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

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

10.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, bow he bowls fuller to Hussey, he gets forward to drive, the ball moves off the seam and Hussey mistimes the shot

10.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, holds the length back, he gets behind the line and defends

10.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, 132.8 kph, lands on middle and leg, he opens the face of the bat and works it back to the bowler

Australia 33/3   IE O'Brien 1-0-1-0

12.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler

12.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, beaten for pace there, Hussey shapes to work it to the on side but the ball skids through and raps him high on the hip

12.3

O'Brien to Hussey, 2 runs, gets a touch forward and pushes it wide of cover

12.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, full outside off and he works it to the off side

12.5

O'Brien to Hussey, 3 runs, full on the pads and Hussey yells 'two' as soon as he flicks it away, the ball beats mid-on and they pick up three

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   IE O'Brien 2-0-7-0

14.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, good length delivery on the middle stump, Hussey gets onto the back foot and tucks it to midwicket

14.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, outside the off and wide enough not to demand Hussey's attention

14.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, Hussey comes forward and covers the swing as he pushes it to cover

14.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, fuller outside the off stump, left alone by Hussey

14.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, swinging away. Hussey gets an edge to second slip but it doesn't carry

14.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, beaten outside the off stump, pitches on a good length and moves away

Australia 55/3   IE O'Brien 3-1-7-0

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   IE O'Brien 4-1-8-0

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

18.6

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

Australia 59/3   IE O'Brien 5-1-9-0

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   IE O'Brien 6-2-9-0

22.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, bangs it in on a good length outside off and cramps him for room, he does well to shoulder arms

22.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, makes him play by drawing him forward on the forward defensive

22.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, delivers it with good pace and directs it just wide of the of stump, he shoulders arms

22.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pacy delivery, 130 kph, lands outside off and moves in fairly sharply and carries through fairly high to McCullum

22.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pitches outside off and moves slightly away from the left hander, he lets it go

22.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, Hussey watchfully shoulders arms outside the off stump, gets across his stumps and lets it go

Australia 63/3   IE O'Brien 7-3-9-0

24.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, thuds it in hard and it was too quick and high for Hussey to contemplate a shot

24.2

O'Brien to Hussey, FOUR, short but this time it sits up well for Hussey to get his bottom hand working, he pulls it along the ground between mid-on and midwicket, O'Brien didn;t get enough pace on that to trouble Hussey

24.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and holds its line, he shoulders arms

24.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pitches outside off, left alone

24.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, much better, he cramps him for room outside off and Hussey chooses to let it go

24.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pitches short on middle and leg and moves across the left hander, he goes on the hop and steers it away to the off side

Australia 67/3   IE O'Brien 8-3-13-0

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

26.6

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, comes round the wicket and hits the deck hard, he swivels and pulls along the turf to fine leg

Australia 74/3   IE O'Brien 9-3-19-0

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

28.5

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, comes round the wicket to Hussey, he gets across his stumps and works it to the on side

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   IE O'Brien 10-3-25-0

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   IE O'Brien 11-4-25-0

45.1

O'Brien to Symonds, no run, bangs in the bouncer and that sails over Symonds' arched back

45.2

O'Brien to Symonds, no run, Was that dropped? Can't tell for sure, Symonds clubs a short ball and the ball goes straight to Redmond at short midwicket

45.3

O'Brien to Symonds, 7 runs, Now Symonds clubs another short ball from outside off, the ball just falls short of the rope at deep midwicket and they run four, worse for N there are four overthrows as well as the ball beats the keeper. Due to scoring issues the ball is being scored as 7 runs for the moment. It's complicated and I really can't explain why

45.4

O'Brien to Symonds, 1 run

45.5

O'Brien to Symonds, OUT, what a dramatic over! O'Brien pitches it just a shade outside off and gets Symonds to poke at it, the edge is taken and O'Brien is really pumped up in his celebration

A Symonds c †McCullum b O'Brien 26 (54m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 78.78

45.6

O'Brien to Watson, no run, wide outside off and lets it go

Australia 132/5   IE O'Brien 12-4-33-1

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   IE O'Brien 13-5-33-1

49.1

O'Brien to Watson, OUT, O'Brien's on a roll! He pitches it on a good length outside off and tempts Watson to cut, he doesn't move his feet and lazily wafts at it, McCullum takes the edge low to his right, Watson had himself to blame for this

SR Watson c †McCullum b O'Brien 1 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

49.2

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, gets behind the line to a good length ball and defends

49.3

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, hits a good length outside off, the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

49.4

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, holds the length back outside off and gets good bounce and carry to the keeper

49.5

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, similar delivery, this time he gets a big stride across his stumps and shoulders arms

49.6

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, pitches on off and middle and he gets behind the line and defends down the pitch

Australia 139/6   IE O'Brien 14-6-33-2

51.1

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, lands just a shade outside off and moves away, he lets it go

51.2

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, this time he fires in a full delivery on the stumps and he keeps it away

51.3

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, gets it to drift in sharply and leave the batsman after pitching, Clarke does well to get his feet moving and defend it

51.4

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, holds the length back outside off and gets the drift inwards, he gets behind the line and defends

51.5

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, uppish but effective, Haddin gets forward to a pitched up delivery swinging away from him and drives on the up past cover and extra cover, he placed it just right

51.6

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, holds the length back on middle and leg and he defends to the on side

Australia 147/6   IE O'Brien 15-6-37-2

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   IE O'Brien 16-6-39-2

71.1

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

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   IE O'Brien 17-6-42-2

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

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   IE O'Brien 18-6-43-2

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

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   IE O'Brien 19-6-44-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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