New Zealand tour of Australia, 2007/08 / Commentary

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - 1st ODI

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)

Hello and welcome to the first of three Chappell-Hadlee Trophy matches. The series kicks off in Adelaide before moving to Sydney and Hobart.

I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator, but enough about me, let's get this game started.

Daniel Vettori has won the toss and he's decided New Zealand will have a bat. They have left out Jeetan Patel, Gareth Hopkins and Michael Mason. Chris Martin gets a spot in the XI, that means. For Australia, Shaun Tait is in for Mitchell Johnson, and Brad Hogg and James Hopes find places too.

Plenty of activity out there, bowlers bowling to one stump, batsmen having a hit into the nets, tv crews crowding round the two captains in the middle.

Australia clobbered New Zealand in the Twenty20 the other evening, and has stated their intention of revenging their "little cousins" for last year's thumping loss. This time, they've got a few senior players involved.

Jenny Thompson in Adelaide tells me that there may possibly be showers later in the day. Fingers crossed for now.

Andrew Symonds is warming up so it looks like he's good to play, says Jenny. He had an ankle complaint picked up in the Twenty20 but it wasn't as serious as when he first did in the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka.

"I haven't seen Brett Lee so far but don't rule him out just yet," says Jenny.

Tait is set to play his first one-dayer since the World Cup and his first international on his home pitch. This is also the first international since the pitch was laid. Tait was sharp in the nets yesterday and said he was at his fastest in the Twenty20. He also cleaned up Queensland with ten match wickets in his last first-class match. Ponting is backing him for the Tests.

Jenny messages me: "Tait's looking sharp, again. Les the groundsman's done an excellent job, the pitch looks a treat and this surface has been offering fair carry on occasion this season - although not as much as the WACA in the Twenty20 on Tuesday night; that was lightning and a half. All the same, it's a flat deck - the stumps cam crew had a hard time digging into the pitch I hear - so the pace bowlers should."

Plenty of talk in the build-up, of course, about how New Zealand have been struggling to deal with the fast men.

Jenny again: "I was watching some old Australia/New Zealand one-dayers the other day to get in the mood for this series (must get out more), including the one with that underarm delivery, and what struck me was that none of the men's torsoes were covered up. That wouldn't happen these days down here with all the sun warnings: the crowd here today are, as is now the norm, slip-slap-slopped. Or, even better, they're sitting in the shade of the Chappell Stand which is at deep midwicket/deep cover opposite the members' stand.

It's a good job everyone's covered up because it's scorchio out there (bar the strands of cloud). Being a pink-skinned Pom doesn't help, of course, but at least we have dry heat out here in South Australia. There are showers forecast for later on, mind, so that could be a factor in the toss which is coming up shortly."

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Umpires are out, so are the Aussies, and here come Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum. Game on. Brett Lee has the ball. Vincent will face. Two slips for him.

0.1

Lee to Vincent, no run, slides down leg stump, 142ks, kicks up and surprises Vincent, who defends but the ball clips his thigh pad and sits up

0.2

Lee to Vincent, no run, oh thats gone through him! Pacy delivery, sitting up and straightening off a length and beating a squared-up Vincent, great delivery from Lee

Hardly any one out to watch. Vincent asks for the sight screen to be adjusted.

0.3

Lee to Vincent, no run, sharp, quick bouncer, 145ks, down leg stump forces him down

0.4

Lee to Vincent, no run, a touch fuller, but slipping well down leg stump, raps the front pad as Vincent defends and Lee goes up in appeal, but you're not going to get those, sorry

0.5

Lee to Vincent, no run, full down leg stump again, he defends with an inside-edge to square leg

0.6

Lee to Vincent, 1 no ball, oversteps, and this one, though 146.6ks, again strays well down leg stump and the ball clips Vincent's pad very high ... but more importantly, we have a free hit

0.6

Lee to Vincent, no run, and he misses by a mile, swinging lustily at one pitched up right outside off

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
L Vincent    0* (7b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
BB McCullum    0* (0b)     

Nathan Bracken shares the new ball. Same field as Lee.

1.1

Bracken to McCullum, no run, good start! Pitches just short of a good length and seams across McCullum, pushing tentatively off the back foot and missing, the ball flicks his thigh pad

1.2

Bracken to McCullum, no run, a touch fuller, but outside leg, and McCullum tries to work it to leg

1.3

Bracken to McCullum, 1 no ball, sees him walking down the track and bowls a full toss, which McCullum cops in the thigh

1.3

Bracken to McCullum, no run, quick delivery outside off stump, pushed straight to point

1.4

Bracken to McCullum, 1 run, pitches full outside leg and he flicks through square leg

1.5

Bracken to Vincent, 1 run, just short of a drivable length outside off, he comes forward and pushes to cover

1.6

Bracken to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, comes in and cramped for room, he still cuts past point

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
BB McCullum    2* (6b)      NW Bracken    1-0-4-0
L Vincent    1* (8b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

Lee continues

2.1

Lee to McCullum, no run, banged in short, 149ks and the pace surprises McCullum, attempting to swat it off one leg and the ball goes nowhere fast

2.2

Lee to McCullum, no run, full outside leg stump, he shuffles and tucks straight to square leg

2.3

Lee to McCullum, 1 wide, very wide, full outside off stump and moving away, he watches it fly by

2.3

Lee to McCullum, 1 leg bye, short of a length outside leg, turned wide of square leg for one more

2.4

Lee to Vincent, FOUR, 149ks, very wide and Vincent really has to reach out, but gets some bat on it and sends it speeding through cover and point

2.5

Lee to Vincent, no run, wide again, Vincent chases it and drives on the up, losing one hand off the bat, but cant beat point this time

2.6

Lee to Vincent, 5 wides, very wide, miles down leg stump and Gilchrist cant stop that one

Two slips, Clarke clapping at point, Symonds at cover, and a mid-off

2.6

Lee to Vincent, OUT, oh what a catch! James Hopes! Vincent rocks back and slaps a short, wide and rising delivery outside off stump, but gets the outside corner of the bat and the edge flies down to wide third man where Hopes keeps his eyes on it, dives forward, and holds on very well to get Australia an early breakthrough, much to Lee's satisfaction

L Vincent c Hopes b Lee 5 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

End of over 3 (11 runs) New Zealand 16/1 (RR: 5.33)
     B Lee    2-0-11-1
BB McCullum    2* (9b)      NW Bracken    1-0-4-0

Jamie How is the new batsman. Bracken to bowl.

