New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Trans-Tasman Trophy - 1st Test

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 149 runs

Overs 0-50

The New Zealand openers walk out. There are 11 overs remaining tonight, light permitting. Lee needs three more for 300 Test wickets

0.1

Lee to Redmond, no run, bangs it in outside the off stump and holds its line before reaching the keeper

Katich and Hayden walk out

0.1

Lee to Redmond, no run

There's a gap between third and fourth slips, there's a widish fifth slip as well

0.2

Lee to Redmond, no run, this one is really wide outside the off stump, too wide for Redmond to chase it

0.3

Lee to Redmond, no run, tests him out with an outswinging yorker on the base of middle stump, he shapes to work it away to the on side but gets a leading edge to the off side

0.4

Lee to Redmond, 1 run, taps it with soft hands towards short mid-off and calls for the run, Lee darts towards the ball, slides and tries to gather it but he slips

0.5

Lee to How, no run, really fires in the yorker this time outside the off stump and the ball creeps under his bat

0.6

Lee to How, no run, pacy, 142 kph, bangs it in on a good length outside off, comes back in and hits him on the waist, that would have hurt

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0
JM How    0* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
AJ Redmond    1* (4b)     

1.1

Clark to Redmond, no run, pitches outside off and moves away, he safely lets it go

1.2

Clark to Redmond, no run, this time he pitches it on off stump and gets it to go through straight, left alone

1.3

Clark to Redmond, no run, what a jaffa! I tell you folks batting isn't easy out there, this one pitches on off and middle and slices Redmond in half as the ball sails over middle stump

1.4

Clark to Redmond, 1 no ball, this time he oversteps, he gets forward and digs it out to the off side

1.4

Clark to Redmond, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets well forward and pushes it to the off side

1.5

Clark to Redmond, no run, keeps it on a good length outside off and it holds its length before reaching Haddin

1.6

Clark to Redmond, no run, ends a very good over by probing outside the off stump line and forcing him to fish outside the off stump, not far from the edge

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 2/0
AJ Redmond    1* (11b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
JM How    0* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to How, no run, slides late on the pads and he;s a little late on the flick, very half hearted appeal for lbw by Lee

2.2

Lee to How, no run, How totally at sea there, he doesn't know how to deal with the bouncer, he shapes to play, then decides to let it go and in the end the ball fizzes past his helmet

2.3

Lee to How, 2 runs, drifts on the body and he hops at the crease and works it away fine, How's a little slow off the blocks for the second run but gets there in time

2.4

Lee to How, no run, pitches it on a good length outside off and he safely defends it away

2.5

Lee to How, no run, fires that back of a length outside off and the ball holds its line before reaching Haddin

2.6

Lee to How, no run, switches to the yorker length, there's minimal swing for Lee but he safely negotiates it

End of over 3 (2 runs) New Zealand 4/0
JM How    2* (8b)      B Lee    2-0-3-0
AJ Redmond    1* (11b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

3.1

Clark to Redmond, 2 runs, full outside off and driven wide of mid-off and cover

3.2

Clark to Redmond, no run, holds the length back outside off, he drives to the off side

3.3

Clark to Redmond, no run, back of a length, he gets on the backfoot and defends

3.4

Clark to Redmond, no run, pushes forward to a full delivery outside off and decides against a single to mid-off

3.5

Clark to Redmond, no run, holds the length back outside off, he watchfully shoulders arms

3.6

Clark to Redmond, 1 no ball, this time he brings the ball back in and tucks him up as he gets forward, takes another blow on the waist

3.6

Clark to Redmond, no run, lands outside off, he lets it go

End of over 4 (3 runs) New Zealand 7/0
AJ Redmond    3* (18b)      SR Clark    2-0-4-0
JM How    2* (8b)      B Lee    2-0-3-0

4.1

Lee to How, no run, Huge appeal for a lbw, that looked really close, Lee brings the ball back in from a full length and appears to hit him in line with leg stump, Lee celebrated without even looking back but Koertzen was unmoved, Hawkeye reckons it would have just missed legstump so a very good decision

4.2

Lee to How, no run, again plays very close to the pad and angles the ball down to the off side

4.3

Lee to How, no run, fullish in length outside off and defended to the off side

4.4

Lee to How, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets a stride across and lets it go

4.5

Lee to How, no run, pushed towards the covers

4.6

Lee to How, no run, gets the ball to nip back in and he forces it off his pads

The batsmen have taken the light and are walking off so it's stumps. An excellent day for New Zealand with the ball and openers survived a few nervy overs. Southee, O'Brien and Ryder made life difficult for Australia after putting them in. The conditions were as predicted on the eve of the match and the batsmen will be tested for another couple of days at least.

The weather forecast for tonight isn't very good so let's keep our fingers crossed for a scheduled start tomorrow. Thanks for staying with us. Do join us tomorrow. Cheers!

End of over 5 (maiden) New Zealand 7/0
JM How    2* (14b)      B Lee    3-1-3-0
AJ Redmond    3* (18b)      SR Clark    2-0-4-0

9.55: So we're starting on time alright. How and Redmond walk out to bright sunshine. This will be a challenge for both of them to complement the efforts of their seamers yesterday.

9.35: Good morning and welcome to the coverage of the second day at the Gabba. This is Kanishkaa returning to take you through. It's also a very good morning to Raghav, Brydon Coverdale and Peter English.

Some of you must be sitting on the edge of your seats wondering about the weather. Well I have some good news. It is sunny at the Gabba but there's no official word yet on the start time. But apparently there was incredibly heavy rain again last night, and the guys in the press box could hardly see the ground and scoreboard. It was threatening to pour like crazy once New Zealand came out to bat.

