New Zealand tour of Australia, 2007/08 / Commentary

6.00pm Australia playing with their nicknames on their back. So it's Churchie to face the first ball - Adam Gilchrist, to the uninitiated, who picked up his nickname I believe when a young fan thought he was called "Eric Gilchurch"... oh, years ago now.

5.45pm Here are the teams: New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Lou Vincent, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Jamie How, 6 Mathew Sinclair, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Mark Gillespie, 11 Jeetan Patel.

Australia 1 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 2 Adam Voges, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Luke Pomersbach, 7 Brett Lee, 8 Ashley Noffke, 9 Nathan Bracken, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Shaun Tait.

Luke Pomersbach has had a late call-up, as Brad Hodge has injured his back, I'm informed by two colleagues simultaneously, Toby Clayton and Peter English, who will be crafting the bulletin for us.

Further news filtering in, this from Cricket Australia, that Hodge injured in his back in the dressing room. We will give you more details if and when we get them.

He's certainly an exciting prospect, Pomersbach, and heads into the side on the back of a match-winning 88 for the Chairman's XI against the New Zealanders at Lilac Hill on Friday, and it's great for him to be making his international debut in front of his home crowd, who are sure to give him a rousing reception. An awesome, hard-hitting talent and when he comes off he's great to watch.

It's been a few interesting weeks for him, as well. He was recently banned from state competition for Western Australia along with team-mate Shaun Marsh, for breaking a team curfew, although he did play for their second team... His state said at the time: "Pomersbach will not be considered for selection until the Pura Cup game against South Australia starting on December 14". But he will, apparently, be considered by his country - and more...

Pomersbach was in the car park of the ground, having turned up to watch with his girlfriend, when he learned he was included. Unbelievable! Vaguely reminds me of when England's Holly Colvin turned up for nets on the eve of the women's Ashes, aged 15, and found herself on a hat-trick the next day. Only she wasn't playing in front of quite so many...

5.30pm Toss news just in - Michael Clarke has won and chosen to bat first, possibly with a nod to the showers that are forecast.

5.10pm "Everyone, including the players, are very excited about what lies ahead," says Adam Gilchrist and he's not wrong. "This time last year I was a bit of a sceptic, but having been to a world championship and seen the popularity, I think this, in combination with fifty-over cricket is going to be a very important combination." He also let slip that Clarke is "very very nervous about it [captaining], but I think we have got a skipper in the making." Under an hour to go now till kick-off.

5pm AWDT Greetings everyone and welcome along to Cricinfo's coverage of the one-off Twenty20 between Australia and New Zealand. Don't know about you but it seems ages since there's been a Twenty20, even though Australia only played six weeks ago and were beaten by India, the world champions if you can cast your minds even further back to September. Don't strain too much, though, because Twenty20 is about entertainment as much as anything, although the teams will be taking the match quite seriously.

New Zealand have much to prove after coming off a losing tour of South Africa, although they did have a chance to take the one-day series and were looking pretty good from what I saw on TV. They're down the injured Shane Bond and James Franklin, but nevertheless have a pretty sturdy line-up and will be led as ever by Daniel Vettori, for whom Brendon McCullum deputised well at Lilac Hill last Friday, with a ton in a losing game.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke will be aiming to give it his best in his first match in charge. What a transformation for a player who was still fighting for his place up until last year's Ashes - and he was still nervous when he took a call from Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, recently. But it was nothing but good news.

The side are taking this format much more seriously since losing to Zimbabwe in the World tournament in South Africa, although it's hard to take their uniforms so seriously, they retain their Bob the Builder outfits of yellow vest with grey undershirt. Don't all rush out to the shops at once.

I'm Jenny Thompson, by the way, and it's a great pleasure to be relaying my first commentary of an Australia match since moving here recently. Loving the country, as does my fellow Pom and old uni housemate Dickie Thould, whose apartment overlooks the game which is in Perth tonight - he is balcony-bound, alas, after being too late for tickets; this game is a sell-out.

He tells me that his flat was shaken by thunder and lightning not a few hours ago, as conditions have been so humid at the WACA, but despite some showers play shouldn't be held up and we're now waiting for the toss which is still a little way off.

So while we are, some stats about both teams' remarkably similar Twenty20 record, shamelessly lifted from one of our previews:

They contested the first international in 2004-05; they have each played 12 games, Australia have six wins and New Zealand have five; they were both knocked out in the semi-finals at the World Twenty20; and they were each defeated in their only match since then.