3.1

Bracken to How, no run, good length on about off stump, he gets forward and defends to cover

3.2

Bracken to How, no run, fuller on off stump, bringing him forward again, and he defends it back

3.3

Bracken to How, no run, full again, and he gets well forward to play it back to Bracken

Nick, on email: "Can I quickly a shout out to my mate Leon from Canberra. He is going thru a tuff time at the moment. Keep your head up son, things will turn around soon. I'm sure a Aussie Victory will put a smile on his dial, so to speak"

3.4

Bracken to How, no run, straighter delivery, How shuffles and works it to midwicket

Good crowd build up now, especially up on the grassy banks.

3.5

Bracken to How, no run, nice and tight delivery on middle and off, How strides well in to defend

3.6

Bracken to How, no run, and thats a maiden, as Bracken hits a good length and How defends

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 16/1 (RR: 4.00)
JM How    0* (6b)      NW Bracken    2-1-4-0
BB McCullum    2* (9b)      B Lee    2-0-11-1

4.1

Lee to McCullum, no run, short of a length on off stump, McCullum gets in line and defends

4.2

Lee to McCullum, no run, short outside off, too quick again and he mistimes the pull to midwicket

4.3

Lee to McCullum, 1 no ball, another no-ball, McCullum thumps it but cant beat the man at extra cover

Can he punish the free hit?

4.3

Lee to McCullum, 2 runs, well, not quite, but he does get bat on it, slapping a very full and wide delivery, one-handed, up and over gully as the ball dies between three converging fielders

4.4

Lee to McCullum, no run, full and there to be driven, McCullum kneels down and drives to Hogg at mid-off

4.5

Lee to McCullum, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he again comes forward and pushes into cover

4.6

Lee to How, no run, good length on off, he drives back to Lee, fielding in his follow-through

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 20/1 (RR: 4.00)
JM How    0* (7b)      B Lee    3-0-15-1
BB McCullum    5* (15b)      NW Bracken    2-1-4-0

5.1

Bracken to McCullum, FOUR, crunched, McCullum getting onto the front foot and driving a good-length delivery past a diving Hogg at mid-off

5.2

Bracken to McCullum, no run, good change-up, slower and fuller on off stump, not a yorker by any means but it nearly yorks McCulllum, who walks down the track

5.3

Bracken to McCullum, 2 runs, short of a length, he sizes it up and looks to club that one into Tasmania, but gets too under it and balloons it over Hopes, back-pedaling at mid-on, and survives as it beats the fielder

5.4

Bracken to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide, there to be hit and he does so, slapping past point, top shot

5.5

Bracken to McCullum, no run, straighter one on middle and off, worked across the line to leg

5.6

Bracken to McCullum, no run, fullish outside off stump, slower, and he leaves it be this time

End of over 6 (10 runs) New Zealand 30/1 (RR: 5.00)
BB McCullum    15* (21b 2x4)      NW Bracken    3-1-14-0
JM How    0* (7b)      B Lee    3-0-15-1

Cheers as home boy Shaun Tait gets a bowl

6.1

Tait to How, 1 leg bye, starts off with a loosener, short outside leg and they get a leg-bye off the thigh

6.2

Tait to McCullum, 2 runs, steams in, bowls it short of a length outside off, he taps it through cover

6.3

Tait to McCullum, 2 runs, too full and McCullum presents a full face, pushing past the stumps for two

6.4

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, banged in short, McCullum goes for the pull but the ball hurries onto him before he knows whats happening, at over chest height, the ball clips his glove and flies over Gilchrist, very quick delivery

6.5

Tait to McCullum, no run, short again, a touch wider, good carry to Gilchrist as McCullum leaves

6.6

Tait to McCullum, no run, full outside off, he takes a hand off the bat as he slashes to Symonds at point

Tait showing he's keen to bang the ball in

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 39/1 (RR: 5.57)
BB McCullum    23* (26b 3x4)      SW Tait    1-0-8-0
JM How    0* (8b)      NW Bracken    3-1-14-0

Ponting comes in at silly mid-off

7.1

Bracken to How, no run, tight line, good length on middle and off and How watchfully defends

7.2

Bracken to How, no run, again, terrific line, no room at all, right on off stump and How has to defend

7.3

Bracken to How, no run, a touch wider but How doesn't move his feet, attempting to cut, and misses

7.4

Bracken to How, no run, touch straighter, How shuffles across and flicks straight to midwicket

Lites: "I think the biggest advantage the Aussies will have in the upcoming India series is not-so-surprisingly their fielding...Both have a relatively inexperienced bowling and a very strong batting. Slip catch in Australia is the crux of winning test matches."

7.5

Bracken to How, no run, good length again, off stump, and How defends to Ponting at silly mid-off

7.6

Bracken to How, no run, just short of a good length, extra bounce too, and How pulls out of the shot

Another top over from Bracken

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 39/1 (RR: 4.87)
JM How    0* (14b)      NW Bracken    4-2-14-0
BB McCullum    23* (26b 3x4)      SW Tait    1-0-8-0

8.1

Tait to McCullum, 1 wide, too wide down the stumps, and Gilchrist has to move to right to collect

8.1

Tait to McCullum, 2 leg byes, again, his line's all wrong, too full down leg and the ball clips his pad to run fine

8.2

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, just too full on leg stump and McCullum uses the pace to whip that over square leg for four, safe shot

8.3

Tait to McCullum, no run, and the reply is a bouncer over the stumps, forcing him down on the haunches

8.4

Tait to McCullum, 1 run, full and wide, McCullum flashes hard and gets a thick outside edge to third man

"Big Dave and Little Jamie, heads up boys, fifteen more minutes of work then off to the pub to watch NZ take out the game. From rainy old Christchurch," ... thats Stuart.

8.5

Tait to How, 1 leg bye, full outside leg stump, flicks straight to square leg this time, its leg-byes

8.6

Tait to McCullum, 2 runs, fullish on off stump, he gets bat and pad together, pushing through cover

End of over 9 (11 runs) New Zealand 50/1 (RR: 5.55)
BB McCullum    30* (31b 4x4)      SW Tait    2-0-16-0
JM How    0* (15b)      NW Bracken    4-2-14-0

Plenty of questions regarding the free hit. No, its not for Twenty20 exclusively. And its simple - overstep, and the batsman cannot be out on the next ball. Except run out, that is.

