ICC Champions Trophy - 7th match, Group A

Australia v New Zealand

No result

Wtason to face, Mills to bowl. Two slips in place

10.25am A timely reminder from Dave: "'If P Hughes is shaving tomorrow and gets a nick,' the ABC radio commentator Kerry O'Keeffe said, 'M Guptill will appear from the medicine cabinet with a band-aid.'"

"David Warner is a perfect example of the young generation of Aussies coming through taking everything for granted, I hope he misses out on the Ashes altogether, he obviously doesn't care about the baggy green, I was already quite frustrated at him for the incident without even knowing what it was but now this is ludicrous, I was a fan of his but I think he deserves to be sent home & away from the national team for quite some time..." SthAussie is angry

Ranjith: "@Sid: One thing i know for sure that the Eng player is not Trott if it was it could have gone ugly"

"Interesting that you are not naming the English player involved in the Warner incident. It has been reported widely in Australia, even on our national broadcaster who are famously tip lipped and non sensational has reported it." Trev, I haven't yet confirmed it for myself

Rory: "Do you think Ronchi was singing the NZ anthem or Australian..."

Ali: "I agree with your stance to not name the England player. I suggest you root out all the speculatory comments that do name him, and only publish safe comments like this one."

10.15am I have heard the name of the England player involved in the Warner incident, but I am not going to use this name here or publish comments that use his name. Whether it took two to tango or not, I can quote the ECB statement: "The England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48 run victory over Australia. Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology. Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack." That's all we know about the incident officially

10.10am James: "Australia bat first? Damn! This'll be all over by lunchtime and I'll have to do some work this afternoon!"

And what of Luke Ronchi then? From Western Australia to New Zealand and now playing against his old mates

Vansh D: "Good decision for the Organising Comittee to put on the game at this time - starts at 5:30 in Perth, 7:00 in Adelaide, 7:30 in Sydney and Brisbane and Melbourne, and 9:30 in New Zealand. Essentially, primetime viewing! =)"

10am Time for the toss then. The sun isn't out yet, but neither captain is wearing a sweater. Australia have won the toss and they are batting first. Mitchell Starc is also out to go with David Warner. Starc has been dropped for X-man Doherty. Glenn Maxwell comes in for Warner

Vettori is fine and playing so New Zealand have retained the XI that won the last game

Tim: "Are you kidding spencer? There could have been ten of them, Chappel would still out number them"

JP: "Spencer@ *3 chappells against one*"

9.45am Vansh D: "@James - Indeed! I'm not sure I can stretch it this far, but back in day, history shows us that smoking was the norm and smoking ads were plastered over billboards and on during the cricket. Now they're banned here in Australia. A matter of time until they ban alcohol and betting ads here, which both have been very controversial (actually more so for betting, especially regarding Tom Waterhouse). A matter of time ... I'll put my money on that =P"

Spencer : "Typical Brits. Why should Chappell fight Both'em? Two against one..."

Toss in 15 minutes. I am sure neither Ian Chappell nor Ian Botham likes this thing discussed every time something happens

9.35am More from that Botham-Chappell clash. Now this is a fight

He then claimed that Botham put a glass to his throat and warned him he would "cut him from ear to ear", an accusation Botham vigorously denied. "The day I have to resort to that," he wrote in his autobiography, "is the day I know there is something wrong."

9.30am "How times have changed in Australian cricket! Can't imagine Allan Border suspending David Boon or Merv Hughes for "alcohol related aggression"!" James, times have indeed changed. I am sure the media and social media would not have given such an incident so much air time either

Staying with bar-room brawls, here is one famous one between Ian Chappell and Ian Botham. Here is an excerpt

"As I got up, he suggested we settle it outside," Chappell recalled almost 30 years later." I replied: 'I don't fight. You either finish up in jail or hospital and I don't intend visiting either over a **** like you'."

Chappell then fled the bar making a final rude comment at Botham as he left, resulting in Botham sprinting out of the bar and hurdling a car bonnet to get at him (Botham) or he calmly walked out of the bar pursued by a ranting Botham who had to be restrained by one of Chappell's team-mates (Chappell).

"As far as I am concerned it is par for the course," Chappell wrote of Botham's version of events. "As far as I am concerned, Chappell as human being is a nonentity," Botham retorted.

9.20am In other news, Tim Southee is "wary" of the Australia threat. Doesn't it sound like what Australia used to say of their matches with weaker teams? The times they are a-changin'. Toss in 40 minutes

9.15am Hello people. Early start for commentary today after the events that have been unfolding. It seems David Warner took his knocks late into the night. He has been stood down for today's game. What a year Warner has been having: lost everything on the Test tour in India, lost everything in IPL, abused a journalist and lost there, and now this. 'What does life mean to you?" he asked on Twitter yesterday

0.1

Mills to Watson, no run, begins on a length, just outside off, Watson well forward to defend

0.2

Mills to Watson, no run, leg-side half-volley, but flicked straight to square leg

Third man and fine leg are the two men on the boundary

0.3

Mills to Watson, no run, another full ball into the pads, driven straight to mid-on

Hugh: "Ah come on. Steve Smith. Where is he? I know all Aussie fans and Cricinfo commenters hate him, but seriously? You need him."

0.4

Mills to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, dabbed away to third man for one

Jakes Haak: "Attack?? Please...it's an altercation. It's not like Australia send troops to England."

0.5

Mills to Wade, no run, length ball, outside off, no movement. Left alone

0.6

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, defended off the back foot

This pitch is expected to get slower and slower. The first 20 overs, experts feel, might be the best time to bat on it

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MS Wade    0* (2b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)     

Mitchell McClenaghan - the best Mitchell in this tournament? - to take the other new ball

1.1

McClenaghan to Watson, no run, full and straight, defended

Rangeet: "Cricketers are people. If you honestly think David Warner punching an English cricketer will affect cricket more than India's fixing scandal, then I think you need your head examined. Warner was in a bad position cricket-wise and he snapped. It happens sometimes. If he misses the Ashes for this, I will be seriously disappointed. These people are not schoolboys, they are cricketers. What Warner did was wrong but assault has less legal repercussions than you guys are talking about..."

