Trans-Tasman Trophy - 1st Test

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 9 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

The tattooed McCullum chews him gum with the swaggering nonchalance of a Viv Richards as he surveys the Gabba alongside Guptill. The Aussies march out to cheers and wild applause. Here begins the era of Inverarity, as Australia resume their long climb back to the top. Can the Kiwis stall them? This is going to be fun! James Pattinson has the new ball. Three slips and a gully for McCullum. And a short leg. I am Nitin Sundar bringing you the action today.

The toss has been won by New Zealand and they will bat. We will soon see the debutant fast bowlers in action. And if they have a good day, who knows, we may be fortunate enough to see Chris Martin bat today ...

I resisted and resisted, but Hayden has managed to convince me to publish his limerick, so here goes:

"There once was a lad named Starc, Whose selection raised a question mark. What happened to Cutting? His loss must be gutting, It's NSW bias from Clarke."

"Am living in Tokyo at the moment and don't start work until 7pm so you can imagine the day will be about as productive as a Chris Martin net batting session. Go the Black Caps! Dear god I love Test cricket." Welcome to the coverage Elkano!

It may be the start of the summer, but there is plenty of cloud overhead, and plenty of grass on the surface. Dan Brettig, who is our man in Brisbane for this game, wonders how easy it must be for a young fast bowler to get a bit too excited..

"I'm looking foward to this. I can't imagine that New Zealand will be able to hold even a weakened Australia, but it would be nice to be wrong. They have a habit of making the most of slender resources and making bigger sides have to fight to win." Mark Kidger, I am with you on this. New Zealand haven't beaten Australia since the time I was old enough to follow cricket. It felt new and good when Pakistan defeated Australia in England last year. New Zealand winning here will be similarly path-breaking.

"Hi Nitin. As a NZ fan, I am VERY, VERY happy that Cutting has been left out. Would have liked Chris Martin to have been left out too, however..." You got to be kidding me, Dean! Rastawookie sends this in: "Interesting move to go with Starc and Pattinson. I thought Cutting, on his home ground and with the lowest FC avg of the three would have been worth playing." I think it is just a round-about plan to ensure Cutting comes out against Victoria blazing on all cylinders. He averages 18 this year, while Starc weighs in at 32, as Phil points out. This is a very strange call.

Squads:

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Nathan Lyon

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Jesse Ryder, 6 Dean Brownlie, 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 Reece Young (wk), 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Chris Martin

9.10 am Good morning to everyone logging in, except for our readers from the west! It is 4 40 am in my part of the world (Bangalore, India), but it is time for cricket in Australia where the summer begins today, against their neighbours New Zealand.

The early news from the Gabbatoir is that Warner, Pattinson (James) and Starc will make their debuts today. Cutting just misses the ... well... cut. Despite topping the Shield wickets tally until now. Baggy green presentations were just completed - Michael Slater to Warner, Andy Bichel to Pattinson, Richie Benaud to Starc. Cutting is officially the 12th man but will fly to Melbourne for Vic-Qld Shield match. I don't understand this stuff.

The Pattinson family makes a rare slice of history today. James and his brother Darren, who represented England, will become the first siblings to play Test cricket for different nations in 112 years - disregarding Akmal family jokes, that is. There's more in the match preview by Brydon Coverdale.

0.1

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, short of a length to start with, a touch of away seam and impressive carry at 141 kph but too wide outside off to trouble McCullum.

0.2

Pattinson to McCullum, FOUR, and here we go! McCullum starts off with his customary lash through the line as Pattinson over-pitches outside off and invites the drive. That didn't move off the straight, and Baz just smashed it on the walk.

Sawdust being sprayed on the outfield behind where Pattinson starts his run up.

0.3

Pattinson to McCullum, FOUR, 146 kph, the pace isn't stopping Baz from going after it. Another full ball, this one seamed away nicely and Baz ended up thick-edging the drive, but boy did he go at it with a vengeance. He managed to scythe it up and over gully.

0.4

Pattinson to McCullum, 1 wide, Baz is almost beside himself as Pattinson lands one very wide outside off, he wanted to have another bash at it, but it was really wide.

Third man comes in by about 15 yards, he is a very deep fly gully now. They are waiting for Baz to swish at another outside off. They won't have to wait long.

0.4

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, that's a searching line, 141 kph and much closer to off stump, Baz is looking good here. He plants the front foot across early and check-drives solidly to mid-off.

0.5

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, Pattinson has had a rather scatter-gun over to start his Test career. This one be sprays down the leg side.

0.6

Pattinson to McCullum, FOUR, 147 kph out of Pattinson's hand. 294 kph out of the absolute meat of Baz's piece of wood. Over-pitched outside off, he leans across and drills it with a flourish through the covers. New Zealand are taking it to the Aussies.

End of over 1 (13 runs) New Zealand 13/0
BB McCullum    12* (6b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    1-0-13-0
MJ Guptill    0* (0b)     

Sid Vicious has the new ball from the other end. To the more laidback Guptill.

1.1

Siddle to Guptill, 1 wide, two wides in the first two overs of the summer. Siddle sends an away swinger too wide of off stump now. Guptill was leaving it, unlike Baz who would have wanted to smash the cover off it all the same.

1.1

Siddle to Guptill, no run, better line, draws Guptill forward into the push drive towards mid-off. It was pitched up just outside off.

1.2

Siddle to Guptill, no run, back of a length at 137 kph, Guptill stands back and defends to the off side.

"Ryder will be salivating like a rabid dog watchin these pies get served up." That's some simile, Andrew.

1.3

Siddle to Guptill, no run, keeps it on the corridor outside off, a very polite hint of away seam on it. Guptill gets the front foot across and leaves.

1.4

Siddle to Guptill, no run, goes wider of off stump, bends it away off the seam again and Guptill lets it go.

1.5

Siddle to Guptill, 3 runs, Guptill is away in dodgy fashion. Siddle angled this into the batsman, and Guptill worked it off the legs but a touch uppishly and it whizzes past short leg. Not really a chance that for Khawaja, but Guptill will want to keep it down.

1.6

Siddle to McCullum, no run, Siddle bounces Baz to end the over, and he ducks under it.

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 17/0
BB McCullum    12* (7b 3x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    3* (5b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-13-0

"When did you guys turn into best mates with all the cricketers? Calling players by their nicknames is ridiculous and a little disrepectful." Ah Tommy, but it saves me typing time. Anyway, here's Pattinson.

2.1

Pattinson to Guptill, 2 runs, back of a length on the pads, Guptill stays on the crease and works it square through midwicket. A bit of damp in the outfield as the fielder kicks up some moist grass as he slides.

2.2

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, Beaten outside off. Splendid seam position, the ball angled in, landed on a length outside off and then straightened with the seam to leave Guptill groping down the wrong line.

2.3

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, and again. Guptill pushes uncertainly as he looks to cover the line and gets squared up by a legcutter, that goes through to hit his thigh.

2.4

Pattinson to Guptill, 2 runs, a bit of madness, and we have a run-out appeal that's gone upstairs. I think Guptill is safe. Pitched up outside off, Guptill drives it into the covers where Starc had to move to his left and dive. He couldn't stop it cleanly and parried it to Warner from point. They decided to take a second, Guptill was hesitant to start with, and a better through would have had him. Warner's wasn't, and Guptill could dive in before Haddin flicked the ball back onto the stumps.

2.5

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, Guptill stays on the crease and lets another one hitting the seam to go away from him. Good, good second over this from Pattinson.

2.6

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, and another jaffa to end the over. Beats Guptill yet again as he gets the half step across and looks to cover the line.

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 21/0
MJ Guptill    7* (11b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-17-0
BB McCullum    12* (7b 3x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0

3.1

Siddle to McCullum, no run, Siddle sends one down very wide outside off and then seams it away. McCullum shuffles across and thinks about having a go, but it is too wide even for him.

3.2

Siddle to McCullum, no run, beaten by the seam. Siddle holds the length back and gets prodigious lift on the away seamer that has McCullum poking at it before he yanks the bat back.

