New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Trans-Tasman Trophy - 2nd Test

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by an innings and 62 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Matthew Hayden walks out to a standing ovation on his 100th Test. The players are out. Chris Martin has the ball

0.1

Martin to Hayden, FOUR, what a way to start the innings, Martin fires it on the pads from over the wicket and Hayden easily flicks it away past midwicket, the outfield does the rest

0.2

Martin to Hayden, no run, a little too full to drive through the line and Hayden digs it out back to the bowler

0.3

Martin to Hayden, no run, good comeback by Martin as he fires in a yorker on the middle stump, Hayden nearly slips at the crease but he keeps it away

0.4

Martin to Hayden, no run, good length on middle and leg and he pushes it away to the on side off the full face of the bat

0.5

Martin to Hayden, no run, lands on a good length on middle and off and he pushes it to mid-off off the full face of the bat

0.6

Martin to Hayden, 2 runs, pushes it very firmly through the line and Vettori fumbles at mid-off to leak two runs

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0
ML Hayden    6* (6b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-6-0
SM Katich    0* (0b)     

1.1

Southee to Katich, no run, Southee bowls over the wicket, gets it to swing in and land on a yorker length outside off, Katich taps it back down the pitch

1.2

Southee to Katich, 2 runs, shuffles across his stumps early and pushes a full ball wide of Vettori at mid-off, he places it well of the fielder

1.3

Southee to Katich, no run, full outside off and he hits it on the rise to Vettori, he decides against the single

1.4

Southee to Katich, no run, Vettori's a busy man at mid-off as he moves quickly to his right and intercepts a firm off drive

1.5

Southee to Katich, no run, lands on a good length outside off and he safely lets it go to the keeper

1.6

Southee to Katich, no run, lands on a good length on off and middle and he gets behind the line to defend

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End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 8/0
SM Katich    2* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0
ML Hayden    6* (6b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-6-0

2.1

Martin to Hayden, no run, continues over the wicket, lands on a good length outside off and he pushes it firmly back to the bowler

2.2

Martin to Hayden, no run, hits a good length on the off stum and he taps it to the off side

2.3

Martin to Hayden, no run, gets an inside edge on to his pad and Martin starts appealing and then withdraws

Silly mid-off in place

2.4

Martin to Hayden, no run, bowls in full on the offstump and he drives safely down the pitch to silly mid-off

2.5

Martin to Hayden, no run, similar line and length, he drives this to the right of silly mid-off (Fulton)

2.6

Martin to Hayden, no run, fuller in length and once again he keeps Fulton busy

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 8/0
ML Hayden    6* (12b 1x4)      CS Martin    2-1-6-0
SM Katich    2* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0

3.1

Southee to Katich, no run, continues over the wicket to the left-hander, he drives firmly to mid-off

3.2

Southee to Katich, no run, swings towards the pads and he turns the face of the bat and works it to mid-on

3.3

Southee to Katich, no run, good length outside off and he taps it down to mid-off, Katich's in no hurry to get off the blocks

3.4

Southee to Katich, no run, keeps it outside off and Katich opts to let it go to McCullum

3.5

Southee to Katich, FOUR, angles on the pads and the in-form Katich gets his wrists working nicely as he tucks it wide of square leg, the ball races away to the short boundary

3.6

Southee to Katich, no run, lands it outside off and he shoulders arms

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 12/0
SM Katich    6* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-6-0
ML Hayden    6* (12b 1x4)      CS Martin    2-1-6-0

4.1

Martin to Hayden, FOUR, he commits the error of straying on the pads and Hayden clips it away past mid-on firmly, the ball slows down before the rope but even a sliding attempt by O'Brien at the rope cannot prevent a boundary, they would have run all four had he saved it

4.2

Martin to Hayden, no run, gets behind the line and defends down the track

4.3

Martin to Hayden, no run, lands outside off and he shoulders arms

4.4

Martin to Hayden, no run, offers the full face of the bat and drives very firmly down the ground but Fulton;s there at silly mid-off to cut it off

4.5

Martin to Hayden, no run, left alone outside off

4.6

Martin to Hayden, no run, pushed back down the track

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 16/0
ML Hayden    10* (18b 2x4)      CS Martin    3-1-10-0
SM Katich    6* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-6-0

5.1

Southee to Katich, no run, a little wide outside of and he lets it go

5.2

Southee to Katich, no run, adjusts the line closer to the offstump and he still lets it go

5.3

Southee to Katich, no run, gets across his stumps early but once again opts out of the shot