1.2

McClenaghan to Watson, FOUR, full, on off, presses forward and nicely pushes this between the bowler and mid-off

Jared: "Why is everyone harping on Warner? Seriously, he got into a drunken brawl. Whoopty doo!!! Everyone's acting like they've never seen a young person a wee bit drunk. Remember the days where it would all be sorted on the night and nothing was made of it?? And did the cricketers of yester year end up as bad eggs? No, so why do we made such a big deal about it now?? #politicallycorrectidiots"

1.3

McClenaghan to Watson, OUT, McClenaghan strikes early again. Watson goes. Slight short of driving length, Watson pushes at it away from the body, and tentatively. The angle takes the edge, and Australia's own Luke Ronchi takes the catch

SR Watson c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 5 (6m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

In comes Phil Hughes. Is Martin Guptill ready?

1.4

McClenaghan to Hughes, no run, drives hard at a wide length ball, is hit on the inside half of the bat. It falls short of midwicket

Ian: "Hugh- Let me explain how us Aussies feel: NOBODY needs Steve Smith."

1.5

McClenaghan to Hughes, no run, full, swinging in, pushed towards mid-on

Ian: "Ronchi has simply returned to his country of birth. He's from Dannevirke."

1.6

McClenaghan to Hughes, 4 leg byes, angling into the pads, beats him flicks, but goes fine off the pad

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 9/1 (RR: 4.50)
PJ Hughes    0* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-4-1
MS Wade    0* (2b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0

vince: "@jared. you ever heard of 'the spirit of cricket'?"

2.1

Mills to Wade, no run, this one seams away from the left-hand batsman. Mills bowls really well to them. He bowls it with a scrambled seam, and it almost dips and cuts away from him. Beaten

Alex Carter: "He will be the only mitchell left at this rate"

2.2

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, seams away again. Squares him up and beats him

2.3

Mills to Wade, no run, left alone outside off this time

2.4

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, pitches leg, angles towards off, defended off the back foot

2.5

Mills to Wade, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to third man - no England player there - for one

Guptill, ready?

2.6

Mills to Hughes, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, angling towards off, defended off the back foot

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 10/1 (RR: 3.33)
PJ Hughes    0* (4b)      KD Mills    2-0-2-0
MS Wade    1* (7b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-4-1

Chris: "If it was a drunken altercation, what was Warner doing being drunk during a major tournament? I agree it is not a big deal on the grand scale of things, but he is a professional athlete representing his country, not a club cricketer at the local pub."

3.1

McClenaghan to Wade, OUT, it's Guptill again. Hughes can't get rid of Guptill, who is not even in the slip. Hughes has not even played this ball, but Guptill has still got him. Wade looks to drop and run, but both batsmen hesitate. Guptill runs in from cover, swoops in, flicks this onto the stumps even as he dives. Guptill sends Hughes back again

PJ Hughes run out 0 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Karl: "Australia need to think very hard before sending Warner home, because today, without him, Matthew Wade is opening. Let me repeat that for you. Matthew Wade is opening. Australia need Warner, drunken scuffles or not"

3.2

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, length ball, on off, defended back by George Bailey

Josh Gavan: "He might be a club cricketer soon... Hope not."

3.3

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, short of a length, middle and off, seams away, squares him up and beats him

solomon Law: "The spirit of cricket is a crock and full of contradictions in the game. The only true spirit of cricket is the oones warner was drinking at the bar"

3.4

McClenaghan to Bailey, 2 no balls, short of a length, hits his pad for a leg-bye. He has overstepped

Andre Loock: "Warner is young and ambitious. He confused enthusiasm and pride with youthful arrogance. Micky will ask him to write a thousand word assay on the incident."

3.4

McClenaghan to Wade, no run, nice slower wide yorker to get a dot on the free-hit

3.5

McClenaghan to Wade, no run, short of a length, Wade moves too far across, hit on the pad just outside the line of off

Alex: "I'm glad the first 20 overs are the best batting conditions, because at least NZ should get to bat for about five of them."

3.6

McClenaghan to Wade, 1 run, runs this down to third man for one

End of over 4 (3 runs) Australia 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
MS Wade    2* (11b)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-7-1
GJ Bailey    0* (3b)      KD Mills    2-0-2-0

4.1

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, angling towards off, defended back to him

Chris: "Like it or not Australia is still beating us Poms even if it's in the drunken scandal stakes. All we've managed in a major tournament for scandal in recent times is stealing a pedalo while drunk..."

4.2

Mills to Wade, FOUR, that's a punch, and is beneficial to Australia. Short of a length, outside off, he stands tall and crunches this through cover

4.3

Mills to Wade, no run, short, but stays low, and takes the inside edge on the pull

4.4

Mills to Wade, no run, fuller, outside off, angling away, left alone

4.5

Mills to Wade, FOUR, nicely pulled away. This is short, waist high, on the pads, and Wade obliges by punishing it through square leg

PS Sidhu: "Well, something had to give. even though it happened off the ground. Group A was looking so boring compared to Group B."

4.6

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, angling away, defended off the back foot

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 21/2 (RR: 4.20)
MS Wade    10* (17b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-10-0
GJ Bailey    0* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-7-1

5.1

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, beauty. Shaping up to swing in, but pitching just outside off and seaming away. Beaten

5.2

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, on a length, in front of off, defended

5.3

McClenaghan to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, worked away to long leg for one

5.4

McClenaghan to Wade, 1 run, shuffles across to a full swinging ball, but gets the bat down in time and takes a single to long leg

5.5

McClenaghan to Bailey, 2 runs, length ball outside leg, clipped away, and they take on Franklin's arm from long leg. Wade puts in a full-length dive to complete the second

5.6

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 25/2 (RR: 4.16)
GJ Bailey    3* (8b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-11-1
MS Wade    11* (18b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-10-0

Ian: "Wade is trying something new here. Usually when he plays destructively, it's not during Australia's innings."

