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

'We showed a lot of ticker today' - Taylor

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New Zealand sides defeat Australia at rugby. Or netball. They don't beat Australia in Test cricket. And they definitely don't do it on Australian soil. At least, that was the way New Zealand were viewed until a quiet Monday afternoon in Hobart, when Doug Bracewell curled the ball through Australia's middle and lower order. A seven-run win ended 18 years of hidings and draws.

Before this day, New Zealand had only won in Australia when Richard Hadlee was at his peak. They hadn't even managed it in New Zealand since March 1993. To put that in perspective, Bracewell, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult had not yet started school. The New Zealand captain who ended the drought, Ross Taylor, was eight years old.

"When did we win?" Taylor said after the Hobart victory. "Oh, 1993. Can I remember it? Vaguely. Not well."

A generation of young New Zealand players and fans now know what it's like to beat Australia. It can be done. And after Taylor's team stayed with Australia for two days in the first Test in Brisbane, only to lose their way as the match wore on, he had one simple message for his men. Show some ticker and never give up. As a result, Taylor has the enviable record of two wins from three Tests in charge.

"I'm not a very good speaker, as you can tell by now, but the only thing I try to instil in the players is fight and be proud in playing for your country," Taylor said. "We didn't show much fight in Brisbane but we showed a lot of guts and determination out there today. That was for the New Zealand public, an early Christmas present.

"[I have] over 50 text messages on my phone - I think that's pretty big. Rugby is our No.1 sport but any sport against Australia, winning in Australia, the New Zealand public enjoys. The New Zealand public knows that the New Zealand cricket team, when playing against Australia, is always the underdogs, but they don't like it when we don't show much fight. That's what we didn't do in Brisbane. We showed a lot of ticker today."

They needed it. On the second afternoon, when Taylor and Kane Williamson were batting with discipline, New Zealand deserved to be favourites. By the fourth morning, when David Warner was on his way to a century with a composed Usman Khawaja also in the middle, Australia were 119 runs from victory with nine wickets in hand.

"We believed in ourselves, that we could win this match," Taylor said. "We knew we had to fight. We knew we had to play a lot better than we did in Brisbane. We talked a lot about the way we bowled in Zimbabwe [during the Bulawayo Test] in the last session; about just fighting, taking our catches and bowling in the right areas, and we'll get reward. That's what happened."

Not that it was smooth sailing, even when Bracewell and Tim Southee started to torment the Australian batsmen with hooping swing. With 42 runs still required, Warner was joined by the No. 11, Nathan Lyon, and the pair nearly steered Australia home.

New Zealand thought they had won when Lyon was given out lbw but Australia's review indicated the ball had pitched outside the leg stump, even though the right-armer Southee was coming over the wicket. To the naked eye, it was hard to believe the Eagle-Eye verdict, as the ball appeared to strike Lyon in line. It nearly cost New Zealand the game.

"It's a G-rated programme isn't it?" Taylor said when asked about how he felt at the time of the reviews. "There were a lot of things going through my mind. There must be something wrong with my eyes. For me personally, some of them which I thought were not out were out and vice-versa. But at the end of the day, we won the match. The emotions going through? My goal was to show a calmness, but inside I was churning.

"They fought the whole way. We would have won by 40 runs out there against some teams. But the way Lyon and Warner played, I nearly had a heart attack. Warner was outstanding. To come in in only his second match and control the game the way he did … we'll be on the wrong side of a few hidings so I can't feel too sorry for him, but he deserves a lot of credit for the way he batted."

As it turned out, Warner was Man of the Match, ahead of the more deserving Bracewell. The award was voted for by the Australian public, watching the telecast. But it's the New Zealand public who will have the last laugh. For the first time in a generation, they can celebrate a Test victory over Australia.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on December 14, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    @Cric_purist... I understand your point :) ... But starting in the 90's doesn't reflect how bad or inexperienced some of our teams have been... Its how they fought & lost as much as it is about winning (Gallipoli - Oz & NZ only nations on earth that have a public holiday for a battle defeat...)... I don't mind losing, as long as it was fought hard to the finish in a competitive spirit... Allan Border is one of the most highly respected cricketers in this country today - not because he won many Tests (which he didn't) - but because he never gave up his wicket cheaply & fought to the last ball... Something many modern cricketers & fans do not understand...

  • cjscanada on December 13, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    @Android4, Keep looking mate, a little longer perhaps. Is it in the needlestack? The way the Aussies have folded to every team it would be a surprise if they win even a Test. India is certainly not as good as they used to be but against this Australian side? Keep dreaming bud. Like the way your experts keep harping on Tendulkar to quit and on the other hand the optimism of Pontingl bouncing back. Lucky there was no third Test or else another unwanted record would be on the agenda. Grow up, accept facts. No team will remain long on the perch long enough until another Murali comes to the fore. I am so glad that the Kiwis have won. I love the Kiwi's and especially Taylor. Way to go Douggie. You shouwed who the boss is. It does not matter but we know you deserved it a little more than Warner. In Australia and India they always favour the home side.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 13, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @zenboomerang.. I was refering to time period starting from 90s.. ..An OZ supporter from Pakistan.

