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

7.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, lands outside off, he gets a big stride forward and defends

7.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches further away from the off stump, he shoulders arms again

7.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches outside off and comes in, he defends

7.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, bangs it in short outside off, he moves away from it and lets it go

7.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, slightly slower in pace, draws him on the walk as he pats it back to the bowler

Australia 23/3   MJ Clarke 0* (5b)

10.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, pitches slightly wide outside off, gets a bit of late swing before reaching the keeper

10.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bowls the same line and length, doesn't make him play

10.3

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, holds the length back outside off and Clarke fends it off high on the body, he sets off quickly

Australia 33/3   MJ Clarke 1* (8b)

11.1

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, gets it to move away very late towards the off stump after pitching it on a good length, he softly taps it in front of cover and sets off

11.3

Southee to Clarke, FOUR, edged and short of second slip, it lands on a good length and moves away slightly, he plays it with soft hands and the edge falls well short if How at second slip and rolls to third man

11.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, turns his wrists and forces it to mid-on

11.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, lands on middle and leg and he pushes it away towards mid-on

11.6

Southee to Clarke, 2 runs, airy shot but safe, Clarke gives him width outside off and Clarke has a feel for it, he plays it high on the body and steers it on the up wide of gully

Australia 41/3   MJ Clarke 8* (13b 1x4)

12.6

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, shapes to drive a full delivery straight but gets an inside edge past his pads and down to square leg

Australia 47/3   MJ Clarke 9* (14b 1x4)

13.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, 132 kph, lands outside off and gets a bit of movement after pitching, left alone

13.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, full and it draws him to drive forward, there's a bit of late away swing too, he pushes it down to mid-on

13.3

Southee to Clarke, FOUR, superb delivery, draws a thick outside edge and unfortunately for the bowler it runs away for four, he gets forward to a away swinger outside off, the edge travels past third slip, his heart would have been in his mouth

13.4

Southee to Clarke, 3 runs, strays on the pads and he nicely works it away past midwicket and mid-on

13.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, gets forward to a fullish ball and pushes it towards mid-off

Australia 55/3   MJ Clarke 16* (19b 2x4)

15.1

Martin to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, the ball holds its line and he hops at the crease and steers it to the off side

15.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, lands it outside off and gets this one to move back in, he safely shoulders arms

15.3

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball, just a little short in length and he taps it wide of the bowler on the off side and takes off quickly

Australia 56/3   MJ Clarke 17* (22b 2x4)

16.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, good bouncer, bangs it in short on off stump and fizzes past Clarke who sways away from it

16.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, he gets this one to to jag back in sharply off a good length and strike him on the abdomen. Ouch! Clarke's in a bit of pain there

16.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, normal service resumes, he strays wide down the leg side and he doesn't offer a shot

16.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, shapes to drive a full delivery through the off side but he closes the face of the bat and mistimes the drive back to the bowler

16.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, adjusts to a good length and he pushes it firmly back to the bowler

16.6

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, lands just a shade outside off and he pats it down to the off side and calls immediately

Australia 57/3   MJ Clarke 18* (28b 2x4)

17.1

Martin to Clarke, no run, Martin doesn't get much movement again which is strange, it holds its line and Clarke defends it off easily back to the bowler

17.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, gets a touch forward this time and pats it back down the pitch

17.3

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, swings it late on the pads and he tucks it away down to fine leg

Australia 58/3   MJ Clarke 19* (31b 2x4)

18.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bangs it short of a length outside off, it comes back in and he works it to the on side

18.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, flicked to midwicket

18.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, flicks it in the same direction but decides against the single

18.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, pushes a full delivery firmly down the pitch and O'Brien shows a bit of aggression by taking aim for the stumps, he decides not to throw

18.5

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, strays on the pads and he works it wide of midwicket

Australia 59/3   MJ Clarke 20* (36b 2x4)

19.1

Martin to Clarke, no run, bangs it in short and he sways away from it

19.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, fullish outside off, he gets a touch forward and pushes it to mid-off

19.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, gets a touch forward and pushes it back down the pitch

19.4

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, strays a bit down the leg side and he tucks it with the line down to fine leg

Australia 60/3   MJ Clarke 21* (40b 2x4)

20.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, hits the deck hard outside the off stump and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

20.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, he hops at the crease and fends it off to point

20.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, hits a good length on leg, he pushes it back down the pitch

20.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, persists with that good length, he gets slightly across and defends back to the bowler

20.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, good stump to stump line, he gets across and defends it to the on side

20.6

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, good length and moving inwards, he shuffles across and plays out a quiet over