3.3

Siddle to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off once again, McCullum stabs it from the crease towards point.

"Im sure the New Zealander cricketers wouldn't mind the circinfo commentary team using nicknames, uptight aussie cricketers might tho." Thanks, Simon Barber

3.4

Siddle to McCullum, no run, sprays this one down the leg side, McCullum tries to glance but it flies through to the keeper.

3.5

Siddle to McCullum, FOUR, McCullum is placing the ball beautifully. Between the slips and gully, though. Another full ball swinging away perilously outside off, and McCullum sets up base to launch into it with intent. The outside edge is taken and it hurtles away at catching height.

3.6

Siddle to McCullum, no run, not a clue about that one. It jerks away from a length outside off, and McCullum is beaten all ends up as he tries to cover the line.

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 25/0
BB McCullum    16* (13b 4x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    7* (11b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-17-0

4.1

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, almost another chance to Khawaja at short leg. Guptill stays back and tucks a short ball off his hips and it nearly yorks Khawaja who is standing up a touch early. Might have been a chance if he stayed low.

4.2

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, Guptill lets a back of a length steepler outside off through to Haddin.

4.3

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, golly, beaten again by a ripping seamer that goes away deviously. Guptill was squared up and left looking silly.

4.4

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, another one swerves past the outside edge. Guptill leans out and looks to drive at one that is little fuller and a little wider, but the ball keeps going away.

4.5

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, better from Guptill, hangs back and gets nicely behind the line to defend.

"I am from Pakistan living in Norway.01:30 in the middle of the night already up and following cricket only on cricinfo and happy to see 2 Pakistani umpires in the middle." The best in the world Yaseen.

4.6

Pattinson to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill steals a page from the McCullum book and slashes a boundary away over the cordon. Frenetic start this. Short and rising outside off this one, he was beside the line and gave it the carve, but ended up edging it a lot finer than he wanted.

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 29/0
MJ Guptill    11* (17b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-21-0
BB McCullum    16* (13b 4x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-8-0

5.1

Siddle to McCullum, 1 run, back of a length outside McCullum's off stump, he pushes it from the crease towards extra cover for a single.

5.2

Siddle to Guptill, no run, Siddle delivers on a perfect length on off stump, Guptill gets half forward and covers the line compactly.

5.3

Siddle to Guptill, no run, gentle away seam from a length a couple of yards outside off stump. Guptill leaves.

5.4

Siddle to Guptill, no run, back of a length and angling in, Guptill stays back and defends to the leg side. This time, he keeps it down. Siddle is hitting 142 kph on an average, we are told.

5.5

Siddle to Guptill, no run, angles this in from wider of the crease, Guptill is solidly behind it.

"When was the last time that two Vics opened the bowling for Australia? Merv and Reiffel maybe?" wonders Matt Dunshea.

5.6

Siddle to Guptill, no run, ends the over with a ball that slips down the leg side, and Guptill is happy to leave.

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 30/0
MJ Guptill    11* (22b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-9-0
BB McCullum    17* (14b 4x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-21-0

BJ stakes an early claim for best comment of the day. "Bold Prediction: Phantom will get a bat today... but only as nightwatchman after the opening partnership is broken at the mere score of 500, 3 balls from the close of play. Phantom will promptly bring up his highest test score by slamming the last 3 deliveries for six."

6.1

Pattinson to McCullum, 2 runs, a thwacky punch off the back foot from McCullum as he stays back and works the hand through the line of a short ball furiously. He was in position early and played that pretty well in the end through cover.

6.2

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, back of a length again, McCullum quickly shifts onto the back foot and defends.

6.3

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, Pattinson again bends one wide down the leg side.

Venkat Raghav knows almost everything about Aussie cricket. Flem and Reiffel, he points out.

6.4

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, whoa, can't stop McCullum from having a flay at everything outside off. This one wasn't short or wide enough outside off. McCullum tried to crack it square, all muscles, but he missed it.

6.5

Pattinson to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, McCullum stays back and defends to mid-off.

6.6

Pattinson to McCullum, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball, but a good length that. Draws McCullum forward and punches into the off side.

6.6

Pattinson to Guptill, no run, ends with a loaded wobbler that seams away from a length outside off. A leave from Guptill.

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 34/0
MJ Guptill    11* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-25-0
BB McCullum    20* (20b 4x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-9-0

"Haddin was cap No.400 and today, three years later, 425 was presented. Caps 375-400 took a decade to get handed out," points out Brydon Coverdale on Twitter. Starc comes on at first change, also on Test debut. A NSW man gets his hand on the ball after the two Vics. Left arm over.

7.1

Starc to McCullum, no run, wastes the first ball, short and outside leg and it seams further down the leg side too.

7.2

Starc to McCullum, no run, smashes into the elbow at 139 kph! McCullum sees it short and imagines it would angle across for the cut as he goes back and across. But Starc hit the treadwork and got it to cut on sharply and McCullum was caught in no position. Smacks into him and dribbles to the leg side. Starc likes it!

7.3

Starc to McCullum, no run, full toss on off stump, McCullum can't quite crunch it away and defends to mid-off.

7.4

Starc to McCullum, FOUR, strange mix for an opening over this from Starc. Another full toss, on middle and leg now, and McCullum doesn't miss out now. He shows it the full face and drives fluidly through the line. Beats mid-on easy and keeps running away.

7.5

Starc to McCullum, no run, beaten outside off now. After bringing a couple back in, Starc angles this across McCullum after drawing him forward with a full length, but it slid past the outstretched defensive.

7.6

Starc to McCullum, no run, and a good, pacy short ball to end the over. McCullum stays put and sways out of the way.

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 38/0
BB McCullum    24* (26b 5x4)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    11* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-25-0

"I'd like to know why Copeland was so readily overlooked for this test... He would have been perfect in these seaming conditions!" An Aussie opening bowler at 120 kph. McCullum might have fancied his chances against him, Nath?

8.1

Siddle to Guptill, no run, length from Siddle, angling into the middle and leg line, defended to the leg side off the front foot.

8.2

Siddle to Guptill, no run, fuller this time, but wide enough outside off for a leave.

8.3

Siddle to Guptill, no run, 144 kph on a short of a length seamer that straightens down the line. Guptill is back in the crease as he defends to the off side.

Cam points out: "If BJ's prediction comes true, Chris Martin would have the same number of test runs as the entire Australian team has test wickets between them - 127. Including 5 from Punter and 4 from Hussey."

8.4

Siddle to Guptill, no run, short of a length again, he's not giving Guptill much to drive and this is defended solidly too.

8.5

Siddle to Guptill, 2 runs, neat little turn off the legs. Length ball on the pads at 144 kph, Guptill wrists it away into a yawning vacancy behind square leg. They get two, and Guptill thinks about three before changing his mind. These blokes are rapid between the wickets.

8.6

Siddle to Guptill, no run, leaves the last one outside off as Siddle probes away on a driving length.

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 40/0
MJ Guptill    13* (29b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-11-0
BB McCullum    24* (26b 5x4)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0

"A bit like Dilshan fancied his chances against Copeland?" Haha, good one Mick. For the record, I'd have loved to see Copeland bowl here.

9.1

Starc to McCullum, no run, Starc lands it back of a length on the stumps, McCullum stays back and defends down the track.

9.2

Starc to McCullum, FOUR, the bats in the factory must be hiding when McCullum walks in to pick his. He's showing them little kindness here. Length ball outside off, angling across harmlessly, he sets up shop on middle and leg, and crashes it through the covers.

9.3

Starc to McCullum, no run, over-pitched, McCullum gets forward and drives towards mid-off.

9.4

Starc to McCullum, no run, 143 kph delivery outside off and angling across, McCullum leaves.

Michael Slater narrates the hilarious tattoo goof-up involving him and Brendon Julian who debuted with him. Meanwhile, the ball has gone out of shape. Inevitable, given how McCullum has been swinging at it.