So, everything very much to play for - not least some momentum ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee Series which kicks off in Adelaide this Friday.

0.1

Mills to Gilchrist, no run, Kyle Mills starts with a dot, which will please him, even though it was a thigh-high full toss

They're sometimes harder to deal with than you'd expect, full tosses

0.2

Mills to Gilchrist, no run, steered to the off-side for another dot, found the fielder

Pup is at the other end, by the way, Michael Clarke of course

0.3

Mills to Gilchrist, 1 run, a quick single and they're away at last, Gilchrist poking forward and setting off for an easy one

Pup to face his first ball as skipper

0.4

Mills to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's strike-rate leaps to 400 hundred per cent with a drive through the covers for four

A lovely caress, that one

Humid and overcast, good conditions for the seam bowlers. The lights are on already

0.5

Mills to Clarke, no run, huge appeal from bowler and keeper as Pu..Clarke pads up to one which nips back in from just outside off but would have gone over

0.6

Mills to Clarke, no run, swing away, hit powerfully to mid-off

Mark Gillespie to share the opening honours

End of over 1 (5 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Clarke    4* (3b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-5-0
AC Gilchrist    1* (3b)     

1.1

Gillespie to Gilchrist, no run, good delivery across the left hander, who drives to mid-off

1.2

Gillespie to Gilchrist, OUT, stunning catch! Worth the entry fee alone, Patel leaping up and up to pluck a stunner at backward point from a firm Gilchrist drive, the batsman looking to take advantage of a wide one

AC Gilchrist c Patel b Gillespie 1 (2m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Top start for New Zealand, Gilchrist walks off beaming broadly, he knows that was a catch and a half

Here's Hussey - no longer Mr Cricket, but Huss. He told me earlier this year that he didn't like his nickname anyway...

1.3

Gillespie to Hussey, no run, lets that one go through on the rise

1.4

Gillespie to Hussey, no run, another leave, that one right on the dollar

1.5

Gillespie to Hussey, no run, a drive to short cover this time

Captain and superstar meet in the middle to have a quick chat

1.6

Gillespie to Hussey, no run, a drive back to the bowler

A rare wicket maiden... you don't see many of them in Twenty20. Great start from the visitors, they're pumped. Chris Martin and Stuart Clark are 12therses today, by the way

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Australia 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      MR Gillespie    1-1-0-1
MJ Clarke    4* (3b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-5-0

2.1

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, pushed forward for a quick single

2.2

Mills to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to deep midwicket, with Patel falling over and laughing as he throws and trips over his own feet

Speaking of tripping, Hodge fell over in the dressing putting on his trousers, according to Andrew Symonds, who's at No 4 today

2.3

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, a single to third man this time

2.4

Mills to Hussey, 2 runs, pushed to square for a comfortable two

2.5

Mills to Hussey, no run, up there, driven to mid-off, and there's a big shout of "No"

Clarke has apparently asked for the music to be turned down. He's taking his captaincy duties very seriously indeed

2.6

Mills to Hussey, no run, straight to the batsman, who defended on the back foot

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 10/1 (RR: 3.33)
MEK Hussey    3* (8b)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    6* (5b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    1-1-0-1

3.1

Gillespie to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-on, and they eschew a risky single

3.2

Gillespie to Clarke, no run, hostile bouncer, straight and Clarke pulls out of the hook

Good bowling so far from Gillespie, who bowled well in the one-dayers last time he was over here

3.3

Gillespie to Clarke, SIX, dragged it a touch wide and short, inviting the straight drive over long-off, an aggressive six

3.4

Gillespie to Clarke, FOUR, forceful drive over cover, the ball bouncing about two metres short of the rope and running on

3.5

Gillespie to Clarke, 1 run, "Yeah, yeah" is the cry as there's a dink and run into the off-side

3.6

Gillespie to Hussey, FOUR, down the track and over cover to help hurry Australia's total along

End of over 4 (15 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 6.25)
MEK Hussey    7* (9b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    2-1-15-1
MJ Clarke    17* (10b 2x4 1x6)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0

4.1

Mills to Clarke, no run, outside off, Clarke smashes it straighter, so straight it cannons into the sticks at the other end

4.2

Mills to Clarke, 1 wide, outside off again, but wider, and curling even more so, Clarke swishes gamely but it's called wide