  • Sam_SRT_Fan on December 13, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Bracewell should've been the MoM. 9 wickets for 60 runs in the match to win it for NZ is much better than scoring 138 runs for Australia in a losing cause. Shows neither Aussie public nor the Aussie cricket administrators are THAT cricket loving.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 13, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I'm not indian but its my assesment that india is gonna win 4-0

  • RandyOZ on December 13, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    I must admit, Chris Martin was the most impressive Kiwi. His angle - simply outstanding. Starc could learn from him.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @Stadala: The only board in world cricket that has reservations is the BCCI. Unfortunately the BCCI is the ICC's biggest source of revenue giving them more pull-power when it comes to decisions like this because ICC doesn't want to upset BCCI.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    @Lord_Tendulkar: Low catches have nothing to do with DRS, they are reviewed regardless if DRS is implemented or not.

  • sAiyAnstAr on December 13, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ. The injury of Vettori on the morning of the Test match must be seen as a blessing in disguise!

    I wish all Test matches were like this. This was a game where the bowlers dominated, but by seeing Brownlie (who is an exceptional batsman, I would say he was the most consistent in the series) score that 50 in the first innings and Warner scoring the 100, it proves that if you get yourself in, and you put the bad balls away, there are runs to be had.

    Both teams were exposed to the swinging ball, so no one can complain about it being tailored to the NZ conditions.

    Cricket was the winner!

  • Capt.Hilts on December 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    So what do Cricketers Want ? They don't want biased umpires (like there are any on Elite Umpires List). They don't want DRS which eliminates bias. They just want to cry. They want GOD to officiate matches. Remember DRS came in because of Sydney 2008 and now India is opposing DRS because apparently some DRS decisions didn't go their way. How childish is that, they got Bucknor removed, they don't put any good Indian Umpires to officiate (who is there after VenkatRaghvan).

    Atleast Australia & England are behaving maturely. They know DRS is there to help. They don't go silly on criticizing minutes of DRS. They accept shortcomings and move one, more importantly are backing it so it has got chance to improve.

  • zenboomerang on December 14, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    @Cric_purist... I understand your point :) ... But starting in the 90's doesn't reflect how bad or inexperienced some of our teams have been... Its how they fought & lost as much as it is about winning (Gallipoli - Oz & NZ only nations on earth that have a public holiday for a battle defeat...)... I don't mind losing, as long as it was fought hard to the finish in a competitive spirit... Allan Border is one of the most highly respected cricketers in this country today - not because he won many Tests (which he didn't) - but because he never gave up his wicket cheaply & fought to the last ball... Something many modern cricketers & fans do not understand...

  • cjscanada on December 13, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    @Android4, Keep looking mate, a little longer perhaps. Is it in the needlestack? The way the Aussies have folded to every team it would be a surprise if they win even a Test. India is certainly not as good as they used to be but against this Australian side? Keep dreaming bud. Like the way your experts keep harping on Tendulkar to quit and on the other hand the optimism of Pontingl bouncing back. Lucky there was no third Test or else another unwanted record would be on the agenda. Grow up, accept facts. No team will remain long on the perch long enough until another Murali comes to the fore. I am so glad that the Kiwis have won. I love the Kiwi's and especially Taylor. Way to go Douggie. You shouwed who the boss is. It does not matter but we know you deserved it a little more than Warner. In Australia and India they always favour the home side.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 13, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @zenboomerang.. I was refering to time period starting from 90s.. ..An OZ supporter from Pakistan.

  • Sam_SRT_Fan on December 13, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Bracewell should've been the MoM. 9 wickets for 60 runs in the match to win it for NZ is much better than scoring 138 runs for Australia in a losing cause. Shows neither Aussie public nor the Aussie cricket administrators are THAT cricket loving.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 13, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I'm not indian but its my assesment that india is gonna win 4-0

  • RandyOZ on December 13, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    I must admit, Chris Martin was the most impressive Kiwi. His angle - simply outstanding. Starc could learn from him.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @Stadala: The only board in world cricket that has reservations is the BCCI. Unfortunately the BCCI is the ICC's biggest source of revenue giving them more pull-power when it comes to decisions like this because ICC doesn't want to upset BCCI.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    @Lord_Tendulkar: Low catches have nothing to do with DRS, they are reviewed regardless if DRS is implemented or not.

  • sAiyAnstAr on December 13, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ. The injury of Vettori on the morning of the Test match must be seen as a blessing in disguise!

    I wish all Test matches were like this. This was a game where the bowlers dominated, but by seeing Brownlie (who is an exceptional batsman, I would say he was the most consistent in the series) score that 50 in the first innings and Warner scoring the 100, it proves that if you get yourself in, and you put the bad balls away, there are runs to be had.