5.4

Southee to Katich, no run, pitches outside off but it keeps a little low before reaching McCullum

5.5

Southee to Katich, FOUR, after letting four deliveries go outside off he decides to free his arms this time, just marginally short of a full length and Katich times it well and places it in the arc between backward point and cover

5.6

Southee to Katich, 1 run, strays on the pads and he works it towards fine leg for a single

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 21/0
SM Katich    11* (18b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-11-0
ML Hayden    10* (18b 2x4)      CS Martin    3-1-10-0

6.1

Martin to Katich, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps and works a good length ball wide of square leg

6.2

Martin to Hayden, FOUR, a little risky at first but safe in the end, he lunges forward and scoops a full delivery through the off side, it's well clear of silly mid-off and Vettori at the conventional mid-off, neat placement

6.3

Martin to Hayden, no run, gets across his stumps and works it to the on side

6.4

Martin to Hayden, no run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery to silly mid-off

6.5

Martin to Hayden, FOUR, lovely shot, he bowls it full on middle and leg and Hayden pushes it through the line off the meat of the bat and beats the bowler who stretches out his right hand in vain

comes round the wicket

6.6

Martin to Hayden, no run, bangs it in short outside off and Hayden shoulders arms

End of over 7 (9 runs) Australia 30/0
ML Hayden    18* (23b 4x4)      CS Martin    4-1-19-0
SM Katich    12* (19b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-11-0

Ian Chappell has a chat with the former offspinner Ashley Mallet at the boundary rope

7.1

Southee to Katich, no run, bangs it in short on middle and leg and he pulls firmly along the turf to square leg

7.2

Southee to Katich, 1 run, continues with the short stuff, Katich pulls and finds fine leg

Mallett says he's coming out with a book on Clarrie Grimmett

7.3

Southee to Hayden, no run, lands outside the offstump and he shoulders arms

7.4

Southee to Hayden, no run, wide outside off and he lets it go as well

7.5

Southee to Hayden, no run, lets another one go outside the off stump

7.6

Southee to Hayden, 1 leg bye, angles it towards the legstump and he tucks it off his pads to the on side

Wish i could catch more of Mallett's conversation with Chappell

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 32/0
ML Hayden    18* (27b 4x4)      TG Southee    4-0-12-0
SM Katich    13* (21b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-1-19-0

Spin already and it's 'Dan the Man' Vettori

8.1

Vettori to Hayden, no run, floated outside off and he gets forward and defends to the off side

8.2

Vettori to Hayden, no run, flighted outside off and pushes it to the off side

8.3

Vettori to Hayden, no run, slower through the air and defended to the off side

slip and forward short-leg in place

8.4

Vettori to Hayden, 1 run, gets forward to a full delivery and defends

8.5

Vettori to Katich, no run, holds the length back on middle and off, he tucks it to the on side

8.6

Vettori to Katich, no run, good length on middle and leg, no turn yet, he tucks it to midwicket

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 33/0
SM Katich    13* (23b 2x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-1-0
ML Hayden    19* (31b 4x4)      TG Southee    4-0-12-0

9.1

Southee to Hayden, no run, lands on a full length outside off and he lets it go

9.2

Southee to Hayden, FOUR, bangs it in short and it sits up nicely for Hayden who swivels and pulls firmly along the turf to deep square-leg, the square boundaries are very short

9.3

Southee to Hayden, no run, lands outside off and he shoulders arms

9.4

Southee to Hayden, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps and nearly exposes his legstump but he manages to tuck it to fine leg

9.5

Southee to Katich, no run, shapes to cut outside off but he mistimes it to point

9.6

Southee to Katich, no run, left alone outside the offstump

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 38/0
SM Katich    13* (25b 2x4)      TG Southee    5-0-17-0
ML Hayden    24* (35b 5x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-1-0

10.1

Vettori to Hayden, OUT, Hayden will feel very queasy when he sees this replay, flighted on middle and leg, he gets forward and pushes it on the walk towards mid-on and sets off for a very risky single, Katich doesn't even look at him and fixes his gaze on the fielder Jamie How, he turns back to make a desperate attempt at getting back to his crease but it's too late, the keeper whips off the bails, not the best way to get out in your 100th Test, his parents in the stands didn't quite enjoy that either

ML Hayden run out 24 (41m 36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

10.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends

10.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

10.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defends down the pitch

10.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defends down the pitch

10.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, shapes to cut but can't beat point

Katich should take part of the blame for that run-out because he should have turned to look at Hayden, Hayden stuttered before going through with the run and there was no conviction in the calling