Australia 60/3   MJ Clarke 21* (46b 2x4)

21.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, lands outside off and moves away slightly, he lets it go

21.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he shoulders arms again

21.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, full in length and swings late, he gets a half prod forward and pushes it to mid-off

21.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches outside off and comes in late, he gets across his stumps and shoulders arms, the ball wasn't very far from off

21.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, full and driven with the angle to the off side, Vettori at short mid-off dives to his left and cuts it off

Australia 63/3   MJ Clarke 21* (51b 2x4)

23.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, Clarke does the same, watches the swing and lets it go through to the keeper

23.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, gets it to bend in closer to the off stump and draws him in to the stroke, he taps it down towards mid-on

23.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches just a shade too wide outside off, doesn't really draw him in to any stroke

23.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, angles it around the middle stump, he gets across his stumps and works it down to midwicket

23.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, full on middle and off and pushed firmly on the walk to mid-on

23.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, full and straight and he drives firmly on the walk but pushes it firmly back to the bowler

Australia 63/3   MJ Clarke 21* (57b 2x4)

25.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, full on middle and leg and driven to mid-on

25.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, fullish in length outside off, doesn't get much movement and Clarke is solid in defense

25.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, bowls back of a length from slightly wide of the crease and gets the off cutter to bend back in, he gets behind the line and defends

25.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, fuller in length, he searches for the swing and Clarke works it down to mid-on

25.5

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, holds the length back this time, he taps it softly in front of short cover and charges off, very good calling

Australia 68/3   MJ Clarke 22* (62b 2x4)

26.1

O'Brien to Clarke, FOUR, fullish and swinging away from the right hander, he's drawn forward but importantly he pushes at it with soft hands, the outside edge beats the gap between third slip and gully

26.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, he gets well behind the line this time and defends to the off side

26.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, gets forward again and defends to the off side

26.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, full on off stump, he pushes it through the line to mid-off

26.5

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, full on off and middle and he closes the face of the bat and pushes it to mid-on

Australia 73/3   MJ Clarke 27* (67b 3x4)

28.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bowls a good length on off stump, he gets nicely across and behind the line of the ball and defends

28.2

O'Brien to Clarke, FOUR, too short and wide and Clarke has a free swing of the arms, doesn't move his feet much as he slashes it past gully and cover point

28.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, adjusts the line closer to the batsman, he gets across and defends to the off side

28.4

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, gets across and pats it just wide of cover and sets off

28.6

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, good length on middle and leg, he gets across and defends back to the bowler

Australia 84/3   MJ Clarke 32* (72b 4x4)

30.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, pitches around the off stump, he defends to the off side

30.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, fires it full and wide outside the off stump, Clarke decides to see this one off

30.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, hits a good length outside off , he gets forward and pushes it to mid-off

30.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, he does well to shoulder arms

30.5

Elliott to Clarke, no run, bowls a very teasing line just wide of the off stump and Clarke has no option but to let it go

30.6

Elliott to Clarke, no run, and again, pegs away outside off and keeps him quiet again

Australia 90/3   MJ Clarke 32* (78b 4x4)

32.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, bowls a very encouraging away swinging yorker, Clarke's alert enough to keep that out

32.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, searches for swing as he fires in another full ball, he defends to the on side

32.3

Elliott to Clarke, FOUR, full and lands on a half volley on middle and leg, he turns his wrists slightly and works it just wide of mid-on, very well timed indeed, the follow through was good as well

32.4

Elliott to Clarke, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he drives just wide of short cover

Australia 95/3   MJ Clarke 37* (82b 5x4)

33.1

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, swings back in late and he shuffles across and works it to square leg off his pads

Australia 96/3   MJ Clarke 38* (83b 5x4)

34.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, full on middle and off, he works it behind square on the on side

34.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, full and pushed through the line on the walk to mid-on

34.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, he searches for that swing and bowls it full, he gets a big stride across and defends

34.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, hits a good length outside off pushed to the off side

34.5

Elliott to Clarke, 1 run, drives to mid-off and takes off for a quick single

Australia 97/4   MJ Clarke 39* (88b 5x4)

35.1

Martin to Clarke, no run, full outside off, he gets a half stride forward and defends to mid-off

35.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, pitches it up outside off and Clarke decides not to offer a shot, well left in the end

35.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, the best ball he's bowled all day for sure, lands on the corridor of uncertainty outside off and comes back in, he fishes at it and nearly edges it to McCullum

35.4

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, slides towards the pads, he shuffles and nudges it with the angle to square leg

Australia 98/4   MJ Clarke 40* (92b 5x4)