    Both teams were exposed to the swinging ball, so no one can complain about it being tailored to the NZ conditions.

    Cricket was the winner!

  • Capt.Hilts on December 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    So what do Cricketers Want ? They don't want biased umpires (like there are any on Elite Umpires List). They don't want DRS which eliminates bias. They just want to cry. They want GOD to officiate matches. Remember DRS came in because of Sydney 2008 and now India is opposing DRS because apparently some DRS decisions didn't go their way. How childish is that, they got Bucknor removed, they don't put any good Indian Umpires to officiate (who is there after VenkatRaghvan).

    Atleast Australia & England are behaving maturely. They know DRS is there to help. They don't go silly on criticizing minutes of DRS. They accept shortcomings and move one, more importantly are backing it so it has got chance to improve.

  • Capt.Hilts on December 13, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Height of Hypocrisy by Cricketers. Before DRS, they used to cry about wrong decisions. After DRS, they still cry. Its like if things don't go my way, I am gonna make noise. Someone should ask Ross Taylor what he should have done if he was in Australia's position, would he have reviewed the decision or not ? Why can't these grownup cricketers don't understand that DRS is there to remove absolute howlers, marginal decisions go either way and as cricketers they have to take it and continue forward. Cricket is a game, its not a war field, if they lose a game due to a marginal decision, its OK, no one will die. And if at all Cricketers are concerned about right decisions, they should stop appealing like illiterates on field, 50% of appeals fielding team knows that batsman is 100% not out. Start walking for instance, DRS was put because of Cricketers and not Umpires.

  • zenboomerang on December 13, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    @Cric_purist... "Following cricket for last 16 years , but never saw Aussies as vulnerable as this.." ... lol... You have to be joking... Australia in the 80's were as weak as this team when we lost the aging Lillee, Thompson, Marsh, Chappell, etc - or have you forgotten?... The Kim Hughes captaining fiasco... Since the summer of 84/85 (16 years ago) through to 89/90 summer, Australia had 13 Wins / 16 Losses / 24 Draws / 1 Tied... Or the period from July 1985 to Dec 1988 where in 25 Tests we managed just 2 wins!... 9 of those Tests were against New Zealand in which we had those 2 wins / 3 losses / 4 draws... With Hughes, Ponting, Hussey gone we can rebuild our team like we had to in the late 1980's...

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    well played nz,...it was nice to see a nz side defending a total of 119 for 9 aussie wickets.

  • on December 13, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    After the Kiwi Batting collapse in the first innings, a lot of commentators were talking about the dying NZ cricket. They we witnessed the Australian collapse. We are in a stage when test teams collapse dramatically because the players don't have the test discipline to hold their innings. On flat tracks we get big scores at a fast rate and at good tracks with great bowlers; we get shot outs. This is where the purest form of cricket is. Who is to blame? The youngest of formats I suppose.

  • on December 13, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Those of you mentioning Hawk-Eye, get your facts straight. In this series it was Eagle-Eye they used. Different company, different technology.

  • Android4 on December 13, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing a heartless India disintegrate here in Australia just like they did in England. To say that this is there best chance to beat us here....sure it might be, but it won't happen.

    Can't think of one decent Indian bowler that has the potential to do anything on our flat pitches.

  • __PK on December 13, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    LOL. Now all we need is to keep preparing NZ-style green tracks and ensure it rains intermittently through their opponents' innings and NZ can compete on an even footing with the rest of the world.

  • G--J on December 13, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Frames per second: 500 (according to Hawk-Eye International) Medium-fast bowler: 140kph (87mph) So the ball is moving 39 metres per second, equals 77.8 millimetres per frame (or 3.1 inches per frame). 90 kph/56 mph => 50 mm/frame 130 kph/81 mph => 72 mm/frame 160 kph/99 mph => 89 mm/frame

  • Android4 on December 12, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Well done to New Zealand for showing so much fight - in days gone by you might of expected them to flop. For such a small nation they have a lot of heart.

    Bracewell bowled superbly. I dont want to take anything away from him, but the pitch was made for his bowling. Warner carrying his bat and making a ton in those conditions in just his second test is an outstanding effort.

    It would be great to see more green tops in test cricket - it makes for much better viewing when there is something in it for the bowlers.

  • ahmadz on December 12, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    wow! that was some win. congratulation to NZ. wonderful performance with attitude and never say die spirit. i am excited by new prospects of breed of bowlers including aus, NZ, pakistan.

  • on December 12, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    LOL frame rates...interpolation...what a load of bull. If the high speed camera is capturing 100frames+ a second how much variation can there be in that 100th of a second in between. Technology isn't going to be perfect...first thing we learn in life is that nothing is. In saying that i do believe the DRS could be used a little less judiciously. Someone mentioned the 3rd umpire deciding on using referrals, that sounds good to me. Like a lot have said, they should only be used for howlers.