9.1

Bracken to How, no run, nice length, middle and off, and he just gets forward and defends

9.2

Bracken to How, no run, too good from Bracken, no room to work with and How textbook-defends

9.3

Bracken to How, no run, marginally wider but same result, How defending to Symonds at point

9.4

Bracken to How, no run, pushed across How, on a length, and all he does is leave it be

How in no mood to work the strike

9.5

Bracken to How, no run, fullish length and he just blocks to Ponting, thats 20 balls faced and no score

9.6

Bracken to How, no run, this time he leaves off the front foot, very coolly ... not sure what the intent is

End of over 10 (maiden) New Zealand 50/1 (RR: 5.00)
JM How    0* (21b)      NW Bracken    5-3-14-0
BB McCullum    30* (31b 4x4)      SW Tait    2-0-16-0

Mark Benson signals the second Powerplay

10.1

Tait to McCullum, no run, short outside off stump, McCullum rides the bounce and steers to gully

10.2

Tait to McCullum, no run, full down leg, he tries to work it fine, the ball clips his pad and runs to point

10.3

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, bang, thats four! McCullum cracks - no, thumps - a short and wide delivery through cover before any fielder can even move, woof that was hard!

10.4

Tait to McCullum, no run, slower and fuller, outside off, sucking him out of his crease and as he drives, the bat clips ground after the ball passes, hence the muted appeal

10.5

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, ah he's slapped the pants off that one! Again, Tait offers plenty of width outside off and McCullum cuts hard through cover and point

10.6

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, more runs, Tait pitching full, McCullum slashing an airy drive over point this time

Shoddy over from Tait, good hitting from McCullum ... and then there's How

End of over 11 (12 runs) New Zealand 62/1 (RR: 5.63)
BB McCullum    42* (37b 7x4)      SW Tait    3-0-28-0
JM How    0* (21b)      NW Bracken    5-3-14-0

11.1

Hopes to How, 4 runs, full on leg stump, How finally gets off the mark with an on-drive through midwicket, its in the gap and they proceed to run four singles

Hopes gets a bowl

11.2

Hopes to How, no run, full and shaping away from How, who comfortably goes back to leaving

11.3

Hopes to How, no run, pitches outside off and comes in, with extra bounce, catching How on the forward press but thats too far over the stumps for the umpire to uphold the appeal

11.4

Hopes to How, 1 run, straightens and he shuffles, working a single through square leg

11.5

Hopes to McCullum, no run, lovely slower ball, but a good piece of adjustment from McCullum, rolling the wrists and keeping it down, just, in front of midwicket

Gilchrist comes up to the stumps

11.6

Hopes to McCullum, no run, full outside off stump, he gets well across and shoulders arms

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 67/1 (RR: 5.58)
BB McCullum    42* (39b 7x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-5-0
JM How    5* (25b)      SW Tait    3-0-28-0

Atta: "McCullum heard me saying bat aggressively. I simply love it when the pressure diverts to the oppositions right away. The best way to do so if a wicket falls for the next batsman is to slam the bowler for a four or two and then see how he bowls. Good batting, McCullum"

And with that, Lee comes back into the attack to replace a wayward Tait.

12.1

Lee to How, 1 run, on the money, straightening from middle stump, gets an inside-edge and McCullum aggressively calls for the sharp single

12.2

Lee to McCullum, no run, good length on middle and off, drawing McCullum forward to defend

12.3

Lee to McCullum, no run, good length, short of a drivable length, McCullum gets forward and leaves

12.4

Lee to McCullum, no run, short on middle and leg, McCullum walks across and tries to pull but the ball hurries on him, clipping the bat and thudding into his chest before dying near his feet

12.5

Lee to McCullum, FOUR, biffed! Lee serves up a half-volley and McCullum clubs that superbly through the covers, forcing Ponting to hop up at short extra cover, no one's catching that!

12.6

Lee to McCullum, FOUR, and thats his fifty in style, McCullum driving another full delivery through cover

Aggressive innings, good to see

End of over 13 (9 runs) New Zealand 76/1 (RR: 5.84)
BB McCullum    50* (44b 9x4)      B Lee    4-0-24-1
JM How    6* (26b)      JR Hopes    1-0-5-0

13.1

Hopes to How, no run, good length outside off stump, he drives and gets an inside-edge to leg

Great batting conditions

13.2

Hopes to How, 1 run, full on middle and off, he shapes to flick but gets a thick outside-edge that flies through the gap at gully and down to third man

13.3

Hopes to McCullum, 2 runs, angled down leg and he works it off the pads to short fine leg for two

13.4

Hopes to McCullum, 2 runs, good length outside off, he comes onto the front foot and opens the face of the bat, steering a couple wide of backward point with ease

13.5

Hopes to McCullum, no run, short of a length on the stumps, he shuffles and aims to work it to midwicket but ends up playing it back to Hopes

13.6

Hopes to McCullum, no run, slower ball, on a good length and McCullum watchfully defends to Hopes

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 81/1 (RR: 5.78)
BB McCullum    54* (48b 9x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-10-0
JM How    7* (28b)      B Lee    4-0-24-1

How has seven out of a partnership of 65

14.1

Lee to How, no run, fullish outside off stump, he gets forward and drives to mid-off

14.2

Lee to How, no run, short of a good length, How gets over it and defends to Symonds at point

14.3

Lee to How, no run, good length, moving in to How, who's early into the drive to extra cover

14.4

Lee to How, (no ball) 1 run, whats this, a single? How gets onto the front foot early and steers a no-ball through gully for one .... so again, Lee has issues overstepping ...

Can McCullum tee off?

14.4

Lee to McCullum, SIX, oh he's absolutely nailed that! Shuffles across in his crease, walking to leg and then getting Lee to bowl it very wide, only for McCullum to sway back and thump a flat six over point

14.5

Lee to McCullum, no run, short of a length on off stump, McCullum stands tall and defends to Lee

14.6

Lee to McCullum, no run, short of a length again, good bounce, but McCullum gets up and defends

And that, folks, will be drinks at Adelaide!