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5.1

Clark to Redmond, OUT, what a start for Australia! Redmond caught out early, perhaps a loss of concentration, Clark pitches outside off and moves it away slightly, the ball kicks up a bot on Redmond and he hangs his bat out and edges to Ponting who dives to his right and cups it comfortably

AJ Redmond c Ponting b Clark 3 (25m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.78

Jesse Ryder walks out, he's a player to watch

5.2

Clark to Ryder, no run, hits a good length outside off and he defends it away with ease, no seam movement there

5.3

Clark to Ryder, 2 runs, streaky way to get off the mark, he shapes to work it to the on side but gets a leading edge past gully

5.4

Clark to Ryder, FOUR, not the most convincing boundary, Clark adjusts to a fuller length outside off, he gets his bat out to drive but the ball gets the edge and rolls past third slip and gully, it probably wouldn't have carried to fourth slop anyway

Fourth slip in place

5.5

Clark to Ryder, no run, pitches outside off and he shoulders arms

5.6

Clark to Ryder, 1 no ball, he oversteps this time, leaves him outside off, there's no sideways movement

5.6

Clark to Ryder, 1 run, drifts just wide of the body and he works it away to the on side

Burty: "I'm looking forward to seeing Jesse Ryder bat today. He reminds me of Mark Cosgrove for some reason..."

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 15/1
JD Ryder    7* (6b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-0-12-1
JM How    2* (14b)      B Lee    3-1-3-0

6.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, warm-up delivery to start off with, strays really wide outside off and Ryder safely lets it go

6.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, pitches around the leg stu,p on a good length, he turns the face of the bat and tucks it with soft hands to the on side

6.3

Lee to Ryder, FOUR, lovely shot, Lee grants him width outside off to free his arms and he obliges, he slashes hard and places it perfectly past gully and nobody moved

6.4

Lee to Ryder, FOUR, Dropped: Lee gets a bit of extra bounce and Ryder can't resist a poke, the outside edge bobs off the top edge of the bat and Haddin flings himself in front of first slip and spills it and it rolls for four, that would have been a sitter for Hayden

6.5

Lee to Ryder, no run, appeal for lbw this time, he jags it back in and the ball may have hit him too high, very confident appeal

6.6

Lee to Ryder, no run, ouch! On the box, it goes straight through and he gets on his knee, Lee smiles and pats Ryder on the helmet, funny for the rest but no laughing matter for Ryder

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 23/1
JD Ryder    15* (12b 3x4)      B Lee    4-1-11-0
JM How    2* (14b)      SR Clark    3-0-12-1

7.1

Clark to How, no run, gets this one to bend back off the seam and raps him high on the pad as he tries to shoulder arms

7.2

Clark to How, no run, another edge but this falls safe of gully, the shapes to defend but the ball leaves him in the last second

7.3

Clark to How, no run, pitches outside off and he safely lets this one go

7.4

Clark to How, no run, very confident appeal! man that looked awfully close, he pitches it on off stump and gets it to come back in, the ball hits him on the pad as he gets forward to defend but Doctrove isn't convinced, I tell you that was very close, may have hit leg according to me

7.5

Clark to How, no run, gets well forward and defends solidly

7.6

Clark to How, no run, pitches outside off and leaves the right hander off the seam, left alone

The Australians are wearing black armbands following the death of Peter Forrest's father. Forrest, a top order batsman, currently plays for NSW.

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 23/1
JM How    2* (20b)      SR Clark    4-1-12-1
JD Ryder    15* (12b 3x4)      B Lee    4-1-11-0

8.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, gets forward and defends to point

8.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, fuller delivery, defends on the backfoot to cover

8.3

Lee to Ryder, FOUR, bit of lazy elegance but it works, Lee gives him width outside off and Ryder gets his bat out to cover the late movement, he angles it with ease and beats gully comfortably

8.4

Lee to Ryder, no run, good length on off stump, he gets across and defends back to the bowler

Packed slip field

8.5

Lee to Ryder, 1 no ball, he oversteps, slips it full outside off and Ryder isn't interested

8.5

Lee to Ryder, no run, pitches it in the same area outside off and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

8.6

Lee to Ryder, no run, hits the deck hard and the ball sails over Ryder's arched back

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End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 28/1
JD Ryder    19* (19b 4x4)      B Lee    5-1-16-0
JM How    2* (20b)      SR Clark    4-1-12-1

9.1

Clark to How, FOUR, rare off-target delivery by Clark, he strays on the pads and How eases it away off the full face of the bat, he doesn't push hard at it but it's enough to beat fine leg

9.2

Clark to How, no run, much better, lands outside off and he safely lets it go

9.3

Clark to How, no run, lands it outside off but he gets quite a bit of lateral movement away from the right hander

9.4

Clark to How, no run, fullish outside off, he gets a nice stride across and plays a textbook forward defense

9.5

Clark to How, no run, How's very cautious outside the off stump,he safely shoulders arms and rightly so

9.6

Clark to How, no run, shapes to defend with a half prod forward but he just closes the face of the bat a little bit and works it to the on side

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 32/1
JM How    6* (26b 1x4)      SR Clark    5-1-16-1
JD Ryder    19* (19b 4x4)      B Lee    5-1-16-0

10.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, full on the off stump and he pushes it back down the pitch

Johann Jayasekera: "Jesse 'I am New Zealand Cricket' seems to have a touch of the luck much like Dougie Walters. Grabbed a couple of wickets, walks out and the tempo of the game changes. nice"

10.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, holds the length back outside the off stump and he exercises caution by letting it go

10.3

Lee to Ryder, no run, a little slower in pace and he lets this one go as well, the ball lobs up nicely for Haddin

10.4

Lee to Ryder, no run, adjusts to a fuller length, he gets forward and pushes it firmly to mid-off

10.5

Lee to Ryder, no run, solid in defense, gets slightly across his stumps and defends on the backfoot down the pitch

10.6

Lee to Ryder, no run, fuller in length and just a shade outside the off stump, he gets his pad across and lets it go

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 32/1
JD Ryder    19* (25b 4x4)      B Lee    6-2-16-0
JM How    6* (26b 1x4)      SR Clark    5-1-16-1

11.1

Clark to How, no run, slides down the leg side but How opts to shoulder arms

11.2

Clark to How, no run, full and drifts on the pads and How is a little late on the flick and hence the ball rolls to the off side off his pads

11.3

Clark to How, 1 run, strays on the pads again and he eases it past fine leg, Katich's there at the deep to cut it off, interesting field, looks like they want Ryder on strike

11.4

Clark to Ryder, no run, back of a length outside off, he gets across and defends with soft hands

11.5

Clark to Ryder, 1 run, angles it on the pads on a full length and he works it past midwicket with a delicate flick of the wrists