    As for the Indian fans that keep leaning on the caps lock, just wait till a few DRS calls go against your team and well see how you like it then.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 12, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Following cricket for last 16 years , but never saw Aussies as vulnerable as this.. But OZs will bounce back because their domestic system is best in the world cricket.. Any of the Sheffield Shield teams have the ability to compete with a full strength team of any test playing country..They just need to find a good keeper who can atleast replicate Ian healy in Batting if not Adam Gilchrist, need to find replacements for Punter & Huss which are already out there in Shield cricket , its just that selectors have to trust the youngsters.. Eagerly awaiting Ind vs Aus as now India has the best chance to win this series..

  • Silloh on December 12, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    From the Caribbean, congrats to New Zealand ! Unbelievable and exciting game / finish.I believe the captain made a huge inspiring contribution with his fighting knock and slip catching. There are a lot of lessons that could be learnt from both sides and one of which is never give up . Test cricket I thought was dying a painful death but I am obviously wrong.

  • on December 12, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Congratulations Black Caps on the historic win. As a fan of New Zealand cricket we have suffered many years of disappointments but that makes victory so much more sweet. In terms of man of the match it is a hard decision I think. Warner got Australia so close and played an excellent innings but i think you have got to take into account that New Zealand are the underdogs and have not beat Australia in Australia for over 25 years so I think given this our victory is a bigger feat in context and so one of our guys should have earned it just because it is an amazing feat for us, whereas a century to an Australian comes about in most tests even if the wicket is bad. Tests are always the pinnacle and I hope this will mean we are granted more tests and longer series against top nations. We never seem to have more than two or three at the most. We need more. Our last test versus Zimbabwe ended in a similar fashion ironically. Very exciting. There should be a test world cup. That'd be awesome

  • on December 12, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    @cricpolitics - and other Indian fans going on about DRS - two things: a) DRS has never been foolproof, but so hasn't been on-field umpiring. We need to give technology a shot, the only way we'd perfect it is by tuning it's errors. b) Let's be honest - people like Simon Taufel, Aleem Dar or Dave Orchard are few. Bucknor, once a good umpire - steadily became an underperforming headmaster on field in his last few years. If you ask for Ponting or Tendulkar to retire, why not him? Darrell Hair had his own ego issues. Even after Murali was cleared, he'd refuse to change his opinion. The Oval fiasco was as much his doing as the players. BCCI is a wretched organization, even as an Indian I see that. But let's not blame them for everything shall we? Well done NZ for not giving up the fight - Bracewell for a superb bowling performance and Warner for a fantastic effort ( effectively edging out Hughes for the opener slot at least for the time being even as Watson would return). Good game!

  • BillyCC on December 12, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @satyam.sharma, Hawkeye is especially flawed from what I saw yesterday. Hussey's dismissal had the potential for much more swing than what Hawkeye showed. To me, there was enough doubt for the umpire to correctly call not out but it was reversed. As Ross Taylor said, there were other decisions which looked out but were not given. The technology has a long way to go to be perfect, which is why DRS is only good for avoiding total blunders. The 50/50 calls are exactly that, pure luck. You win some and you lose some.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 12, 2011, 18:50 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!

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    David Warner MOM was completely justified. Fantastic effort to carry the bat with a stroke filled century on such a tricky wicket!!!

    Bracewell changed the game allright and I am really excited to see him don the black cap more regularly but he had assistance from the wicket as did all the seamers throughout the match. Warner's effort was sublime...fully deserving of the MOM award...

  • on December 12, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Is NZ bowling was xecptional and AUS's batting was not upto the standard ?. NZ has shown the potential..They played with their heart and divident was paid...Well done NZ...

  • zico123 on December 12, 2011, 17:37 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.

  • Fiery67 on December 12, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Superb win for NZ, thoroughly deserved as they bowled a better more consistent line and length throughout the match than Aus (although aus also generally bowled quite well), and batting of both sides was generally poor (with a couple of notable exceptions). As for the man of match being voted on by T.V viewers via an APP on a mobile phone, what a rediculous idea & in my oppinion is disrespectful to the importance of the contest (an international test match) & the prestige/pride that the award would no doubt afford the recipient. This method also unfairly favours the home side as the vast majority of viewers/voters would support the home side, many of whom can't be relied upon to be impartial when voting. Also in this case the voting closed prior to the end of the match (presumably to allow time to tally the votes?) when the result was still unknown. That Bracewell bowled his side to victory (also bowled very well in first inns)should have meant he got the MOM award in my oppinion.

  • arkon32 on December 12, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    @RasCric - The cameras aren't intelligent enough to capture a frame exactly the moment the ball hits the pitch (or the pad)... the trajectory is obtained from frames captured periodically... so satyam.sharma isn't wrong.. what is shown as the location the ball pitched is an interpolation, which will vary slightly depending on how many frames are taken per second..