"I am currently an NZer working in an Aussie office and am loving this - it's Clarkes fault that there is not fielders in the right places.. Great placement McCullum!" Azmataz, Clarke's fault does not have the same ring to it, as #Trottsfault. Blame it all on Jonathan. Even the Englishmen do. Even the Saffers ...

9.5

Starc to McCullum, no run, 139 kph and McCullum's helmet hits the ball, rather than the other way round! Short ball from Starc and once again, huge movement in off the seam. McCullum was swaying back hoping it would hold its line, but it followed his head like a guided missile and clunked him on the helmet as he fell back. Ouchie!

9.6

Starc to McCullum, no run, the last one is left alone outside off, this time it does hold its line.

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 44/0
BB McCullum    28* (32b 6x4)      MA Starc    2-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    13* (29b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-11-0

10.1

Siddle to Guptill, no run, short ball from Siddle, Guptill lets it sail over his head.

10.2

Siddle to Guptill, no run, 147 kph, and a probing line outside off. Guptill leans out and shoulders arms.

10.3

Siddle to Guptill, no run, slightly shorter, on a similar line, and Guptill leaves once more.

"The moral of the Slater story should be "don't get tattoos" - that piece of advice is from Andrew Lewis.

10.4

Siddle to Guptill, no run, back of a length on off stump, this time Guptill covers the line and defends.

10.5

Siddle to Guptill, OUT, the Aussies have struck, but it is Guptill who has fallen to an indiscretion outside off. 144 kph, classing seamer's dismissal, set up by a driving length ball a yard or so outside off. Guptill was drawn into the drive, it wasn't full enough for him to reach the pitch, and hence when it moved away it took the edge. Straight into Haddin's mitts.

MJ Guptill c †Haddin b Siddle 13 (58m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.23

"I hope Cutting doesn't become the new Noffke. The best Shield bowler around for years without getting a gig. Although Noffke had stiffer opposition for a spot with McGrath etc," says Ben (not Cutting).

Gully on both sides, short leg and three slips for Williamson.

10.6

Siddle to Williamson, no run, short ball bursts through from a length, but meets the middle of Williamson's bats as he defends from the crease.

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 44/1
KS Williamson    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    5-1-11-1
BB McCullum    28* (32b 6x4)      MA Starc    2-0-8-0

More new-ball trivia from Mark: "Matt and Venkat - another trivia question for you - who were the last 2 bowlers from the same district team to open the bowling for Australia? (Answer: Siddle and Pattinson both Dandenong last ones Dodemaide and Hughes)"

11.1

Starc to McCullum, no run, Starc continues to swerve the off one down the leg side from back of a length/

11.2

Starc to McCullum, no run, 138 kph and pitched a touch up, McCullum veritable climbs on it and forehand smashes it back down the track with a biceped bottom hand. The bat turns in his hand, and Starc stops it on his follow through.

11.3

Starc to McCullum, 1 bye, Length ball outside off, angling across and McCullum leaves, but that swings back in really late, and Haddin concedes a bye.

11.4

Starc to Williamson, FOUR, again that indipper from Starc, but he's starting it off from middle and off. He jumps inside the line of the short ball and clips it off the glove very fine for four.

11.5

Starc to Williamson, no run, better line, starts from outside off and seams in as he hops back and looks to cover the line.

11.6

Starc to Williamson, no run, compact from Williamson, confidently forward and defends a full ball down the track.

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 49/1
KS Williamson    4* (4b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-0-12-0
BB McCullum    28* (35b 6x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-11-1

"Talking of Tattoos, what is the significance of Brendan McCullum's tattoo that shows the figures 124, 42, 226?," asks Tim. Anyone knows? I don't.

12.1

Siddle to McCullum, no run, whoa, monster indipper from Siddle at 142 kph and McCullum didn't spot it at all. It probably hit a green patch on the pitch. Back of a length, McCullum shuffles into line and shoulders arms, but it nearly shreds him in half as it comes in. Not far from off stump, that.

12.2

Siddle to McCullum, no run, too straight, McCullum moves into line and punches to mid-on.

12.3

Siddle to McCullum, no run, this one holds its line outside off as McCullum lets a length ball through to the keeper.

Gutpill is trending worldwide on Twitter I am told. I am trying to figure out why!

12.4

Siddle to McCullum, no run, full length this time outside off, McCullum off-drives with unbelievably good timing, but finds mid-off.

12.5

Siddle to McCullum, 1 run, ridiculous running this. Back of a length on the pads, McCullum turns it away towards midwicket and mid-on needs to get across. McCullum wants the second, Williamson initially doesn't, then he responds late, by which time McCullum changes his mind and Williamson charges down the pitch. The throw from Lyon went to Siddle. If it had gone to Haddin, we might have seen a wicket fall.

12.6

Siddle to Williamson, no run, another one cuts in sharply from a length as Williamson leans out and across to defend. Negotiated well in the end.

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 50/1
KS Williamson    4* (5b 1x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-12-1
BB McCullum    29* (40b 6x4)      MA Starc    3-0-12-0

Starc comes round the wicket now.

13.1

Starc to McCullum, no run, that inseamer looks a lot better now as it comes in from a wide angle. McCullum stays back and leaves.

13.2

Starc to McCullum, no run, lets another one go through outside off as Starc shapes it in.

13.3

Starc to McCullum, no run, and again, Starc continues to nip it in off the seam and McCullum leaves.

13.4

Starc to McCullum, 1 run, too straight, ends on the pads and McCullum works it to the leg side.

Goes back over the stumps now.

13.5

Starc to Williamson, no run, angled across Williamson, who lets it through.

13.6

Starc to Williamson, no run, steady over from Starc. Fullish length ball angled across for the drive, but Williamson doesn't bite.

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 51/1
KS Williamson    4* (7b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-13-0
BB McCullum    30* (44b 6x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-12-1

WACALeaks on Twitter: "For those asking on Cricinfo, McCullum's tattoos represent his national numbers for NZ in Tests, ODIs and T20s. " Thanks!

14.1

Siddle to McCullum, FOUR, yowza! McCullum climbs atop a short ball and pulls it ferociously for four through square leg. Ominous rolling of the wrists on that one, and umpire Asad Rauf had to get out the way in a hurry.

14.2

Siddle to McCullum, no run, short of a length and seaming away, McCullum gets across to off stump and lets it go.

14.3

Siddle to McCullum, no run, 144 kph, slightly shorter than the last one. McCullum again gets across and leaves.

14.4

Siddle to McCullum, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, and McCullum smashes it down to mid-on.

"Thanks for keeping me informed about the Test match going on guys. Go Australia!," tweets @TheAshes. Remember her from last year? That was hilarious!

14.5

Siddle to McCullum, no run, full length on the stumps again, McCullum punches fluidly off the front foot.

14.6

Siddle to McCullum, no run, better length, not there for the drive and McCullum leans out and plonks the forward defensive.

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 55/1
BB McCullum    34* (50b 7x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-16-1
KS Williamson    4* (7b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-13-0

"I was going to say 12,442,226 represents the amount of money he makes play T20s per year." Ahemm, Ayush.

"Pretty sure McCullum wasn't the 42nd NZ rep for T20 cricket. It's his ODI shirt number." Thanks Mathew, I think that's it.

15.1

Starc to Williamson, no run, beaten outside off. Starc nearly shaves the outside edge with a full ball that angles across. Williamson leans well outside the line to defend, and misses. Needn't play at those.

15.2

Starc to Williamson, no run, covers the line this time to defend a length ball.

15.3

Starc to Williamson, no run, back of a length outside off, Williamson lets it go.

Australia haven't got NZ driving enough today. They had success on one of the few occasions they did.

15.4

Starc to Williamson, no run, angled across, but wide enough outside off for Williamson to let go off.

15.5

Starc to Williamson, 1 run, 138 kph on the pads, Williamson quietly defends to the on side and they charge through for a single.

Round the stumps to McCullum.

15.6

Starc to McCullum, OUT, Starc has a first wicket, and he couldn't have got a more explosive pair of names on the dismissal than McCullum and Warner! Short of a length again, and that natural angle and seam brings it back into McCullum, who can't resist the urge to cut, nay shred, the short ball even if it isn't wide enough. He ends up carving it straight to Warner at point and he's on his way.