6.1

Mills to Wade, no run, huge appeal for catch at the wicket. This one seems to have seamed away from middle and leg and taken a deflection on the way through to the keeper. Wade is squared up, he has played inside the line, and the ball has taken the back thigh on the way. Vettori tells everybody not to review this, and rightly so. Vettori should know the pain of wasted reviews

6.2

Mills to Wade, no run, left alone outside off

6.3

Mills to Wade, no run, seam again. The scrambled-seam ball cuts away from on off, and beats Wade

6.4

Mills to Wade, no run, fuller and straighter. Defended from the crease

6.5

Mills to Wade, no run, beaten outside off again. Tentative again as he pushes away from the body

6.6

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, pitches middle and leg, angles towards off. Defended

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 25/2 (RR: 3.57)
MS Wade    11* (24b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-10-0
GJ Bailey    3* (8b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-11-1

Like in the last match, Daniel Vettori is brought on in the eighth over. A slip in place

7.1

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slider first up, defended off the front foot

7.2

Vettori to Bailey, no run, flatter, on off, Bailey pushes half forward in defence

7.3

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

Alex: "Absolute zinger from Simon Doull on commentary - speaking on Warner's ban, "apparently he only nicked the guy he was trying to hit"..."

7.4

Vettori to Wade, no run, pitched up, middle and leg, defended to short midwicket

Continues round the stumps to the left-hand batsman

7.5

Vettori to Wade, 1 run, Wade comes down the track to drive this to deep midwicket

7.6

Vettori to Bailey, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 27/2 (RR: 3.37)
GJ Bailey    4* (12b)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
MS Wade    12* (26b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-10-0

"Can we get a Dan Vettori hobble report for NZ fans? just small updates on how much he is hobbling, how quick he is hobbling and how ridiculous his hobble looks. Just general hobble information would be good." Jamie, he is right as rain

And oh boy, David Warner is serving the players drink. Cue more jokes

8.1

Mills to Wade, no run, dug in shirt, not short enough to pull, and Wade is hit in the box. B McCullum likes it and applauds

8.2

Mills to Wade, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

Glenn: "Australia obviously looking to get through to lunch without the loss of another wicket, then push on in the middle session and then have a red hot go after tea."

8.3

Mills to Wade, no run, short of a length, angling away towards off, defended under his eye

Dan: "As a Kiwi, never in my life have I had this feeling - Aussie 2 wickets down and I don't have a feeling of dread. Usually there are 4 more match-winning batsmen to come at this point... today ... well... Faulkner is pretty useful I guess."

8.4

Mills to Wade, no run, beats a slash as Mills pitches up and Wade swings. Bounces short of Ronchi

8.5

Mills to Wade, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, Wade goes inside the line and works it to leg for one

Dan: "Hughes is one lucky guy, despite consistent low scores nobody pays attention to him coz of extra-curricular activities of other players. #homeworkgate #Barfight #WalkingWicket"

8.6

Mills to Bailey, no run, pitched up full, just outside off, driven back to Mills

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 28/2 (RR: 3.11)
GJ Bailey    4* (13b)      KD Mills    5-1-11-0
MS Wade    13* (31b 2x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

Paul Cryer: "If the England player Warner attacked was Dernbach he'd be smashed all over the place!!"

9.1

Vettori to Wade, no run, some turn from middle and leg, hits his pad and goes to short fine leg

9.2

Vettori to Wade, no run, down the wicket to defend a full ball

9.3

Vettori to Wade, no run, arm ball, Wade moves across and picks it from the pitch, and somehow keeps it out

9.4

Vettori to Wade, 1 run, looks to paddle, gloves it to short fine leg for a risky single

9.5

Vettori to Bailey, 2 runs, swept away wide of long leg for a couple

9.6

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away for one

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 32/2 (RR: 3.20)
GJ Bailey    7* (15b)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-0
MS Wade    14* (35b 2x4)      KD Mills    5-1-11-0

Ian: "I can't understand why Starc was dropped, he's one of the best batsmen in our squad..."

10.1

Mills to Bailey, 1 run, looks to work this to leg, gets a leading edge to wide of cover for one

10.2

Mills to Wade, 2 runs, bunted wide of fine leg and with soft hands, and he takes another frenetic couple

John: "" Who wants to be right as rain, its better when something is wrong " hums tune"

10.3

Mills to Wade, 1 run, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

Neville: "If warner had attacked COOK, he would have been properly defended on the front foot...."

10.4

Mills to Bailey, no run, slightly slower, shaping in, defended off the front foot

Matt in London: "Is this the first time NZ has played Australia and had more centuries in the team? (18 v 11)"

10.5

Mills to Bailey, no run, short, not short enough to pull, and beats him

10.6

Mills to Bailey, FOUR, nice shot. Length ball, angling into the pads, driven between mid-on and midwicket

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 40/2 (RR: 3.63)
GJ Bailey    12* (19b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-1-19-0
MS Wade    17* (37b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-0

Herschel Pant: "When is Steve Waugh coming to bat? (Aussies going through what the Windies did/are post their highs)"

11.1

Vettori to Wade, no run, short of a length, outside leg, deflected to short fine

Glenn Maxwell: "Yep...Warner was lucky it wasn't some one tougher...cos those English guys are real tough...cue sarcasm"

11.2

Vettori to Wade, 1 run, tossed up, on the pads, clipped away

Liam Smith: "Would love to have seen him have a go at pieterson.... KP's only weakness is not being able to cope with the slow looping left hander mind you!"