End of over 15 (8 runs) New Zealand 89/1 (RR: 5.93)
BB McCullum    60* (51b 9x4 1x6)      B Lee    5-0-32-1
JM How    8* (32b)      JR Hopes    2-0-10-0

Hopes back after the break

15.1

Hopes to How, no run, starts off well, nipping the ball back off the seam but its sliding down leg, catching How on the hop, and the umpire shakes his head ... and replays show an inside-edge

15.2

Hopes to How, no run, straighter one on the stumps, How gets in line and defends

15.3

Hopes to How, 1 run, this one's wide and How eases it down to third man for one

Gilchrist up to the stump

15.4

Hopes to McCullum, no run, slower one, on middle and leg, nicely worked towards midwicket

15.5

Hopes to McCullum, no run, pitches down leg and McCullum taps it to midwicket again

15.6

Hopes to McCullum, no run, short of a length, he gets up and drives, Hopes dives to his right and stops

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 90/1 (RR: 5.62)
BB McCullum    60* (54b 9x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    3-0-11-0
JM How    9* (35b)      B Lee    5-0-32-1

Brad Hogg into the attack for some left-arm spin

16.1

Hogg to How, no run, looped up on off stump, he shuffles and taps it to square leg

16.2

Hogg to How, 2 runs, thats a full toss outside off stump, which is paddled past square for two

16.3

Hogg to How, 2 runs, a touch too full on off stump and he paddles nicely around the corner

16.4

Hogg to How, no run, flatter one, full outside off, he gets forward and drives to cover

16.5

Hogg to How, no run, flighted outside off stump, spins in as he works it to midwicket, muted appeal

16.6

Hogg to How, no run, flat this time, on a length, and he gets over it to defend

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 94/1 (RR: 5.52)
JM How    13* (41b)      GB Hogg    1-0-4-0
BB McCullum    60* (54b 9x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    3-0-11-0

17.1

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, nipping back, nicely pushed into the covers for a sharp run

17.2

Hopes to How, no run, short of a length on middle and off, worked toward midwicket this time

17.3

Hopes to How, no run, identical length, good bowling, and he can only work it to midwicket again

17.4

Hopes to How, 1 run, short one, How gets over it and pulls through square out to the sweeper

17.5

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, straighter one, off stump, McCullum gets back and drives to mid-on

Not much swing for the bowlers

17.6

Hopes to How, no run, good length, How gets forward and pushes to Symonds at short cover

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/1 (RR: 5.38)
JM How    14* (45b)      JR Hopes    4-0-14-0
BB McCullum    62* (56b 9x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    1-0-4-0

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18.1

Hogg to McCullum, no run, looped up on a length, spins into off stump and he defends to cover

18.2

Hogg to McCullum, no run, quicker, bouncier, beating McCullum as he backs away and misjudges the length and misses out on the cut, well bowled

18.3

Hogg to McCullum, FOUR, errs this time, bowling full on middle and leg and its swept hard over square leg

18.4

Hogg to McCullum, no run, again flighted on the stumps, McCullum sweeps to short fine leg

18.5

Hogg to McCullum, no run, flatter trajectory, sits up off a length and McCullum gets tall to defend to point

18.6

Hogg to McCullum, no run, flat again, on off stump, he gets across and works it to midwicket

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 101/1 (RR: 5.31)
BB McCullum    66* (62b 10x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-0
JM How    14* (45b)      JR Hopes    4-0-14-0

19.1

Hopes to How, no run, good length on off stump, uses his feet and drives back to Hopes

19.2

Hopes to How, no run, short of a good length, he stands up and drives back to Hopes once more

19.3

Hopes to How, 1 run, this one's fuller and draws a leading edge as he shapes to flick, but the ball drops safely wide of Clarke at point

19.4

Hopes to McCullum, no run, full and wide, he comes forward and steers to Clarke at point

19.5

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, gets forward and taps one just wide of Clarke for a quick single

19.6

Hopes to How, no run, slow on a length just outside off, How gets well over it and defends

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 103/1 (RR: 5.15)
JM How    15* (49b)      JR Hopes    5-0-16-0
BB McCullum    67* (64b 10x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    2-0-8-0

Shaun Tait comes back, hoping to do better this time.

20.1

Tait to McCullum, FOUR, full outside off stump, McCullum drives and gets a chancy inside-edge past leg

20.2

Tait to McCullum, 1 run, slower one, full on off stump, he flicks streakily past midwicket

20.3

Tait to How, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he gets forward and drives to extra cover

20.4

Tait to How, FOUR, How gets four! Tait bangs it short but How unleashes a flat-batted swat over midwicket

20.5

Tait to How, no run, good pace, 148.6ks, pitches on a length and beats How on the front foot

20.6

Tait to How, no run, full and wide, he leaves it be to end the over

End of over 21 (9 runs) New Zealand 112/1 (RR: 5.33)
JM How    19* (53b 1x4)      SW Tait    4-0-37-0
BB McCullum    72* (66b 11x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    5-0-16-0

This is a very positive start from New Zealand. Aggression meshed with defence. Crowds not as packed as they could be, with lots of offices holding their Christmas parties and a race meeting in nearby Victoria Park.

21.1

Hogg to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, worked off the pads straight to square leg

21.2

Hogg to McCullum, no run, nice flight on that one, middle and leg, McCullum gets forward to tap it back

21.3

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, shorter, over middle stump, he makes room and cuts wide of backward point

21.4

Hogg to How, no run, flighted up on off stump and How gets over it, watchfully smothering the spin

21.5

Hogg to How, 1 run, now he uses the feet, collecting it on the full and clipping wide of midwicket

21.6

Hogg to McCullum, no run, pitches outside leg and straightens, he shuffles and nudges around the corner

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 114/1 (RR: 5.18)
BB McCullum    73* (70b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    3-0-10-0
JM How    20* (55b 1x4)      SW Tait    4-0-37-0

22.1

Tait to How, no run, beats him, hitting a short length and straightens to size him up

22.2

Tait to How, no run, again, hits a short length and zips past him

22.3

Tait to How, 1 wide, full and wide, he gets half-forward and leaves it be

22.3

Tait to How, no run, short outside off stump, he swivels and pulls to midwicket

22.4

Tait to How, OUT, edged and gone! Tait produces a wicket, out of the blue, with a good-length delivery moving away off the scrambled seam - looks like he rolled the fingers over that one - that How fends for with minimal footwork, and Hayden holds a good low catch to his right at slip

JM How c Hayden b Tait 20 (85m 59b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.89

Scott Styris is the new batsman

22.5

Tait to Styris, no run, short of a length, 146ks, sits up and Styris allows it go past safely

22.6

Tait to Styris, 1 run, short into the pads, he gets up and works it around the corner for one

So Tait, in an otherwise average spell, sharpens up and gets a wicket

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 116/2 (RR: 5.04)
SB Styris    1* (2b)      SW Tait    5-0-39-1
BB McCullum    73* (70b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    3-0-10-0

23.1

Hogg to Styris, no run, flighted up on middle and leg, tucked to the fielder

23.2

Hogg to Styris, no run, again, good flight but outside leg and Styris defends to midwicket

23.3

Hogg to Styris, no run, flatter one on the stumps, he gets down and paddles to square leg

