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

Martin and Guptill clean sweep Hughes

Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the second Test between Australia and New Zealand in Hobart

Brydon Coverdale at the Bellerive Oval

December 12, 2011

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Phillip Hughes nicks to the slip cordon, Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart, 4th day, December 12 2011
It was 'c Guptill b Martin' for Hughes, again © AFP
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The anti-climax
New Zealand had not won a Test against Australia since March 1993, and they had not enjoyed victory on Australian soil since November 1985. So when the umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger to give Nathan Lyon lbw to Tim Southee, the New Zealand played were understandably elated. But Lyon asked for a review - rather forlornly - and the main questions appeared to be whether there was an inside edge or if the ball was sliding down leg. However, Eagle-Eye surprisingly showed the ball pitching outside leg - when Southee was coming over the wicket - and Lyon was reprieved. For the record, Eagle-Eye is produced by a New Zealand-based company. But in the end, Doug Bracewell rattled Lyon's stumps and the review was quickly forgotten.

The inevitable
Phillip Hughes, caught Guptill bowled Martin. That was how the scorecard had read for each of the first three innings of the series. A joke was doing the rounds that scoresheets were being handed out at Bellerive Oval with those details pre-printed. And it didn't seem to matter where Guptill was fielding: in Brisbane it was at gully, in the first innings in Hobart it was at second slip. And so it proved again in the second innings as Hughes edged a wonderful Martin delivery that seamed away and was snapped up at second slip by Guptill. "If P Hughes is shaving tomorrow and gets a nick," the ABC radio commentator Kerry O'Keeffe said, "M Guptill will appear from the medicine cabinet with a band-aid."

The near steal
Perhaps the catch got Guptill a little over-excited. When Usman Khawaja edged behind soon afterwards, the ball was sailing straight towards Ross Taylor at first slip when his view was nearly obscured by Guptill, who hurled himself to his right from second slip. Guptill leapt like a goalkeeper and almost got his hand to the ball, but luckily for New Zealand Taylor was not put off and clutched the take cleanly.

The kick of joy
Taylor collected another catch soon afterwards when he snared the opposing captain Michael Clarke, who edged Doug Bracewell to first slip. Taylor's celebration suited the momentum that was building behind New Zealand at the time: he launched a rugby style kick of the ball as he sensed he had a chance of becoming the first captain to lead New Zealand to a Test victory in Australia since Jeremy Coney.

The ovation
Ricky Ponting's dismissal wasn't one of which he'll be proud: a strangely mistimed drive that lobbed up to cover and was easily caught. Ponting walked off the Bellerive Oval to a standing ovation in what could well be his last international appearance at the ground. Unfortunately, there were only a couple of thousand spectators on hand to give Ponting his reception. The crowds had been disappointing for the whole match, and Monday was no exception.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

Well well well - great to see all the comments congratulating the Kiwis on a what was a tenacious and hard fought win. Typical comments from one eyed Aussie fans and then the standard comments from India about how they are going to do against the Aussies.

You'd think the kiwi's would have earned some respect from other fans - apparently not. sad.

Good on ya NZ. You played test cricket in the right spirit and deserved to win.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (December 12, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

Thanks for asking @SpartaArmy. I was focusing on making the point that these spots need to be opened. Those in shield cricket impressing me are: P Forest (581 runs off 10), M Klinger (538 runs off 11), D Christian (475 runs off 8 & 10 wickets off 9) and E Cowan (433 runs off 8 inc 145 vs NZ A). P Nevill (472 runs off 7) and M Wade (316 off 5). M Hogan (32 wickets for 693 off 12). My squad would be: (bats) Warner, Marsh, Cowan, Khawaja, Forest, Clarke, Klinger, M Hussey, (alrounders) Watson & Christian, (keepers) Nevill & Wade, (bowlers) Siddle, Cummings, Pattison, Starc, Hogan & Lyon. For first test I would select: Warner, Marsh, Khawaja, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Nevill, Siddle, Cummings, Pattison, Lyon. I would rotate (& tell) the players in squad (exc Clarke) so everyone gets at least one test during the series to prove themselves. On current injuries I would have Cowan for Marsh and Christian for Watson. If Hussey does nothing in first test I would drop him and rotate the batsmen.