4.2

Mills to Clarke, FOUR, beautiful straight drive back past the bowler

A good display of orthodox hitting at the WACA, just as the players have been learning that that's what Twenty20's all about

4.3

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, a steer to square leg

4.4

Mills to Hussey, FOUR, down the ground, Hussey delights his home fans with a one-step, one-bounce four of a straight drive up and over

4.5

Mills to Hussey, FOUR, over the top again and that's a well-struck lofted drive once more

4.6

Mills to Hussey, 2 runs, doesn't quite get hold of the pull off the front foot from outside off, the eager Patel racing from square to return with a whip

One over of fielding restrictions left. Pomersbach's being interviewed for the television now. "I just can't believe it. I'm still in so much shock. I'm still in shock. I... I just can't believe it to be honest. I'm just so happy it happened," he says of Hodge's injury, before relating his girlfriend's reaction. "When I told her she thought I was joking." When an Australia selector rang him "I thought it was one of my mates having a laugh. I had nothing with me, my brother had to drop my stuff off. It only took 15 minutes."

End of over 5 (16 runs) Australia 41/1 (RR: 8.20)
MEK Hussey    17* (12b 3x4)      KD Mills    3-0-26-0
MJ Clarke    22* (13b 3x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    2-1-15-1

Oram int othe attack

5.1

Oram to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

5.2

Oram to Clarke, 1 run, a quick single this time

5.3

Oram to Hussey, no run, dropped... if you want to be strict - that was battered back to him and he palms it down just above his knee, crashing to the floor in the process

5.4

Oram to Hussey, FOUR, a swipe wide of mid-on races away

5.5

Oram to Hussey, 1 run, good response, Oram seeing Hussey was moving backwards so he followed him with a short one which was steered into the on-side for a comfortable single

5.6

Oram to Clarke, 1 run, drags it short, Clarke advances and drives strongly to mid-on to steal the strike

Great pitch, by the way, good pace in it, even bounce and the outfield is lightning. Here's Patel into the act, with some spin

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 8.00)
MJ Clarke    24* (16b 3x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-7-0
MEK Hussey    22* (15b 4x4)      KD Mills    3-0-26-0

6.1

Patel to Clarke, 2 runs, pushed into the leg-side for a quick, but well run, two to bring up Australia's fifty

6.2

Patel to Clarke, no run, good yorker, Clarke with a desperate late jab down of the bat

6.3

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, a touch shorter this time, Clarke nimble again driving out to long-off

Clarke making a chirping signal with his hand, I think he needs a new bat, or at least some help with the grip that's ridden up

6.4

Patel to Hussey, OUT, stumped! Really sharp stuff from Patel, with the flight, and McCullum, with a nifty stumping - Hussey advancing down the track keen for more runs

MEK Hussey st †McCullum b Patel 22 (22m 16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Here's Andrew "Roy" Symonds who smiles as he takes guard and was in a good mood just before when interviewed on Channel 9

6.5

Patel to Symonds, 3 runs, off the mark straight away with a cut in front of point

The crowd's erupted - they love Symonds. McCullum appeared to have caused himself some discomfort there as he slid in picking up the return

6.6

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, single to square leg, the call of "Yes, mate" appearing to reflect the jovial nature of this match

"It's pretty good, Pup's going well, I've come out to a good environment."

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 55/2 (RR: 7.85)
MJ Clarke    28* (20b 3x4 1x6)      JS Patel    1-0-7-1
A Symonds    3* (1b)      JDP Oram    1-0-7-0

Vettori into the attack now

7.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, played out to point

7.2

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, pushed forward

7.3

Vettori to Symonds, no run, defended forward

An interesting match-up here, Vettori has brought himself on as he often gets Symonds out

7.4

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, swiped into the leg-side

7.5

Vettori to Symonds, 1 leg bye, a leg bye, as it says on the tin

7.6

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, cut to short third man up inside the circle for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 60/2 (RR: 7.50)
MJ Clarke    30* (23b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-4-0
A Symonds    5* (4b)      JS Patel    1-0-7-1

8.1

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, driven out straight to long-on

8.2

Patel to Symonds, FOUR, a forearm jab wide of long-on, and there's no hope for Lou Vincent

8.3

Patel to Symonds, no run, pushed up there, driven into his foot

8.4

Patel to Symonds, no run, opens his stance to drive out to short midwicket

8.5

Patel to Symonds, 2 runs, a touch of out-curve as that pitches on leg and is driven back out to long-on, great drive and return from Vincent just inside the rope

