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

'Confidence will carry a long way' - Fleming

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New Zealand's former captain Stephen Fleming spoke for a generation of cricketers from his homeland when he rejoiced in a remarkable seven-run victory over Australia, and declared the result may be the galvanising moment the current leader Ross Taylor requires to build a winning era.

Not once did Fleming enjoy a Test win over Australia in a career that spanned 1994 to 2008, despite going close several times as one of the game's most widely respected leaders. He said the result in Hobart was close to the ultimate for New Zealand cricket, and forecast the building of a team that can rise up the world rankings.

"No it doesn't [get any bigger for New Zealand cricket]," Fleming told ESPNcricinfo. "A lot of our sides are actually measured on the way we play in Australia, which is why the series is so important to New Zealand players.

"It has been very difficult over the last decade or 15 years to play against Australia, it was a wonderful side they turned out, but there were opportunities this time and I know the players were disappointed that they didn't do better in the first Test. That will all be forgotten with the performance they've put in here.

"It's not the finished product by any means, and certainly with Ross' captaincy it is early days, but the boost of confidence he'll get from that and the players he will now have belief in, will carry a long way. It is a tough summer with South Africa touring for a full series, and it is not going to get any easier. Hopefully they can keep improving and this Test will certainly help the confidence levels, and we're a much better team at home than away."

Conditions in Hobart were reminiscent of those often found in New Zealand, and Fleming said the chance to bowl to Australia on sporting wickets was always enjoyed. He reasoned that a pitch offering as much to bowlers as batsmen would always make Test cricket an engrossing battle.

"I don't mind a bowlers' Test," he said. "It goes forward and gives everyone an opportunity, especially the New Zealand side where we thrive and we're better in those types of conditions than flat ones. I loved the way it ebbed and flowed, right up until before lunch today, it was an excellent performance by our bowlers and showed great determination by the batters, so I'm absolutely delighted for Ross and very pleased to beat Australia - it's been a long time between drinks."

Doug Bracewell's six wickets turned a fluctuating match decisively towards New Zealand either side of lunch on the fourth day, and Fleming said the young seamer's progress was both a reminder of the value of consistency, but also a tick for one of the country's most famed cricket families.

"He's been impressive right from his first performance in Zimbabwe," Fleming said, "He has bowled a good Test match length, he's had a couple of good pitches to bowl on in the Australia series, I think that is something the bowlers will be grateful for. Chris Martin bowled extremely well and led the attack, and enabled Doug to come through.

"Those wickets today were just reward for being consistently there and thereabouts and he in particular will take a lot of confidence from that. They're a very proud family, that's been talked about a lot, and his dad will be very proud of his performance, and John will be very happy that he's been able to beat Australia, which was one of John's big ambitions and desires when he played."

Reflecting on his own contests against Australia, during which he led a touring party to a drawn series against the team of Steve Waugh in 2001, Fleming said Taylor's team had taken an opportunity to exploit an opposition in a state of regeneration not dissimilar to their own.

"They probably put together the greatest sides of all time, that's what we felt like when we were playing the Australian side of years ago, but there was opportunity this time," Fleming said. "There's certainly a rebuilding phase going on in Australian cricket, but that's not to take anything away from the New Zealand performance, there are a lot of young players in there as well.

"It will mean a lot for the cricketing summer here, which was looking at being a bit glum after the first Test performance, it is a nice shot in the arm and a great Christmas present for us"

"There were just more opportunities with more Australian players under pressure, and a case of trying to exploit that and it looked like the opportunity was gone, but they dug deep today and came away with a great victory. It will mean a lot for the cricketing summer here, which was looking at being a bit glum after the first Test performance, it is a nice shot in the arm and a great Christmas present for us."

Change has been ever-present in New Zealand cricket in 2011, as a new team structure was put in place around Taylor's fledgling captaincy. Fleming said there were enough signs that the team could be about to begin phase of strong results, allowing the structure to evolve around it.

"John Buchanan is in the mix putting things in place and it is going to take time for positive results to materialise, but in between they've just got to perform," Fleming said. "Performance puts the blowtorch on everything and often the best systems are changed just because the performance of the top team is not as good as it should be.