Posted by mrmonty on (December 12, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

@HumungousFungus, your concerns are valid. But, I think test cricket just like life will find a way to evolve and so will the players.

Posted by SpartaArmy on (December 12, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

tfjones1978: sounds like a half plan! You can not just take them out, you have to replace them. It wud hve been nice if you podyrf whom u gonna replace those players with.

Posted by HumungousFungus on (December 12, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

I wonder if we are seeing the first 'fruits' of the 50-over / 2020 generation? Matches played on flat pitches, with fielding restrictions, and with the emphasis on going hard at the ball, cannot breed a team of consistent Test Match batsmen by anything other than fluke. Test cricket is an examination of technique, physical and mental stamina, and many of the young players coming through do not seem up to it. This is not just a point one could make with Aus, but also SL, Pakistan, WI, and even India (whose Test team, I'm afraid, will be in big trouble when SRT, VVS, and Dravid retire), where the defiiciencies are masked, to a degree, by the quality of the pitches. Is there an argument for saying that learning your cricket in South Africa or England, where pitches have much more life, might be a better grounding for Tests, as it gives players the confidence to play on all wickets, good or bad, and not start to play silly shots the second the ball starts moving off the straight?

Posted by stormy16 on (December 12, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

Hughes is history in my books and surely those 4 dismissals is plenty of evidence to try someone else - Warner for a start!! Haddin is another concern for me. Sure he scored a couple of fifties in recent times but he is not building too much confidence in a team that the top 6 are looking dodgy at best. Ponting is playing his last summer of cricket surely. He cant live off a fifty here and there - he must win games for Aus which he is not doing. I think Kawaja needs to be given more time and has shown some resolve about him - something that is lacking badly.

Posted by IntCricket on (December 12, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

The crowds had been disappointing for the whole match, and Monday was no exception. ---------------------------------------------------------- Wow, who woulda thought! We are always told that England and Australia are the ones keeping Test cricket alive going by the attendances at Test Matches. Looks like nobody gave the memo to the Aussie public. Ha Ha Ha Ha

Posted by tomhedley on (December 12, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

If Phil Hughes knew where his off stump was he'd have a chance in Test cricket, unfortunately he seems to defend so far away from his body, which is more a problem with judgement rather than technique. If you defend at things you don't have to you'll get out!

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 12, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

@RandyOZ : He is more than decent spinner.. Probably the best spinner from Australia(I haven't yet seen O'Keefe bowl yet.. But his records suggest he should be good).. But still, i wouldn't read much into Lyon's wickets this series.. He bowled sparingly and most of his wickets were tail.. Surely his batting is excellent.. Was shocked to see Starc coming to bat ahead of him.. How can u keep a guy who saved u from the lowest ever score in the history of the game at 11!!

Posted by tfjones1978 on (December 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

I agree with several of these comments. Lets look at the averages of players for their past six months: Warner (4 innings) av 75 with 1x100, 0x50. Hughes (11 innings) av 29 with 1x100, 1x50 with av 19 off last 8 innings. Khawaja (9 innings) av 29 with 1x50 with 3x100 domestic. Ponting (11 innings) av 27 with 2x50. Clarke (11 innings) av 45 with 3x100, 1x50. Hussey (12 innings) av 45 with 2x100, 2x50 with av 10 off last 7 innings. Haddin (12 innings) av 22 with 2x50.

I think the stats say it all. Hughes was doing okay until recently. Khawaja is doing well in state cricket but only getting starts. Ponting has had 2 good innings recently but nothing in this test. Clarke and Hussey form has been up and down. Haddin is consistently getting nothing.

Hughes, Ponting and Haddin have to go. Getting the occasional run isnt good enough. Hussey should be told he has to make runs in his next two or three innings (or or two tests) or he is cut.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

Impressed with Warner so far in the Test arena - he has started the right way, proving many of the critics who said he is merely a limited-overs player wrong.

Posted by BG_loves_cric on (December 12, 2011, 9:43 GMT)

I am surprised to see Clarke's name being mentioned in the probable list of players to be dropped, the same Clarke who has scored 2 centuries in the last 4 matches!!! Strange!!!