8.6

Patel to Symonds, 1 run, a strong drive, though not quite timed, out to long-off

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 68/2 (RR: 7.55)
A Symonds    12* (9b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-0-15-1
MJ Clarke    31* (24b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-4-0

9.1

Vettori to Symonds, no run, beaten, went through to the keeper

9.2

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, tucked down to fine leg

9.3

Vettori to Clarke, 2 runs, great fielding out at very long-on, a cross-batted lofted drive, Taylor running round to keep it in, pusing it towards Sinclair.. Taylor ran round him to return it

Clarke smiles as he's had a let-off

9.4

Vettori to Clarke, OUT, he's not smiling now as he holes out at deep long-on

MJ Clarke c Taylor b Vettori 33 (43m 26b 3x4 1x6) SR: 126.92

Adam Voges to the crease now. He's been in good touch for Western Australia, who he captains, so another playing in front of his home crowd

9.5

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, a single out to mid-on, Symonds took it as he wsa on strike

9.6

Vettori to Voges, 1 run, off the mark straight away with a push down and run into midwicket

Some terrible KFC ads in between overs by the way, so bad they're good kind of thing, with a dubbed voiceover of Hussey... Forget it, it's a "you have to be there" moment, besides which we're off again. It's non-stop

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 73/3 (RR: 7.30)
AC Voges    1* (1b)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-1
A Symonds    14* (12b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-0-15-1

10.1

Oram to Voges, no run, beaten there, outside off

10.2

Oram to Voges, no run, beaten again, that one just too quick for Voges I'm afraid

10.3

Oram to Voges, no run, Voges comes down the track, a nice bit of aggression, but ducks at the last second

10.4

Oram to Voges, FOUR, good strike that one, a cross-bat heave in front of midwicket, taken from outside off

Voges watched the ball all the way on to the bat there, that's a good habit to get into

10.5

Oram to Voges, 2 runs, strayed down off and Voges doesn't miss out in timing it behind square but not quite the placement

10.6

Oram to Voges, FOUR, outside off, Voges waits and plays easily off the back foot, a neat steer backward of point

End of over 11 (10 runs) Australia 83/3 (RR: 7.54)
AC Voges    11* (7b 2x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-17-0
A Symonds    14* (12b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-1

11.1

Vettori to Symonds, 1 leg bye, bit of a false offering from Symonds

Any nerves from Voges, asks Mark Nicholas. "Nah, he's good," replies Symonds. "Good head on his shoulders, Vogesy."

11.2

Vettori to Voges, 2 runs, Steered behind square

11.3

Vettori to Voges, no run, Voges nearly pops back to the bowler

11.4

Vettori to Voges, 1 run, they decide not to risk the single to the on-side

11.5

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, pulled to square

11.6

Vettori to Voges, 2 runs, driven forward and the single is roundly applauded by a packed WACA audience

End of over 12 (7 runs) Australia 90/3 (RR: 7.50)
AC Voges    16* (11b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-1
A Symonds    15* (14b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-17-0

12.1

Oram to Symonds, FOUR, majestic shot, Symonds edges back to give himself room to drive up and over extra cover, such a clean strike right through the ball

12.2

Oram to Symonds, FOUR, much less convincing, but nevertheless a four, a Chinese cut, Symonds looking to drive to cover instead gets the inside edge through fine leg

12.3

Oram to Symonds, 1 run, worked out to long-on this time

12.4

Oram to Voges, 1 run, short and pulled round in front of square, didn't quite time that but the crowd don't care as they've got something else to cheer - the hundred's up

37 balls for the first fifty, 39 for the second

12.5

Oram to Symonds, FOUR, strayed down leg, Symonds tracks it off his toes through fine leg, the nearest fielder was ten metres away as that ran on

12.6

Oram to Symonds, 1 run, outside off, Symonds opens the face and runs it down to third man where it's gathered easily

It's all going on at the WACA... Floodlights, tv cameras and plenty of action out there in the middle. And now it's Scott Styris into the attack

End of over 13 (15 runs) Australia 105/3 (RR: 8.07)
A Symonds    29* (19b 4x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-32-0
AC Voges    17* (12b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-1

13.1

Styris to Symonds, SIX, that's a big six, wide of long-on, just lifted there easily by Symond's muscles