11.3

Vettori to Bailey, no run, flat but full, defended off the front foot

11.4

Vettori to Bailey, no run, short of a length, outside off, looks to dab it fine, but finds point

"I'm on a train home, reading the cric info feed whilst these schoolgirls next to me practice Shakespeare lines. Given the score, I'm dealing with two world's of hell at the moment."

11.5

Vettori to Bailey, no run, defended well off the front foot

11.6

Vettori to Bailey, FOUR, slightly short, he rocks back and punches this to the right of the diving backward point and to the left of deep cover

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 45/2 (RR: 3.75)
GJ Bailey    16* (23b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-11-0
MS Wade    18* (39b 2x4)      KD Mills    6-1-19-0

Charlie: "If Warner had attacked Finn he would have been solidly kneed in his middle stump off a long run up..."

Tim Southee into the attack now as a cloud visits Edgbaston

12.1

Southee to Wade, 1 run, full, on middle and leg, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Sharma: "Is it time the Poms called back Freddie Flintoff just to get the advantage in drunken nights over the Aussies?"

12.2

Southee to Bailey, FOUR, overpitched, and Bailey drives it beautifully. It has gone over the stumps at the non-striker's end, I think

12.3

Southee to Bailey, no run, overpitched again, no swing again, but driven right back to him this time

12.4

Southee to Bailey, 2 runs, short of a length, wide, Bailey goes back and punches. Misfield at backward point gets them two

12.5

Southee to Bailey, FOUR, too full again, on the pads too, and he has driven it nicely through mid-on for four. No fielder at mid-on either. Over attacking?

12.6

Southee to Bailey, 1 run, clipped away off the pads for one

End of over 13 (12 runs) Australia 57/2 (RR: 4.38)
GJ Bailey    27* (28b 4x4)      TG Southee    1-0-12-0
MS Wade    19* (40b 2x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-11-0

Lance: "If the Australian team read Shakespeare, they'd be quoting: "A Clarke, a Clarke, my kingdom for a Clarke!""

13.1

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slow through the air, full, middle and leg, defended by Bailey

13.2

Vettori to Bailey, no run, shimmies down the wicket to defend this flatter delivery

13.3

Vettori to Bailey, 2 runs, swept away fine of long leg, comes back for the second

13.4

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run

13.5

Vettori to Wade, no run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, pads this away

13.6

Vettori to Wade, no run, looks to paddle this away, but finds the man at short midwicket

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 60/2 (RR: 4.28)
MS Wade    19* (42b 2x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-14-0
GJ Bailey    30* (32b 4x4)      TG Southee    1-0-12-0

Guy: "like what you did at 11.6. Can we call that a "warner" now - e.g. he's warnered it to midwicket (or would a warner be a nick)?"

Here is Nathan McCullum. Southee off after that expensive over

14.1

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, swept in the air, but it falls short of the man in the deep

Brian Boye: "I think Warner had to much BAILEY that day!!!"

14.2

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, flighted on middle and leg, driven back to him

James: "Lance, trying to imagine Warner reading Shakespeare ... no, sorry."

14.3

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, flat, on off, defended back to him

Grizzly: "When is Australia going to realise that you need reliable batsmen to make runs - how could they possibly leave out Siddle?"

14.4

NL McCullum to Wade, 1 run, driven down the ground, but can't beat mid-on

14.5

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to long-on

Jake: "Lance, most of the current Australian team would read Shakespeare as well as M Clarke reads R Jadeja."

14.6

NL McCullum to Wade, 1 run, full toss on the pads, gets a single to deep midwicket

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 64/2 (RR: 4.26)
MS Wade    21* (46b 2x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0
GJ Bailey    32* (34b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-14-0

Liam Smith: "I don't think Warner reads Shakespeare. He's more interested in Wadesbeer! I'm here all day..."

15.1

Vettori to Wade, 1 run, moves right across a length ball and works it to leg. That's a risky shot against Vettori

Liam Smith: "I don't think Warner reads Shakespeare. He's more interested in Wadesbeer! I'm here all day..."

15.2

Vettori to Bailey, no run, into the pads, beats the inside edge, hits the pad

Bob Wilko: "Good job Warner never started on Anderson, now that he is part of the 300!! This.... is..... THE ASSSSSSSSHHHHHEEEESSSSSS!!!"

15.3

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slower through the air, shortish, outside off, but Bailey doesn't offer a shot

Gavan: "Alas poor Warner, I knew him well"

15.4

Vettori to Bailey, no run, arm ball, angling in towards off, defended off the back foot

15.5

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slower through the air again, and Bailey is drawn forward to defend

15.6

Vettori to Bailey, no run, full, middle and leg, defended to mid-on

"Shouldn't Warner have done what his namesake in 'Dixon of Dock Green' used to do and have said 'Evening all' and gone home early?" Terry, gone home early? Drinks are just about coming on the field

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 65/2 (RR: 4.06)
GJ Bailey    32* (39b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-15-0
MS Wade    22* (47b 2x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0

Ben: "So much humor about early wickets and Warner. In the meantime these two have a 50-run partnership and have the run-rate up over 4. NZ struggled to get 138 a couple of days ago, so this game is hardly in the bag yet."

16.1

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, defended off the front foot

Simon: "Since we are talking about Warner this morning, here is the link to his homework submission during the India tour: "

16.2

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, flighted outside off, slow, defended again

16.3

NL McCullum to Wade, FOUR, down the wicket, not quite to its pitch, but goes ahead with the shot and drags it wide of mid-on

Tim: "Not that the England players would know any Shakespeare. They don't teach that stuff in South African schools."