11.6

Clark to How, no run, that was a rip snorter, I tell you How didn't expect that bit of pace from Clark, it rears up off a good length and fizzes past his body and helmet, nearly lost his balance at the crease

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 34/1
JM How    7* (30b 1x4)      SR Clark    6-1-18-1
JD Ryder    20* (27b 4x4)      B Lee    6-2-16-0

12.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, full and on the stumps and driven with soft hands back down the pitch

12.2

Lee to Ryder, no run, holds the length back and outside off, he shapes to cut but is cramped for room and hence mistimes the shot down the pitch

12.3

Lee to Ryder, no run, again he shapes to cut but the ball keeps a little low on him, the ball trickles to the off side

12.4

Lee to Ryder, no run, now he gets a bit of room to cut and it ball travels fairly quickly off the bat and Symonds does well at cover point to cut it off, loud cheers for Roy

12.5

Lee to Ryder, no run, comes round the wicket, he flashes hard on seeing the width and misses, Ryder needs to be careful not to throw it away

12.6

Lee to Ryder, 1 no ball, oversteps and bowls it full, he gets a half prod forward and defends

12.6

Lee to Ryder, no run, angles towards the middle stump and lands on a fullish length, he pushes it to cover

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End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 35/1
JD Ryder    20* (34b 4x4)      B Lee    7-2-17-0
JM How    7* (30b 1x4)      SR Clark    6-1-18-1

13.1

Clark to How, no run, Clark continues and sprays it very wide outside off, How doesn't chase it

13.2

Clark to How, no run, much better, comes inwards this time and How safely defends through the line to mid-on

13.3

Clark to How, 2 runs, bangs it in short of a length and he swivels and pulls along the turf, Lee mops up at fine leg just before the rope

13.4

Clark to How, no run, attempts another pull but he's a little too eager this time, the ball instead finds the edge of the bat and rolls towards the slips

13.5

Clark to How, 1 run, three out of three, he swivels on the back foot but doesn't time it as well, at least it's a safe single to fine leg

13.6

Clark to Ryder, 2 leg byes, strays on the pads, and he works it away to fine leg off the edge of the bat

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End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 40/1
JD Ryder    20* (35b 4x4)      SR Clark    7-1-21-1
JM How    10* (35b 1x4)      B Lee    7-2-17-0

14.1

Lee to How, FOUR, How faces his first ball off Lee today and makes it one to remember, it's full on middle and leg and he swiftly drives through the line and beats mid-on, the ball picks up speed and reaches the boundary easily

14.2

Lee to How, no run, switches to a good length outside off and he safely shoulders arms

14.3

Lee to How, no run, aims for a full length and bangs it in hard on the surface, he drives to mid-on but not off the middle of the bat

14.4

Lee to How, OUT, Timber! Lee really bends his back there, he bowls it full and gets it to swing in, How shapes to drive but the ball just straightens and shaves the off stump, Lee set him up the previous delivery with a full ball at good pace, timely breakthrough for Australia

JM How b Lee 14 (65m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.89

Ross Taylor walks in. He's one of their key batsmen

14.5

Lee to Taylor, no run, 141 kph, lands outside off and he safely shoulders arms

14.6

Lee to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off and comes in with the angle, he gets on the backfoot and taps it back to the bowler

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 44/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (2b)      B Lee    8-2-21-1
JD Ryder    20* (35b 4x4)      SR Clark    7-1-21-1

15.1

Clark to Ryder, no run, fullish in length outside off and he steers it in front of point with soft hands, the slips are still packed

15.2

Clark to Ryder, no run, holds the length back outside off, he pats it to the off side

15.3

Clark to Ryder, no run, fullish in length and straightens, he drives to mid-off

15.4

Clark to Ryder, no run, excellent delivery, lands on the corridor outside off and has Ryder fishing, the extra bounce catches him by surprise and he luckily withdraws his bat as the ball fizzes past him

15.5

Clark to Ryder, no run, shapes to flick a delivery down the leg side but misses

15.6

Clark to Ryder, 1 run, back of a length outside off and he pushes it wide of cover and sets off

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 45/2
JD Ryder    21* (41b 4x4)      SR Clark    8-1-22-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (2b)      B Lee    8-2-21-1

16.1

Lee to Ryder, no run, short outside off, swings away and lets it go

16.2

Lee to Ryder, 1 run, fires that on a yorker length, he digs it out past the bowler

16.3

Lee to Taylor, no run, pitches around the offstump, he gets back and defends square on the off side

16.4

Lee to Taylor, no run, fires it full and quick and searches for the swing, he drives hard to cover

16.5

Lee to Taylor, no run, Lee has his tail up and he exerts himself now as well, lands it outside off and gets it to move inwards before reaching Haddin

16.6

Lee to Taylor, no run, leaves Taylor after pitching, he lets it go

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 46/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (6b)      B Lee    9-2-22-1
JD Ryder    22* (43b 4x4)      SR Clark    8-1-22-1

Watson replaces Clark, two slips in place

17.1

Watson to Ryder, no run, pitches it around the middle stump and gets good away movement, he shoulders arms

17.2

Watson to Ryder, no run, pitches on middle and goes through straight, he softly tucks it to midwicket

17.3

Watson to Ryder, FOUR, too wide outside off and short enough for him to slash with control, he stays balanced at the crease and cuts hard past Symonds cover point, there's nobody in the deep

17.4

Watson to Ryder, 3 runs, cuts another wide delivery outside off and he mistimes it a bit but beats the slips cordon, Hussey and Symonds do the chasing

17.5

Watson to Taylor, FOUR, bang! Watson bowls a little too full and searches for the swing, Taylor gets his bat nicely behind it and thumps it so hard that it reaches the boundary in a flash, no chance for Watson to get even a nail on it

17.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, pushed back towards the covers

Matthew from NZ: "Ahh good the tension is unbearable. A middle order full of such potential but with a habit of throwing wickets away due to overly aggressive instincts. This is gonna be one hell of a day of cricket."

Michael: "Jesse Ryder - Seems like a real character, bit of a throwback to the 80s when cricketers had a bit more girth yet still got the job done!"