"But they've got the makings of being a good side, a good summer here and a bit of experience built on, particularly after this performance, and I do think they have the makings of a good side. They're pretty young, the majority of the players are pretty young, and they have a young captain. So hopefully it is the start of a nice period for New Zealand cricket."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Haha Swann? The bloke is a joke. Lyon 10 times better, plus he doesn't release a book when he has less than 200 test wickets!

  • colourhaze on December 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Bracewell should have been man of the match! Warners 100 was good , but didn't decide who wins/looses . TXt voting , what a crock! Just Aussie fans voting for their best performer shouldn't stand on the record books. Cricket being blighted by commercialization again! Shameful!

  • ahsha on December 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    New Zealand has so few players it takes generations to blend a challenging side.It takes years for the Kiwis to discover the talent,then a good team evaporates with mass retirements.It always happens...This young side played with courage,skill and committment and found a couple of decent players....A good result!!

  • Marcio on December 13, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, you seem to do a lot of cyber-sneering, although only after Australia loses, of course. So just for your information Swann is almost 33, while Nathan Lyon has just turned 24 (currently Lyon has a better strike rate and average, although its early days). Cummins, Pattinson and co are all under 22. Let's see where they stand in a couple of years.

  • on December 13, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    The exhilarating test is a victory for the great test arena. Tests are real testing grounds for great cricketing skills. David Warner's 123 not out is not enough to make, for the ten remaining men to make 118 runs.Let the KIWIS be more competitive like this every where.

  • pk_brisbane on December 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    @front foot lunge - seriously what does graeme swann have to do with this. lyon defended with honour, and bowled well in both tests. credit where its due, he may not be swann but so what. he puts more price on his wicket than swann does with the bat. im not an ausssie fan at all, but admire the courage of guys like lyon who dont give in.

  • mcneill1977 on December 12, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    alexk400, mate you have no idear about tim southee... He was bowling at 140+ yesterday when we needed him to and he could of easily ened up with the 6 wickets. He beat the bat numerous times. Anyways big up's to nz for the effort absolutly amazing.... i really hope india pump the aussies. the aussies have enjoyed a golden patch but thats all turned around now. India to win 3-0

  • Alexk400 on December 12, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Doug Bracewell single handedly won the TEST for NZ. Ross taylor and Tim southie almost lost the TEST. if there is no doug bracewell no chance in hell nz gona win that TEST. Boult is better than Tim southie. Tim southie is not working hard , he floats the ball to stumps often and get hammered. I think batsman can see and guess the line and length of Tim southie's bowling because of his action. It is kinda floater action like RP singh in india do. Rp singh gets most of his wickets because of batsman 's mistakes. Samething Tim southie doing. He has to change is bowling style so batsman don't guess where he is bowling or he has to bowl at 6" from offstump line. Boult is good , hope he add some more speed. Guptil should be dropped , mccullum should keep wickets.

  • couchpundit on December 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Kiwis should take this victory with pinch of Salt. This is pretty much Australians third rate team by all means, just because somebody got 5-fer doesnt make it a better attack, it only tells how poor Kiwi batting was.

    Similar Team was pumelled by English last summer.So lets not get ahead of ourselves and look for consistent performance if not fight(which has been missing form Kiwis for a while now). Good to see a kiwi fight this time around, and the bonus was a win over Australians.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Seeing Lyon having to defend Australia's honour was nothing short of hilarious! What would Australia give for a bowler like England's Graeme Swann. Not only does he turn the ball more than any spinner on the planet, he torments sides with useful knocks. The undisputed number one spinner in the world stands out a country mile even when he's not playing!

  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Haha Swann? The bloke is a joke. Lyon 10 times better, plus he doesn't release a book when he has less than 200 test wickets!

  • colourhaze on December 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Bracewell should have been man of the match! Warners 100 was good , but didn't decide who wins/looses . TXt voting , what a crock! Just Aussie fans voting for their best performer shouldn't stand on the record books. Cricket being blighted by commercialization again! Shameful!

  • ahsha on December 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    New Zealand has so few players it takes generations to blend a challenging side.It takes years for the Kiwis to discover the talent,then a good team evaporates with mass retirements.It always happens...This young side played with courage,skill and committment and found a couple of decent players....A good result!!