BB McCullum c Warner b Starc 34 (81m 51b 7x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 56/2
     MA Starc    5-0-14-1
KS Williamson    5* (12b 1x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-16-1

Taylor comes in at No. 4. New Zealand won't want more breaches before lunch. Natahn Lyon comes on with a slip and short leg.

16.1

Lyon to Williamson, FOUR, long hop and wide of off stump, not much spin either. Williamson pounces on it, back, across and smack through point. Nice little cut, that.

16.2

Lyon to Williamson, no run, still too wide, a little fuller than before and Williamson leaves.

16.3

Lyon to Williamson, no run, breaks in from off stump, Williamson defends from the crease

16.4

Lyon to Williamson, 2 runs, beaten in the flight but safe. That drifted in on Williamson as he lunged out of the crease in search of the flight, but he ended up getting too far across and glancing it uppishly through leg side. No one was there.

This is Lyon's first over ever on this ground!

16.5

Lyon to Williamson, no run, similar ball, this time he gets close to the flight and works it to mid-on.

16.6

Lyon to Williamson, no run, stays back to a big offbreak and defends.

End of over 17 (6 runs) New Zealand 62/2
KS Williamson    11* (18b 2x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      MA Starc    5-0-14-1

"Just tried to kiss @ElizabethHurley , she said go away I'm watching cricket & @RossLTaylor !!!!! Shattered" tweets a heart-broken Shane Warne. Starc continues.

17.1

Starc to Taylor, no run, and he nearly has Taylor first ball. Not the most brisk shot you will see. It was on a full lkength and bending in off the seam. Taylow just walked across lazily and gave it a wishy-washy drive, but missed. The ball hits him above the pad, that's what saved him. The height.

17.2

Starc to Taylor, no run, shorter and impressive rise on that ball, Taylor stays back and fends to the leg side.

Taylor's never made a Test duck.

17.3

Starc to Taylor, no run, again, extra kick from back of a length, Taylor softens the grip as he drops it to the off side.

17.4

Starc to Taylor, no run, pitched up a foot and a half outside off and straightening, Taylor lets it go through.

Damien Fleming @bowlogist is happy with what he's seen of Starc thus far.

17.5

Starc to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off and angling in, Taylor leaves.

17.6

Starc to Taylor, FOUR, nearly the first duck. Taylor has a McCullumesque swish at a short, pacy ball outside off that wasn't wide enough, but managed to get it up and over the slip cordon.

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 66/2
LRPL Taylor    4* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    6-0-18-1
KS Williamson    11* (18b 2x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-6-0

Peter de la Penna makes an astute observation. "These new Asics shirts for Australia give the appearance when looking from behind that they are wearing sports bras," he tweets. Here's Lyon.

18.1

Lyon to Williamson, no run, tossed up on off stump, Williamson leans out to defend.

18.2

Lyon to Williamson, no run, over-pitched outside off, Williamson digs it out back to the bowler.

18.3

Lyon to Williamson, no run, turning into the pads, worked with the wrists from the crease to the leg side.

18.4

Lyon to Williamson, no run, slow and loopy on off and breaking in, Williamson defends with the spin.

There is leg slip in place now.

18.5

Lyon to Williamson, no run, extra bounce along with the spin. Williamson thinks of the tuck, but it bounces extra and he lets it hit the hip.

18.6

Lyon to Williamson, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked with the spin on the run to mid-on for one.

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 67/2
KS Williamson    12* (24b 2x4)      NM Lyon    2-0-7-0
LRPL Taylor    4* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    6-0-18-1

Pattinson is back on for some pace and seam. Three slips and short leg.

19.1

Pattinson to Williamson, no run, pitches the first one well up at 140 kph, and it is driven smoothly to mid-off.

19.2

Pattinson to Williamson, no run, back of a length now, angles into the right hander who defends to the leg side.

Outrage from Subu: "Can u believe this? I went down to the food court to catch a bit a cricket. 3 Huge screens .. showing Golf, Weightlifting and Gossip Girl (or equivalent) ... I am about to send a strong email to building management telling them, its people like them who are responsible for the decline of Australian cricket."

19.3

Pattinson to Williamson, 1 run, still too short. Williamson is comfortably on the crease as he works it behind square for a single.

Limerick time. CJ is the cuplrit: "There was a left arm bowler named Mitch, Who couldnt get out on the pitch, He had a sore toe, But wouldn't you know, The selectors still picked a left arm bowler called Mitch."

19.4

Pattinson to Taylor, no run, better length now, fuller to Taylor but he lets it go after giving it a thought.

19.5

Pattinson to Taylor, no run, Khawaja clangs it at short leg. Straight in, straight out. Back of a length, angled into the body and Taylor turns the wrists on it and it goes straight at Khawaja's right hand, it goes in and pops out. It all happened in a flash, but that's a drop.

19.6

Pattinson to Taylor, FOUR, and more pain for Pattinson as he overcooks the final ball and serves it up full and juicy on the toes. Taylor flicks it away with a raspy working of the wrists and it races away.

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 72/2
LRPL Taylor    8* (9b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    5-0-30-0
KS Williamson    13* (27b 2x4)      NM Lyon    2-0-7-0

20.1

Lyon to Williamson, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Williamson defends off the front foot.

20.2

Lyon to Williamson, 2 runs, drifts onto the toes, Williamson works it through midwicket for a single.

20.3

Lyon to Williamson, FOUR, just wide of Ponting at leg slip! New Zealand are looking mighty jittery here. He shuffles right across to deal with the offspin and the ball breaks in towards his thigh. He goes on to glance it, fine enough to beat Ponting.

20.4

Lyon to Williamson, no run, hmm, Williamson isn't liking this. He backs away to a short ball and looks to cut it now, but it is almost on off stump when he plays the shot. Bottom edged.

20.5

Lyon to Williamson, no run, length ball, jumps up extra as he defends off the front foot. Well, Williamson handled Harbhajan really well in India last year, but he's looking a bit clueless now.

20.6

Lyon to Williamson, OUT, and gone. This was almost inevitable with that shuffle and nudge routine. Williamson again gets too far across the stumps mindful of Lyon's smart spin and drift. This one breaks in and bounces extra towards the hips again, and since he is so far across, Williamson can't keep the nudge down, and works it onto the thigh. He pops it amiably towards Khawaja, who happily makes up for the miss.

KS Williamson c Khawaja b Lyon 19 (45m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 57.57

End of over 21 (6 runs) New Zealand 78/3
     NM Lyon    3-0-13-1
LRPL Taylor    8* (9b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    5-0-30-0

Jesse Ryder is out there. Twenty minutes to lunch, hope he waits for it ...

21.1

Pattinson to Taylor, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, Taylor works it towards mid-on for a single.

Short leg for Ryder. Over the stumps.

21.2

Pattinson to Ryder, 1 wide, good bouncer, landed short with purpose and pace. Ryder ducks under it.

21.2

Pattinson to Ryder, no run, closer to off stump, Ryder gets close to the line and then lets it go.

"Well, Williamson handled Harbhajan really well in India last year, but he's looking a bit clueless now. " hahaha...handling a spinner is a bit different to handling a dart thrower" Pair point, Mitch.

21.3

Pattinson to Ryder, no run, lets another one go outside off as Pattinson lets it go once more.

21.4

Pattinson to Ryder, no run, angled across at 139 kph at pace, and Ryder stays on the crease to leave.

Spin at the Gabba before lunch on an overcast Day 1. 2012 is coming , I tell you.

21.5

Pattinson to Ryder, no run, good seam on that, Pattinson cuts it right across Ryder who looks to cover the line but is left groping in its wake.

21.6

Pattinson to Ryder, FOUR, uppish, but veritably smashed down the ground. Over-pitched by Pattinson, Ryder is reluctant as ever to get forward and hence ends up spooning the drive back and it nearly takes Taylor down. He gets out of the way and the ball races away briskly.