23.4

Hogg to Styris, 2 runs, good piece of bowling, as Hogg flights up the wrong 'un, beating Styris in the flight as he anticipates the spin wrong and survives with a thick edge to third man

23.5

Hogg to Styris, 1 run, flatter one, he goes back and pushes into the gap for one

23.6

Hogg to McCullum, no run, tossed up full and McCullum makes sure to get right over it

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 119/2 (RR: 4.95)
BB McCullum    73* (71b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    4-0-13-0
SB Styris    4* (7b)      SW Tait    5-0-39-1

24.1

Tait to Styris, 1 run, good length but outside leg, Styris gets back and pushes wide of midwicket

24.2

Tait to McCullum, 2 runs, good length outside off, he gets forward and pushes into the covers

24.3

Tait to McCullum, 1 run, a touch fuller, he uses the feet and drives just wide of Hogg at mid-off

24.4

Tait to Styris, no run, shuffles in his crease before coming forward and steering wide of point

24.5

Tait to Styris, OUT, gone! Fuller length does it for Styris, tentatively coming forward and feeling for it outside off stump only to hand Gilchrist a regulation nick behind the stumps!

SB Styris c †Gilchrist b Tait 5 (8m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Out walks Ross Taylor

24.6

Tait to Taylor, no run, short of a length, sits up at a decent height but Taylor covers it well, defending

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 123/3 (RR: 4.92)
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      SW Tait    6-0-43-2
BB McCullum    76* (73b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    4-0-13-0

25.1

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, full and flat on middle and off, McCullum kneels down and sweeps for one

25.2

Hogg to Taylor, SIX, clumped! Hogg serves up a gift-wrapped full toss and Taylor doesn't disappoint, simply hitting that shocker rows back over deep midwicket

25.3

Hogg to Taylor, 1 run, looped up on leg stump, he tucks it to short fine leg for a single

25.4

Hogg to McCullum, no run, slower one, flighted on a length and it gets McCullum in a tangle, paddling

25.5

Hogg to McCullum, no run, well flighted outside leg, he again tries to sweep but ball kisses pad and flies up

25.6

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, flatter one, spinning across him and he follows it, playing down to point

End of over 26 (9 runs) New Zealand 132/3 (RR: 5.07)
BB McCullum    78* (77b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    5-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (3b 1x6)      SW Tait    6-0-43-2

26.1

Tait to McCullum, no run, quickest of the day, 152.7ks, short, wide and rising away, McCullum backs away and gives it the kitchen sinks but cannot get bat on it

26.2

Tait to McCullum, 2 runs, theres' the wannabe yorker, just off the mark, and he edges through gully

26.3

Tait to McCullum, no run, fullish, nipping back off the seam as McCullum stretches well forward and misses the defensive shot and gets rapped high on the knee roll, and well over the stumps

26.4

Tait to McCullum, 1 run, pitches full outside off, McCullum square-drives hard out to Hussey at sweeper

26.5

Tait to Taylor, no run, slower one, leg stump, he adjusts and works it to midwicket

26.6

Tait to Taylor, no run, full outside off stump, he gets forward and shoulders arms

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 135/3 (RR: 5.00)
LRPL Taylor    7* (5b 1x6)      SW Tait    7-0-46-2
BB McCullum    81* (81b 11x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    5-0-22-0

Ponting calls for Hopes

27.1

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball first up, outside off, he gets over it nicely and works into the gap

27.2

Hopes to Taylor, no run, pitches outside leg and slides down, Taylor mistimes his attempted nudge

27.3

Hopes to Taylor, 2 runs, too straight, allowing Taylor to flick wide of short fine leg, Tait gives chase

27.4

Hopes to Taylor, no run, short, Taylor gets up and pushes to Clarke at point, on the bounce

27.5

Hopes to Taylor, 2 runs, short again, Taylor gets back to dab it wide of Clarke this time, running hard

27.6

Hopes to Taylor, no run, fuller length, Taylor waits for it and defends with soft hands in front of cover

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 140/3 (RR: 5.00)
LRPL Taylor    11* (10b 1x6)      JR Hopes    6-0-21-0
BB McCullum    82* (82b 11x4 1x6)      SW Tait    7-0-46-2

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Nathan Bracken also gets a re-call from his captain. He's been tight so far. Field comes in.

28.1

Bracken to McCullum, no run, short of a length on off stump, he hops up and defends to cover

28.2

Bracken to McCullum, no run, nice slower one, very full and McCullum has to dig that out to cover

28.3

Bracken to McCullum, 1 run, this is a low full toss, McCullum drives back past Bracken to long-on

Gilchrist is screaming to Hogg in the deep, chatting to the fans on the hill. Hoggs comes up.

28.4

Bracken to Taylor, no run, slower one, leg stump, Taylor works it to midwicket

28.5

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, angles across him off a length, and Taylor steers it with an open face

Hogg goes back into the deep

28.6

Bracken to McCullum, FOUR, another low full toss, McCullum uses his feet to drive through extra cover, moving past his previous best of 86, well played

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 146/3 (RR: 5.03)
BB McCullum    87* (86b 12x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    6-3-20-0
LRPL Taylor    12* (12b 1x6)      JR Hopes    6-0-21-0

29.1

Hopes to Taylor, no run, tight line and length, no pace, and Taylor defends back to Hopes

29.2

Hopes to Taylor, no run, good length outside off, he gets forward and steers it wide of point

29.3

Hopes to Taylor, no run, slower one, full and sliding down leg, he kneels down and sweeps, misses, and HawkEye suggests it was missing middle stump

29.4

Hopes to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, pushed into the gaps for one this time

29.5

Hopes to McCullum, no run, good length outside off, he gets a huge stride across and runs to gully

29.6

Hopes to McCullum, no run, pitches on leg, off a length, and McCullum works it towards square leg

End of over 30 (1 run) New Zealand 147/3 (RR: 4.90)
BB McCullum    87* (88b 12x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    7-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    13* (16b 1x6)      NW Bracken    6-3-20-0

30.1

Bracken to Taylor, no run, nice full ball in the zone, Taylor can only push back to Bracken

Australia have pulled the run rate back just a touch

30.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, too full on the pads and he clips out to deep midwicket for one

Bracken moves around the stumps

30.3

Bracken to McCullum, 1 run, moves into McCullum off a short length, he does well to make room and work a sharp single in between Clarke and Symonds in the covers

Bracken back over

30.4

Bracken to Taylor, no run, full on middle and leg, he flicks but cant beat Ponting at midwicket

30.5

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, too straight again, and as he flicks a superbly athletic Ponting fields again, this time after he moves right back on the ring

30.6

Bracken to McCullum, 1 run, good length, a touch wide, he covers across and dabs it past gully

Drinks on for all and sundry

End of over 31 (4 runs) New Zealand 151/3 (RR: 4.87)
BB McCullum    89* (90b 12x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    7-3-24-0
LRPL Taylor    15* (20b 1x6)      JR Hopes    7-0-22-0

31.1

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length on the stumps, he gets in line and pushes to long-on

31.2

Hopes to Taylor, 2 runs, short of a length, comes in and he opens the face, running it to third man

31.3

Hopes to Taylor, 1 run, straighter one, he shuffles and pushes to mid-on

31.4

Hopes to McCullum, 1 run, good length, McCullum waits and pushes towards point for one more

Boundaries have somewhat dried up. McCullum has a quad strain. Hobbling.

