 5 km. Deceptive action like waqar younis but lacks some speed. He bowls heavy ball. NZ got a strike bowler finally after bond. Nz is going to win many games because of him and williamson in future. nz always fight over their weight if they can bat , they will be competing well against top sides. They need a player who can stay. May be brownlie should be 3rd down so he can stop the wicket falling in bunches. i believe nz should try different batsman to see who is mentally tough. They found a tough cookie in bracewell. Southie is ok bowler , most of the time he just let it float and get hammered. He need to add some deception to his bowling because batsman can guess his line and length with his current action. nz should thank doug bracewell and their catching for this win.

  • POSTED BY thirdmanboundary on | December 12, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Australia has now been involved in 2 consecutive series that ended 1-1. Both series were fantastic for the game, except for the fact that in both instances there was no deciding test.

    Please, powers that be. No more 2 test series!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    I am sorry but how can Doug Bracewell not be the man of the match! In his third test and he bowls the innings of his life - takes 6 for 40 to WIN the test against the mighty Australians - our first win in Australia since the great Sir Richard Hadlle's efforts in 1985. Warner 123 not out - is a great effort but unfortunately Australia did not win. NZ did and so Bracewell's 6 for 40 and 9 wickets for match is my man of match. Go the Black Caps!!

  • POSTED BY mikeynz on | December 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    For a while now, Australia have been kidding themselves about just how good they are. Maybe this will make them wake up to reality. After all the embarrassing comments made about the New Zealand team on these comments pages over the last couple of weeks, I hope to read some sentiments of humility from those Aussies posting. Ponting has looked awful and must surely go. Hughes is obviously gone. Starc is useless (how was he picked anyway?). Haddin doesn't know when to hold back and Hussey is losing his touch. Warner and Pattinson the only two bright spots for Aussie in this series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    End of Ponting...... Australia need to weed out Hussey and Ponting and rebuild. India shud do the same and this should be last series for Sachin and Dravid.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    well...well... well..... to all my aussie friends who say Sachin has got more of his centuries in losing cause.... what do you all make of Warner's 100 (not out I might add) in this game.... does losing the game make it any lesser an achievement????

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | December 12, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    First of all, well done to NZ. Well done to Bracewell, was man of the match no matter what they say. Australia, the most disgraceful loss I have ever seen. Absolute lowest of the low. The batsmen in this Australia side make me physically ill. How can Lyon hang around for longer than Hussey and Clarke with what was at stake? What will it take to wake up?

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    new Zealand script a historic win...Australia tried their best but just short of 7 runs (Edgabaston 2 runs)...Once again test cricket wins...there is no doubt that test cricket will be the future and T20 will die of soon...

  • POSTED BY Bunswalla on | December 12, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Well done Black Caps - stirring stuff! A small sour note - in the great Aussie tradition they have awarded both MotM and Player of the Series to Aussies - quelle surprise!

    If Australia had won - Warner for Man of the Match, no question. But they didn't and that was largely thanks to Doug Bracewell, who was assuredly the most deserving for Man of the Match honours. 6 for 40 in your second test with precious few runs to defend is a mighty achievement, and the calibre of players he dismissed makes his effort all the more meritorious. But we're used to Australian ways, they also snaffled Man of the Match and Player of the Series when NZ comprehensively beat them in the Rugby League World Cup final in 2008.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    (Cont.) However, the players are not the only ones to blame. Mickey Arthur has brought a systematic culture of failure and poor spirit to the team. His history of poor performances is continuing. CA are also to blame for importing such a coach. It may have worked for England but all CA have suceeded in importing is the 'choke' into our team. A warning to all the inevitable Indian comments. I unlike you guys, make NO EXCUSES for this utterly APPALLING performance. Nothing less than sweeping changes for the series against India will be acceptable. Hughes, Ponting, Haddin and to a lesser extent Starc don't deserve to be let down lightly, you are AXED. Khawaja needs to perform in the Prime Minister's XI or he also gets the axe. I am sick to death of justifying pathetic performances. There are way too many passengers in this team. CA needs to wake up and listen to the Argus review. No more passengers.