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End of over 18 (11 runs) New Zealand 57/2
LRPL Taylor    4* (8b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-11-0
JD Ryder    29* (47b 5x4)      B Lee    9-2-22-1

Ryder has looked fairly comfortable out there. He's not very busy at the crease, quite nonchalant really

18.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, lands it back of a length outside off, he hops at the crease and tucks it to the on side

18.2

Johnson to Ryder, 1 run, gives him a bit of width and he gets across and steers it wide of cover point

18.3

Johnson to Taylor, no run, hits the deck hard and directs it down the leg side, Taylor's beaten for the pace there and he settles to let it go

18.4

Johnson to Taylor, no run, once again the ball comes on really quickly to Taylor and he withdraws a nudge to fine leg

18.5

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, sprays it full and wide outside off and Taylor cannot resist and slash, the ball beats a diving Symonds at backward point and scorches past the turf

18.6

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, angles it towards the pads and this time takes a single to fine leg

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 63/2
LRPL Taylor    9* (12b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    30* (49b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-11-0

19.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, lands outside off and a touch wide, he shoulders arms

19.2

Watson to Taylor, 1 run, full and in the slot to drive, he drives very elegantly and maintains his balance but places it straight to mid-off

19.3

Watson to Ryder, OUT, that's a giveaway but Australia will gleefully accept it, Watson angles it wide across the left hander and lands it on a fullish length, Ryder opts the wrong shot - the cut - and stays rooted to the crease, very easy take for Haddin this time, a good comeback for the keeper after dropping the same batsman earlier today. Wrong choice of shot, to sum it up

JD Ryder c †Haddin b Watson 30 (70m 50b 5x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

19.4

Watson to McCullum, no run, full and driven to the off side

19.5

Watson to McCullum, no run, holds the length back outside off and he gets a stride across and shoulders arms

19.6

Watson to McCullum, FOUR, superb way to get off the mark, Watson overpitches outside the offstump and McCullum has enough time to get a big stride across, lean onto the shot and drive past the covers

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 68/3
BB McCullum    4* (3b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-16-1
LRPL Taylor    10* (14b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0

20.1

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, gets his bat down late on the ball, plays with soft hands to short cover and sets off

20.2

Johnson to McCullum, no run, hops at the crease and tucks a back of a length ball to the on side, turns down the single

20.3

Johnson to McCullum, FOUR, bangs it in short of a length outside off and the angle takes it further away from the right hander, he hops at the crease, meets the ball on the angle and places it perfectly past backward point

20.4

Johnson to McCullum, no run, shuffles across and places it back to the bowler

20.5

Johnson to McCullum, no run, bowls a nice stump to stump line and defends off the full face of the bat back to the bowler

20.6

Johnson to McCullum, OUT, Australia are really on top at the moment, he pitches it up on the offstump and draws McCullum forward, the ball moves away slightly, catches the outside edge and travels to Ponting at second slip, excellent delivery by Johnson

BB McCullum c Ponting b Johnson 8 (7m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 73/4
     MG Johnson    2-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor    11* (15b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-16-1

Here's Daniel Flynn

21.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, full outside off and he shapes to drive straight nut he closes the face of the bat and tucks it to short midwicket

21.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, drives another full delivery straight down the pitch but fails to beat mid-on

NZ desperately need a stand of at least 50 here. Now there's a silly mid-on for Taylor

21.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, lands outside off and he lets a full delivery go through to the keeper

Now Taylor has a short extra cover and a gully, plus the two slips, pressure's on

21.4

Watson to Taylor, 2 runs, slides on the pads and he works it wide of square leg

21.5

Watson to Taylor, 1 run, drives with soft hands back down the pitch and a misfield by Watson allows the single

Now Flynn takes strike. Three slips and a gully

21.6

Watson to Flynn, no run, angles it wide and full outside off, left alone

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 76/4
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      SR Watson    3-0-19-1
LRPL Taylor    14* (20b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-11-1

22.1

Johnson to Taylor, no run, that's a real fizzer past taylor's body and well left, Johnson's working up some pace

22.2

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, gets a bit of outswing and Taylor chances his arm with a full delivery at real pace, he reaches out and just places it wide of the diving third slip fielder

22.3

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, hops at the crease and tucks it in front of square on the on side

22.4

Johnson to Flynn, no run, hops at the crease to a back of a length ball outside off, he defends to the off side

22.5

Johnson to Flynn, no run, bangs it in outside the off stump and he lets it go

22.6

Johnson to Flynn, no run, gets his bat nicely behind the line and defends, that should make Flynn feel good

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 81/4
DR Flynn    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    3-0-16-1
LRPL Taylor    19* (23b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-19-1

Stuart Clark returns, replaces Watson

23.1

Clark to Taylor, no run, lands outside off, he angles it across the gets a bit of movement before reaching Haddin

23.2

Clark to Taylor, no run, similar delivery, he safely lets it go

23.3

Clark to Taylor, 2 runs, lovely shot but well intercepted by Watson at mid-off, Taylor gets nicely behind the line to a full delivery and drives hard, the ball rebounds off the fielder

23.4

Clark to Taylor, no run, lands outside off and moves to Haddin's right before reaching him

23.5

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, full and gets a bit of late swing, he drives through the line and Watson at mid-off gets a bad bounce and the ball slips past him

23.6

Clark to Flynn, no run, comes over the wicket to the left hander, nicely defended back to the bowler

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 84/4
DR Flynn    0* (5b)      SR Clark    9-1-25-1
LRPL Taylor    22* (28b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-16-1

24.1

Johnson to Taylor, no run, defended on the backfoot

24.2

Johnson to Taylor, no run, full outside off and drives hard at it, he mistimes it to Symonds at square point

24.3

Johnson to Taylor, no run, strays on the pads and holds it line, he tucks it back to the bowler

24.4

Johnson to Taylor, no run, bangs it in short and the skids through very quickly, he gets on the backfoot and defends to the off side

24.5

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, no chance of anyone catching that, full and wide outside off and he really throws his bat at that, it flies off the top edge of the bat and clears the slips comfortably

24.6

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, and another, this time square of the wicket, he flashes hard at a pitched up delivery outside off and just clears Symonds at square point, that would have been a blinder