31.5

Hopes to Taylor, 1 run, slower one, full too, he tries to work it to midwicket but mistimes to mid-on

31.6

Hopes to McCullum, no run, slower one, McCullum prods forward and draws an inside-edge to midwicket

End of over 32 (6 runs) New Zealand 157/3 (RR: 4.90)
BB McCullum    91* (93b 12x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    8-0-28-0
LRPL Taylor    19* (23b 1x6)      NW Bracken    7-3-24-0

Ponting gets Lee back into the attack after 32 overs. Hogg has five to go.

32.1

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, short and wide, Taylor sizes it up and cracks it into the covers for one

32.2

Lee to McCullum, no run, short of a good length, getting him onto the front foot, and he cant beat cover

32.3

Lee to McCullum, no run, slower one, rather full, McCullum leans forward and drives lazily on the up and Symonds throws himself around at cover to save runs

32.4

Lee to McCullum, 1 run, walks out of his crease restlessly, Lee follows him with a short one but McCullum rides it well, using the wrists to angle a cut through gully for one

32.5

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, marginally short of a cutting length, Taylor chops into the ground and beats a diving Symonds at cover this time

32.6

Lee to McCullum, no run, short one, angled into McCullum, who gets up and runs it to Clarke at point

Tidy over from Lee, just three from it.

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 160/3 (RR: 4.84)
BB McCullum    92* (97b 12x4 1x6)      B Lee    6-0-35-1
LRPL Taylor    21* (25b 1x6)      JR Hopes    8-0-28-0

So Hogg does come back as Ponting makes a double swap

33.1

Hogg to Taylor, no run, fizzed up, straightens outside off and beats Taylor, pushing forward

33.2

Hogg to Taylor, 1 run, a touch too full, he walks into it and drives past Hogg to long-off

33.3

Hogg to McCullum, 2 runs, flat spinner on middle stump, he shuffles and works it past square leg

33.4

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, tossed up nicely, he gets across and works one

33.5

Hogg to Taylor, no run, looped up on leg stump, he turns it easily to square leg

33.6

Hogg to Taylor, 2 runs, full on leg stump, Taylor flicks hard past square leg

End of over 34 (6 runs) New Zealand 166/3 (RR: 4.88)
LRPL Taylor    24* (29b 1x6)      GB Hogg    6-0-28-0
BB McCullum    95* (99b 12x4 1x6)      B Lee    6-0-35-1

Mandatory change of the ball after 34 overs. Lee continues.

34.1

Lee to McCullum, 1 run, short one into the ribs but he gets over it, tucking wide of midwicket

34.2

Lee to Taylor, no run, sharp bouncer down the stumps, Taylor hooks but cant connect, pacy delivery!

34.3

Lee to Taylor, no run, fuller length outside off stump, he uses bottom hand and drives to mid-on

34.4

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, too full and Taylor gets onto the front foot to drive hard past cover and point

Gets McCullum back, on 96

34.5

Lee to McCullum, no run, slower, clever change of pace beats McCullum, pushing away from the body

34.6

Lee to McCullum, no run, straighten on leg stump and McCullum tucks it straight to midwicket

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 168/3 (RR: 4.80)
BB McCullum    96* (102b 12x4 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-37-1
LRPL Taylor    25* (32b 1x6)      GB Hogg    6-0-28-0

35.1

Hogg to Taylor, SIX, badda-bing, badda-boom! Hogg proposes, Taylor accepts, simply getting down and swinging a nice loopy one over deep square leg for half a dozen

35.2

Hogg to Taylor, 1 bye, quicker and flatter, very full, and he digs it back out to Hogg

35.3

Hogg to McCullum, OUT, and would you believe that? Hogg gets McCullum four short of a maiden hundred, sucking him out of his crease, only to get him smacking straight to Bracken, running in from long-off

BB McCullum c Bracken b Hogg 96 (165m 103b 12x4 1x6) SR: 93.20

Ah, the agony. McCullum played very well. He hit that one off the middle but smack to the fielder.

Jacob Oram's the new bat

35.4

Hogg to Oram, no run, tossed up on off stump, he gets forward and defends

35.5

Hogg to Oram, no run, flighted up well outside off stump, Oram pads it away, Hogg appeals, but the umpire shakes his head

35.6

Hogg to Oram, no run, tossed up wide again and Oram plays it away to with ease

End of over 36 (7 runs) New Zealand 175/4 (RR: 4.86)
JDP Oram    0* (3b)      GB Hogg    7-0-34-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (34b 2x6)      B Lee    7-0-37-1

Tait's back

36.1

Tait to Taylor, no run, fullish outside off stump, hurriedly tapped towards extra cover, cant beat him

36.2

Tait to Taylor, no run, fuller, hint of swing, Taylor gets to the pitch and drives to mid-off

36.3

Tait to Taylor, 1 run, good length on about off stump, he shuffles and works it to mid-on for one

36.4

Tait to Oram, no run, short of a length outside off, Oram stands his ground and pushes to point

36.5

Tait to Oram, no run, tight stuff, short of a length and forcing Oram to defend watchfully

36.6

Tait to Oram, 1 run, very full on middle and leg, Oram picks it and flicks through square leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 177/4 (RR: 4.78)
JDP Oram    1* (6b)      SW Tait    8-0-48-2
LRPL Taylor    32* (37b 2x6)      GB Hogg    7-0-34-1

37.1

Hogg to Oram, 1 run, slowly tossed up, he gets forward and pokes that to Clarke at point for a sharp single, excellent running between those two, good to see

37.2

Hogg to Taylor, 1 run, slowly flighted up, full, on leg stump and Taylor flicks to short fine leg

37.3

Hogg to Oram, no run, tossed up gently, spins down leg stump and hits Oram's pad, muted appeal