13.2

Styris to Symonds, 1 run, pushed down for a quick single this time

13.3

Styris to Voges, 1 run, a swing of a pull behind square

13.4

Styris to Symonds, no run, pushed straight to a fielder this time

13.5

Styris to Symonds, 2 runs, turned in front of midwicket, good placement there

13.6

Styris to Symonds, FOUR, down leg, a simple Symonds offering this time, merely presenting the face of the bat to turn it down behind square and it fair races

Clarke reckons somewhere near 200 will be competitive on this track

End of over 14 (14 runs) Australia 119/3 (RR: 8.50)
A Symonds    42* (24b 5x4 1x6)      SB Styris    1-0-14-0
AC Voges    18* (13b 2x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-32-0

14.1

Patel to Voges, no run, gets away with a low full toss, driven to mid-on

14.2

Patel to Voges, no run, looks to work to leg but doesn't quite time it

14.3

Patel to Voges, 1 run, down the track and driven out towards mid-on, he didn't quite strike that one cleanly

14.4

Patel to Symonds, FOUR, on off, well bowled, but Symonds bisects the longs off and on (if that's the correct way to pluralise them), my, that was yet another clean strike

14.5

Patel to Symonds, SIX, brings up his fifty with the best shot of the match so far, a huge strike wide of long-on

The crowd... well, you guessed, they love it

14.6

Patel to Symonds, 1 run, nice response, fuller delivery and Symonds checks his shot at the last minute, turning it into a short jab of an on-drive out towards mid-on, and he keeps the strike

End of over 15 (12 runs) Australia 131/3 (RR: 8.73)
A Symonds    53* (27b 6x4 2x6)      JS Patel    3-0-27-1
AC Voges    19* (16b 2x4)      SB Styris    1-0-14-0

15.1

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, well bowled, pushing him back deep into his crease to work a rising delivery into the on-side

15.2

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, dragged it short, worked to midwicket for an easy two

15.3

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, quicker delivery, good thinking, Symonds works it down towards third man

15.4

Vettori to Voges, 2 runs, down the track, Voges had to readjust as the ball came slower than he was expecting, but manages to drive it wide of long-on

15.5

Vettori to Voges, 1 run, good length again, Voges steps back to make room to drive into the covers, but doesn't have much power

15.6

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, on leg, bounces up and Symonds pats it back down to fine leg to take the strike again, which is a good move

His eye's in, make that both of them

End of over 16 (9 runs) Australia 140/3 (RR: 8.75)
A Symonds    59* (31b 6x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-24-1
AC Voges    22* (18b 2x4)      JS Patel    3-0-27-1

16.1

Patel to Symonds, SIX, leg-side full toss, you can't bowl there to him etc, and that's pulled off the bottom of his bat for yet another colossal six

16.2

Patel to Symonds, 1 run, good recovery, Patel up there on off, but Symonds cuts out to point

16.3

Patel to Voges, FOUR, pulled in front of midwicket

16.4

Patel to Voges, OUT, dragged it down and Voges holes out at deep midwicket for a helpful 26

AC Voges c Taylor b Patel 26 (25m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

So, enter Pomersbach, who came here expecting to sink a few beers while watching the game with his girlfriend, and has ended up aiming to sink a few fours and sixes. My, my. He will have to wait a second, though, as Symonds has stolen the strike once more

16.5

Patel to Symonds, 1 run, worked to the covers

Now it's Pomersbach's turn...

16.6

Patel to Pomersbach, 1 run, off the mark with a push off the hips to midwicket

Pomersbach is wearing Hodge's shirt, so he's wearing the nickname Dodge on his shirt. Gillespie back into the attack

End of over 17 (13 runs) Australia 153/4 (RR: 9.00)
LA Pomersbach    1* (1b)      JS Patel    4-0-40-2
A Symonds    67* (34b 6x4 3x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-24-1

17.1

Gillespie to Pomersbach, 1 run, a dink down and run, tip-and-run beach cricket kind of fare

17.2

Gillespie to Symonds, 2 runs, tucked away nicely off the hips for an easy two

17.3

Gillespie to Symonds, FOUR, full delivery, not too much wrong with it, but Symonds turns it into a half-volley and hammers it away through cover

He will want the strike every ball

17.4

Gillespie to Symonds, 2 runs, round the wicket now, well bowled, up there outside off and Symonds backs away, then cuts back out and runs back well to get in for the second and keep the strike