  • Marcio on December 13, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, you seem to do a lot of cyber-sneering, although only after Australia loses, of course. So just for your information Swann is almost 33, while Nathan Lyon has just turned 24 (currently Lyon has a better strike rate and average, although its early days). Cummins, Pattinson and co are all under 22. Let's see where they stand in a couple of years.

  • on December 13, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    The exhilarating test is a victory for the great test arena. Tests are real testing grounds for great cricketing skills. David Warner's 123 not out is not enough to make, for the ten remaining men to make 118 runs.Let the KIWIS be more competitive like this every where.

  • pk_brisbane on December 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    @front foot lunge - seriously what does graeme swann have to do with this. lyon defended with honour, and bowled well in both tests. credit where its due, he may not be swann but so what. he puts more price on his wicket than swann does with the bat. im not an ausssie fan at all, but admire the courage of guys like lyon who dont give in.

  • mcneill1977 on December 12, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    alexk400, mate you have no idear about tim southee... He was bowling at 140+ yesterday when we needed him to and he could of easily ened up with the 6 wickets. He beat the bat numerous times. Anyways big up's to nz for the effort absolutly amazing.... i really hope india pump the aussies. the aussies have enjoyed a golden patch but thats all turned around now. India to win 3-0

  • Alexk400 on December 12, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Doug Bracewell single handedly won the TEST for NZ. Ross taylor and Tim southie almost lost the TEST. if there is no doug bracewell no chance in hell nz gona win that TEST. Boult is better than Tim southie. Tim southie is not working hard , he floats the ball to stumps often and get hammered. I think batsman can see and guess the line and length of Tim southie's bowling because of his action. It is kinda floater action like RP singh in india do. Rp singh gets most of his wickets because of batsman 's mistakes. Samething Tim southie doing. He has to change is bowling style so batsman don't guess where he is bowling or he has to bowl at 6" from offstump line. Boult is good , hope he add some more speed. Guptil should be dropped , mccullum should keep wickets.

  • couchpundit on December 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Kiwis should take this victory with pinch of Salt. This is pretty much Australians third rate team by all means, just because somebody got 5-fer doesnt make it a better attack, it only tells how poor Kiwi batting was.

    Similar Team was pumelled by English last summer.So lets not get ahead of ourselves and look for consistent performance if not fight(which has been missing form Kiwis for a while now). Good to see a kiwi fight this time around, and the bonus was a win over Australians.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Seeing Lyon having to defend Australia's honour was nothing short of hilarious! What would Australia give for a bowler like England's Graeme Swann. Not only does he turn the ball more than any spinner on the planet, he torments sides with useful knocks. The undisputed number one spinner in the world stands out a country mile even when he's not playing!

  • longlivewoodoo on December 12, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Bowlers did it fantastically. I always belive , NZ will always have an upper edge if at least two from top 4 batsman came into the action

  • muski on December 12, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I dont know what NZ can rejoice at this. They have to thank the inept Aussie batting for handing out this win to them. NZ batting is woeful. Guys like Guptill have always been passengers in the playing 11. Even if they have found a superstar in Bracewell, he cannot travel far unless the batting department supports him to the hilt. For a country who have not had any good news from their cricketing skills for a long long time, they can certainly savour this moment of success.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @IAN GHOSE- THE KIWIS AND GOOD BATTING-COME ON MATE-EVEN THE KIWIS DO NOT RATE THEMSELVES AS MORE THAN AVERAGE BATSMEN-PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE THE BATTING OF THE GREATEST BATTING LINE-UP PERFORMANCE IN 2003 TO THE AVERAGE BATTING OF THE KIWIS IN 2001-IN 2003-AUSTRALIA HAD VERY GOOD BOWLERS LIKE GILLESPIE-BRET LEE-STUART MACGILL PLAYING ALONG WITH BRACKEN AND BRAD WILLIAMS -WHO WERE BOWLING AT 145+-WITH THE HISTORY OF SHANE WARNE AGAINST INDIA {THE INDIANS MIGHT HAVE SCORED 900 RUNS AT SYDNEY INSTEAD OF THE RECORD 705 THEY MADE.GLEN MACGRATH WAS ON HIS WAY DOWN AS A BOWLER AND HE WOULD NOT HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL-BOWLING TO SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN-SEHWAG AND GANGULY{THE GOLDEN GENERATION OF ALL TIME} AT THEIR PEAK-AND THEY STILL ARE IN 2011.