16.4

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, defended off the front foot

16.5

NL McCullum to Wade, no run, shimmies down, is beaten, but defends well in front of his body

16.6

NL McCullum to Wade, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, bunted away for one

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 70/2 (RR: 4.11)
MS Wade    27* (53b 3x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-0
GJ Bailey    32* (39b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-15-0

17.1

Vettori to Wade, no run, tossed up outside off, defended wide of cover. Bailey wants a single, but is sent back

17.2

Vettori to Wade, 1 run, goes back, gets a single into the leg side

17.3

Vettori to Bailey, no run, short of a length, but slower, defended off the back foot

17.4

Vettori to Bailey, no run, sharp turn, angling in, dipping, then breaks away to beat the forward defensive

Watch out for the slider, George

17.5

Vettori to Bailey, no run, not quite the slider. He remains slow and flights it. Defended well

17.6

Vettori to Bailey, no run, now comes the slider, he keeps the front leg away and defends with the bat only

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 71/2 (RR: 3.94)
GJ Bailey    32* (43b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-16-0
MS Wade    28* (55b 3x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-0

18.1

NL McCullum to Wade, 1 wide, down the leg side. Called wide

Ana: "Even for Warner, it would take Samit to knock out Patel."

18.1

NL McCullum to Wade, 1 run, worked away off the pad

Rohan Gala: "@Ben, can't see a Malinga in the Aus team."

18.2

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, tossed up outside off, Bailey tries to sweep, but is beaten

18.3

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, flighted wide outside off, driven to straight midwicket

18.4

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, tries to reverse-sweep, is beaten by a full and wide delivery

Okakaboka: "@Simon...Classic. Warner should have submitted this as a thesis. Then we would have a Mr Cricket (Hussey) and Doctor Cricket (Warner)!"

18.5

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, nearly a run-out. Pushed towards short midwicket, Guptill charges in, nearly gets him on the single

18.6

NL McCullum to Wade, OUT, Wade goes. N McCullum gets this to straighten enough. Flat length ball, angling into the pads, Wade plays across its line, the ball straightens and beats the edge, and he is caught dead in front. They review it, but he is gone plumb. That's what DRS is not for. What a waste

MS Wade lbw b NL McCullum 29 (82m 57b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.87

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 74/3 (RR: 3.89)
     NL McCullum    3-0-12-1
GJ Bailey    33* (47b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-16-0

Ryan : "@Rohan Gala: But we see a lot of New Zealanders. The same ones that struggled."

Simmer down people. In comes Adam Voges

19.1

Vettori to Bailey, no run, down the wicket to defend this to short midwicket

"@Tim - we most definitely did learn Shakespeare at schools in SA." Moshe and South Africa, apologies. That was a joke on England pick South African players, not the South African schools

19.2

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run, pushed wide of midwicket for one

Adam Voges is the new man in

19.3

Vettori to Voges, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point

19.4

Vettori to Voges, no run

Jerry: "Tim: "Not that the England players would know any Shakespeare. They don't teach that stuff in South African schools." dude which part of SA are you from. surely uve relocated to ENG ?"

19.5

Vettori to Voges, no run, defended off the front foot

19.6

Vettori to Voges, 1 run, really slow and high, defends, is hit on the outside half of the bat, runs a tight single

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 76/3 (RR: 3.80)
AC Voges    1* (4b)      DL Vettori    7-0-18-0
GJ Bailey    34* (49b 4x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-1

James: "Ben, what makes you think Australia will get to 138?"

20.1

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, on off, worked to leg for one

Zuch: "Does CA has a 'on-field' code of conduct? Many of these would have made serious breaches. Cant imagine after the Indian tour Huges and Doherty are even considered."

20.2

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, swept away from outside off

20.3

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, nearly a return catch. Bowled from the front of the hand, stops in the pitch, but the drive dies before reaching McCullum

20.4

NL McCullum to Voges, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, punched to the right of third man

20.5

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, defended off the front foot

20.6

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, full and straight, driven back to his right

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 80/3 (RR: 3.80)
AC Voges    4* (9b)      NL McCullum    4-0-16-1
GJ Bailey    35* (50b 4x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-18-0

Tim: "Correct, wasn't trying to sledge SA schools"

21.1

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this down to long-on

21.2

Vettori to Voges, 2 runs, angling into the pads, pushed between the two men deep on the leg side

21.3

Vettori to Voges, no run, short of a length, outside off, cut to cover

21.4

Vettori to Voges, no run, arm ball, defended off the back foot

21.5

Vettori to Voges, no run, more turn for Vettori. He tosses up one outside off, Voges pushes in front of his body, and is beaten

21.6

Vettori to Voges, no run, straighter, but a turning ball, and is defended well off the front foot

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 83/3 (RR: 3.77)
AC Voges    6* (14b)      DL Vettori    8-0-21-0
GJ Bailey    36* (51b 4x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-16-1

22.1

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, gets a leading edge on this as he looks to work this to leg

22.2

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for one

22.3

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, driven to short straight midwicket

22.4

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, down the wicket, the ball dips on him, he ends up pushing it into the leg side

Jakes Haak: "I think it was Shakespear who said: "Chill out guys"."

22.5

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched down to long-on

22.6

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to leg

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 87/3 (RR: 3.78)
GJ Bailey    38* (55b 4x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-20-1
AC Voges    8* (16b)      DL Vettori    8-0-21-0

23.1

Southee to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away to deep point

Anthony: "Jerry and Moshe, calm down. It's called a joke - like our president! In South African schools, we called him Willem Wikkelspies. Ask the Engalnd team for a translation"

23.2

Southee to Bailey, 1 run, pushed to deep cover

23.3

Southee to Voges, 1 run, on a length, on off, pushed to mid-off for one

David Britton: "@James Haak, wish he'd been around Sunday night then..."