  • crikkfan on December 12, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    CricHorizon just like the innings defeat at Adelaide Oval in the last Ashes galvanized them to...wait a minute - they had two more innings defeats and lost 1-3, didnt they ... you are right that Punter shouldnt be playing.

  • cricpolitics on December 12, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    To the Indian fans on this post, stop whinging about the DRS. You guys make noise on everything whether the DRS is there or not. How can anyone forget what mess and turmoil Indians had created in Australia when they refused to play until Steve Buckonor was removed from officiating the match. Where was the DRS then? There are other incidents as well including Daryl Harper's immature retirement that was also caused by the Indians. Indians don't wan to trust the umpires or the DRS, the only thing they trust is the decisions in their favors. DRS is only helping cricket and the umpires.

  • AjaySridharan on December 12, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Congratulations to New Zealand! It was a heart-stopper. Fantastic game made even more interesting, unwantedly so, by DRS. But NZ held their nerve and didn't stop believing. I agree with some of the readers here...DRS in its current form sucks. Too much predictability involved, and I'd rather use it only for hotshot to decide on inside edges.

  • on December 12, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Australia have again brought disgrace to their past heroes!

  • Vilander on December 12, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Baggy green pls stay on the rug for just a couple of more months, dont jump back up in any hurry after this, you have all the time in the world to get back after the indian tour :)) . Well played NZ.

  • Quazar on December 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    CA and their telecom sponsor may have made some $, but Bracewell was deprived. Should at least have got a joint Man of the Match award. Anyhow, well played the Kiwis, and well played to Warner!

  • on December 12, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    India should not use DRS (didn't think they EVER used it) in Australia.. And Viewers should not vote for MoM award.. That was shocking that Warner won it in front of Bracewell.. Simply Terrible..

  • on December 12, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Is this a joke?? It is a such a disgrace that the pubic votes for a MoM. I am surprised they did not choose Ricky Ponting.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    THE GREATEST CHANCE FOR INDIA TO WIN THIS TEST SERIES AT LEAST 2-0.I FORSEE THE GREAT INDIAN BATTING LINEUP SCORING RUNS AT WILL-EXPECT SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN AND SEHWAG TO HIT AT LEAST 2 HUNDREDS- AND BOWLERS LIKE ZAHEER-ISHANT-UMESH-AND THE UNPLAYABLE SPIN OF ASHWIN ALONG WITH OJHA. AUSSIE VIEWERS SELECTING MOM AWARDS IS A BIG JOKE BY THE CHANNEL 9-STILL EXPECTING SEHWAG-SACHIN OR LAXMAN TO WIN THEM ALL.

  • dr.jha on December 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    DRS : GOOD . NEW ZEALAND : PLAYED WELL AS A TEAM. BRACEWELL : AWESOME FOR SOMEONE SO YOUNG. WARNER: VERY GOOD INNINGS,ITS GONNA HELP HIM BELIEVE HE BELONGS. OZ : YOUNG KIDS CAN BOWL,BATTING...NOT UPTO STANDARD ,BUT THEY'LL BE BACK .. PITCH: REAL WINNER..

  • ARJa on December 12, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    While watching the game on TV, I couldn't believe my ears of how partial Tony Greig and Mark Nicholas are to Australia. They sound thrilled when even an aussie play a defensive shot. But they sound dead when kiwies bowled so well. Same thing during the ashes eventhough they were English cricketers. The truth of the matter is, NZL thought the rankings disagree are a far better team than WI purely due to commitment of the players. As for Australia, they look very similar to the WI in the 90s. During the 90s, WI were still a force to recokn with, but their fragelities were starting to show more and more, and by the turn of the century, the had slowly declined. Australians are showing the same thing. It's no point talking about injuries. Only fit players can play, and this is the best team aussies could put to the park. They are clearly on a steady decline and looks as if they would struggle to remain in the top 5 test teams with the consistency of Pakistan. End of another era of dominance

  • vparisa on December 12, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    It is so disappointing from Clarke not to acknowledge how well Black caps have played. What a match!! Warner for all the T20 talk, he was the best equipped to deal with the conditions out there. Cant wait for the India series to begin, i hope its played in high spirit. @RasCric, Even Ross Taylor thinks the technology needs to be improved.. i am for DRS but its not fool proof. I thought Lyon was out to that yorker from Southee..not sure how it missed leg stump!!

  • stadala on December 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    @RasCric Then please use it at your convenince..dont force it on boards that have reservations.

  • hattima on December 12, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @RasCric Just two words mate: frame rate!

  • Marcio on December 12, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    I think only the most biased person would deny Dave Warner MOM after that performance. This was the most green and bowler friendly seen in a test match in Australia in living memory, heaven for bowlers. That a batsman managed to carry his bat through an entire innings and score more than twice as many runs (123 not out) as the next highest score for the entire match (56) is simply incredible. Bracewell did an excellent job, but in these conditions it was merely excellent. There are a lot of people here who are a long way from being objective. But this is sport, so only to be expected.