  • inefekt on December 12, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    NZ unearthed some quality seam bowlers in Bracewell and Boult. I think Southee should make way for Boult when Vettori comes back into the side. Brownlie is also a big bonus for them after deciding to defect from his home country due to lack of opportunities in WA. But let's put this in its proper context. This is an Australian side utterly decimated through injuries to its best performing players, leaving a shell of a side that consists mainly of debutants and older players in the twilight of their careers. This side was missing the likes of Watson, Harris, Cummins, Johnson and Marsh. Aside from Johnson, these are players who were in top form prior to their injuries. Marsh making a century on debut and nearly adding another shortly after, Watson making solid contributions at the top of the order and adding a new dimension to the bowling attack, Harris is almost picking up wickets at will when he's fit and Cummins had a fantastic debut test. It's a very different team with them in it.

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @IAN GHOSE Check your word Buddy India dominated 2003-04 Australia series against attack containing Lee,Gillespei,Macgill These bowlers are world class and Capable to rip any batting line up on the australian pitches favoured to them.Agreed Warne and McGrath werent present ,For Indian Warne havent been the threat ok McGrath has been missing but you cant take the credit away from Indians who played out of their skin.As per NZ team are concern to beat this Australian out fit is not a big deal, At present OZ are Average side yes Fleming came close to win in 2001 series but bearing that since last 20 years NZ has been steamrolled by the Australian side uptill now .The most disgrace ful factor is they taken 18 years to beat Australia in a test match and read the scoreline for India Australia head to head record since last 18 years its 12-10 fav India.So please Correct your Knowledge first before making any baseless remark

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    India will beat the Aussies if they play their best team and play with the referrals, as the umpires will definitely favor the Aussies. They always do.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 12, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @IAN GHOSE . WHAT 'S YOUR PROBLEM BUDDY? INDIA PLAYED AGAINST LEE, GILLESPIE , MACGILL IN 2004 . WARNE , A GREAT BOLWER BUT NEVER THREAT FOR INDIAN BATSMEN . OK MCGRATH WAS MISSING BUT THAT'S NOT OUR MISTAKE . INDIA PLAYED BRILLIANTLY ON THAT TOUR . IF I FOLLOW THE SAME LOGIC THAT IMPORTANT PLAYERS WERE MISING THEN THE ENGLAND TOUR OF INDIA RECENTLY WHERE ZAHEER GOT INJURED ON FIRST DAY , SEHWAG DIDN'T PLAY HALF SERIES , INDIAN TEAM NEVER BATTED WITH THEIR REGULAR OPENERS IN THAT SERIES , DRAVID GETTING OUT 3 TIMES DUE TO DRS . BUT NO THIS WILL BE AN EXCUSE FOR INDIA 'S RUBBISH PERFORMANCE . SO I WILL SAY THAT ENGLAND JUST OUTPLAYED US .

  • Praxis on December 12, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Wow! So many ups & downs in a single match, I remember the article & comments written after the first day of this match. This result seemed so unlikely then.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 12, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    WELL DONE NZ . OF COURSE THE UNSUNG HERO IS JOHN RIGHT.

  • Naresh28 on December 12, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    YOU WIN SOME AND YOU LOSE SOME. INDIA LOST IN ENGLAND BUT BOUNCED BACK WHEN ENGLAND CAME FOR THE ODIS . IT's NO USE WRITING OFF ANY TEAM ON THEIR DAY. WINDIES, NZ and PAKISTAN ARE JUST AS CAPABLE OF WINNING AGAINST ANY BIG TEAM.

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    A few people are talking about Australia being in a rebuilding phase, but NZ is also in a rebuilding phase - Our bowlers have not been as consistent until recent years. I think Martin leading Southee and Bracewell is a great attack, with the options of spinners such as Vetorri and part timers. Lets not forget Boult who is also in his young playing days. If NZ can retain the white line fever in this bowling attack and bat well on the pitch - they could play some threatening cricket to any team in the world. All they need now is a consistent season over 2011-12

  • simpola on December 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    great game of cricket... fluctuating fortunes... and in the end, the deserving team won the match.. hey kiwis, even Indians rejoiced your victory as much as you guys have done... i woke up at 5 in the morning, hopin dat kiwis will win atlast in aus... and they produced that moment.... incredible victory/....