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 84/3
JD Ryder    4* (5b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    6-0-36-0
LRPL Taylor    9* (10b 2x4)      NM Lyon    3-0-13-1

"Catching Williamson does NOT make up for dropping Taylor," says Rod from Red Hill. Short midwicket and leg slip now.

22.1

Lyon to Taylor, 1 run, turns in sharply again and jumps from a length, Taylor carefully plays it down behind square.

Two slips and short leg, round the stumps.

22.2

Lyon to Ryder, no run, in the air, just short. Ryder times the forward defensive too well and nearly spoons a catch to cover. He didn't get fully forward this time, either.

22.3

Lyon to Ryder, no run, short ball now, he hangs back and defends to the off side.

22.4

Lyon to Ryder, 4 byes, madness! What is Ryder trying to do, and boy how much did that spin? That turned more than Warne managed all his life in this ground! Tossed up outside off, lands in the early rough and bursts away big time. Ryder was out of the crease and looking it clatter it into the cover, but it missed everything and flew over the slipper's head.

22.5

Lyon to Ryder, no run, shorter, and better negotiated by Ryder off the back foot.

22.6

Lyon to Ryder, no run, lets the last one go through without punishment too. Defended off the back foot into the off side.

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 89/3
JD Ryder    4* (10b 1x4)      NM Lyon    4-0-14-1
LRPL Taylor    10* (11b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    6-0-36-0

23.1

Pattinson to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor's turn to edge through the cordon. Pattinson continues to move it away off the seam, Taylor is squared up as he looks to cover the line and edges it through the slips.

23.2

Pattinson to Taylor, no run, big appeal, huge lbw appeal turned down. They haven't referred it. Has to be the bounce. Taylor surely didn't leave it on bounce. This one nipped in sharply with the angle as Taylor pressed forward and shouldered arms. Hits him above the front pad, but in line with the stumps.

23.3

Pattinson to Taylor, no run, lets the length ball outside off to go through to the keeper.

23.4

Pattinson to Taylor, OUT, New Zealand, what are you doing! Taylor gives Pattinson his first Test scalp and stumps are in a mess. Simple three-card bluff this, after landing the last two back of a length, Pattison goes really full outside off now and asks Taylor if he fancies a swing five minutes before lunch. Taylor takes him on, but he didn't get into the best position for a square drive. The front foot was in the next zip code as he drove wide, wide away from his body. Inside-edged it onto the furniture.

LRPL Taylor b Pattinson 14 (33m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

Brownlie walks out now.

23.5

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, ooh, that came in too, Brownlie pokes it onto the pad tentatively,

23.6

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, what a splendid over from Pattinson. Ends it with a wide yorker than Brownlie digs out meekly. NZ in disarray after such a positive start.

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 93/4
DG Brownlie    0* (2b)      JL Pattinson    7-0-40-1
JD Ryder    4* (10b 1x4)      NM Lyon    4-0-14-1

24.1

Lyon to Ryder, no run, flighted on the stumps and defended off the front foot.

24.2

Lyon to Ryder, no run, 89 kph, this comes in with the arm as Ryder plays for the spin. Did that hit pad first? Not much of an appeal, strangely.

24.3

Lyon to Ryder, no run, marginally straightens outside off from back of a length, and Ryder leave.

24.4

Lyon to Ryder, no run, big bounce and spin this time, it curves in and darts away as Ryder looks to cover the line, and then tries to yank the bat out of the way.

24.5

Lyon to Ryder, 1 run, over-pitched now, and Ryder thankfully takes a single into the covers.

Five men, plus keeper around the bat!

24.6

Lyon to Brownlie, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended off the front foot. Brownlie will be happy to go in for lunch.

I'll be back for the second session at about 12.30 pm. In the meantime, food for thought from Gibbo: "Figured out why Ponting and Clarke have no weight issues. When you spit out 4 kilos of saliva each day, no chance of being fat. Quite a disgusting habit. Wonder if they do it at home..." And this, from Mark, takes the Mickey out of 47 all-out. "Is NZ's lunch score enough to win outright?"

"Oh, I was expecting them to send in Martin as the LunchWatchman!" Jason, with Jesse Ryder leaving the field, the man watching the lunch needs to be in, not out!

Australia's session that as they rallied back after a limp start. The pitched the ball up more in the latter half of the session, and New Zealand played some shocking shots to help them. Brydon Coverdale's lunch report will be up here in a moment.

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 94/4
DG Brownlie    0* (3b)      NM Lyon    5-0-15-1
JD Ryder    5* (15b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    7-0-40-1

There's a big cloud cover that has swirled into place during lunch. The players are out there and the umpires are looking into the horizon with concern. It is surely not too dark, but these days, you never know. Lights are coming on. Starc has the ball.

"So where are all those lame pie thrower comments now," wonders Aussie. Siddhant asks: "Well I must say Aus bowling have been made to look good by Clarke's field placements, similar to what happened in SA. Batsmen getting out caught to fielders rather than traditional way of getting out to swing bowling." Clarke does have a knack with his field placements. Especially with spinners. Good to see a thinking, innovative captain at a time when most are regressing into default modes.

25.1

Starc to Ryder, no run, fuller length ball on off stump, Ryder digs it out from the crease.

25.2

Starc to Ryder, no run, short of a length outside off and moving away. Ryder lets it go.

25.3

Starc to Ryder, 1 run, on the pads now from Starc, Ryder falls over a touch as he flicks it away adequately behind square.

25.4

Starc to Brownlie, no run, back of a length and cramping Brownlie on the back foot as he defends to the off side.

25.5

Starc to Brownlie, 1 run, full toss at 140 kph, Brownlie is away with a dab into the covers for one.

25.6

Starc to Ryder, OUT, didn't Jesse have enough for lunch? He's already on his way back for more. The very epitome of a hare-brained shot. Short, miles wide outside off and he doesn't bother getting across for the cut. Just reaches out and smashes it in the air, the balance all awry, straight to gully. We have seen some poor shots today, and by the looks of it there's more to come.

JD Ryder c Warner b Starc 6 (22m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/5
     MA Starc    7-0-20-2
DG Brownlie    1* (5b)      NM Lyon    5-0-15-1

Siddle runs in now.

26.1

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, short of a length outside off, defended from the crease by Brownlie.

26.2

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, comprehensively beaten by the seam movement. Can't help being beaten by that, it goes away like a fiend with a mind of its own as he feels for it.

26.3

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, good carry now on a length ball outside off as Brownlie leaves.

26.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, angled in on the pads, Brownlie works it to the leg side.

26.5

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, short of a length again outside off at 143 kph, and it is forced into the covers. They want a single, but the fielder at point, Warner, pounces on it.

26.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, short of a length outside off, Brownlie defends from the crease back down the track.

End of over 27 (maiden) New Zealand 96/5
DG Brownlie    1* (11b)      PM Siddle    8-2-16-1
DL Vettori    0* (0b)      MA Starc    7-0-20-2

"Why does NZ send its best test batsman at no.7?" wonders Vishal Kumar. Beats me. Here is the man in the glasses.

27.1

Starc to Vettori, 2 runs, Starc angles into Vettori's pads at 138 kph, and he tucks it round the corner for a polite couple.

27.2

Starc to Vettori, no run, this one moves away from a length, and Vettori lets it go.

Three slips and a gully. And short leg.

27.3

Starc to Vettori, no run, this one angles into Vettori, and he carefully nudges it to the leg side. Short leg is interested, but that one went down.

27.4

Starc to Vettori, no run, over-pitched well wide of the stumps and Vettori drives away from the body, but keeps it down. Straight to point, though.

"Maybe Warnie was right about John Buchanan." says Warwick.

27.5

Starc to Vettori, no run, probes away wide of off stump with full length balls. Vettori lets it go.

27.6

Starc to Vettori, 1 run, Khawaja lets another one go at short leg. Vettori gets an uncomfortable ball angled into his body and he tries to nudge it away. It went away quickly to the left of Khawaja, who didn't lunge across soon enough. May be I am being harsh, it wasn't really a chance to be honest.

