New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Trans-Tasman Trophy - 1st Test

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 149 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

66.4

Vettori to Clark, no run, goes on the back foot to an arm ball and blocks it away

66.5

Vettori to Clark, no run, really fires it across the right hander and searches for the yorker, he manages to dig it out

66.6

Vettori to Clark, no run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery back to the bowler

Australia 183/9   SR Clark 0* (3b)

67.2

Martin to Clark, no run, swings it in to his pads and nearly whips it past midwicket, good shot but for no runs

67.3

Martin to Clark, no run, full outside off and swinging in and he gets an inside edge on to his pads

67.4

Martin to Clark, 2 runs, pokes his bat out and angles it nicely past the diving gully fielder, he's circumspect with the second run but Michael pushes him on

67.5

Martin to Clark, 2 runs, gets a rising delivery outside off and improvises well by slicing it past the covers for another couple

67.6

Martin to Clark, no run, ends the over with a short ball and he evades it easily

Australia 188/9   SR Clark 4* (8b)

68.2

Vettori to Clark, no run, fires in the arm ball and the ball skids through and he gets an inside edge on to his pads

68.3

Vettori to Clark, no run, drives back to the bowler

68.4

Vettori to Clark, no run, gets back and defends

68.5

Vettori to Clark, no run, once again tries to fire in the arm ball but he gets some wood on it and defends down the pitch

68.6

Vettori to Clark, no run, much slower through the air, he stays on the backfoot and defends it away with no fuss

Australia 189/9   SR Clark 4* (13b)

69.2

Martin to Clark, 1 run, Stuart tries to drive and the ball stops on him and he chips it on the up to short mid-off, he struggles to make his ground but the throw is wide

69.5

Martin to Clark, no run, hits a good length outside off and comes back in with the angle, he pushes it down to mid-on

69.6

Martin to Clark, no run, hits a good length on off and middle and he pushes it with soft hands down to mid-on

Australia 192/9   SR Clark 5* (16b)

70.5

Vettori to Clark, no run, slow through the air again and he safely defends it away

70.6

Vettori to Clark, no run, quicker through the air and fuller in length, he gets forward and pushes it to midwicket

Australia 195/9   SR Clark 5* (18b)

71.2

O'Brien to Clark, no run, Stuart attempts the same, he pokes his bat out and chips it on the up towards gully, the ball just falls short

71.3

O'Brien to Clark, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets on the backfoot and pushes to mid-off

71.4

O'Brien to Clark, no run, bowls a good length outside off, he places it to the off side

71.5

O'Brien to Clark, 2 runs, bowls a fuller delivery on the pads and Stuart clips it uppishly just wide of short mid-off, it seemed risky at first but his placement was fine

71.6

O'Brien to Clark, no run, very well played indeed, he bangs it in short and Stuart shapes to leave it but he plays with very soft hands and fends it off

Australia 198/9   SR Clark 7* (23b)

72.5

Vettori to Clark, no run, arm ball, defended off the backfoot

72.6

Vettori to Clark, FOUR, full on the off stump and Stuart creams that with brute force down the pitch and past mid-off, that really crashed on to the boundary board

Australia 207/9   SR Clark 11* (25b 1x4)

73.4

O'Brien to Clark, no run, the ball stops on Stuart as he shapes to drive and he nearly lobs it on the full back to the bowler

73.5

O'Brien to Clark, no run, full in length just outside the off stump and he drives well down to mid-off

73.6

O'Brien to Clark, no run, once again offers the full face of the bat and pushes it softly towards cover

Australia 208/9   SR Clark 11* (28b 1x4)

74.2

Vettori to Clark, no run, tucked softly off his pads to the on side

74.3

Vettori to Clark, no run, flighted on off and middle and defended to the on side

74.4

Vettori to Clark, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends softly

74.5

Vettori to Clark, 1 run, angled towards the pads and it's too easy for Stuart as he works it to fine leg

Australia 210/9   SR Clark 12* (32b 1x4)

75.3

O'Brien to Clark, no run, tests him out with a back of a length ball but Stuart plays it very well with soft hands and defends

75.4

O'Brien to Clark, no run, another short of a length ball is safely defended down the pitch

75.5

O'Brien to Clark, no run, now Stuart decides to free his arms and has a wild swing outside the off stump, smiles all around

75.6

O'Brien to Clark, no run, gets on the backfoot and pushes it to the off side

Australia 212/9   SR Clark 12* (36b 1x4)

76.2

Ryder to Clark, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and pushes it firmly to mid-off

76.3

Ryder to Clark, no run, hits a good length on off and middle, does well to defend

76.4

Ryder to Clark, no run, drifts towards middle, he pushes it with the line to mid-on

76.5

Ryder to Clark, 1 run, works it away to the on side and Michael has the strike

Australia 214/9   SR Clark 13* (40b 1x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Australia won by an innings and 62 runs
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