37.4

Hogg to Oram, no run, quicker one, good loop, pitches outside off and goes the other way to beat him

37.5

Hogg to Oram, no run, spins down leg, Oram doesn't pick it well and misses out on the sweep

37.6

Hogg to Oram, no run, flighted up, sucks him forward, spins and bounces to beat Oram with a big stride forward, Gilchrist takes off the bails but the third umpire says not out

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 179/4 (RR: 4.71)
JDP Oram    2* (11b)      GB Hogg    8-0-36-1
LRPL Taylor    33* (38b 2x6)      SW Tait    8-0-48-2

38.1

Tait to Taylor, no run, bouncer over off has Taylor ducking, Gilchrist clapping, and Adelaide cheering

38.2

Tait to Taylor, no run, good change of pace, Taylor reads it and taps it to Clarke at point

38.3

Tait to Taylor, no run, good tight stuff, hitting a length and Taylor cant beat midwicket with the nudge

38.4

Tait to Taylor, 3 runs, attempted yorker doesn't work out too well, ending up a very low full toss which Taylor clips back down the ground to long-on for a well-run triple

38.5

Tait to Oram, no run, well bowled, short on middle and leg, Oram jumps up to keep it down

38.6

Tait to Oram, no run, shortish outside off, no room to really free the arms so Oram chops to point

Very good over from Tait, who's improved in his latter spell

End of over 39 (3 runs) New Zealand 182/4 (RR: 4.66)
JDP Oram    2* (13b)      SW Tait    9-0-51-2
LRPL Taylor    36* (42b 2x6)      GB Hogg    8-0-36-1

39.1

Hogg to Taylor, SIX, good grief, thats the third time Hogg has served Taylor a chest-high full toss and he duly slogs that rows back over square leg for six more

39.2

Hogg to Taylor, FOUR, and again, just too full and Taylor murders that, flat and clean as a whistle, over midwicket

39.3

Hogg to Taylor, no run, slower one, flighted on a length and now he defends watchfully

39.4

Hogg to Taylor, 1 run, flights it up down leg and stump, he waits and nudges it around the corner

39.5

Hogg to Oram, 1 run, full and flat on middle stump, Oram sweeps through square leg

39.6

Hogg to Taylor, 1 run, served up full on the pads and he wristily turns it past short fine leg

The most expensive over of the day so far. Taylor getting a move on. Let the slog overs begin!

End of over 40 (13 runs) New Zealand 195/4 (RR: 4.87)
LRPL Taylor    48* (47b 1x4 3x6)      GB Hogg    9-0-49-1
JDP Oram    3* (14b)      SW Tait    9-0-51-2

Lee gets back to try and stem the runs

40.1

Lee to Taylor, 2 runs, good length outside off, seams away and draws the outside edge to third man, where Hopes slides around and cuts off runs but that is Taylor's fifty, after a while, just to boost his confidence

40.2

Lee to Taylor, no run, moves in off a length, cramping him, he chops into the ground to cover

40.3

Lee to Taylor, no run, full in the zone, slower one, Taylor manages to get bat and clip to midwicket

40.4

Lee to Taylor, no run, clears his front leg to biff that over extra cover, Lee follows up with a very slow one, seam-up, which moves away and Taylor doesn't play a shot

40.5

Lee to Taylor, OUT, Lee strikes! Its full, Taylor comes forward, looking to go on-side, but gets a leading edge that Tait comfortably holds onto at mid-off, and a good innings comes to an end

LRPL Taylor c Tait b Lee 50 (69m 52b 1x4 3x6) SR: 96.15

40.6

Lee to Oram, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Oram defends to cover, getting back

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 197/5 (RR: 4.80)
JDP Oram    3* (15b)      B Lee    8-0-39-2
MS Sinclair    0* (0b)      GB Hogg    9-0-49-1

Matthew Sinclair walks out with nine overs to go. He was good in South Africa.

41.1

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, flighted up outside off stump, Sinclair gets to the pitch and drives to cover

41.2

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, flighted up outside off stump, Sinclair goes inside-out to cover again

41.3

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, drifts onto leg stump, Sinclair flicks but cannot beat midwicket

41.4

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, nicely tossed up again, inviting the drive, Sinclair obliges but cant beat cover

41.5

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, flatter one, middle stump, getting Sinclair driving back to Hogg

41.6

Hogg to Sinclair, no run, flighted up on a length, he gets forward but just cant beat the ring

So Hogg signs off with a maiden over during the death overs. Decent spell. Just a few full tosses.

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 197/5 (RR: 4.69)
MS Sinclair    0* (6b)      GB Hogg    10-1-49-1
JDP Oram    3* (15b)      B Lee    8-0-39-2

42.1

Lee to Oram, 1 run, full outside leg stump, Oram clips out to the man in the deep

42.2

Lee to Sinclair, no run, banged in short on the stumps, Sinclair gets up and taps to midwicket

42.3

Lee to Sinclair, 1 run, slower one, wide of off stump, Sinclair chases it and pushes wide of point

42.4

Lee to Oram, 1 run, short outside leg stump, nicely flicked off the hips and through the gap

42.5

Lee to Sinclair, 1 run, yorker ends up down leg, Sinclair just gets bat on it and chops to square leg

42.6

Lee to Oram, no run, fullish outside off stump, Oram stands and drives to Ponting at cover

End of over 43 (4 runs) New Zealand 201/5 (RR: 4.67)
JDP Oram    5* (18b)      B Lee    9-0-43-2
MS Sinclair    2* (9b)      GB Hogg    10-1-49-1

Australia tugging New Zealand back towards the end. Hopes comes on after Hogg.

43.1

Hopes to Sinclair, OUT, and he wastes no time, keeping it in the slot, Sinclair has a free swing from the crease, not getting enough elevation and Hogg holds on well inside the ropes at long-on

MS Sinclair c Hogg b Hopes 2 (8m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Here's Daniel Vettori. What a time he's had as captain recently.

43.2

Hopes to Vettori, 2 runs, full and on leg stump, easily worked past square leg for a couple

43.3

Hopes to Vettori, 1 run, full outside leg, and Vettori tucks that through midwicket

43.4

Hopes to Oram, no run, good length outside off stump, he frees the arms and cuts to point

43.5

Hopes to Oram, no run, short of a good length, Oram stands up and pushes to cover

43.6

Hopes to Oram, no run, too full outside leg, flicked well but Symonds dives excellently and saves runs

End of over 44 (3 runs) New Zealand 204/6 (RR: 4.63)
JDP Oram    5* (21b)      JR Hopes    9-0-31-1
DL Vettori    3* (2b)      B Lee    9-0-43-2

44.1

Lee to Vettori, 1 run, slower one, misdirected well down leg, Vettori nudges it to short fine leg

44.2

Lee to Oram, (no ball) 1 run, full outside off, reaches out and steers towards gully, its another no-ball

Third free hit off Lee's bowling .. what can Dan the Man do?