End of over 25 (8 runs) New Zealand 92/4
LRPL Taylor    30* (34b 5x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-24-1
DR Flynn    0* (5b)      SR Clark    9-1-25-1

25.1

Clark to Flynn, no run, left alone outside off, well left

25.2

Clark to Flynn, no run, gets across his stumps and pats it away to the off side

25.3

Clark to Flynn, no run, Flynn tries to get off the mark with a brave hook but meets thin air instead, the fizzes past his helmet at good pace

25.4

Clark to Flynn, no run, lands just a shade outside off, he pokes at and withdraws his bat

25.5

Clark to Flynn, FOUR, better way to get off the mark, sliding on the pads and he moves across just a touch, gets wood on it and places it to fine leg

25.6

Clark to Flynn, no run, holds the length back and the angle is towards the body, he tries another nudge to the leg side but the ball trickles to the on side

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End of over 26 (4 runs) New Zealand 96/4
DR Flynn    4* (11b 1x4)      SR Clark    10-1-29-1
LRPL Taylor    30* (34b 5x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-24-1

26.1

Johnson to Taylor, 2 runs, hops at the crease to a short of a length ball and works it to the on side

26.2

Johnson to Taylor, no run, lands it a little full and wide outside off, he shoulders arms

26.3

Johnson to Taylor, no run, comes round the wicket, lands it on a full length on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

26.4

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, overpitches outside the off stump, the angle id perfect for Taylor to get behind the line and place it wide of mid-off, good timing there

Extra cover in place

26.5

Johnson to Taylor, no run, much better, holds the length back and he defends to extra cover

26.6

Johnson to Taylor, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets behind the line and steers it to the offside

Jigish: "NZ throwing it away once again ... not a surprise (although I was hoping for one). 21 overs 70 odd for 4 wickets. They need to find players like Mark Richardson who can bat 5 hours for 50 - 60 odd runs if that's what it takes."

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 102/4
LRPL Taylor    36* (40b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-30-1
DR Flynn    4* (11b 1x4)      SR Clark    10-1-29-1

27.1

Clark to Flynn, no run, comes over the wicket, pitches outside off and he safely shoulders arms

27.2

Clark to Flynn, no run, lands on a good length outside off and he gets behind the line and defends

27.3

Clark to Flynn, no run, hits a good length outside off and doesn't get any away movement before reaching the keeper

27.4

Clark to Flynn, no run, slightly slower in pace, he turns the face of the bat and pushes it back down the pitch

27.5

Clark to Flynn, no run, the angle is slightly wider of the off stump, he gets slightly across and steers it to the off side

27.6

Clark to Flynn, no run, lets this one go outside off, Flynn will play it safe before lunch which is less than 10 mins from now

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 102/4
DR Flynn    4* (17b 1x4)      SR Clark    11-2-29-1
LRPL Taylor    36* (40b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-30-1

Andrew Symonds comes on, he's bowling seam up

28.1

Symonds to Taylor, FOUR, not a very good start for Symonds, strays on the pads, he tucks it away behind square on the on side, places it well and times it even better

28.2

Symonds to Taylor, no run, hits a fullish length outside off, he shoulders arms on seeing the away movement

28.3

Symonds to Taylor, no run, defended to the off side

28.4

Symonds to Taylor, no run, gets well across his stumps and defends it with ease back to the bowler

28.5

Symonds to Taylor, no run, very good delivery, Taylor shuffles across his stumps and the away movement beats the batsman

28.6

Symonds to Taylor, no run, Appeal Brilliant decision by Koertzen, Symonds squares him up outsisde the off stump and there was a clear noise after leaving the batsman, it looked like an edge and all the Australians started celebrating, replays showed the ball hitting the thigh pad

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 106/4
LRPL Taylor    40* (46b 7x4)      A Symonds    1-0-4-0
DR Flynn    4* (17b 1x4)      SR Clark    11-2-29-1

29.1

Clark to Flynn, no run, left alone outside off, the ball comes in

29.2

Clark to Flynn, no run, outside leg and shoulders arms

29.3

Clark to Flynn, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he works it down to fine leg

29.4

Clark to Flynn, no run, good length ball outside off and pushed to the offside

29.5

Clark to Flynn, no run, hits a good length outside off and safely patted back to the bowler

Last ball before lunch

29.6

Clark to Flynn, no run, turns the face of the bat and pushes it safely down the track

That's lunch. Australia will had to lunch with a huge burden off their shoulders, especially after how their batsmen fared yesterday. The batting conditions aren't that difficult, at least compared yesterday, says Richie Benaud. Ryder threw his wicket away and McCullum unfortunately got a really good delivery. Join us at 12.40 for the second session.

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Leigh Clements from NZ: "NZ need to stick with a top order. Matthew Bell should still be there and he is the type of batsman who can bat time and still turn the score over. His innings for Wellington the other day against Canterbury was superb."

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 108/4
DR Flynn    6* (23b 1x4)      SR Clark    12-2-31-1
LRPL Taylor    40* (46b 7x4)      A Symonds    1-0-4-0

We're back.

30.1

Lee to Taylor, no run, lands outside the off stump, he shoulders arms

30.2

Lee to Taylor, no run, hits a good length outside off and he gets behind the line and defends

30.3

Lee to Taylor, no run, fuller in length and comes in, he closes the face of the bat and works it to the on side

Two slips and a gully in place

30.4

Lee to Taylor, no run, moves away slightly off the seam on the off stump, he gets his bat down on an angle and steers it to gully

30.5

Lee to Taylor, OUT, slow death by Koertzen and Lee strikes straight after lunch, it pitches just back of a length and skids through, Taylor shapes to play it to the on side but the ball doesn't bounce as much and angles towards the pads, it appears to hit him just in line with the legstump

LRPL Taylor lbw b Lee 40 (77m 51b 7x4 0x6) SR: 78.43

Grant Elliott walks in

30.6

Lee to Elliott, no run, lands outside off and he safely lets it go

Now Lee has 299 Test wickets

End of over 31 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 108/5
GD Elliott    0* (1b)      B Lee    10-3-22-2
DR Flynn    6* (23b 1x4)      SR Clark    12-2-31-1

31.1

Watson to Flynn, no run, bangs it in back of a length on legstump, it kicks up on Flynn and he manages to fend it off