  • insightfulcricketer on December 12, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Lovely to see Warner play like a seasoned Test pro. India has unearthed the next Kumble I hope in Rahul Sharma. What do they have in common? Both were spotted first in 20/20 and specifically in IPL. What hogwash when people run down IPL and 20/20. Cricket will flourish in all formats. Test cricket is alive and kicking as would all other formats. Cheers!

  • Beertjie on December 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Well done to the Black Caps and Taylor's astute captaincy (field placings). Yes we came close, but the up-side is the reminder of how far we still have to go to compete with the top dogs. I like your selection@FatBoysCanBat, but how long can we keep giving Huss and Punter "last chances" - they are the past, not the future. That's why I'm thinking that sooner or later the logical batting guys to replace them are Cowan and Khawaja, which requires a re-jigging of the batting order. Also you're wrong about the availability of Harris (missing the first 2) and Cummins (missing all 4). Best use available talent (a pity about Coulter-Nile, but he's time will come) like George/Bollinger/Copeland. Also time to bring in Wade. Blood them now - it's only going to get tougher within a year and we can still beat the Indians who lack a penetrating attack (unless they were to send for Irfan Pathan and pick 5 bowlers) in their team, but that would be too daring. That's how they won at the WACA last tour

  • on December 12, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    What stupidity.. bcci agenda?? Rofl aussie losers.. be prepared for the hiding of a lifetime when the indians come!!

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

    Well done NZ. Well done. Great heart showed and a never say die attitude. Again congratulations to NW.

  • Lord_Tendulkar on December 12, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @RasCric ...mate you are happy with DRS in Australia as the decision went well for you..wait until something wrong happens against Aussies and you guys will be the first ones to oppose it...I remember numerous occasions when Ricky jumped up and down when a decision went against him after referring to third umpire in the past (especially low catches) ! I am not an advocate of BCCI here but do feel DRS is rubbish at times given the purpose of introducing technology was to eliminate empiring errors and not introduce new ones !!

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    The MOTM voting started much before the match was decided. Hence, it would not have been based on who won. Warner played well and on a tricky wicket, whereas Bracewell had some support from the strip. So relax guys. More unjustified MOTMs happen in India (It is always invariably a batsman) and that is not even by voting but so called panel :) It was a good match and a good team won. But how Katich is still out of reckoning is beyond me (May be he should get a tip from Hussey & Haddin on sucking up to Pup and Bingle sorts)

  • bims1989 on December 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    After watching the replay of the ball in which Nathan Lyon survived (In which he was given out initially)..I can definitely say that there is a big bug in Hawkeye system. The replay clearly suggests that that ball was going to hit legstamps for sure. But Hawkeye says other. The same problem happened in Sri Lanka where Phil Huges survived by a controversial Hawkeye system. Technology is good for game. But obviously flawless technology. Those who didn't watched it I'll urge them to watch it again and again and express their opinion on that.

  • FunkyAussieDunky on December 12, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Well done to New Zealand. Really enjoyed seeing two young teams scraping it out, the match twisting and turning with one team being on top, then the other (like the last Aus/SA test). For those complaining about the MoTM decision (rather than the method of selecting, which I agree is apalling) - in a low scoring test match Warner's score doubled any other single contribution. Bracewell's bowling was match-winning and brilliant, but not so out of the ordinary in a match where the ball dominated the bat. A couple of comments on the Aussies - bowling wise this is very excting times, and there are some similar good signs in parts of the batting. I really like the imagination showed by Clarke in his captiancy so far, but geez we need a Border character somewhere in the side; someone who leads by example and tells it like it is.

  • Lord_Tendulkar on December 12, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Enjoyed the Kiwi victory today. Well bowled Bracewell under pressure. All the hype of Ponting scoring a hundred in his home ground as been put to the bins now. He choked again when it mattered the most for Australia in this series!! Strongly feel Bracewell should have won the MoM as well!

  • Kiwi_Craig on December 12, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @Rahul_78 Yes u are right they could of given the award to our brilliant dougy but this is aussies we are talking about not us kiwis. @harmske Very good point i agree, that was a great test match and even though didnt go the 5 days was great to see the bowlers have an advantage for once. @ALL THE AUSSIES OUT THERE. Was great that we finally broke our duck, enjoy your day of mourning tomorrow. THANKS TO THE CURATOR OF THE BLUNDSTONE ARENA U ARE A BLOODY LEGEND HELPING THE BLACKCAPS OUT. GOOD LUCK TO INDIA ON BOXING DAY ILL BE CHEERING YOUS ON LIKE I DID IN THE ASHES LAST SEASON AND LETS HOPE IT CAN BE ANOTHER HOME SERIES LOSS FOR AUSTRALIA. Good luck to our blackcaps in home series against zimbabwe and south africa comming up.