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Australia 38/1
RT Ponting    0* (5b)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0
SM Katich    13* (25b 2x4)      TG Southee    5-0-17-0

11.1

Southee to Katich, no run, left alone outside off

11.2

Southee to Katich, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

11.3

Southee to Katich, no run, gets on the backfoot and defends back down the track

11.4

Southee to Katich, 1 run, shuffles across his stumps and work it to the on side for a single

11.5

Southee to Ponting, 1 run, gets across his stumps and pushes it to the covers for a single

11.6

Southee to Katich, no run, shapes to cut but mistimes it towards gully

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End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 40/1
SM Katich    14* (30b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-0-19-0
RT Ponting    1* (6b)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0

12.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, the arm ball drifts in, he makes a bit of room and cuts to the off side

12.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, the arm ball lands on a much fuller length and he gets forward and defends

12.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, another well flighted delivery and he gets forward and smothers the spin

12.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off and defended

12.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, drifts it slowly towards middle and off and he lunges forward and defends

12.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defends on the front foot and gets an inside edge on to his pads

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 40/1
RT Ponting    1* (12b)      DL Vettori    3-2-1-0
SM Katich    14* (30b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-0-19-0

Here's Iain O'Brien

13.1

O'Brien to Katich, no run, lands on a full length outside off and Katich gets a big shuffle across his stumps and pushes it to mid-off

13.2

O'Brien to Katich, no run, holds the length back outside off and he shuffles and lets it go

13.3

O'Brien to Katich, no run, circumspection! Katich shapes to pull a short ball outside off but freezes and decides not to play a shot, luckily the ball makes contact with the face of the bat instead of taking the edge

13.4

O'Brien to Katich, FOUR, Lovely shot, he overpitches outside off, gets across his stumps to the pitch of the ball and drives straight back past the bowler and wide of mid-off

13.5

O'Brien to Katich, no run, left alone outside off, he gets a good angle across the left hander

13.6

O'Brien to Katich, 1 run, drives wide of cover

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 45/1
SM Katich    19* (36b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-5-0
RT Ponting    1* (12b)      DL Vettori    3-2-1-0

14.1

Vettori to Katich, FOUR, too short and wide outside off, he rocks back and cuts wide of the diving backward point fielder, that should make him feel a lot better after the Hayden run-out

14.2

Vettori to Katich, no run, gets down the track and defends

14.3

Vettori to Katich, no run, pushes this one to the covers

14.4

Vettori to Katich, no run, gets forward and drives straight to cover who dives

14.5

Vettori to Katich, no run, flighted on middle and leg and pushes it to the on side

14.6

Vettori to Katich, OUT, another very handy breakthrough before lunch, Vettori lands it on the rough outside off and gets it to turn, Katich gets forward to defend but the inside edge clips his pad and Ryder at forward short-leg takes it easily, no doubt about the edge at all

SM Katich c Ryder b Vettori 23 (59m 42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.76

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 49/2
     DL Vettori    4-2-5-1
RT Ponting    1* (12b)      IE O'Brien    1-0-5-0

Michael Hussey walks in

15.1

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, full on middle and off and he defends to the on side

15.2

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, bowls it too full and on the pads, Ponting reads the length early and whips it away very firmly wide of midwicket

15.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, strays a bit on the pads again and he works it straight to midwicket this time

15.4

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, continues with the fuller length and this time Ponting pushes it down the track

15.5

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, fullish on the stumps and Ponting gets well forward and defends

15.6

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, fullish outside the line of the offstump and he defends again

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 53/2
RT Ponting    5* (18b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-9-0
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      DL Vettori    4-2-5-1

16.1

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and steers it towards point

16.2

Vettori to Hussey, no run, thrusts his pad forward and shoulders arms

slip, silly point and bat-pad in place

16.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off and defends to the off side

16.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, very effective arm ball there and it beats Hussey all ends up

16.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flighted on middle and off, he defends

16.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, gets on the walk and works it to mid-on

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 53/2
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      DL Vettori    5-3-5-1
RT Ponting    5* (18b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-9-0

17.1

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, slides down the leg side and Ponting fails to make contact as he tries to glance it down to fone leg

17.2

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, bowls it full and straight and he works it to the on side

17.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, fullish on middle and off and he pushes this down to mid-on

17.4

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, gets across his stumps and defends down the track

17.5

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, elegance, O'Brien gives him just a fraction of width outside off but Ponting improvises well, he maintains his balance and slices it high on the body and beats backward point

17.6

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, slides on the pads, he works it to the on side

That's lunch. Those two wickets have made things interesting. Australia could have done without the Hayden run-out but all credit should go to Vettori for Katich's dismissal. However Ponting is timing the ball well and he needs to settle in and find form. Join us at 1.10 pm for the second session.