31.2

Watson to Flynn, no run, angles it across the left hander and he isn't afraid to give him width, he isn't tempted into playing a shot

31.3

Watson to Flynn, no run, lovely delivery, just angles across him very close to the line of the offstump, well left

31.4

Watson to Flynn, no run, bowls it much fuller and searches for that swing, he digs it out very close to the pads and that prompts an appeal

31.5

Watson to Flynn, no run, good length outside off and he pats it back to the bowler

31.6

Watson to Flynn, FOUR, gets it to move across the left hander and he pokes at it with an angled bat, the ball doesn't bounce too much so that allows him to angle it wide of third slip and gully with soft hands, the quick outfield does the rest

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 112/5
DR Flynn    10* (29b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-0-23-1
GD Elliott    0* (1b)      B Lee    10-3-22-2

32.1

Lee to Elliott, no run, lands a little wide outside the off stump, he safely shoulders arms

32.2

Lee to Elliott, no run, bangs it in short and he lets it to go Haddin

32.3

Lee to Elliott, no run, this one kicks up off a fiullish length and causes Haddin to hop and gather it close to his face

32.4

Lee to Elliott, no run, pitches it in line with the stumps and he does well to cover the line and defend

32.5

Lee to Elliott, FOUR, very well played, Lee pitches it up and draws him in to the forward prod, he plays with soft hands and glides it wide of third slip and gully for four

32.6

Lee to Elliott, no run, bangs it in short down the leg side and he sways away from it

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 116/5
GD Elliott    4* (7b 1x4)      B Lee    11-3-26-2
DR Flynn    10* (29b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-0-23-1

33.1

Watson to Flynn, 1 run, Flynn sees the short ball and gets a little too early in position for the pull and hence mistimes it to square leg, he slips at the other end while turning for another run

33.2

Watson to Elliott, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he defends

33.3

Watson to Elliott, no run, gets this one to nip back in after pitching and hits him high on the pad, he was well forward, Watson appeals

3 slips and a gully

33.4

Watson to Elliott, no run, draws him forward with a delivery which moves away off the seam and kicks up, that wasn't very far from the outside edge

33.5

Watson to Elliott, no run, now he bangs it in short and Elliott opts to let it go

33.6

Watson to Elliott, no run, gets another one to jag back in off the seam and Elliott is caught at the crease again, he's well forward so you can't give that out

End of over 34 (1 run) New Zealand 117/5
GD Elliott    4* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-24-1
DR Flynn    11* (30b 2x4)      B Lee    11-3-26-2

34.1

Lee to Flynn, no run, very nearly wicket No. 300, draws him forward with a full delivery but he keeps it down with soft hands, the outside edge rolls towards second slip

34.2

Lee to Flynn, no run, bowls it full again and he covers the line and pushes it to cover

34.3

Lee to Flynn, no run, bangs it in short and that sails over his arched back

34.4

Lee to Flynn, FOUR, very streaky but Flynn will take it, the ball angles across him and he shoulders arms, however the ball gets the outside edge and rolls past third slip and gully, poor judgement of the offstump there

34.5

Lee to Flynn, no run, just leaves him outside the off stump and he does well to let this one go, thankfully for Flynn no wood involved

34.6

Lee to Flynn, no run, hits a good length on off stump and he defends this one down the ground

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 121/5
DR Flynn    15* (36b 3x4)      B Lee    12-3-30-2
GD Elliott    4* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-24-1

35.1

Watson to Elliott, no run, pitches it outside the line of the offstump and holds its line before reaching Haddin

35.2

Watson to Elliott, no run, gets a shuffle across his stumps early and tries to work the ball through the angle to the on side but the ball trickles off his body

35.3

Watson to Elliott, no run, nicely squares him up outside the offstump, brute of a delivery, beaten for pace and bounce

35.4

Watson to Elliott, no run, slower one and directs it slightly wider of the offstump, he lets it go

35.5

Watson to Elliott, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and defends to the offside

35.6

Watson to Elliott, no run, angles towards the body and he pats it back to the bowler

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End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 121/5
GD Elliott    4* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-24-1
DR Flynn    15* (36b 3x4)      B Lee    12-3-30-2

36.1

Lee to Flynn, no run, well bowled, teases him into the cover drive with a well pitched-up delivery, not very far from the edge and wicket No. 300

36.2

Lee to Flynn, no run, delivers the slower ball but misdirects it down the leg side, fails to get bat on it

36.3

Lee to Flynn, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets across his stumps and defends

36.4

Lee to Flynn, no run, hits a good length on the off stump and he pushes it to Symonds at short cover

36.5

Lee to Flynn, no run, slides on the pads, he tries to work it across but fails to make contact with the bat

36.6

Lee to Flynn, no run, lands outside off and the ball holds its line, he lets it go

End of over 37 (maiden) New Zealand 121/5
DR Flynn    15* (42b 3x4)      B Lee    13-4-30-2
GD Elliott    4* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-24-1

37.1

Watson to Elliott, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitches outside off and he strokes it with ease past mid-off, that was a text book cover drive, the body and head well balanced on the follow through

37.2

Watson to Elliott, no run, pushed to the off side

37.3

Watson to Elliott, no run, lets it go outside off and Haddin fumbles while trying to gather it

Three slips and a gully

37.4

Watson to Elliott, no run, really quick bouncer, 136 kph, no time for Elliott to even think of playing a shot

37.5

Watson to Elliott, no run, gets behind the line and defends down the pitch

37.6

Watson to Elliott, no run, doesn't exert himself much on this delivery, he safely lets it go

Australia have bowled 8 overs in 36 mins after lunch

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 125/5
GD Elliott    8* (24b 2x4)      SR Watson    7-1-28-1
DR Flynn    15* (42b 3x4)      B Lee    13-4-30-2

38.1

Lee to Flynn, no run, full outside off, he drives firmly towards mid-off

38.2

Lee to Flynn, no run, bangs it in on a good length outside off, he gets across and firmly punches it back down the pitch

38.3

Lee to Flynn, no run, cuts back on the pace and gets it to swing in fairly sharply, Flynn does well to get his bat behind it and tuck it away