  • ozwriter on December 12, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    all the haters, eat your words. The black caps pulled though. now for some reform in australia cricket.

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Doug Bracewell is future super star of World Cricket. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are going to be fine disciplined test batsman and above all to guide them and to inspire them there is relentless Daniel Vettori. A team in making. Kudos

  • Marcio on December 12, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Note to all the haters out there. What Fleming says is how mature people respond to victory: embracing the positive aspects of it. You don't use it as an attempt to spew hate at the side that lost, and their supporters. I predicted yesterday that if Australia lost the boards would be bombarded with the posts of some very sad individuals from a certain country. Unfortunately there is no medal for predicting what is a certain eventuality, or I'd have a chest full of medals by now. I note that these same people were absent after the first test, and just a few weeks ago when Australia beat SA. I really enjoyed the SL series, as their supporters and Australia's were more interested in talking about the actual game. After the 2nd test in SA the discussion was also very positive, focusing on what a great game it was. So why have all these haters suddenly appeared now?

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    What a captain Fleming is!! He nearly came against a full strength invincible squad.. Naturally he would be very happy.. Beating Australia in Australia was a pinnacle.. It is no more now i guess.. They are putting wrong foot continuously..

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 12, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Don't get too carried away buddy, miracles do happen sometimes....More than anything else it shows that Aussies are now on par with NZ...

  • ian_ghose on December 12, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Well done New Zealand! What a fantastic win! Just goes to show what a sporting/bowlers' wicket can do for Test cricket. I still remember that Aus v NZ series of 2001-02. It is easily the best performance against that top-strength Australian team in Australia (unlike India's performance in 2003-04 which came against a 2nd string bowling line-up). Australia had their best bowling line up of McGrath, Warne, Lee and Gillespie, and all their gun batsmen and yet New Zealand had the upper hand in 2 out of the 3 tests, with very good batting and brilliant bowling. Infact New Zealand dominated Australia in the tri-series that followed as well. I hope this victory will help New Zealand get due recognition for that brilliant series in 2001.

  • WellingtonKiwi on December 12, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    It's certainly a good start for Taylor as skipper. He now needs to build on it.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 12, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Well played New Zealand, you're the better team and you deserve it in every sense.

  • Raju_Iyer on December 12, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    I am sure SA will play true to character and CHOKE in NZ!

  • rajan.sweet88 on December 12, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Well Done kiwi's., great show by Bracewell., This will reduce the confidence of aussies before the Boxing Day Test and will Boost the Confidence for Kiwis during this coming year., Great.,

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    What an achievement, Indians touring down under can take positives of this Match.

  • darkrai_chatu on December 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Quite the boost New Zealand cricket needed, Yes the Australian side is undergoing changes, but a win is a win regardless. It is delightful to note that the pitch conditions allowed for a equal battle between bat and ball. I hope that New Zealand continues to do well, lets hope for a blinder of a series !

  • Bone101 on December 12, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Well played NZ! And I agree with Flemming, there are the makings of a good side in their youngsters!

  • nzcricket174 on December 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    as long as the boys don't get big heads we will be fine. that's been our problem - players thinking they are better than they are, e.g. Jesse Ryder after he got his 200 got extremely arrogant, now he is average.

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    a very spirited effort, would like to see this form to continue!

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    I am really joyful for NZ victory over Australia, particularly in Australia. I always want NZ to show some spirit like this and win matches. They have inspiring cricketers and they must click at the right time. Greetings to all NZ fans!

  • johnathonjosephs on December 12, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    What a game of cricket. Never seen a game where the momentum changed so much. First NZ was bowled for 150 and then Aus for 135. Then NZ made a good start being 135-3 at the end of day 2 and momentum was with them. They got out cheaply and ended up some 210 odd which put the game in any direction. Warner/Hughes unbroken stand at the end of day 3 put it back in Aus, but that magnificent Bracewell just broke through that solid middle order and stole NZ a win (which towards the end was in Aus's favor with only 9 runs left and Warner and Lyon batting well). What a game and Bracewell will be a great bowler in the future of NZ. May he surpass the quality of Bond and maybe touch the talents of Hadlee