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 99/5
DL Vettori    3* (6b)      MA Starc    8-0-23-2
DG Brownlie    1* (11b)      PM Siddle    8-2-16-1

28.1

Siddle to Vettori, no run, full length ball on off stump, and Vettori drives to mid-off.

We have a new space-age HotSpot for this series. The beer cans in the outfield look dark (since they are cold) and the veins in the batsmen's body are visible as bright lines! Here's hoping they catch the edges, unlike the ones in England. Tony Greig is already selling them big on air.

28.2

Siddle to Vettori, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to defend off the back foot. These are lovely lengths from Sid.

28.3

Siddle to Vettori, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Vettori dabs it into the covers for a single.

28.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, full length to Brownlie, who drives it fluently towards mid-off.

28.5

Siddle to Brownlie, 2 runs, the strangest of leading edges, but Brownlie escapes. It was running down the leg side, and he was early to close the face. The ball 180 degress away from where he wanted to play it. Uppish but behind point, and Warner hares after it and pulls it in.

28.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, Clarke's put him down! Short ball, really wide outside off but Brownlie goes after it with a flat-footed hack from the crease. The edge hurtles straight and to the right at Clarke at first slip and he spills it. It seemed to hit the palms hard and pop out. Nearly had a chance on the rebound too, but it went straight down.

End of over 29 (3 runs) New Zealand 102/5
DG Brownlie    3* (14b)      PM Siddle    9-2-19-1
DL Vettori    4* (9b)      MA Starc    8-0-23-2

29.1

Starc to Vettori, 3 runs, on Vettori's pads again, he nurdles it through the square leg area for three.

29.2

Starc to Brownlie, no run, better from Brownlie, he lets one of these go through to the keeper from a length outside off.

29.3

Starc to Brownlie, FOUR, short and smashed away again uppishly. Dropped by Warner at point! New Zealand are using the wrong series to prepare for the 2012 World Twenty20. This was there for the cut, but he played it uppishly as Warner came forward and jumped at point. He tried to take it overhead, but it went really hard and burst through.

29.4

Starc to Brownlie, 1 run, fuller length on the stumps, Brownlie drives it into the leg side for a single.

29.5

Starc to Vettori, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Vettori lets it go.

29.6

Starc to Vettori, no run, full and attacking on the stumps, Vettori keeps it out. Fairly lively action here, lunch hasn't slowed it down at all.

End of over 30 (8 runs) New Zealand 110/5
DL Vettori    7* (12b)      MA Starc    9-0-31-2
DG Brownlie    8* (17b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-19-1

"Vettori as NZ's best batsman comes in at 7 because the job of the NZ top 6 is to see the shine off the new ball before swiftly departing. It's all going to plan today. Clarke is playing right into NZ's hands," says John (Wright?)

30.1

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, Brownlie punches it right back down the track and Siddle does well to stop it.

30.2

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, swing at 144 kph, and Brownlie is beaten outside off after trying a drive away from the body as it zips away.

30.3

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, gets him on the front foot again, with a menacing bit of away swing. Brownlie covers the line and defends.

30.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, short ball outside off, Brownlie guides it towards point.

30.5

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, bangs this in short at 146.4 kph, and Brownlie sways out of the way.

30.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, another zippy bouncer that lifts from a length, and Brownlie weaves out of harm's way/

End of over 31 (maiden) New Zealand 110/5
DG Brownlie    8* (23b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-3-19-1
DL Vettori    7* (12b)      MA Starc    9-0-31-2

"Is Vettori the only player out there from either team who would have a chance at making a World XI?" Comments like this from Marshall make my heart go out for Punter. Here's Mitch ...

31.1

Starc to Vettori, no run, ooh, guided off a thickish outside edge. Back of a length and straightening outside off, Vettori pokes it away towards gully.

31.2

Starc to Vettori, 1 run, angled into the pads, Vettori works it away fine for a single.

31.3

Starc to Brownlie, FOUR, Brownlie inside edges past the stumps. This is really poor batting now. Back of a length from Starc who has been shaping it back in all day, but that doesn't prevent Brownlie from checking a cut though he hasn't got back and across. This went really close to off stump.

31.4

Starc to Brownlie, no run, fuller ball on the stumps, punched more confidently to mid on. A touch of Ross Taylor to the way this man bats.

31.5

Starc to Brownlie, no run, another bouncer, angles across from over the stumps and Brownlie leaves.

31.6

Starc to Brownlie, no run, full toss on off stump and it is plastered along the ground straight to extra cover.

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 115/5
DG Brownlie    12* (27b 2x4)      MA Starc    10-0-36-2
DL Vettori    8* (14b)      PM Siddle    10-3-19-1

32.1

Siddle to Vettori, 3 runs, over-pitched again to Vettori who threads the covers for some more runs. Three this time.

32.2

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, not sure why they are trying to bounce Brownlie, who looks jittery against a fuller length. Another bumper, he ducks easily under it.

32.3

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, on a length, Brownlie stays back and gets across to cover the line.

32.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, 144 kph, Brownlie punches from the crease to mid-on.

32.5

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, keeps him on the back foot again, Brownlie jumps back and defends to the off side.

32.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, closer to driving length, but not straight enough. He lets it go through to the keeper.

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 118/5
DG Brownlie    12* (32b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-3-22-1
DL Vettori    11* (15b)      MA Starc    10-0-36-2

Pattinson comes back on now.

33.1

Pattinson to Vettori, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Vettori stays on the back foot and defends to the off side for a single.

33.2

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, wicked little bouncer that. Clocked in the mid-130s but the length was perfect. Brownlie had to yank the head quickly out of the way.

33.3

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, goes fuller now, but Brownlie is ready on the drive and plays it well to mid-off.

33.4

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, back of a length now outside off, Brownlie is adequately back and across to defend to the off side.

33.5

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, searching length ball at 143 kph outside off, and Brownlie lets it go.

33.6

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, back of a length too wide of off stump to cause concern, but Brownlie seemed to misread the length and sway away. Good for him it wasn't for the stumps.

End of over 34 (1 run) New Zealand 119/5
DG Brownlie    12* (37b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    8-0-41-1
DL Vettori    12* (16b)      PM Siddle    11-3-22-1

34.1

Siddle to Vettori, no run, angled across on a length, Vettori lets it go

Replays of McGrath hitting Vettori for six in 2004 being shown on air. The reaction from Gilly, Ponting and Martyn is priceless. And then the reaction of McGrath himself. Spendid!

34.2

Siddle to Vettori, no run

34.3

Siddle to Vettori, no run, Vettori goes for the drive now from outside off, and finds mid-off.

34.4

Siddle to Vettori, no run, short ball now, Vettori ducks under it after thinking of having a pull at it.

34.5

Siddle to Vettori, no run, Siddle keeps searching outside off, it is barely a foot outside off as Vettori lets it go.

34.6

Siddle to Vettori, 4 byes, wasted bouncer at 145 kph and it swings late and swings big to beat Haddin and run towards fine leg for four sundries.

End of over 35 (4 runs, maiden) New Zealand 123/5
DL Vettori    12* (22b)      PM Siddle    12-4-22-1
DG Brownlie    12* (37b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    8-0-41-1

"No one playing today would get a game in a World XI: Cook, Smith, Amla, Kallis, Sangakarra, Bell, Prior, Swann, Morkel, Anderson and Steyn would be my XI with the only others in the squad Watson, Trott, Tendulkar and Broad," says Nick. If you are going by current form, though, I don't see how Dravid's not in the XI, but fair enough.

35.1

Pattinson to Brownlie, 1 run, short ball ends up on the pads and Brownlie nudges it square for one.

Australia have been infuriatingly short of driving length today, and New Zealand even more infuriatingly inept in not being able to capitalise.

35.2

Pattinson to Vettori, no run, short again, Vettori stays back and opens the face to guide it square.

35.3

Pattinson to Vettori, no run, over-pitched wide of off stump, Vettori digs it out to mid-off.