PJ, from New Zealand: "Dan should give Redmond a crack with the ball. His confidence will be up and we saw the NZers go after Hauritz and fall. It might just be crazy enough to work."

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End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 57/2
RT Ponting    9* (24b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-13-0
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      DL Vettori    5-3-5-1

We're back and Vettori will continue

18.1

Vettori to Hussey, no run, full outside off and pushed firmly down to backward point

18.2

Vettori to Hussey, no run, full on middle and off and driven down the pitch

18.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, gets down very to sweep but hes struck outside the line of the offstump, Vettori appeals

18.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, slower through the air and defended on the front foot

18.5

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, pushes it fuller, he opens the face of the bat and angles it wide of backward point

18.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, comes round the wicket, the arm ball comes back in and cramps him for room, he chops it down to the off side

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 58/2
RT Ponting    9* (25b 2x4)      DL Vettori    6-3-6-1
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      IE O'Brien    3-0-13-0

Here's O'Brien

19.1

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, comes over the wicket and loops it down on a yorker length, he pushes it softly down to the off side and takes off

19.2

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, bangs it in really short and the ball sails really high over Ponting

19.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, gets it to come back in, he gets behind the line and defends it to the on side

19.4

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, pitches on middle and off, he closes the face of the bat and works it to the on side

19.5

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, tries to pull but the ball really skids on him, the ball lobs off his glove and nearly trickles on to the stump

19.6

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, gets this one to nip back in and hit him high on the thigh, O'Brien appeals

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 59/2
RT Ponting    9* (30b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-14-0
MEK Hussey    2* (12b)      DL Vettori    6-3-6-1

20.1

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, flighted outside off and tapped softly in front of point

20.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, drifts in from outside off, he lunges forward and defends

20.3

Vettori to Ponting, FOUR, lands just fractionally short of a full length and Ponting adjusts well, makes a bit of room and cuts wide of cover

20.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, outside off and slashed to the off side

20.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, slower through the air and defended on the front foot

20.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and drives firmly toward extra cover

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End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 64/2
RT Ponting    13* (35b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-3-11-1
MEK Hussey    3* (13b)      IE O'Brien    4-0-14-0

21.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, full and wide and he places the drive straight to Fulton at short mid-off

21.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets right behind the line and pushes it to the off side

21.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, gets it to shape away from the left hander and Hussey gauges the bounce and movement

21.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands it on middle and off from over the wicket, cramps Hussey for room and he settles for a defensive shot

21.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands too wide outside off and Hussey's not chasing that

21.6

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

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 64/2
MEK Hussey    3* (19b)      IE O'Brien    5-1-14-0
RT Ponting    13* (35b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-3-11-1

22.1

Vettori to Ponting, FOUR, very well played, the arm ball comes back in and cramps him for room but he makes room and slashes it between point and gully, Ponting's looking in really good form this morning and good on him

22.2

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, similar delivery, he opens the face of the bat and cuts but O'Brien's there at sweeper cover to cut it off

22.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, thrusts his pad out and shoulders arms

22.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, quicker off the pitch and he lets this one go as well

22.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, drives a full delivery firmly to the off side but can't beat cover

22.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, he gets forward and smothers the spin

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 69/2
MEK Hussey    3* (23b)      DL Vettori    8-3-16-1
RT Ponting    18* (37b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    5-1-14-0

23.1

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, lands outside off and he pushes this one towards mid-off

23.2

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, overpitches outside off and a defensive push is enough to beat O'Brien, the ball slips between his legs and runs down the ground and Vettori gives up the chase, that shows you how well it was timed

23.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, gets forward to drive and checks his shot

23.4

O'Brien to Ponting, 3 runs, opens the face of the bat and angles it wide of the diving gully fielder, Hussey pushes Ponting and they complete three

23.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper

23.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, pitches outside off and shapes away slightly, he lets this one go as well

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 76/2
MEK Hussey    3* (25b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-21-0
RT Ponting    25* (41b 5x4)      DL Vettori    8-3-16-1

24.1

Vettori to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting;s silken touch continues, Vettori lands it on a the half volley on middle and leg and Ponting times it crisply through the line and beats the bowler and mid-on