23.4

Southee to Bailey, no run, on a length, outside off, pushed to mid-off, but this time a little too hard to be taking the single

23.5

Southee to Bailey, 1 run, full, swinging in, clipped to leg. McCullum dives on that matting to over the adjacent pitch and scrapes his elbow

23.6

Southee to Voges, 1 run, driven on the up to deep cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 92/3 (RR: 3.83)
AC Voges    11* (19b)      TG Southee    2-0-17-0
GJ Bailey    40* (58b 4x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-20-1

24.1

NL McCullum to Voges, 2 runs, short of a length, turning in, pushed into the leg side. A misfield from McClenaghan allows them the second

24.2

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, full, middle and off, driven to long-on

24.3

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, turning in towards off, pushed to long-on for one

24.4

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away to deep cover

Tim: "England not only need South African players to make their runs, they need South African fans to stick up for them when they're being sledged."

24.5

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, allows himself to be but away again for a single

24.6

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, worked to leg for one

End of over 25 (7 runs) Australia 99/3 (RR: 3.96)
AC Voges    16* (23b)      NL McCullum    6-0-27-1
GJ Bailey    42* (60b 4x4)      TG Southee    2-0-17-0

25.1

Southee to Voges, no run, swinging in from a length, hits the inside half of the bat. Was that reverse swing?

25.2

Southee to Voges, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg-before as Voges moves a long way across and it seems to have hit him in front. Given not out. Nigel Llong thinks this is headed down leg. New Zealand don't review. That looks very close

25.3

Southee to Bailey, 1 leg bye, another appeal as the swing beats the inside edge, but this is clearly missing leg

25.4

Southee to Voges, no run, Nathan McCullum has saved four here. Makes a full-length diving save to his left at mid-on, and nearly hits the stumps at the striker's end

25.5

Southee to Voges, no run, length ball, driven on the up, to mid-off

25.6

Southee to Voges, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the front foot

End of over 26 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 101/3 (RR: 3.88)
AC Voges    16* (28b)      TG Southee    3-1-17-0
GJ Bailey    42* (61b 4x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-27-1

james: "McNath is honest enough and very likeable but gosh its hard to imagine Symonds giving the bloke this much respect.. #misstheolddays"

McClenaghan comes back now

26.1

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, lovely start right away. Seams away from him on off, beats the edge

Rory: "If I was an Australian, I would be loath to criticize the composition/selection of the English team considering my country is attempting to adapt their own citizenship laws to allow a certain Pakistani-born leg spinner to play in a specific five-match series..."

26.2

McClenaghan to Bailey, 1 run, length ball outside leg, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Digvijay: "Nicely done Tim....you have managed to change the topic......only if Warner was this subtle..."

26.3

McClenaghan to Voges, no run, full outside off, pushed to mid-on

26.4

McClenaghan to Voges, 1 run, on a length, angling towards off, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Chris: "@Tim It's very hard to defend yourself from sledging when you're laughing so hard at the state of Australian cricket."

26.5

McClenaghan to Bailey, FOUR, lovely off-drive. On the up because this is no driving length, and placed between the bowler and mid-off

26.6

McClenaghan to Bailey, no run, another drive, but this is straight to the fielder at mid-off

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 107/3 (RR: 3.96)
GJ Bailey    47* (65b 5x4)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-17-1
AC Voges    17* (30b)      TG Southee    3-1-17-0

lourenco_nz: "Shakespeare has many cricket references: A hit, a palpable hit = copping one in the box doth protest too much = overly aggressive appealing/poor use of reviewing Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? = moaning about rain delays ... and finally being a long suffering Black Cap supporter "The game is up!" but hopefully not today."

27.1

Southee to Voges, no run, swing in again, hits the inside half of the bat on the drive

ryan: "If ever a team/batsman were flattered by their averages then its this one, take a look at this side on paper! Voges, 49, Hughes 49, Bailey 45, Faulkner 63.. how are we not favourites! ;p"

27.2

Southee to Voges, FOUR, beautiful. Lovely drive. This is swinging in but not alarmingly, and he presses forward and pushes this to the right of the stumps at the non-striker's end

27.3

Southee to Voges, FOUR, another beautiful drive. Southee has got carried away looking for swing here. Another half-volley, and he has drilled this between mid-off and cover

27.4

Southee to Voges, 1 run, on-drive now, but the mid-on has been moved back

27.5

Southee to Bailey, no run, swinging in from short of a driving length. Defended to leg

Grant: "Once again South Africa gets involved inbetween these two nations. The one already takes our cricketers ad the other our runaways"

27.6

Southee to Bailey, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

End of over 28 (9 runs) Australia 116/3 (RR: 4.14)
GJ Bailey    47* (67b 5x4)      TG Southee    4-1-26-0
AC Voges    26* (34b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-17-1

Williamson into the attack now

28.1

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, turning in from outside off, punched away for a single

28.2

Williamson to Bailey, no run, tossed up outside off, driven straight to short cover

28.3

Williamson to Bailey, 1 run, down the wicket, mis-hits a loft, it goes to long-on on the second bounce

28.4

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, cut away to deep cover

28.5

Williamson to Bailey, no run, punched away uppishly, BMac makes a diving save at short cover

28.6

Williamson to Bailey, 2 runs, swept away from outside off, between the two men deep on the leg side. That brings up a fighting fifty for Bailey. Well done, captain

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 121/3 (RR: 4.17)
GJ Bailey    50* (71b 5x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-5-0
AC Voges    28* (36b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-26-0

29.1

McClenaghan to Voges, FOUR, short of a length, pitched outside leg, Voges gets inside the line and deflects it nicely for four through fine leg

Gavin: "Isn't it ironic that Warner is carrying drinks? Next he will be helping journalists with their laptops."