  • POSTED BY jackelk on | December 12, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Great for New Zealand to finally beat Australia again. Very disappointed in Michael Clarke who did not even congradulate New Zealand or mention Bracewell, typical of him in my view . Very bad sportsmanship.

  • POSTED BY pacenswing on | December 12, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    i am really looking forward to the boxing day test now,,,,,its 3-1 to india.....and very well played newzealand...

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | December 12, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Congrats New Zealand!! What a win! Well done Kiwis :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Great to see NZ finally beating the Aussies....This was a top notch test match

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    LOL go kiwis, wheres the guy that said that Aus are on there way to no1? Indian fans are gonna love this

  • POSTED BY chaksiipm on | December 12, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    It was a great game,great cricket, and this game has been a great ambassador for test cricket ,i think the Australian commentators are excellent they meke the game more interesting............

  • POSTED BY reeja on | December 12, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    congrats nz.... big win for a small team... well done new hero bracewell....

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | December 12, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Congos aussies for drawing out the series. A really good performance against the mighty kiwis. Now get ready for the REAL DEAL.NZ managed it quite well even without their star players, vettori,mills,tuffey,nathan maccullum,franklin,mckay,watling and roger twose. Congos to kiwis also. Test cricket won!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @ randyOz hope you are somewhere here....what a performance by your worlds greatest batters !!!! They cant bat when it swings.....dead ducks....

  • POSTED BY mak102480 on | December 12, 2011, 3:49 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | December 12, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    CHOKE of ginormous proportions!! Congratulations to the Kiwis!! Christmas miracle came early for all the cricket lovers!!

    Ponting was supposed to score a century here...HAHA. When you are in the company of average players, the pressure is totally different, which Ponting never had to face in his entire cricketing life until about 3 years ago and shows how overrated he is!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Brilliant test, great pitch, very tense, everything you want in a game. An australian supporter here; as well as Warner did it's ridiculous that Bracewell didn't get Man of the Match. Fantastic bowling effort from him that won the test.... Really should've got it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Bracewell clearly deserved man of the match. Sour grapes if you ask me.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ & Bracewell for the exciting win in which Bracewell did an unforeseen Thriller forNZ. They could celebrate with extra Merry.However, the MOM Award best suits David Warner! SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    This is simply not acceptable in any way, shape or fashion. This is an abject failure. Our batting lineup is utterly pathetic, and provide no support to the best bowling attack in the world. The batsmen have a lot to answer for. Nathan Lyon batted better than everyone bar Warner. How can a debutant, Warner, score eons more runs than the likes of Hussey, Clarke and Ponting? The selectors have a lot to answer for. The NSW clique simply has to end. Get Hughes and Haddin out and get Christian and Wade in ASAP. This is a disgrace, some of these players do not deserve to wear the baggygreen. I am shocked, horrified but most of all furious.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Brilliant match..! But this article does great injustice to Nathan Lyon! He was certainly the calmer of the two batsmen at the end..! Great show by Lyon.

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | December 12, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Yet ANOTHER spineless batting display from Australia. What WILL it take for the complete revamp of this batting side. Haddin, Ponting, Hughes, Hussey really do not dersrve their sports. Especially the first four who have failed consistently over two years. Now collapsing to the might of NZ. Let's hope we dont play Bangladesh anytime soon!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    way to go and show that only batting is required. bowling too.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I've been waiting my entire life for this!