  • OMPRAKASHGURJER on December 12, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Congrats kiwis!!! I am a great fan of Vitory but defeating aussies without him was a mamoth task wich bracewell did well. I always thought that this team has all the potential then why is it not clicking? Well Kiwis be ready for the counter attack in the next match . SA also defeated them in the test still they lost afterthat!! If Kiwis have started believing in them selves,they can deteriorate these Kangaroos entirely!! Some are saying that Austalia will easily win the first two test matches against India, Remember my friend it's not going to be Christmus cake! India Will fight hard and defeat Aussies in their dockyard!!! Forgot last tour when inspite of several wrong umpiring decisions ,India had compelled Aussies to panick !!! Be ready Kangaroos for yet another storm !!

  • HatsforBats on December 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    The sheer numbers (pop. 4 million) are against NZ ever consistently challenging top sides, but my oh my they always put in a good fight against whoever they are up against. I think Williamson & Bracewell look like world class talents and I can't wait to see how they develop. Somewhat sad that both Fleming & Vettori missed out on such a great win. As for the Aussies, it's not a bad game to lose, it was a hard contest with bat & ball. Haddin's keeping was good, but sadly again he showed that when he puts a bat in his hand, his brain goes for a walk. Well played by Warner.

  • tick on December 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    "start of nice period for nz cricket",,can't be more funny than this..lolz...

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  • tick on December 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    "start of nice period for nz cricket",,can't be more funny than this..lolz...

  • HatsforBats on December 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    The sheer numbers (pop. 4 million) are against NZ ever consistently challenging top sides, but my oh my they always put in a good fight against whoever they are up against. I think Williamson & Bracewell look like world class talents and I can't wait to see how they develop. Somewhat sad that both Fleming & Vettori missed out on such a great win. As for the Aussies, it's not a bad game to lose, it was a hard contest with bat & ball. Haddin's keeping was good, but sadly again he showed that when he puts a bat in his hand, his brain goes for a walk. Well played by Warner.

  • OMPRAKASHGURJER on December 12, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Congrats kiwis!!! I am a great fan of Vitory but defeating aussies without him was a mamoth task wich bracewell did well. I always thought that this team has all the potential then why is it not clicking? Well Kiwis be ready for the counter attack in the next match . SA also defeated them in the test still they lost afterthat!! If Kiwis have started believing in them selves,they can deteriorate these Kangaroos entirely!! Some are saying that Austalia will easily win the first two test matches against India, Remember my friend it's not going to be Christmus cake! India Will fight hard and defeat Aussies in their dockyard!!! Forgot last tour when inspite of several wrong umpiring decisions ,India had compelled Aussies to panick !!! Be ready Kangaroos for yet another storm !!

  • johnathonjosephs on December 12, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    What a game of cricket. Never seen a game where the momentum changed so much. First NZ was bowled for 150 and then Aus for 135. Then NZ made a good start being 135-3 at the end of day 2 and momentum was with them. They got out cheaply and ended up some 210 odd which put the game in any direction. Warner/Hughes unbroken stand at the end of day 3 put it back in Aus, but that magnificent Bracewell just broke through that solid middle order and stole NZ a win (which towards the end was in Aus's favor with only 9 runs left and Warner and Lyon batting well). What a game and Bracewell will be a great bowler in the future of NZ. May he surpass the quality of Bond and maybe touch the talents of Hadlee

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    I am really joyful for NZ victory over Australia, particularly in Australia. I always want NZ to show some spirit like this and win matches. They have inspiring cricketers and they must click at the right time. Greetings to all NZ fans!

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    a very spirited effort, would like to see this form to continue!

  • nzcricket174 on December 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    as long as the boys don't get big heads we will be fine. that's been our problem - players thinking they are better than they are, e.g. Jesse Ryder after he got his 200 got extremely arrogant, now he is average.

  • Bone101 on December 12, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Well played NZ! And I agree with Flemming, there are the makings of a good side in their youngsters!

  • darkrai_chatu on December 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Quite the boost New Zealand cricket needed, Yes the Australian side is undergoing changes, but a win is a win regardless. It is delightful to note that the pitch conditions allowed for a equal battle between bat and ball. I hope that New Zealand continues to do well, lets hope for a blinder of a series !

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    What an achievement, Indians touring down under can take positives of this Match.