29.2

McClenaghan to Voges, (no ball) FOUR, that's poor from Mitch. Are you sure this is the correct Mitch? No-ball, outside leg, and deflected away for four more

29.2

McClenaghan to Voges, 1 wide, goes for the wide yorker on the free hit, and is called a wide

29.2

McClenaghan to Voges, 1 run, slower short ball on the free hit, pulled away for just the single. Didn't really hit it like you hit a free hit

29.3

McClenaghan to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for one

Round the stumps

29.4

McClenaghan to Voges, 2 runs, gets this shortish ball to hold its line. Dropped wide of cover for one. McCullum overthrows for the second. New Zealand seem to be getting carried away

29.5

McClenaghan to Voges, no run, slower ball outside off, gets a dot ball in

Tom: "Most obvious Cricket/Shakespeare connection is Lady Macbeth, who was the standing umpire in a few Tests: "Out! Damn spot! Out I say! Why then, tis time". Gentlemen, please."

29.6

McClenaghan to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked into the leg side

End of over 30 (15 runs) Australia 136/3 (RR: 4.53)
AC Voges    40* (42b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-32-1
GJ Bailey    51* (72b 5x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-5-0

30.1

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked to leg for one

30.2

Williamson to Bailey, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to straight midwicket

30.3

Williamson to Bailey, 1 run, down the wicket to work this full ball into the leg side

30.4

Williamson to Voges, FOUR, short of a length, into the pads, quick, Voges gets enough bat on it to beat short fine leg. This is running away from NZ

30.5

Williamson to Voges, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

Marcos: "Why do their averages flatter? Maybe that's why the team wins most of its games and is ranked 2nd. Flattery is not the most notable problem here. It is the relentless bashing of the team and turning every pimple into a volcano."

30.6

Williamson to Voges, no run, driven back to his right, KW makes a diving save

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 142/3 (RR: 4.58)
AC Voges    45* (46b 5x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-11-0
GJ Bailey    52* (74b 5x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-32-1

James: "Tom, brilliant work. So Lady MacBeth was with the BCCI on DRS and Hotspot?"

Vettori comes back

31.1

Vettori to Bailey, no run, full, on off, driven to extra cover

Kieran: "If we're on Shakespeare then surely Macbeth's first line in the play- "So fair and foul a day I have not seen". Quite clearly talking about the British summer."

31.2

Vettori to Bailey, no run, looks to dab a fullish ball, can't beat the two men behind square

31.3

Vettori to Bailey, no run, defended off the front foot

Brett: "Tom, was Spot fined for dissent?"

31.4

Vettori to Bailey, no run, angling in, flat, defended to leg

31.5

Vettori to Bailey, no run, flat outside off, holds its line, beats his push

31.6

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slower through the air, gets some turn, hits the outside half of the bat. A maiden for NZ

End of over 32 (maiden) Australia 142/3 (RR: 4.43)
GJ Bailey    52* (80b 5x4)      DL Vettori    9-1-21-0
AC Voges    45* (46b 5x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-11-0

32.1

Williamson to Voges, no run, defended off the front foot

32.2

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, down the wicket, is beaten in flight, but gets a leg-bye

32.3

Williamson to Bailey, 1 leg bye, looks to play across the line, is beaten, but has got the front pad outside the line of off

32.4

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, defended into the leg side for one

32.5

Williamson to Bailey, 1 run, Guptill misfield at midwicket. Allows them a single

Mick: "I like that Voges has been given a few games. One of the few batsman going around the Australian domestic scene who makes batting look really easy. A bit like Damien Martyn."

32.6

Williamson to Voges, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 146/3 (RR: 4.42)
AC Voges    47* (50b 5x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-14-0
GJ Bailey    53* (82b 5x4)      DL Vettori    9-1-21-0

Philip: "Actually Lady Macbeth does say, "I hear the owls scream and the crickets cry."

33.1

Vettori to Bailey, no run, full, outside off, driven to extra cover

Chris: "Every bowler on seeing Chris Tavare or Geoffrey Boycott on strike; "Is this a digger I see before me?""

33.2

Vettori to Bailey, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked around the corner for one

Matt: "Johnson and Watson are Luke Ronchi's only former team-mates who are playing today - just shows how much this team has moved on in 6 years"

33.3

Vettori to Voges, 1 run, dips on him, but is too straight, and is helped into the leg side for one

33.4

Vettori to Bailey, no run, defended off the front foot as Vettori goes flatter

33.5

Vettori to Bailey, no run, slower through the air, on off, holds its line, defended solidly

33.6

Vettori to Bailey, no run, this one comes in with the arm, and hits the inside half of his bat

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 148/3 (RR: 4.35)
GJ Bailey    54* (87b 5x4)      DL Vettori    10-1-23-0
AC Voges    48* (51b 5x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-14-0

Bailey has scored 14 off 37 Vettori balls. Here is Nathan McCullum

34.1

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, cut away to deep cover for one

David: "It must be the in thing in Cricket to punish players who get into trouble with alcohol by asking them to carrying the drinks. Jesse Ryder had to do that at Eden Park early last year!!"

34.2

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, short of a length, looks to work this to leg but the ball doesn't turn. Defended back

34.3

NL McCullum to Bailey, 1 run, full, driven to long-on for one

34.4

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, full and flat, pushed to long-on to bring up an industrious fifty

Mohit Garg: "Matt, moved on???...yeah moved on to the doldrums!"

34.5

NL McCullum to Bailey, no run, down the wicket, nearly yorks himself up. Played back to him

34.6

NL McCullum to Bailey, OUT, McNath has taken a wicket off the last ball before the Powerplay. Flat length ball outside off, Bailey believes he has covered any turn possible, but the ball seems to have hit some rough pacth and stayed low and spun past the pad to hit the lower half of the middle stump

GJ Bailey b NL McCullum 55 (121m 91b 5x4 0x6) SR: 60.43

Gareth: "The Voges story is a bit like the story of one M Hussey. Quality on the domestic and county circuit, but never really got his chance until he was in his 30s. Bailey/Voges/Clarke add the maturity to what is a young and inexperienced side. If only Watto would step up the side might be in good stead."

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 151/4 (RR: 4.31)
     NL McCullum    7-0-30-2
AC Voges    50* (53b 5x4)      DL Vettori    10-1-23-0

Stiaan: "Shakespear? What's that? Is it something I can drink?"