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | December 12, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Every member of the ICC should be made to watch this match, and maybe then, they'll reconsider their devotion to T20 and ODI. Test matches are the pinnacle of entertainment and the greatest form of the game. Fact.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Tremendous progress for NZ.Those who have commented impartially for both the Teams would have a surprise at the end.The luckier Team would prevail today.The chances are more in favor of NZ.yet, we can not easily forget the way they did in SAinspite of odd circumstances in which they could face Steyne successfully!But there they had more wickets in hand where as here Bracewell did his job well as his name suggests! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    kiwis has waited for a long time for this victory. Go Kiwis Go. The good thing about kiwis is, they dont have big worldclass players in thier team, but as a team they are worldclass team, can beat any team any where in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Of course NZ has struck at the right time& has a good chance to win.This depends also subject to removing either David Warner or Haddin from the crease!So long as this Partner ship continues the nightmare for NZ too continues..if Either of them removed soon,then the hopes of NZ would become fruitful&a reality!On the contrary,the History Aussies created recently in SA despite the presence of World #1 bowler Dale Steyne, could prevail.So let us wait &see whom Luck favors today.All the Best to NZ& Australia. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | December 12, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Bracewell and Boult look pretty good, but what has that Southee got to do to get dropped? 9 wicketless innings from 26, 5 1 wicket innings and a bowling average of 44+ If he was a batsmen it would be like a top 4 batsmen averaging 20 from 26 innings with 9 ducks. He would be gone so fast. Why do they persist with this guy even though he doesn't get better with time, in fact he gets worse, on the best bowling pitch he has one wicket for about 80. I think him and Martin who is playing well, will probably have played their last match. Southee hasn't taken 5 wickets since his debut nearly 4 years ago. Here comes Wagnerclaus I think. ...............To the Aus selectors Marsh, Watson in - Hughes, Khawaja Bye, bye.

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  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | December 12, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Bracewell and Boult look pretty good, but what has that Southee got to do to get dropped? 9 wicketless innings from 26, 5 1 wicket innings and a bowling average of 44+ If he was a batsmen it would be like a top 4 batsmen averaging 20 from 26 innings with 9 ducks. He would be gone so fast. Why do they persist with this guy even though he doesn't get better with time, in fact he gets worse, on the best bowling pitch he has one wicket for about 80. I think him and Martin who is playing well, will probably have played their last match. Southee hasn't taken 5 wickets since his debut nearly 4 years ago. Here comes Wagnerclaus I think. ...............To the Aus selectors Marsh, Watson in - Hughes, Khawaja Bye, bye.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Of course NZ has struck at the right time& has a good chance to win.This depends also subject to removing either David Warner or Haddin from the crease!So long as this Partner ship continues the nightmare for NZ too continues..if Either of them removed soon,then the hopes of NZ would become fruitful&a reality!On the contrary,the History Aussies created recently in SA despite the presence of World #1 bowler Dale Steyne, could prevail.So let us wait &see whom Luck favors today.All the Best to NZ& Australia. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    kiwis has waited for a long time for this victory. Go Kiwis Go. The good thing about kiwis is, they dont have big worldclass players in thier team, but as a team they are worldclass team, can beat any team any where in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Tremendous progress for NZ.Those who have commented impartially for both the Teams would have a surprise at the end.The luckier Team would prevail today.The chances are more in favor of NZ.yet, we can not easily forget the way they did in SAinspite of odd circumstances in which they could face Steyne successfully!But there they had more wickets in hand where as here Bracewell did his job well as his name suggests! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | December 12, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Every member of the ICC should be made to watch this match, and maybe then, they'll reconsider their devotion to T20 and ODI. Test matches are the pinnacle of entertainment and the greatest form of the game. Fact.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I've been waiting my entire life for this!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    way to go and show that only batting is required. bowling too.

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | December 12, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Yet ANOTHER spineless batting display from Australia. What WILL it take for the complete revamp of this batting side. Haddin, Ponting, Hughes, Hussey really do not dersrve their sports. Especially the first four who have failed consistently over two years. Now collapsing to the might of NZ. Let's hope we dont play Bangladesh anytime soon!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Brilliant match..! But this article does great injustice to Nathan Lyon! He was certainly the calmer of the two batsmen at the end..! Great show by Lyon.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 12, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    This is simply not acceptable in any way, shape or fashion. This is an abject failure. Our batting lineup is utterly pathetic, and provide no support to the best bowling attack in the world. The batsmen have a lot to answer for. Nathan Lyon batted better than everyone bar Warner. How can a debutant, Warner, score eons more runs than the likes of Hussey, Clarke and Ponting? The selectors have a lot to answer for. The NSW clique simply has to end. Get Hughes and Haddin out and get Christian and Wade in ASAP. This is a disgrace, some of these players do not deserve to wear the baggygreen. I am shocked, horrified but most of all furious.