24.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, defended on the front foot

24.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets well forward and defends down the pitch

24.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, angles it on middle and leg and he defends

24.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, quicker through the air and he pushes it to short cover

24.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flights it on middle and leg, he gets forward and taps it down the pitch

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 80/2
RT Ponting    29* (47b 6x4)      DL Vettori    9-3-20-1
MEK Hussey    3* (25b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-21-0

25.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, continues over the wicket, he lands it outside off and Hussey shoulders arms

25.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands on middle and leg and he tucks it towards mid-on

25.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, back of a length on middle stump and it goes through straight to Hussey who defends on the backfoot

25.4

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, thuds it in short and Hussey allows the bouncer to go through to the keeper

25.5

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, bangs in another bouncer and it was too high for Hussey to even reach out and attempt a shot

25.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, bangs it in short of a length outside off and keeps Hussey quiet for the sixth ball in succession

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 80/2
MEK Hussey    3* (31b)      IE O'Brien    7-2-21-0
RT Ponting    29* (47b 6x4)      DL Vettori    9-3-20-1

26.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, floated on the pads and he works it to the on side

26.2

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, the arm ball outside off, he moves back and cuts wide of cover

2 slips and a bat-pad for Hussey

26.3

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

26.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, quicker and flatter through the air, he steers it toward point and turns down the single

26.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, lunges forward to a full length ball and drives firmly but redmond's alert at short cover to cut it off

26.6

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it down to short third-man for a single

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 82/2
MEK Hussey    4* (35b)      DL Vettori    10-3-22-1
RT Ponting    30* (49b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    7-2-21-0

27.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, continues to probe outside off to Hussey as he leaves another delivery

27.2

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, lands a further away from the line of the offstump and he shoulders arms again

27.3

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, drives a full length ball down towards mid-off and Vettori sets a good example by sliding to his right to cut it off

27.4

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, bang! The bowler digs it in too short and the ball sits up nicely for Ponting who swivels and pulls firmly along the turf past square leg

27.5

O'Brien to Ponting, 1 run, pulls another short one but this is squarer on the on side and runs to Martin at fine leg

27.6

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

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 88/2
MEK Hussey    5* (39b)      IE O'Brien    8-2-27-0
RT Ponting    35* (51b 7x4)      DL Vettori    10-3-22-1

28.1

Vettori to Ponting, FOUR, flighted outside off, it lands on the half volley and Ponting times it crisply in the arc between mid-off and cover, he gets nicely to the pitch of the ball and puts it away with little effort

28.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

28.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot down the track

28.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, he gets forward and defends

28.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle and off and he gets forward and defends again

28.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, drives a full ball straight to mid-off

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End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 92/2
RT Ponting    39* (57b 8x4)      DL Vettori    11-3-26-1
MEK Hussey    5* (39b)      IE O'Brien    8-2-27-0

29.1

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, probes outside the off stump and Hussey watchfully lets it go

29.2

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, fires it full on the stumps and he drives down the track and takes a quick single to mid-off

29.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, lands on a fullish length on middle and leg, he digs it out to mid-on

29.4

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, the first risky shot from Ponting but it fetches him a four anyway, he gets forward and drives on the up and still manages to clear the gap between cover and extra cover

29.5

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, hits a good length on the off stump and he defends

29.6

O'Brien to Ponting, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and places it wide of extra cover

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 98/2
RT Ponting    44* (61b 9x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-33-0
MEK Hussey    6* (41b)      DL Vettori    11-3-26-1

Chris 'Coldplay' Martin returns for a new spell

30.1

Martin to Ponting, no run, lands a little wide outside the offstump, he safely shoulders arms

One slip in place

30.2

Martin to Ponting, 1 run, angles towards the middle stump, he closes the face of the bat and tucks it to fine leg

comes round the wicket to Hussey

30.3

Martin to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and Hussey is again very careful of his offstump

30.4

Martin to Hussey, FOUR, full outside off and angling in to the left-hander and Hussey gets his groove, he gets to the pitch of the ball and eases it past cover

30.5

Martin to Hussey, no run, holds the length back outside off and he chooses to let it go

30.6

Martin to Hussey, no run, gets this one to nip back in from outside off and Hussey watches it through to McCullum

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 103/2
MEK Hussey    10* (45b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-1-24-0
RT Ponting    45* (63b 9x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-33-0

31.1

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, pitched up outside off and he leans onto the drive and chips it on the up past cover, he doesn't even bother to run

Short extra-cover in place

31.2

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, hits a good length outside off and he pushes it down to the covers