  • Antomann on December 12, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    'A racist system favouring a player based nationality'. That doesn't make sense, race and nationality are two different things. But the way the MOTM was chosen is still ridiculous.

  • RasCric on December 12, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @satyam.sharma, your comment on pitch matt is rediculous! Camera shows exactly where the ball pitched and where the stumps are. Stop circulating BCCI agenda in ausralia. We are happy with DRS.

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

    @RandyOZ: Good to see you give credit where it is due and are gracious in defeat mate - unlike a lot of the regulars on here. Warner played a top knock on a tricky wicket. Truly one of the great tons of the modern era. Pattinson looks the goods and I can't wait to see him bowling with Cummins against India along with Ryan Harris. With Watson and Marsh [who should probably open] returning for that series I don't see a place for Hughes or Khawaja. Ponting deserves another crack but if he fails to score in the series he must move aside. Haddin has to go, Wade is in good form and warrants selection. Lyon has grabbed his chance with both hands. For a long time I have been hoping for O'Keefe's inclusion but it looks like Lyon has closed the door on him for the foreseeable future. Warner, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Wade, Harris, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon is probably Aus' best team at the moment, a line-up which will provide a thrilling contest vs India.

  • indyarox on December 12, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    "It's a G-rated programme isn't it?" Taylor said when asked about how he felt at the time of the reviews. "There were a lot of things going through my mind. There must be something wrong with my eyes. For me personally, some of them which I thought were not out were out and vice-versa." - and ppl say its only BCCI who is against DRS. Well i believe the whole Hawk Eye thing is a bit of a hogwash. Its inaccurate and inconsistent. The flaws of HotSpot were highlighted in the Ind - Eng series. So where does it leave DRS then?. Up for you to decide. Well done NZ. They really do deserve this win and all the accolades.

  • satyam.sharma on December 12, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    For matches in Australia the *Australian viewers* determine the Man of the match?! There go 4 MoM awards for Laxman in the upcoming series... BTW, this match showed how much, and how abominably, DRS sucks. Forget ball tracking, even the pitch map has elements of prediction in it. How? Because even the fastest cameras capture only few discrete frames every few milliseconds of the ball's continuous journey through the air. That translates to several 10s of cms of unknown trajectory (between frames) that must be predicted and interpolated to guess where had the ball landed on the pitch during its journey between bowler and batsman. That leads to such inaccuracies and technology-caused blunders.

  • The_Wog on December 12, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Anand, would you prefer the 3U award MOTM and Vodafone customers voted on DRS?

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Why would a captaincy record be envious?! It should be "enviable record", not "envious record".

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Great to see our bowlers using the conditions better than the Aussies, still think Taylor has a lot to learn after the Gabba decision to bat first, but a win against Aussie in Aussie is unsurpassable. (even if Tasmania really seems to have NZ like conditions). NZ has better seamers, full stop, as long as the conditions allow, and this time they did for four days - amazing.

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @Rahul_78 : True.. Public voting for MOM that too home supporters is a ridiculous idea to start with.. Either commentators or press box could have been better and been more neutral.. I don't say Warner doesn't deserve.. Even if Australia won the thriller, Bracewell could well ve shared it for the tremendous change he created to the match.. Both SHOULD have shared it..

  • zn264 on December 12, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    We all know Bracewell is the man of the match, maybe the NZ public can put something together for him. These guys should be getting a parade when they get back home! So happy right now, and isn't it great to hear Taylor still giving praise to Warner (which he deserves). Taylor led with the bat, and took some great catches, could he be the hero NZ cricket has been waiting so long for? There is only way to go from here and thats up.

  • zn264 on December 12, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    We all know Bracewell is the man of the match, maybe the NZ public can put something together for him. These guys should be getting a parade when they get back home! So happy right now, and isn't it great to hear Taylor still giving praise to Warner (which he deserves). Taylor led with the bat, and took some great catches, could he be the hero NZ cricket has been waiting so long for? There is only way to go from here and thats up.

  • ozwriter on December 12, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    well played Black Caps. that game did show a lot of ticker. well played bracewell, martin and what bout boult on debut? great stuff. watch out india, i predict that this humiliating loss will galvanise the aussies who will come and absolutely belt india's mediocre attack out of the field. as long as hughes is gone and maybe ponting too.

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    What's the sense in having the public vote for the MoM? Can't understand it at all!

    Also DRS continues to give strange decisions but supporters like Tony Greig keep building it up as the next best thing since sliced bread!

    What abt the crazy pitch?! If it was a spinning track and the first two innings ended below 150, there would definitely have been a stupid ICC report on it!

    Anyway, congrats to NZ for a great win!

  • RandyOZ on December 12, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @Sudhey, sadly, I completely agree with you! Boult looks like a good find too. Our inconsistency is unbelievable. Would also like to throw out a well done to the slips catching. Very impressive. Clarke should learn from this.