44.2

Lee to Vettori, no run, nothing, closing his eyes and slogging at a full one down leg, only to miss

44.3

Lee to Vettori, no run, short one dug in outside off stump, swing and another miss from Vettori

44.4

Lee to Vettori, 1 run, well directed change-up, the Lee yorker, which is well dug out to point

44.5

Lee to Oram, 1 run, full and very wide, Oram reaches out and guides to Bracken at third man

New Zealand need to up the ante here. Its slipping, the run rate.

44.6

Lee to Vettori, no run, good length outside off, Vettori swings across the line to midwicket

And that ends Lee's ten overs; 2 for 48 in four spells today. He walks off and Johnson comes on as sub.

End of over 45 (5 runs) New Zealand 209/6 (RR: 4.64)
DL Vettori    5* (7b)      B Lee    10-0-48-2
JDP Oram    7* (23b)      JR Hopes    9-0-31-1

Bracken comes back

45.1

Bracken to Oram, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, Oram likes it and heaves it through midwicket

He can pack some punch, can big Jake.

45.2

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, another full toss, this time very wide, Oram slashes out to deep point

Work the singles, get Oram back on strike ....

45.3

Bracken to Vettori, 1 run, nice slower yorker outside off stump, flicked to mid-on and he runs through

45.4

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, low full toss, he loses a hand off the bat as he slogs, edging past leg stump

45.5

Bracken to Vettori, 2 runs, attempted yorker slides down leg stump, Vettori flicks with a thin inside-edge onto his boot and the ball runs down to fine leg

45.6

Bracken to Vettori, no run, good length delivery, comes in and cramps Vettori so thats a dot ball to finish

End of over 46 (9 runs) New Zealand 218/6 (RR: 4.73)
DL Vettori    8* (10b)      NW Bracken    8-3-33-0
JDP Oram    13* (26b 1x4)      B Lee    10-0-48-2

Can New Zealand get to 250 and above? Hopes into his last over.

46.1

Hopes to Oram, 1 run, fullish length, Oram makes room and tees off, miscuing it over mid-off

46.2

Hopes to Vettori, 1 run, full on leg stump, Vettori clips through square leg out to the sweeper

46.3

Hopes to Oram, FOUR, again he comes out, looking at midwicket, but gets a thick edge to third man

46.4

Hopes to Oram, 1 run, full and wide, Oram clears the front leg and slashes over gully out to Hogg

46.5

Hopes to Vettori, 2 runs, full on the stumps, he again clears himself and slogs out to deep midwicket

46.6

Hopes to Vettori, no run, shorter one, outside off stump, Vettori cant beat backward point

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 227/6 (RR: 4.82)
DL Vettori    11* (13b)      JR Hopes    10-0-40-1
JDP Oram    19* (29b 2x4)      NW Bracken    8-3-33-0

47.1

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, full outside off stump, he gets across and lofts that down to long-on, safely

47.2

Bracken to Vettori, no run, very full outside off stump, Vettori swings and misses, and has to dive back

47.3

Bracken to Vettori, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Vettori collects it and swings to deep square leg

47.4

Bracken to Oram, no run, full outside off stump, looks close to being a wide but not called

47.5

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, again, very full outside off, Oram makes room and slashes over gully

47.6

Bracken to Vettori, 3 runs, very full outside off, Vettori can't get under it, but gets bat on it to pick up an inside-edged, sprinted three down to fine leg

End of over 48 (6 runs) New Zealand 233/6 (RR: 4.85)
DL Vettori    15* (16b)      NW Bracken    9-3-39-0
JDP Oram    21* (32b 2x4)      JR Hopes    10-0-40-1

Two overs to go. Tait comes back to finish off his overs.

48.1

Tait to Vettori, no run, Vettori exposes the stumps, shuffles, Tait bowls it full just outside off stump and somehow the ball misses knocking them down

48.2

Tait to Vettori, 2 runs, whew, he's taking his chances well, again exposing all three stumps and just managing to get bat on ball, actually its middled well, from off stump down to third man for two

48.3

Tait to Vettori, 1 run, speared in on leg stump, Vettori clears the front leg and drives to mid-on

48.4

Tait to Oram, FOUR, top shot, just making room and carving a wide one through extra cover

Clarke has a word with Tait

48.5

Tait to Oram, 1 run, oh well tried, Clarke! Oram bludgeons a rocket damn hard to mid-off, where Clarke flings himself across to his left but cannot hold on with one hand, but my that was hit ever so hard

48.6

Tait to Vettori, OUT, bowled! Vettori walks right across the stumps, well outside off in an attempt to play one of those en vogue paddles to fine man, but inside-edges onto leg stump to hand Tait a third wicket with his final ball

DL Vettori b Tait 18 (26m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

End of over 49 (8 runs) New Zealand 241/7 (RR: 4.91)
     SW Tait    10-0-59-3
JDP Oram    26* (34b 3x4)      NW Bracken    9-3-39-0

Last over of the innings

49.1

Bracken to Oram, 2 runs, full outside off stump and Oram edges down to Tait at third man, getting two

49.2

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, full and even wider, drawing a thick outside-edge that doesn't carry to third man

49.3

Bracken to Mills, 1 run, full outside off stump, nicely carved backward of point to get Oram back

49.4

Bracken to Oram, 2 runs, lovely slow ball just outside off, Oram walks across and gets beaten by the pace yet still drives to long-on and sprints back for the second

49.5

Bracken to Oram, 1 run, this hits a shorter length and has Oram in a mess, attempting to heave it on-side, the ball drops at his feet and he calls for one

49.6

Bracken to Mills, SIX, excellent way to finish the innings! Mills likes the width and the length and carves that flat over the covers for a six to get New Zealand to 254

Australia need 255 to win the series opener. Don't go very far, and be back in about 30 minutes - 18:30 local, 07:30 GMT - to join me, Jamie Alter, for their reply.

End of over 50 (13 runs) New Zealand 254/7
KD Mills    7* (2b 1x6)      NW Bracken    10-3-52-0
JDP Oram    32* (38b 3x4)      SW Tait    10-0-59-3
Series Results
Australia v New Zealand at Hobart - Dec 20, 2007
Australia won by 114 runs
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