38.4

Lee to Flynn, no run, comes round the wicket and no 300 yet for Lee, he draws the outside edge by pitching it up and the ball falls short of third slip

38.5

Lee to Flynn, no run, gets behind the line and pushes it to cover on the walk

38.6

Lee to Flynn, no run, holds the length back outside off and gets it to angle in to the left-hander, he lets it go

End of over 39 (maiden) New Zealand 125/5
DR Flynn    15* (48b 3x4)      B Lee    14-5-30-2
GD Elliott    8* (24b 2x4)      SR Watson    7-1-28-1

39.1

Watson to Elliott, no run, bowls a bouncer and he ducks under it

39.2

Watson to Elliott, no run, outside off and Elliott shoulders arms

39.3

Watson to Elliott, 1 leg bye, angles on the pads and he tucks it away softly to the on side

39.4

Watson to Flynn, no run, bangs it in short and it fizzes past Flynn, good bouncer

39.5

Watson to Flynn, no run, pitches it up outside off and doesn't get too much away movement, left alone

39.6

Watson to Flynn, no run, similar delivery, Flynn is very watchful outside his offstump

End of over 40 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 126/5
DR Flynn    15* (51b 3x4)      SR Watson    8-2-28-1
GD Elliott    8* (27b 2x4)      B Lee    14-5-30-2

40.1

Lee to Elliott, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, pushed back down the track to the off side

40.2

Lee to Flynn, no run, lands outside the off stump and he shoulders arms

40.3

Lee to Flynn, no run, lands outside the off stump and he shoulders arms

40.4

Lee to Flynn, no run, now he bangs it in short and he has to sway backwards to evade the bouncer

40.5

Lee to Flynn, no run, pitches it really full outside off and he mistimes a drive to the covers

40.6

Lee to Flynn, no run, angles towards the pads, he tries to work it away but finds midwicket

We commentators can afford to laugh at ourselves sometimes. Here's what Ragu, one of our readers, observes: "One of the most asinine comments that I hear nowadays is "he will take it" when a batsman gates a lucky boundary after playing a false shot. Does he have a choice? Imagine the batsman going up the umpire and saying "Ump, I don't want that 4 as I did not play a proper shot and it flew off the edge so deduct it from my and the team's total."

End of over 41 (1 run) New Zealand 127/5
DR Flynn    15* (56b 3x4)      B Lee    15-5-31-2
GD Elliott    9* (28b 2x4)      SR Watson    8-2-28-1

41.1

Watson to Elliott, no run, lands outside the offstump, he shoulders arms

41.2

Watson to Elliott, no run, he;s cautious around his offstump and he lets another one go

41.3

Watson to Elliott, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he pushes it to the offside

41.4

Watson to Elliott, OUT, Watson gets this one to nip back in and skid through, Elliott goes for the drive but fails to cover the line, the ball clips bis pad first and then knocks the leg bail down, it all happened so quickly that Elliott didn't know he was bowled, he stood there for a couple of seconds and Doctrove had to point to the stumps, even Watson didn't know what happened and in fact he turned around to appeal

GD Elliott b Watson 9 (48m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 28.12

41.5

Watson to Vettori, no run, pitched outside off, he shoulders arms

41.6

Watson to Vettori, 1 run, taps it in front of short cover with soft hands and sets off, he takes a risk with the throw but Clarke's throw is wide

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 128/6
DL Vettori    1* (2b)      SR Watson    9-2-29-2
DR Flynn    15* (56b 3x4)      B Lee    15-5-31-2

42.1

Lee to Vettori, no run, comes round the wicket, angles towards the left hander and he lets it go

42.2

Lee to Vettori, 1 run, gets well forward to dig out a full delivery outside off and he takes a quick single to cover

42.3

Lee to Flynn, FOUR, super shot, he lands it on the half volley outside off and Flynn gets his timing spot on, he places it wide of mid-off and the ball scorches past the turf

42.4

Lee to Flynn, no run, gets back and across and defends down the track

42.5

Lee to Flynn, no run, gets well forward and pushes it to cover

42.6

Lee to Flynn, 1 no ball, bangs it in short and gets it to angle inwards but he oversteps

42.6

Lee to Flynn, 1 run, full outside off and invites the drive, stopped at cover

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End of over 43 (7 runs) New Zealand 135/6
DR Flynn    20* (61b 4x4)      B Lee    16-5-38-2
DL Vettori    2* (4b)      SR Watson    9-2-29-2

43.1

Watson to Flynn, no run, comes over the wicket, he fetches a delivery wide outside off and nearly loses his wicket

43.2

Watson to Flynn, no run, gets across and defends down the track

43.3

Watson to Flynn, no run, gets across again to a good length ball and defends down the track off the meat of the bat

43.4

Watson to Flynn, FOUR, full on the pads, he leans in to the drive, just turns the face of the bat but times it well and places it wide of mid-on

43.5

Watson to Flynn, no run, Appeal! Pitches just in line with legstump and straightens just a touch, he's hit maybe a little high over the stumps, Doctrove turns down a very good shout for lbw

43.6

Watson to Flynn, 2 runs, edged and doesn't carry, Flynn gets forward and the edge travels low to Clarke at third slip, he does well to dive and at least save a certain boundary, the ball rebounds and rolls to third man

Dilip D'Souza has another commentary cliche eating him up: "Speaking of comments like "He will take it" ... the one that gets my goat is "fantastic innings under pressure". I've lost count of the number of times I've seen that phrase used."