31.3

O'Brien to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length on the offstump, he gets behind the line and defends

31.4

O'Brien to Ponting, FOUR, one of Ponting's more exquisite fifties surely, O'Brien overpitches wide outside the off stump, Ponting stays at the crease, maintains his balance and plays a fiesty square drive past backward point

31.5

O'Brien to Ponting, 1 run, drives a full length ball through the line in front of mid-off

31.6

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, tucks it back to the bowler

End of over 32 (9 runs) Australia 112/2
MEK Hussey    10* (46b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-42-0
RT Ponting    54* (68b 11x4)      CS Martin    5-1-24-0

Ponting's fifty only augurs well for this Australian team as a whole

32.1

Martin to Ponting, 3 runs, lands outside off, he opens the face of the bat and angles it past the slips and the ball is pulled back before the rope

32.2

Martin to Hussey, no run, shoulders arms outside the off stump

32.3

Martin to Hussey, 1 run, cuts square of the wicket on the offside and Redmond shows good commitment at backward point to save at least a couple of runs

32.4

Martin to Ponting, no run, shapes to drive and gets a thick inside edge on to his pads

32.5

Martin to Ponting, no run, gets forward and pushes an away swinging delivery towards cover

32.6

Martin to Ponting, no run, lands outside off, he pushes it down to the off side

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End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 116/2
RT Ponting    57* (72b 11x4)      CS Martin    6-1-28-0
MEK Hussey    11* (48b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-42-0

Southee replaces O'Brien

33.1

Southee to Hussey, no run, pitches it full outside off and he drives towards mid-off

33.2

Southee to Hussey, no run, lands on a fullish length outside off and he lets it go

33.3

Southee to Hussey, no run, hits a good length outside off and he shoulders arms

33.4

Southee to Hussey, FOUR, too wide outside off and rightfully dispatched, he reaches out and cuts square of the wicket wide of backward point and cover, he times it well

33.5

Southee to Hussey, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

33.6

Southee to Hussey, no run, drives straight to cover and that's drinks

These two have already added 71 in 19 overs. NZ need to break this stand.

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 120/2
MEK Hussey    15* (54b 2x4)      TG Southee    7-0-23-0
RT Ponting    57* (72b 11x4)      CS Martin    6-1-28-0

34.1

Martin to Ponting, no run, full on middle and off, he pushes it down to mid-on

34.2

Martin to Ponting, no run, hits a good length on middle and off and he pushes it back to the bowler

34.3

Martin to Ponting, no run, holds the length back outside off and he closes the face of the bat and tucks it to midwicket

34.4

Martin to Ponting, 3 runs, punches a full delivery past the bowler's outstretched hands and beats mid-off, the ball is pulled back before the rope

34.5

Martin to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and he lets it go

34.6

Martin to Hussey, no run, Hussey is happy to let another delivery go outside the offstump

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 123/2
MEK Hussey    15* (56b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-1-31-0
RT Ponting    60* (76b 11x4)      TG Southee    7-0-23-0

35.1

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets a big stride across his stumps and works it with the swing to midwicket

35.2

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets it to drift in to him and he softly pushes it down to mid-on

35.3

Southee to Ponting, 2 runs, fails to control this movement and slides it on the pads, he works it down to deep square leg

35.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, tries to work it to the on side but he opens the face of the bat and ends up pushing it down the pitch

35.5

Southee to Ponting, no run, full outside off and driven towards mid-off

35.6

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery on middle and leg straight to mid-on

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 125/2
RT Ponting    62* (82b 11x4)      TG Southee    8-0-25-0
MEK Hussey    15* (56b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-1-31-0

36.1

Martin to Hussey, 2 runs, full outside off and he angles it wide of backward point

36.2

Martin to Hussey, no run, hits a good length on middle and off and he defends it back to the bowler

36.3

Martin to Hussey, no run, full outside off and he drives firmly but fails to beat Fulton at cover

36.4

Martin to Hussey, no run, appeal for an lbw but the ball hits him high on the pad and then on to the thigh pad

36.5

Martin to Hussey, 1 run, angles towards the pads and he works it through the line wide of midwicket

36.6

Martin to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot, he overpitches on middle and leg and he shows the full face of the bat and drives through the line to beat mid-on

End of over 37 (7 runs) Australia 132/2
RT Ponting    66* (83b 12x4)      CS Martin    8-1-38-0
MEK Hussey    18* (61b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-0-25-0