36.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, that's a nice line from Elliott, pitched on off and seaming away a touch, he draws Clarke into a lunging drive that flies away to the off side off a thickish edge

36.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, and this one doesn't move at all, Clarke leaves it alone and it sails just over off stump

36.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, on line again, Clarke forward and defending solidly

36.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, just a hint of outswing, on off stump and Clarke defends with a straight bat

36.5

Elliott to Clarke, no run, left alone, but a good ball from Elliott, this one holds its off-stump line

36.6

Elliott to Clarke, no run, Clarke defends again, prods this one to the off side

Australia 98/4   MJ Clarke 40* (98b 5x4)

37.4

Martin to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

37.5

Martin to Clarke, no run, good bounce from Martin and that's left alone

37.6

Martin to Clarke, no run, short again, Clarke pulls this one from outside off and it's collected at midwicket

Australia 101/4   MJ Clarke 40* (101b 5x4)

39.1

Martin to Clarke, no run, gets the ball to bend back in from a good length and he shoulders arms

39.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, comes from wide of the crease and nearly gets Clarke to edge as he flashes at a good length ball which comes back in after pitching

39.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, delivers it with the same angle but he shoulders arms this time on the forward prod

39.4

Martin to Clarke, no run, gets the ball to angle in to the right hander and he's drawn forward, he steers it in front of point

39.5

Martin to Clarke, no run, holds the length back a fraction, he gets behind the line and pushes it back down the pitch

39.6

Martin to Clarke, no run, comes in further and angles towards the pads, he clips it softly to midwicket

Australia 101/4   MJ Clarke 40* (107b 5x4)

40.5

Elliott to Clarke, no run, gets forward and defends down the track

40.6

Elliott to Clarke, 3 runs, strays a bit on the pads and he improvises well by flicking his wrists late and placing it in the arc between mid-on and midwicket, Southee pulls it back before the rope and nearly effects a direct hit at the bowler's end

Australia 105/4   MJ Clarke 43* (109b 5x4)

41.1

Martin to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide and deservedly spanked, he stays rooted to the crease, reaches out and slaps it wide of gully, the fielder flings himself to his right to pull off a blinder but the ball was too quick

41.2

Martin to Clarke, no run, offers no stroke outside off

41.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, full and in the length to drive, he pushes it straight to cover

41.4

Martin to Clarke, no run, fullish in length outside off, he gets a good stride forward and across his stumps and defends

41.5

Martin to Clarke, no run, full and swinging in, he offers the full face of the bat and drives to mid-on

41.6

Martin to Clarke, no run, holds the length back on middle and off, he gets across his stumps and defends to the off side

Australia 109/4   MJ Clarke 47* (115b 6x4)

43.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, lands it outside off and gets gentle inward movement before reaching the keeper

43.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, once again he exercises caution outside the off stump and lets another one go, O'Brien's been good to watch all day

43.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, now he gets a stride across and drives through the off side, mid-off picks it up

43.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, adds more pace to this delivery and McCullum has to hop a bit to collect the ball

43.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, tempts him with a short and wide delivery outside off, he commits to the pull initially but withdraws

43.6

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length outside off, he shoulders arms

Australia 121/4   MJ Clarke 47* (121b 6x4)

44.3

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, cramped for room to cut but he somehow improvises, Clarke was struggling to reach his ground but the throw from short third man was to the wrong end

44.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, waits for the arm ball to come on to him, he rocks back, cuts to gully

Australia 124/4   MJ Clarke 48* (123b 6x4)

46.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, takes a single to the on side

Australia 133/5   MJ Clarke 49* (124b 6x4)

47.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, lands outside off, he safely shoulders arms

47.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, gets on the backfoot and taps it to the off side

47.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, strange shot by Clarke, he makes a bit of room to a good length delivery, shapes to cut but ends up chopping it towards mid-off

47.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, the slower ball, he lets it go

47.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, pitches outside off and he lets this go as well

47.6

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, this was short and fractionally too wide, he cuts hard but finds gully

Australia 133/5   MJ Clarke 49* (130b 6x4)

48.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, fullish outside off and driven towards cover

48.3

Vettori to Clarke, 1 no ball, oversteps, he bowls it full and he puts it away to midwicket

48.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, defended

48.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off and defended on the front foot

48.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, the quicker one nearly traps him in front but he manages to get his bat behind it

48.6

Vettori to Clarke, FOUR, lovely shot, he sees the flight, advances down the track and carts him over the mid-off, that's a stylish way to get to a fifty

Australia 139/5   MJ Clarke 53* (136b 7x4)

50.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, starts off with a good length delivery just a shade outside off and he shoulders arms