35.4

Pattinson to Vettori, FOUR, short and wide enough, Vettori plays a delectable slap shovel over the gully area. He stayed firm beside the line, stood up at the perfect moment and levered it into safe waters.

35.5

Pattinson to Vettori, 1 run, straighter now, and Vettori nurdles it through midwicket for a single.

35.6

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, length ball on the stumps and defended from the crease to the off side.

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 129/5
DG Brownlie    13* (39b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    9-0-47-1
DL Vettori    17* (26b 1x4)      PM Siddle    12-4-22-1

The groundsman is back on. Lyon has the ball. Round the stumps with two slips. "Bell? World XI? Even for a Pom I say no," says Jim.

36.1

Lyon to Vettori, no run, tossed up and breaking away from off stump, Vettori gets the front foot across and defends well.

36.2

Lyon to Vettori, 2 runs, didn't take long to play that laboured slog sweep of his, from well wide of off stump against the spin. Siddle charges across from fine leg to save the four.

36.3

Lyon to Vettori, no run, Vettori advances, Lyon sees him come and drops it short. Vettori covers the line and defends.

36.4

Lyon to Vettori, no run, full toss outside off, another sweep attempted, but he mis-hits this into the ground towards short fine leg.

36.5

Lyon to Vettori, 1 run, short ball now, poked from the crease towards midwicket for one.

36.6

Lyon to Brownlie, 1 run, turns into Brownlie's pads from wide of the crease, and he dabs it with the angle towards backward square leg.

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 133/5
DG Brownlie    14* (40b 2x4)      NM Lyon    6-0-19-1
DL Vettori    20* (31b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    9-0-47-1

37.1

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, Pattinson plugs away short of a length, Brownlie stays on the crease and defends.

Phil now. "I have no issue with him adding Bell to his Wold XI.... but Smith, really?? and Watson as a back up, you need to be able to score more than 40/50 to be considered a world class batsman!" Right, so who would you have in your 2011 World XI?

37.2

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, length outside off now, Brownlie plays it from beside the line rather than behind, into the off side.

37.3

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, a little fuller, Brownlie reaches out and defends to the off side.

37.4

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, Brownlie ducks under the short ball even before it is actually bowled, by the looks of it. Effects of being trained at Perth?

37.5

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, beaten by a ripper. Pattinson gets it to bounce and jump away as it does, off the seam. Brownlie was left searching for it without conviction from the crease.

37.6

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, back of a length on the stumps, and defended down the track.

End of over 38 (maiden) New Zealand 133/5
DG Brownlie    14* (46b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    10-1-47-1
DL Vettori    20* (31b 1x4)      NM Lyon    6-0-19-1

Slip and silly point.

38.1

Lyon to Vettori, 2 runs, the two men close by don't stop Vettori from waiting for the offbreak to go away, and cuts it fine between the two men for a couple.

38.2

Lyon to Vettori, no run

38.3

Lyon to Vettori, no run, tossed up on off stump, Vettori reads the flight and defends.

38.4

Lyon to Vettori, no run, tossed up, Vettori advances towards the flight but gets too close and plays it back to the bowler.

38.5

Lyon to Vettori, no run, flighted on off stump, Vettori leans out and drives to cover.

38.6

Lyon to Vettori, no run, round-arm from round the stumps, turning away from off stump and it is defended.

The drinks are coming onto the ground in a segway. We have come a long way from the large-size Cola can replicas we used to have! The commentators peddle the company sponsoring the break in a manner that would put Ravi Shastri to shame.

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 135/5
DL Vettori    22* (37b 1x4)      NM Lyon    7-0-21-1
DG Brownlie    14* (46b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    10-1-47-1

Pattinson continues.

"2011 Test World XI: Cook, Amla, Dravid, Bravo, Sangakarra, Bell, Mathews, Steyn, Broad, Anderson, Saeed Ajmal" Scott, even Mathews would be surprised to see himself in the mix. No other quibbles, though. Also, Sanga doesn't keep wicket in Tests anymore, so you need another one in. Prior may be?

39.1

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, a hint of inward cut as Brownlie tries to meet the ball on the forward press. Inside edged onto the pad.

39.2

Pattinson to Brownlie, 2 runs, nice little punch. Short and just outside off, Brownlie stays back and punches it fluently through the covers.

39.3

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, angling in full and Brownlie is late to move forward, but keeps it out.

39.4

Pattinson to Brownlie, no run, holds the length back now, Brownlie stays on the crease and gets across to defend to the off side.

39.5

Pattinson to Brownlie, 1 run, goes back and pushes into the covers again as Pattinson bowls a length ball outside off.

39.6

Pattinson to Vettori, no run, the last ball bustles away outside off stump from short of a length, and Vettori lets it go.

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 138/5
DL Vettori    22* (38b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    11-1-50-1
DG Brownlie    17* (51b 2x4)      NM Lyon    7-0-21-1

40.1

Lyon to Brownlie, no run, drift and turn into the right hander from well outside off. Brownlie defends as he gets the front foot across.

40.2

Lyon to Brownlie, no run, lets this come in and defends with a straight bat down the track.

40.3

Lyon to Brownlie, no run, big spin down the leg side, and Brownlie can't get bat on it.

40.4

Lyon to Brownlie, 1 run, on the pads with the spin, tucked round the corner for a single.

40.5

Lyon to Vettori, no run, angled in from wide of the crease and straightening outside off, Vettori leaves.

40.6

Lyon to Vettori, no run, he skips down the pitch now and drives uppishly but just out of Lyon's reach ...

End of over 41 (1 run) New Zealand 139/5
DL Vettori    22* (40b 1x4)      NM Lyon    8-0-22-1
DG Brownlie    18* (55b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    11-1-50-1

Whoa, Hussey comes on. This is what happens when Watto isn't around. Got Sanga out recently, mind you.

"Pat Cummins should be in the 2011 Test World XI: He's been man of the match so far in all tests he has played this year, and has never lost a match either." Can't argue with stats eh, George.

41.1

Hussey to Brownlie, 2 runs, over-pitched on off stump, Brownlie leans forward and drives into the covers.

41.2

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, big swing but starts from well outside off. Brownlie lets it go.

41.3

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, closer to off stump, but still not enough to tempt Brownlie.

41.4

Hussey to Brownlie, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Brownlie dabs towards point for a single.

41.5

Hussey to Vettori, no run, another polite wobbler outside off, Vettori doesn't go after it.

41.6

Hussey to Vettori, 1 run, ends with one on the pads, short of a length and at amiable pace, and it is nudged to the leg side for a single.

End of over 42 (4 runs) New Zealand 143/5
DL Vettori    23* (42b 1x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-4-0
DG Brownlie    21* (59b 2x4)      NM Lyon    8-0-22-1

42.1

Lyon to Vettori, 1 run, drifts in from round the stumps and spins away, Vettori reaches out to drive into the covers for a single.

42.2

Lyon to Brownlie, no run, shorter and spinning in from outside off, Brownlie is behind the line as he defends.

42.3

Lyon to Brownlie, 1 run, this turns comfortably into the pads and it is tucked round the corner for a single.

42.4

Lyon to Vettori, 2 runs, Vettori leaps out to the flight and drives with a strong flourish of the bottom hand to pick up a couple through the covers.

42.5

Lyon to Vettori, 1 run, Lyon over-compensates and lands this on the toes. Vettori sweeps it round the corner for a single.

42.6

Lyon to Brownlie, 1 run, back of a length and breaking in, Brownlie shuffles across to stay inside the line and works it to the leg side.

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 149/5
DG Brownlie    23* (62b 2x4)      NM Lyon    9-0-28-1
DL Vettori    27* (45b 1x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-4-0

43.1

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, We have the first referral of the summer. Lbw appeal turned down, but this could be interesting. Back of a length from Hussey, it lands in line with off and nips in to hit him in front of leg stump. Missing leg by a mile. Australia have lost one of their two safety buttons.

Already bracing for Tony Greig to start pontificating on how good the UDRS is ...

43.2

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, length ball outside off, Brownlie shoulders arms to let it go through.