Time for Vettori to bring in either Redmond or Ryder to break this stand

37.1

Southee to Hussey, no run, shoulders arms outside off

37.2

Southee to Hussey, no run, angles across him and he shoulders arms again

37.3

Southee to Hussey, 1 run, taps it in front of mid-off and sets off quickly

37.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets half stride forward and defends a full ball solidly back to the bowler

37.5

Southee to Ponting, 1 run, delivers from wide of the crease, he tucks it across the line and beats mid-on

37.6

Southee to Hussey, no run, comes over the wicket, he shoulders arms outside off

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 134/2
MEK Hussey    19* (65b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-0-27-0
RT Ponting    67* (85b 12x4)      CS Martin    8-1-38-0

Daniel Vettori returns for a new spell

38.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands it on leg stump and he pushes it with the turn, Vettori dives to his left and cuts it off

38.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, continues over the wicket, lands it on the rough and he pads it away

38.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

38.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands outside leg and spins inwards, the ball clips his pads and rolls to the on side

38.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defended to the on side

38.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 134/2
RT Ponting    67* (91b 12x4)      DL Vettori    12-4-26-1
MEK Hussey    19* (65b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-0-27-0

39.1

Southee to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it with very soft hands towards short cover and sets off, it's a packed off side field but it doesn't deter them from pinching the single

39.2

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends to the offside

39.3

Southee to Ponting, no run, drives firmly on the front foot but can't beat extra cover

39.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, drives firmly on the front foot and he places it to the off side

39.5

Southee to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends to cover

39.6

Southee to Ponting, FOUR, imperious stuff from Ponting, he gets a fraction of width outside off, opens the face of the bat and delicately glides it past the diving gully fielder, there's nobosy in the deep

End of over 40 (5 runs) Australia 139/2
RT Ponting    71* (96b 13x4)      TG Southee    10-0-32-0
MEK Hussey    20* (66b 2x4)      DL Vettori    12-4-26-1

40.1

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off and defended to the off side

40.2

Vettori to Hussey, no run, pushed in flatter and quicker, he tucks it to forward short-leg

40.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, he defends to the off side

40.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it towards point

40.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, slower through the air and he defends to the off side

40.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, lunges forward and he defends to the on side

End of over 41 (maiden) Australia 139/2
MEK Hussey    20* (72b 2x4)      DL Vettori    13-5-26-1
RT Ponting    71* (96b 13x4)      TG Southee    10-0-32-0

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41.1

Southee to Ponting, no run, lands outside the offstump, he slices it to the off side

41.2

Southee to Ponting, 1 run, gets across his stumps and he closes the face of the bat and works it to midwicket

41.3

Southee to Hussey, no run, continues over the wicket, lands outside off and he safely lets it go

41.4

Southee to Hussey, no run, thrusts his pad forward and shoulders arms again

41.5

Southee to Hussey, no run, lands on a fullish length on middle and leg and he works it to mid-on

41.6

Southee to Hussey, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off and he pushes it towards mid-off

Dan: "Why do NZ persist with Martin? He's never been a good enough bowler, particularly to justify his complete lack of batting. Bring in Mills or Franklin."

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 141/2
MEK Hussey    21* (76b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-0-34-0
RT Ponting    72* (98b 13x4)      DL Vettori    13-5-26-1

42.1

Vettori to Hussey, no run, lands on the rough outside off but doesn't turn, he defends

42.2

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, commits to the front foot early and pushes it wide of cover and sets off

42.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, continues over the wicket, pitches outside leg and he gets forward and smothers the spin

42.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands wide outside leg and he pads it away

42.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands on middle and leg and he gets well forward to defend

42.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, continues with the defensive legstump line and Ponting's happy to pad it away

Australia are making really good progress with this partnership

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 142/2
RT Ponting    72* (102b 13x4)      DL Vettori    14-5-27-1
MEK Hussey    22* (78b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-0-34-0

43.1

Southee to Hussey, no run, Southee really loses his radar and slips it well wide of the off stump, Hussey isn't chasing that

43.2

Southee to Hussey, no run, pitches a shade outside off and he safely shoulders arms

43.3

Southee to Hussey, no run, first false shot by Hussey as he flays at a delivery angling across him, wasn't too far from the edge

43.4

Southee to Hussey, no run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery down to mid-off

43.5

Southee to Hussey, no run, holds the length back outside off, he taps it in front of point and decides against the single

43.6

Southee to Hussey, FOUR, slides on the pads and he works it away easily behind square in the on side, this stand is inching toward 100