17.5

Gillespie to Symonds, 1 run, plugs a single to long-off, can't quite get the return this time

17.6

Gillespie to Pomersbach, SIX, outside off and that's what Pomersbach is made of - his full-blooded pull in front of midwicket flying flat and true and delighting the crowd

End of over 18 (16 runs) Australia 169/4 (RR: 9.38)
LA Pomersbach    8* (3b 1x6)      MR Gillespie    3-1-31-1
A Symonds    76* (38b 7x4 3x6)      JS Patel    4-0-40-2

18.1

Mills to Symonds, 2 runs, cracking catch from Taylor, sliding just inside the rope. There's a referral, but ... oh hang on, it's been given not out as he was deemed to have spilled it at the last minute, although he looked to have full control for several seconds

Hmm, a let-off for Symonds I suspect

18.2

Mills to Symonds, no run, worked to midwicket, just about on the circle

18.3

Mills to Symonds, 1 run, driven out to mid-off for a quick single

18.4

Mills to Pomersbach, 1 run, very well bowled, tidy yorker, Pomersbach nudges it and answers Symonds' call for the single

18.5

Mills to Symonds, 1 run, wide full toss, possibly deliberate, Symonds gets the single out to deep cover

18.6

Mills to Pomersbach, FOUR, didn't quite mean to play through third man, but the thick outside edge races away

The disturbing Shane Warne ad for VB comes on the TV... Hmm. I did like Matthew Hayden's Benaud impression earlier, better than Clarke's I'd reckon, possibly controversially. Quick, cricket's back on, hang on...

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 178/4 (RR: 9.36)
LA Pomersbach    13* (5b 1x4 1x6)      KD Mills    4-0-35-0
A Symonds    80* (42b 7x4 3x6)      MR Gillespie    3-1-31-1

Last over coming up

19.1

Gillespie to Symonds, 2 runs, worked out to deep midwicket, more electric fielding from Taylor

19.2

Gillespie to Symonds, 1 run, pushed to cover

19.3

Gillespie to Pomersbach, 2 runs, the slower ball, rolled out of the back of the hand, only just clears deep midwicket, and they get back for two

19.4

Gillespie to Pomersbach, OUT, aerial drive to mid-off and Pomersbach is furious with himself at getting out with three balls to go

LA Pomersbach c Taylor b Gillespie 15 (16m 7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 214.28

But he will have impressed the selectors, doing the job and rotating the strike well, and he had to go for it at this late stage

19.5

Gillespie to Symonds, 1 run, OUT, pushed up there, Symonds works it out to cover and Noffke is out without facing a ball thanks to the return and Gillespie's work

AA Noffke run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Still the right idea, as it keeps Symonds on strike and even though they will now only get the single, Symonds has more chance of striking the boundary than Noffke would have done, coming in without his eye in

Brett Lee comes to the non-striker's end

19.6

Gillespie to Symonds, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball, the last thing they need, Symonds drives out to the covers

A free hit, Lee will be on strike. "Get some bat on it," Symonds advises.

19.6

Gillespie to Lee, no run, ...but Lee can't, that was a decent delivery, a straight bouncer, Lee wafts at it off the back foot but doesn't connect

"I reckon we've done a bit better than average, you know?" is Symonds's verdict as he leaves the pitch.

Vettori's pretty content, with the exception of Symonds' mighty destruction. "Apart from him, I think it's a pretty good effort. They're a little bit more than we would have liked, but it's a good wicket so hopefully we can chase it down."

Well, that was predictably frenetic. Pomersbach's unexpected debut was an impressive one but Symonds has stolen the show. In the switch-over calm you may like to read Peter English's appraisal of Ashley Noffke who will soon have the chance to impress the ball, having missed out with the bat.

Replays, by the way, suggest Taylor didn't actually have full control of the Symonds would-be catch. All's history now as we gear up for New Zealand's innings as they aim to chase down 187.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 186/6
B Lee    0* (1b)      MR Gillespie    4-1-39-2
A Symonds    85* (46b 7x4 3x6)      KD Mills    4-0-35-0
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Australia v New Zealand at Perth - Dec 11, 2007
Australia won by 54 runs
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Jacob Oram ducks a short ball, Australia v New Zealand, Twenty20 international, Perth, December 11, 2007

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Luke Pomersbach awaits his turn to bat, Australia v New Zealand, Twenty20 International, Perth, December 11, 2007

Luke Pomersbach awaits his turn to bat

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