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 12, 2011, 9:43 GMT)

@Wefinishthis, you are seriously underestimating Lyon, he has done nothing wrong and continues to pick up his useful 2-3 wickets on pace paradises. Furthermore his batting is better than most of the batters, including Clarke.

Posted by CNBAS5 on (December 12, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Punter should go himself NOW...this is the last straw. He had it for 24 months and hanging for the last two 50s he had made...what a shame. Who was Pattinson..he came very good. Similarly bring in new batters who can show a bit of grit and score runs. We don't need the dead wood over and over again failing playing a kindergarten shot.Selectors, please don't ever say that young ones are not knocking out Ponting. Selectors must look at it seriously and tap his shoulder to move...otherwise it will get really bad if he is kicked out forcefully. Looks like Punter wants that to happen. IFEEL SORRY. Now is the time to move on. Please don't say the jargon "I still got runs in me". YOU DO NOT.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Sadly, Cricket Australia has got too much to lose by conceding that they suck and will probably stick with this exact team as long as they can. I don't see Ponting and Hussey lasting the summer though, may have to be replaced mid way through, which will be very sad to see.

Posted by diehart on (December 12, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

hughes has to go...he has no technique and his defence is wayward .let him play domestic cricket .and its time for australia to get in simon katcih whom they have left out for no reason .selectors these are warning bells for u....INDIA is coming next so be ware...

Posted by Wefinishthis on (December 12, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

As I've been saying the whole time, Warner is quality. I'm seriously getting sick of seeing Hughes, Khawaja, Haddin and Ponting just giving up their wickets so easily. They are simply not good enough any more and Hussey needs to be on notice as well. I think for the India series our batting lineup needs to look something like Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Clarke, Watson, Hussey, Wade/Nevill. Lynn and Patterson can hopefully add some pressure to the batting lineup should that lineup not succeed. It also would have helped had Starc and Siddle not gone for so many runs. Hopefully Harris, Cummins, Copeland, Cutting and Faulkner can come into the side for them and had we had O'Keefe as our spinner, imagine how useful his batting would have been down the order!

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (December 12, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

India cannot ask for a better opportunity to record their first series win in Australia- the team morale must be high, key members have come in early and the opposition must be deflated after losing to NZ. Go India, go!

Posted by gothetaniwha on (December 12, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

This would have to rate very high as our best ever victory , beating Aussie in Aussie , only sad part was Daniel Vettori being out injured and not playing .

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

How good is Warner but what happened to the rest of the batsman... for the whole test???

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 12, 2011, 7:02 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.

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Hughes C Guptill B Martin is the highlight of this series.. Plus, why they bat lyon at 11 when he clearly showed he is very much capable bat.. He could have batted above Starc to give a good company to Warner.. Aussies collapsing in heap in recent times is very bad on them.. They are replacing decent performers like Hauritz n Copeland but are not touching the long time defaulters in Hughes/Haddin/Punter!! Luckily Johnson injured himself.. Otherwise, we wouldn't have seen Pattinson bowl!! Aussies can be a better team if they plug where it is leaking!!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

Great match!!! This proves yet again that nothing beats Test Cricket. I am interested to see who gets dropped for the India series. Sure, Hughes won't be there, but who will join him? On current form, Khwaja and Ponting should join him. If Clarke wasn't captain, he would be on that list too. Hussey has still been more consistent than any of these guys and should retain his place. I can't help feeling that the India series will be a make-or-break series for Haddin. I think the selectors will include Ponting for the India series and ask him to retire after that series. Either way, both India and Australia are looking at some serious changes over the long term. Lastly, well played Kiwis....never though NZ would win....very happy to eat my words!!!!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Crcket is a funny game. I predicted even 300+ would be within Aussies reach even before their inning begins. But what a beauty of the game over its unpredictability and uncertainity. That's why we love cricket.

Posted by backwardpoint on (December 12, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

"If P Hughes is shaving tomorrow and gets a nick," the ABC radio commentator Kerry O'Keeffe said, "M Guptill will appear from the medicine cabinet with a band-aid."

A small correction to his statement:

"If P Hughes is shaving tomorrow and gets a nick," the ABC radio commentator Kerry O'Keeffe said, "M Guptill will appear from the medicine cabinet and catch the shaving blade and C Martin with appear with a band-aid."

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