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 146/2
MEK Hussey    26* (84b 3x4)      TG Southee    12-0-38-0
RT Ponting    72* (102b 13x4)      DL Vettori    14-5-27-1

44.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands outside leg, he lunges forward and defends

44.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands outside leg and turns in, he pads it away

44.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands outside leg and the ball kicks up off the rough and lobs up off his pads

44.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted outside leg and pushed to the on side

44.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted outside and placed to the on side

44.6

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

PJ: "In response to Dan: Marty had good results against left handers as e swings it away from them. Mills can't buy a wicket & Franklin has only just come into some kind of form. I rate Franklin though. Our tail might wag a bit longer with Franklin in the mix.

End of over 45 (maiden) Australia 146/2
RT Ponting    72* (108b 13x4)      DL Vettori    15-6-27-1
MEK Hussey    26* (84b 3x4)      TG Southee    12-0-38-0

Jesse Ryder replaces Southee

45.1

Ryder to Hussey, no run, comes over the wicket, he pushes it to the off side

45.2

Ryder to Hussey, no run, full on middle and leg and he pushes it to the on side

45.3

Ryder to Hussey, no run, holds the length back outside off and he pushes it towards cover

45.4

Ryder to Hussey, no run, too wide outside off and he shoulders arms, McCullum fumbles

45.5

Ryder to Hussey, no run, drives a full and wide delivery outside off and a sliding save at short extra cover restricts that to a dot ball

45.6

Ryder to Hussey, no run, angling away from him, he defends to the off side

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 146/2
MEK Hussey    26* (90b 3x4)      JD Ryder    1-1-0-0
RT Ponting    72* (108b 13x4)      DL Vettori    15-6-27-1

46.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he defends to the bowler

46.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, thrusts his pad out and keeps it away

46.3

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, slower through the air, he rocks back and clips it to the on side for a single

46.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, stays back at the crease, waits for it to come to him and defends

46.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, fuller outside the off stump and defended on the front foot

46.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off and he thrusts his pad out and leaves it alone

End of over 47 (1 run) Australia 147/2
MEK Hussey    26* (93b 3x4)      DL Vettori    16-6-28-1
RT Ponting    73* (111b 13x4)      JD Ryder    1-1-0-0

First slip is deep and there's a gully too

47.1

Ryder to Ponting, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and he steers it down to cover

47.2

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide outside off and he brings up the 100 partnership with a cut to sweeper cover

47.3

Ryder to Ponting, 3 runs, slides on the pads and Ponting whips it away through the line and finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket

47.4

Ryder to Hussey, no run, tapped back to the bowler

47.5

Ryder to Hussey, no run, swings in late on the pads and he works it to midwicket

47.6

Ryder to Hussey, no run, fullish outside the offstump, he gets well forward and defends to cover

End of over 48 (5 runs) Australia 152/2
MEK Hussey    27* (97b 3x4)      JD Ryder    2-1-5-0
RT Ponting    77* (113b 13x4)      DL Vettori    16-6-28-1

Just over 5 minutes to go for tea. The over-rate is pretty good

48.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands on middle and leg,he rocks back and slices it to mid-off

48.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends on the front foot

48.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands on the rough outside leg and he pads it away

48.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, lands outside leg and he pads it away again

48.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

48.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle and leg and he defends on the front foot

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 152/2
RT Ponting    77* (119b 13x4)      DL Vettori    17-7-28-1
MEK Hussey    27* (97b 3x4)      JD Ryder    2-1-5-0

49.1

Ryder to Hussey, no run, continues over the wicket, he lands it on a fullish length and Hussey pushes it back to the bowler

49.2

Ryder to Hussey, 1 run, drives on the front foot wide of mid-off and sets off, Vettori throws it to the striker's end but Hussey was struggling

49.3

Ryder to Ponting, no run, gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

49.4

Ryder to Ponting, no run, full on middle and leg, he pushes it to the on side

49.5

Ryder to Ponting, no run, gets forward to a full delivery and places it to mid-off

49.6

Ryder to Ponting, 2 runs, pushes a half volley down the track but a sliding save by Southee at mid-on saves a couple of runs

So it's tea on the second day and Australia have claimed the last couple of hours. Hussey has played second fiddle to Ponting who looks in terrific shape to get a century. Join us shortly for the final session.

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 155/2
RT Ponting    79* (123b 13x4)      JD Ryder    3-1-8-0
MEK Hussey    28* (99b 3x4)      DL Vettori    17-7-28-1
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