43.3

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, back of a length outside off and straightening, Brownlie taps it back to the bowler from the crease.

43.4

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, fuller length and wobbling away, he lets it go.

There you go. Tony has started his spiel now.

43.5

Hussey to Brownlie, no run, short of a length outside off, Brownlie defends from the crease into the covers.

43.6

Hussey to Brownlie, 1 run, short ball to Brownlies, guided carefully to midwicket.

End of over 44 (1 run) New Zealand 150/5
DG Brownlie    24* (68b 2x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-5-0
DL Vettori    27* (45b 1x4)      NM Lyon    9-0-28-1

Mark Taylor, as always, the sanest voice in the room. Points out that the review system is fine, but it should be sorted out between the umpires and not involve the players. Siddle comes on under lights. Two slips and a gully.

44.1

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, Brownlie seems to be a bit of a leading edge expert. Works the wrists too soon on a length ball on the pads and gets it out to point.

44.2

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, back of a length on the pads, worked to the leg side from the crease.

"I'd rather listen to Tony Greig talk up the DRS then listen to Sunil Gavaskar slam the DRS then whinge about poor decisions later." We are on for a great summer, eh Alex!

44.3

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended down the track.

44.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, back of a length again, driven from the crease towards mid-off.

44.5

Siddle to Brownlie, FOUR, poor from Siddle. NZ are rebuilding well here.. On the pads, Brownlie chirps inside the line and flicks it fine for a boundary.

44.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, every now and then one hits the seam and does something extra. Brownlie was nearly sucked into nudging this as it went away, but managed to draw the bat away at the last moment.

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 154/5
DG Brownlie    28* (74b 3x4)      PM Siddle    13-4-26-1
DL Vettori    27* (45b 1x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-5-0

"DRS? dont they use that in Formula 1?" Just as contentious in that sport too, Gee. Starc comes on now. The Hussey experiment is over.

45.1

Starc to Vettori, FOUR, Vettori welcomes the debutant with a typical lash-pull. Short ball, not much pace on it, a couple of yards outside off and Vettori jumps onto the front foot before slapping it away like he would deal with a little rascal.

45.2

Starc to Vettori, FOUR, edged but safe The slip-gully gap has been hit a few times today. Starc's natural movement away from Vettori induces the edge as he plays away from the body, but it flies away safe.

45.3

Starc to Vettori, no run, this one holds its line, Vettori defends onto the pad without getting fully forward.

45.4

Starc to Vettori, no run, close to the money there. Vettori takes a blow on the inner thigh. Starc again gets one to hold its line as it angles in from a length. Vettori gropes outside the line and then winces.

45.5

Starc to Vettori, no run, looks to pull a short ball from miles and miles outside off, Vettori was in no position to play that shot.

45.6

Starc to Vettori, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended from the crease.

End of over 46 (8 runs) New Zealand 162/5
DL Vettori    35* (51b 3x4)      MA Starc    11-0-44-2
DG Brownlie    28* (74b 3x4)      PM Siddle    13-4-26-1

46.1

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, bouncer to Brownlie, and he pulls out that pre-meditated sway of his. This one doesn't really take off, and he does well to stay out of the way.

46.2

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, back of a length outside off, Brownlie punches from the crease into the covers.

Pitch. It. Up. Mate.

46.3

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, he pitches it up now, at 143 kph, but too straight. Brownlie flicks, but finds midwicket.

"So disappointing to see our Nz batsmen bat like drunken sailors on the 1st morn of a Test. They have so much ability but no head for the job. Takes Dan to sort it out every time," laments Sticky.

46.4

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, length ball nips into Brownlie, who works it off the pads to the leg side.

46.5

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, ooh, 144 kph bustling quick ball, full outside off. Brownlie has been pushed back with a barrage of short balls and now is late getting forward for the drive. He just lurches at it without getting fully forward and across, and fails to nick it.

46.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, back of a length to end the over, Brownlie is nearly squared up but defends.

End of over 47 (maiden) New Zealand 162/5
DG Brownlie    28* (80b 3x4)      PM Siddle    14-5-26-1
DL Vettori    35* (51b 3x4)      MA Starc    11-0-44-2

47.1

Starc to Vettori, no run, Starc goes right through Vettori! A series of balls going away from the seam, followed by one that nips in and Vettori's bat-pad gap is bigger than the Sydney Harbour bridge.

47.2

Starc to Vettori, no run, full ball on the stumps, he punch-drives fluently to mid-on.

47.3

Starc to Vettori, 1 run, goes away off the seam, Vettori was playing inside the line and got an edge, but played it softly down through backward point.

47.4

Starc to Brownlie, no run, gets Brownlie to reach forward and defend a length ball into the covers.

"Are the Aussies bowling worse than the first session or were we just luckier in the first session?" asks Morgan. Well, Brownlie was trying hard to gift his wicket sometime back .. Australia have on the whole been a touch short in both sessions. No one, except Vettori, has shown the sense to capitalise.

47.5

Starc to Brownlie, no run, angled across outside off stump, and Brownlie lets it go.

47.6

Starc to Brownlie, no run, attacks the stumps now, Brownlie is squared up as he shuffles across and defends with the hep of bat and then pad.

End of over 48 (1 run) New Zealand 163/5
DG Brownlie    28* (83b 3x4)      MA Starc    12-0-45-2
DL Vettori    36* (54b 3x4)      PM Siddle    14-5-26-1

Andy: "The Phantom will be warming up now...planning his innings...visualising stroking the ball through the covers. I wish Dan would throw his wicket away like all the rest of the team so we can get to the main event of Chris Martin's batting."

48.1

Siddle to Vettori, no run, another bouncer, Vettori is down on his haunches in a trice as it goes through.

"Watching New Zealand bat is like watching repeats of the classic Bill Murray Movie Groundhog Day," says Aaron.

48.2

Siddle to Vettori, no run, Siddle slides down the leg side, Vettori arches inside the line and lets it go.

48.3

Siddle to Vettori, 2 runs, 139 kph, but it seemed to stop on Vettori. Or he was early on the cover drive. Leaned away from the body to a full ball and pushed it into the covers for a couple. There was no one there to catch it, and none to stop the second either.

48.4

Siddle to Vettori, 1 run, shortens the length outside off, Vettori dabs it square for a single.

India fans here? Zaheer Khan's return from injury is worth three wickets so far.

48.5

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, fullish length outside off, Brownlie leans out and defends with hard hands. Can't get the single for his efforts.

48.6

Siddle to Brownlie, no run, over-pitched to end the over, Brownlie drives off the bottom of the bat to mid-off.

End of over 49 (3 runs) New Zealand 166/5
DG Brownlie    28* (85b 3x4)      PM Siddle    15-5-29-1
DL Vettori    39* (58b 3x4)      MA Starc    12-0-45-2

"Do not know why people are bagging Martin. He has made 55.5% of his runs in boundaries. Not many come close," points out Prashant.

49.1

Starc to Vettori, no run, 139 kph over-pitched on the stumps and Vettori digs it out to the leg side.

49.2

Starc to Vettori, 2 runs, where did that come from? Vettori walks across the stumps and paddle-slaps a short ball from well outside off, to fine leg. This man's batting is indescribably efficient.

49.3

Starc to Vettori, no run, Starc angles this right in towards the body and Vettori defends from the crease to the leg side.

49.4

Starc to Vettori, 1 run, again, Vettori goes on a stroll across the stumps and slaps it down to fine leg. Straight to Siddle in the deep now, so just the single.

49.5

Starc to Brownlie, no run, bouncer at 138 kph, banged sinfully short. Easy-peasy duck under it for Brownlie.

49.6

Starc to Brownlie, FOUR, one of Brownlie's better shots so far. Length ball angled across, offering him just enough width to free the arms and he absolutely crunched it behind point. He kept it along the ground too, it helped that he didn't have to get too far across.

End of over 50 (7 runs) New Zealand 173/5
DG Brownlie    32* (87b 4x4)      MA Starc    13-0-52-2
DL Vettori    42* (62b 3x4)      PM Siddle    15-5-29-1
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