End of over 44 (6 runs) New Zealand 141/6
DR Flynn    26* (67b 5x4)      SR Watson    10-2-35-2
DL Vettori    2* (4b)      B Lee    16-5-38-2

Mitchell Johnson returns for a new spell, replaces Lee

44.1

Johnson to Vettori, no run, full and on the stumps, he drives very firmly down the pitch and Johnson does well to get a hand to it

44.2

Johnson to Vettori, no run, bangs it in short outside off and that really fizzes past him

44.3

Johnson to Vettori, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he does well to cover the line and defend

44.4

Johnson to Vettori, no run, back of a length, he closes the face of the bat and works it to the on side

44.5

Johnson to Vettori, no run, pushed to the on side

44.6

Johnson to Vettori, no run, gets forward and works a full delivery to the covers

End of over 45 (maiden) New Zealand 141/6
DL Vettori    2* (10b)      MG Johnson    6-1-30-1
DR Flynn    26* (67b 5x4)      SR Watson    10-2-35-2

Stuart Clark comes back in place of Watson

45.1

Clark to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and moving away, left alone by Flynn

45.2

Clark to Flynn, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Flynn comes onto the front foot and pushes it to mid-off

45.3

Clark to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and cutting away. Flynn, has to hardly move

45.4

Clark to Flynn, no run, down the leg side this time around. Flynn, moves across to connect on the glance but the ball was far too down the leg stump to connect

45.5

Clark to Flynn, 2 runs, and now the misfield. Clark, bowls one on the fuller length as Flynn comes forward and pushes it to mid-off, where a misfield by Lee allows him a couple

45.6

Clark to Flynn, no run, good length outside the off stump, Flynn is rooted to the crease as he defends it

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 143/6
DR Flynn    28* (73b 5x4)      SR Clark    13-2-33-1
DL Vettori    2* (10b)      MG Johnson    6-1-30-1

46.1

Johnson to Vettori, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Vettori comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

46.2

Johnson to Vettori, OUT, iron man is gone. Johnson pulls his length back a bit as Vettori comes forward in an attempt to drive it away square. Johnson, also slowed the pace as Vettori is well into the shot and ends up lobbing a catch to Symonds at point

DL Vettori c Symonds b Johnson 2 (26m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

46.3

Johnson to Southee, no run, outside the off stump, and rising. Southee, lets it go to the keeper

46.4

Johnson to Southee, no run, fuller outside the off stump and swinging away, Southee, shoulders arms

46.5

Johnson to Southee, no run, Johnson is presumably working to a plan as he bowls another fuller delivery wide outside the off stump. Southee, as usual will have nothing to do with it

46.6

Johnson to Southee, OUT, the trap works as Johnson bowls a fuller delivery on the off and middle. Southee, has no other option but to poke at it. The resultant outside edge is taken by Symonds at backward point. Symonds had enough time to cup his hands to take the catch. No batting heroics from Southee

TG Southee c Symonds b Johnson 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 47 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 143/8
     MG Johnson    7-2-30-3
DR Flynn    28* (73b 5x4)      SR Clark    13-2-33-1

47.1

Clark to Flynn, FOUR, Clark's frustrating run continues as he bowls one outside the off stump and Flynn manages to get an outside edge in the gap between second slip and gully for a boundary

47.2

Clark to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

47.3

Clark to Flynn, no run, on the leg stump and further going down as Flynn is struck on the flap of the pad. Murmurs of an appeal heard from the bowler

47.4

Clark to Flynn, 1 run, outside the off stump, Flynn comfortably guides it to cover point for a single

47.5

Clark to O'Brien, no run, short delivery on the leg stump and going down to the keeper. O'Brein lets it be

47.6

Clark to O'Brien, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump, O'Brien gets his bat down in time to glance it to fine leg for a single and retain the strike

Is that a mistake as Flynn has exposed O'Brien to Johnson

End of over 48 (6 runs) New Zealand 149/8
IE O'Brien    1* (2b)      SR Clark    14-2-39-1
DR Flynn    33* (77b 6x4)      MG Johnson    7-2-30-3

48.1

Johnson to O'Brien, OUT, again the fuller length delivery works for the tail-ender as he bowls one on the off stump and it takes the outside edge to Michael Clarke at third slip and Johnson has two in two

IE O'Brien c Clarke b Johnson 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

hat-trick ball coming up

48.2

Johnson to Martin, no run, just two inches away from the bat was the ball as he bowls a short delivery outside off and Martin very nearly got the edge

48.3

Johnson to Martin, no run

48.4

Johnson to Martin, no run, how did that miss? it sailed just over the middle stump

48.5

Johnson to Martin, no run

48.6

Johnson to Martin, no run, comes round the wicket, bowls a full ball, he exposes his stumps and he survives another day

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 149/9
CS Martin    0* (5b)      MG Johnson    8-3-30-4
DR Flynn    33* (77b 6x4)      SR Clark    14-2-39-1

49.1

Clark to Flynn, 1 run, he makes a bit of room and carves it over mid-on, it just clears the fielder in fact, aggression there from Flynn

49.2

Clark to Martin, no run, well he manages to keep it out, it was full and on the stumps

49.3

Clark to Martin, 1 run, tamely chips it on the up and there are cries of catch it, it falls in front of cover and loud cheers as Martin gets off strike

49.4

Clark to Flynn, FOUR, he makes room this time and scoops a low full toss past extra cover, he bisects the gap in the deep very well

49.5

Clark to Flynn, 1 run, he pushes a full delivery down towards cover and pushes hard for the second run but it isn't possible

49.6

Clark to Martin, OUT, timber! Clark bowls it straight, on the base of the stumps and Martin cannot get his bat behind it, one of the easiest wickets for Clark

CS Martin b Clark 1 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

That's tea. Johnson was fantastic in his second spell. So Australia are 58 ahead.This has been a low scoring game so far but it will be interesting to see how the Australians bat. They weren't very convincing in the first innings either. The pitch appears to have eased out for batting.

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Here's a selection of commentary clich├ęs. It's sparked off a few mails. Back to the cricket please!

Tanay Mutha: "Speaking of Cliche's, Sunil Gavaskar's comment at the end of a days play or a one day Innings "This will be the last ball of the day unless it is a wide, no-ball or a dead ball" Talk about mastering the art of stating the obvious.

Daniel: "The thing that gets my goat is commentators calling a 6 "maximum!" A six is NOT the maximum you can score from any given delivery. So apart from it being sensationalist and excitable it's also incorrect!"

CB: "One of my pet commentary hates is "they have nothing to lose". Pardon me? There's a game/match at stake, if there's something to play for, then there's something to lose!"

End of over 50 (7 runs) New Zealand 156/10
     SR Clark    15-2-46-2
DR Flynn    39* (80b 7x4)      MG Johnson    8-3-30-4
Overs 0-50
Series Results
Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide - Nov 28-Dec 1, 2008
Australia won by an innings and 62 runs
Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane - Nov 20-23, 2008
Australia won by 149 runs
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