50.2

Southee to Clarke, FOUR, he's a lucky man, Clarke initially opts out of pulling a short ball from outside off but the ball catches the top edge of the bat and sails over the slip, very poor judgement in the end but he still gets a streaky four

50.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms outside off, well left

50.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, defended on the backfoot towards mid-on

50.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, full outside off and driven very firmly towards mid-on

50.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, holds the length back outside off and he defends back to the bowler

Australia 143/6   MJ Clarke 57* (142b 8x4)

52.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

52.2

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, comes from wide the crease, he half heartedly hangs his bat out and taps it in front of cover and sets off

Australia 148/6   MJ Clarke 58* (144b 8x4)

53.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, tests him out with an excellent bouncer, Clarke just about manages to arch under it

53.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bowls the slower ball and he gets across and taps it away

53.3

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, hits the deck hard outside off and shoulders arms

53.4

O'Brien to Clarke, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat and he angles a short of a length ball down to gully, Ryder appears to have it covered but the ball slips through

53.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bangs it in outside off and he shoulders arms

53.6

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, gets forward to a slower ball and defends towards mid-on

Australia 152/6   MJ Clarke 60* (150b 8x4)

55.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, hits a good length on off and middle he covers the line and defends

55.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, he gets a bit of movement off the seam and he a flays hard at a short delivery outside off

55.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, gets the ball to drift in closer to the off stump and he gets behind the line and defends

55.4

Southee to Clarke, 1 wide, thuds it in hard but the bouncer isn't good enough for Koertzen who signals a wide

55.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, bowls from wide of the crease and gets the ball to drift in, he covers the line and pushes to mid-on

55.5

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, slides on the pads and he works it through the line past midwicket for a single

Australia 154/7   MJ Clarke 61* (155b 8x4)

56.1

Ryder to Clarke, no run, Ryder hits a good length outside off and he shoulders arms, he's been quite nippy so far

56.2

Ryder to Clarke, no run, bowls this full and straight and he turns the face of the bat and pushes to mid-on

56.3

Ryder to Clarke, no run, full in length and he mistimes the off drive back to the bowler

56.4

Ryder to Clarke, no run, beats him, he cleverly holds the length back outside off and has Clarke feeling for it

56.5

Ryder to Clarke, no run, adjusts to a fuller length on the off stump and he drives this one to mid-off

56.6

Ryder to Clarke, 1 run, strays a bit on the body and he tucks it away off his hips past square leg

Australia 155/7   MJ Clarke 62* (161b 8x4)

57.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, taps a back of a length delivery outside off in front of point and turns down the single

57.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, comes from wide of the crease and hits a fuller length, he gets forward and works it to mid-off

57.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, fullish in length outside off, he defends down to mid-off

57.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, holds the length back outside off, he hops at the crease and mistimes the cut to point

57.5

Southee to Clarke, no run

57.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, very nearly plays it on to his stumps, he taps it with soft hands, starts off for a run sees the ball heading towards the stumps and intercepts it with the bat

Australia 155/7   MJ Clarke 62* (167b 8x4)

59.1

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, hits the deck hard and he hops at the crease, takes the ball on the rise and fends it off towards short leg and takes a run

Australia 160/7   MJ Clarke 63* (168b 8x4)

60.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, gets forward to the pitch of the ball and plays it to cover

60.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, the outswinger this time and he gets forward and pushes it to cover again

60.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, lands on a fullish length outside off and it holds its line before reaching the keeper

60.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, he gets a big stride across his stumps and shoulders arms

60.5

Elliott to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length on off stump, he gets behind the line and defends

60.6

Elliott to Clarke, no run, full and in the slot to drive, he gets forward to drive but finds mid-off

Australia 160/8   MJ Clarke 63* (174b 8x4)

61.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, flashes a little away from the body and taps it to the off side

61.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, fullish and in the slot to drive, he shapes to caress it past the off side but mistimes the drive to cover

61.5

Southee to Clarke, FOUR, lovely shot, he converts a good length delivery to a boundary ball by opening the face of the bat and placing it firmly past extra cover, that should ease the pressure

61.6

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, strays on the pads and he clips it behind square on the on side

Australia 166/8   MJ Clarke 68* (178b 9x4)

62.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, lands on a good length on off and middle, he shuffles across his stumps and pushes it to mid-off

62.2

Elliott to Clarke, no run, gets on the front foot and drives firmly down the pitch

62.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, hits a good length on off stump and he drives to mid-off

62.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, gets a bit of extra away swing and results in a thin outside edge which just falls short of third slip