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    The NZ public should also be involved in voting for the MoM, otherwise that sounds like it is a racist system favouring a player based on nationality. If Warner didn't score a 100, would he still have got the MoM? Clearly Bracewell was the standout bowler, more so than Pattinson in this match.

  • East_West on December 12, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Ross, way to go! I know few days back I called you names, but what a win! I am from India, and I am a huge fan of Sir Hadlee, and always thought NZ has such a great potential but never got that SPARK after Hadless, Crow brothers, and few others retired! Chris Cairns is gone, Shane BOnd is not there..Vettori is injured........well, Doug got them through! Way to go, kid! Ross, way to go! Keep up the good work!

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    NZ really had the better in this condition.. Australia with so many loopholes in their batting lineup probably underestimated NZ batsmen and provided such a track.. To their credit NZ batsmen applied a little bit(More than Aussies) to cross over.. The way Boult bowled and beat the bat N number of times against left batsmen and the experience Martin showed was awesome.. Bracewell is the show stealer.. Second igh quality performance in short career winning another close game is good for him in future!! Still, NZ batsmen need to improve their performance to challenge top teams consistently and bowlers shd pick wkts consistently.. Special touch is, winning without Vettori :-)

  • harmske on December 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    EPIC!!! We need to have more pitches like the one in Hobart!

  • Sudhey on December 12, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Boy !!! If I were an ausssie supporter, I'd be gutted right now. Full credit to the kiwis, they played out of their skins. But losing to the 8th ranked team in the world, one which oz teams of the past routinely steamrolled,and that too on home soil !! It doesn't get any worse than this for the baggy greens.

  • on December 12, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Wel played NZ.....nxt is India coming for Aussies....realy confident dat we wil be able to do d same and win d series!!!!

  • Rahul_78 on December 12, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Just to rub it more on OZ (Which all non Oz love to do anytime anyways), OZ public could have been gracious in defeat and awarded MOM to Bracewell who was outstanding...

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  • Rahul_78 on December 12, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Just to rub it more on OZ (Which all non Oz love to do anytime anyways), OZ public could have been gracious in defeat and awarded MOM to Bracewell who was outstanding...

  • on December 12, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Wel played NZ.....nxt is India coming for Aussies....realy confident dat we wil be able to do d same and win d series!!!!

  • Sudhey on December 12, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Boy !!! If I were an ausssie supporter, I'd be gutted right now. Full credit to the kiwis, they played out of their skins. But losing to the 8th ranked team in the world, one which oz teams of the past routinely steamrolled,and that too on home soil !! It doesn't get any worse than this for the baggy greens.

  • harmske on December 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    EPIC!!! We need to have more pitches like the one in Hobart!

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    NZ really had the better in this condition.. Australia with so many loopholes in their batting lineup probably underestimated NZ batsmen and provided such a track.. To their credit NZ batsmen applied a little bit(More than Aussies) to cross over.. The way Boult bowled and beat the bat N number of times against left batsmen and the experience Martin showed was awesome.. Bracewell is the show stealer.. Second igh quality performance in short career winning another close game is good for him in future!! Still, NZ batsmen need to improve their performance to challenge top teams consistently and bowlers shd pick wkts consistently.. Special touch is, winning without Vettori :-)

  • East_West on December 12, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Ross, way to go! I know few days back I called you names, but what a win! I am from India, and I am a huge fan of Sir Hadlee, and always thought NZ has such a great potential but never got that SPARK after Hadless, Crow brothers, and few others retired! Chris Cairns is gone, Shane BOnd is not there..Vettori is injured........well, Doug got them through! Way to go, kid! Ross, way to go! Keep up the good work!

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    The NZ public should also be involved in voting for the MoM, otherwise that sounds like it is a racist system favouring a player based on nationality. If Warner didn't score a 100, would he still have got the MoM? Clearly Bracewell was the standout bowler, more so than Pattinson in this match.

  • RandyOZ on December 12, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @Sudhey, sadly, I completely agree with you! Boult looks like a good find too. Our inconsistency is unbelievable. Would also like to throw out a well done to the slips catching. Very impressive. Clarke should learn from this.

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    What's the sense in having the public vote for the MoM? Can't understand it at all!

    Also DRS continues to give strange decisions but supporters like Tony Greig keep building it up as the next best thing since sliced bread!

    What abt the crazy pitch?! If it was a spinning track and the first two innings ended below 150, there would definitely have been a stupid ICC report on it!

    Anyway, congrats to NZ for a great win!

  • ozwriter on December 12, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    well played Black Caps. that game did show a lot of ticker. well played bracewell, martin and what bout boult on debut? great stuff. watch out india, i predict that this humiliating loss will galvanise the aussies who will come and absolutely belt india's mediocre attack out of the field. as long as hughes is gone and maybe ponting too.