NZ v Australia, 2nd Test, Wellington March 22, 2005

'We've done everything we possibly could' - Ponting

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Lots to think about: Stephen Fleming contemplates life as an opener after making 0 and 1 © Getty Images

The rain was the major discussion point at the post-match presentation, where Adam Gilchrist was named Man of the Match for his 162 from 146 balls. Ricky Ponting was disappointed Australia would have to go to Auckland to seal the series, and Stephen Fleming said a host of changes would be considered before the final Test.

Ricky Ponting
On the match
It's been a pretty disappointing week. We've done everything we possibly could to get a result, but the weather hasn't been kind to us. Now we have to play well at Auckland.

On pushing for the win today
We had enough time to win [if the rain stayed away], but we had to bowl well. If we had 60-odd overs at them we would've had enough chances, but that's all hindsight.

On the innings of Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist
Damien wasn't as solid as he would have liked early on, but he got through the early period and played beautifully. Gilly was his normal self, aggressive from the word go, that was crucial for us to set up the rest of the game.

On the bowling performance
There was no let off from the three fast bowlers and then Warney comes on. There was enough in the wicket with the new ball all the way through, and there was enough there for Warney, but we've come away with a draw

On Michael Kasprowicz getting his 100th wicket
We'd spoken about it before the innings and it's a great milestone for him. He's been in and out of side, but now he's been outstanding and has cemented his place.

Stephen Fleming
On being saved by the rain
It got us out of jail so we're not too disappointed with it. We had an opportunity on the first morning, which we didn't take, then we were on the back foot with Gilchrist's batting. It was disjointed weather-wise, but there were still areas of concern.

On why the players are not performing
Part of it is pressure, being put under pressure by Australia and not responding.

On his batting and scores of 0 and 1
I'm disappointed I'm not doing my job, which is first and foremost to score runs at the top of the order and help the guys out. My stats are poor and I've got work to do before the next Test.

On changes for the next Test
There are a lot of thoughts about a lot things that will be digested and discussed tonight. Hopefully we can sort those out and steal the last Test.

On the success of Daniel Vettori and Lou Vincent
We need Vettori to be assisted, we've got to give him some runs to help him. Vincent got some runs and that is the key thing for the top order, they have to get the job done. That's going to be the philosophy for the Sri Lanka series as well, there's still a lot of Test cricket to be played.

Adam Gilchrist
On Australia's display
It was a good all-round performance but we were frustrated by the weather. The openers Justin [Langer] and Matty [Hayden] really did the hard work on a wicket that helped their fast bowlers, Marto [Damien Martyn] gusted it out when it was doing a bit more, and great credit to the bowlers for knocking them over.

On his super form
I'm seeing the ball well, which is an indicator for me that it's going well. I'm looking at the ball, really focussing on it in the bowler's hand, which I've never done before. I started it in one-dayers after a few low scores.

On closing in on Chris Cairns's six-hitting world record
Mine just clear the rope, Cairnsy's usually go out of the ground. They're statistics that as players were not really aware of. It's not an intentional thing