62.5

Elliott to Clarke, 2 runs, another outswinger and another outside edge, he plays it with more control this time and beats third slip

62.6

Elliott to Clarke, no run, hits the deck hard and the bouncer sails over his arched back

Australia 168/8   MJ Clarke 70* (184b 9x4)

64.1

Elliott to Clarke, no run, gets it drift away from the right hander from the middle stump and Clarke does well to defend it

64.2

Elliott to Clarke, 2 runs, just a little too full and Clarke uses his wrists well and flicks it wide iof midwicket for a couple

64.3

Elliott to Clarke, no run, fullish in length on middle and leg and he works it firmly down to mid-on

64.4

Elliott to Clarke, no run, fulligh in length outside off and he pushes it down to mid-off

64.5

Elliott to Clarke, no run, fulligh in length outside off and he gets a little further across his stumps and pushes it to mid-off

64.6

Elliott to Clarke, 3 runs, grants him a bit more width outside off and he opens out his bat and works it past cover, the ball is pulled up before the rope

Australia 173/8   MJ Clarke 75* (190b 9x4)

65.1

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, he angles it towards the pads and works it away to the on side

65.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, leaves a big gap between bat and pad as he shapes to drive and gets a big inside edge on to his pads

65.4

Martin to Clarke, 3 runs, full outside off and lands on a half volley and he pushes it firmly past extra cover

Australia 178/8   MJ Clarke 79* (193b 9x4)

66.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, flighted outside off, he rocks back and cuts to sweeper cover

Australia 183/8   MJ Clarke 80* (194b 9x4)

67.1

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, slides on the pads and he thinks it two as soon as he whips it past midwicket, but the throw is good and Clark will face the music

Australia 184/9   MJ Clarke 81* (195b 9x4)

68.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, goes on the backfoot to a straighter ball and works it wide of mid-on

Australia 189/9   MJ Clarke 82* (196b 9x4)

69.1

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he drives square to deep cover and gets off the strike

69.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, full outside off and pushed down to the covers

69.4

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, drifts on the pads from slightly wide if the crease and he closes the face of the bat and tucks it to fine leg

Australia 192/9   MJ Clarke 84* (199b 9x4)

70.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms outside the off stump, he watchfully lets it go

70.2

Vettori to Clarke, 2 runs, floated on the pads and he works it with the angle to fine leg

70.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off and lands on a fullish length, he defends back to the bowler

70.4

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, slower through the air, he cuts it to sweeper cover, he calls for the run even before playing the shot

Australia 195/9   MJ Clarke 87* (203b 9x4)

71.1

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide outside off, he hangs his bat out and places it to third man

Australia 196/9   MJ Clarke 88* (204b 9x4)

72.1

Vettori to Clarke, 2 runs, nudged off his pads wide of square leg and they do well to complete the second run, that's the 200 up

72.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, misses an opportunity to nudge one down to fine leg and Michael is frustrated

72.3

Vettori to Clarke, 2 runs, turned to fine legm Michael really pushes his partner, Stuart stumbles and falls, picks himself and makes his ground thanks to the fact that the throw was to the wrong end

72.4

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, pushed to the on side

Australia 203/9   MJ Clarke 93* (208b 9x4)

73.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, he negotiates a snorter of a delivery really well and fends it away with soft hands, the ball just falls short of second slip

73.2

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, defended off the front foot to cover

73.3

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off and punched off the backfoot past cover

Australia 208/9   MJ Clarke 94* (211b 9x4)

74.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, steps down the track and works it with the angle down to deep midwicket, Stuart wants the second run but he's sent back

74.6

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, works an easy single down to long-on, this defensive field is puzzling, now Michael retains the strike

Australia 211/9   MJ Clarke 96* (213b 9x4)

75.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, bowls the slower ball and tries to work it to the on side but gets a leading edge to the off

75.2

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, fires it with more pace and directs it at the stumps, he whips it away but fails to beat mid-on

Australia 212/9   MJ Clarke 97* (215b 9x4)

76.1

Ryder to Clarke, 1 run, gets a bit of width outside off and he chops it down just wide of point

76.6

Ryder to Clarke, OUT, through the gate! Michael Clarke falls two short of a deserving century, Ryder gets one to skid through off a good length, the ball lands on the line of the offfstump and comes back in, Clarke leaves plenty of daylight between bat and pad and crashes on to the off and middle stumps, the pff stump is pushed back and that signals the end of Australia's innings at 214.

MJ Clarke b Ryder 98 (297m 217b 9x4 0x6) SR: 45.16

Australia 214/10   MJ Clarke 98 (217b 9x4)
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