Willaimson to bowl the first over the Powerplay.

35.1

Williamson to Voges, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

marcel: "first lines of macbeth are different but equally appropriate: when shall we three meet again, in thunder lightning or in rain?"

35.2

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, just short of long-on. Not the smartest of shots. The long-on is in place, but he has gone there aerially. It falls short

Silly point is in

35.3

Williamson to Marsh, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended

35.4

Williamson to Marsh, no run, defended past the silly point to cover

Robin Marshall: "David Sheppard took sabbatical from Church to join 1962/63 Ashes tour. During his 113 at Melbourne, Richie Benaud looked round his bowlers and asked "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest". Henry II."

35.5

Williamson to Marsh, no run, defended back to him

Silly point moves to backward short leg

35.6

Williamson to Marsh, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to cover

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 152/4 (RR: 4.22)
MR Marsh    0* (4b)      KS Williamson    4-0-15-0
AC Voges    51* (55b 5x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-30-2

Jon: "Re: Gareth - The Voges story is nothing like the Hussey story as he is absolutely nowhere near the same level as testified by his record and his very average showings for Notts"

36.1

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, tossed up on off, defended to leg

HulG: "Shakespeare is better than Boycott's mum."

36.2

NL McCullum to Voges, 2 runs, stays back to push this to the right of midwicket where Guptill is quick and flashy but his throw is wide and allows them the second

Magpie: "Yes, Stiaan... you cut up some fermented pear, shake it around some... and then drink the juice."

36.3

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-on

gav: "@Marcel: That is an obvious referral to Sri Lanka, West Indies and test cricket"

36.4

NL McCullum to Marsh, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to mid-off

36.5

NL McCullum to Marsh, no run, tries the big drive outside off, gets an inside edge onto the pad

Jimmy: "@Matt: Don't forget Voges and Marsh spent years with Ronchi in domestic cricket"

36.6

NL McCullum to Marsh, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 155/4 (RR: 4.18)
MR Marsh    0* (7b)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-2
AC Voges    54* (58b 5x4)      KS Williamson    4-0-15-0

Daniel: "@Stiaan - no, but here in Sheffield you can drink AT the Shakespeare :)"

37.1

Williamson to Voges, no run, short of a length, outside off, gets it to bounce, played back to him

Gareth: "@Jon. I agree, but then there's no one who will ever stack up to the Mr Cricket story."

37.2

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, tossed up outside off, worked to leg for one

37.3

Williamson to Marsh, no run, full, middle and leg, takes the leading edge on his drive. Goes to point

37.4

Williamson to Marsh, 1 run, short and straight, worked to leg

37.5

Williamson to Voges, 2 runs, turning in from outside off, worked to deep square with soft hands, gets a couple

37.6

Williamson to Voges, no run, flighted outside off, driven to long-off

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 159/4 (RR: 4.18)
AC Voges    57* (62b 5x4)      KS Williamson    5-0-19-0
MR Marsh    1* (9b)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-2

38.1

NL McCullum to Marsh, 1 run, offbreak, hits the inside half of the bat, but they take the single

38.2

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-on for one

38.3

NL McCullum to Marsh, FOUR, short, a long hop, into the pads, and pulled away for four through square leg

38.4

NL McCullum to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover this time

38.5

NL McCullum to Marsh, 1 run, slower through the air, defended with soft hands, gets a single to short third man

38.6

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, on a length, outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 166/4 (RR: 4.25)
AC Voges    58* (64b 5x4)      NL McCullum    9-0-40-2
MR Marsh    7* (13b 1x4)      KS Williamson    5-0-19-0

39.1

Williamson to Marsh, FOUR, short of a length, wide, he throws his bat at it, gets a thick outside edge for four. Past the keeper and straight of short third man

39.2

Williamson to Marsh, no run, short of a length again, turning in towards off, defended off the back foot

39.3

Williamson to Marsh, FOUR, beautiful shot. Tossed up outside off, he presses forward to reach the pitch of the ball and drives it wide of cover

39.4

Williamson to Marsh, no run, fuller, and flatter, defended back to him

39.5

Williamson to Marsh, 1 run, turns into the pads, worked around the corner for one

"I swear voges didn't ground his bat in the crease before running the second just before. Who checks for this and how often is it picked up??" Tim, it's the on-field umpire's job

39.6

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, sharp turn from short of a length outside off, he nearly plays it on off the bottom edge

End of over 40 (10 runs) Australia 176/4 (RR: 4.40)
AC Voges    59* (65b 5x4)      KS Williamson    6-0-29-0
MR Marsh    16* (18b 3x4)      NL McCullum    9-0-40-2

Mick: "@ Stiaan: Its what you do when enemies come a little to close to your village."

40.1

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, full, outside off, defended to leg

40.2

NL McCullum to Voges, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked to leg

40.3

NL McCullum to Marsh, no run, looks for a big cover drive, inside-edges onto the pads

40.4

NL McCullum to Marsh, 1 run, turns in towards off, defended off the front foot

40.5

NL McCullum to Voges, FOUR, reverse-sweep this time. Takes this from off, and places it wide of short third man

40.6

NL McCullum to Voges, no run, tossed up outside off, driven to cover. McNath today: 46 for 2 in his 10

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 182/4 (RR: 4.43)
AC Voges    64* (69b 6x4)      NL McCullum    10-0-46-2
MR Marsh    17* (20b 3x4)      KS Williamson    6-0-29-0

McClenaghan comes back

41.1

McClenaghan to Marsh, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven to deep cover for one

Ben Jackson: "If we're going to be serious about MacBeth/Cricket references, you can't go past his oustanding soliloquy: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps on this bloody test for five whole days, To the last ball before the call of time; And time lost yesterday has now consigned This game to dusty death. Out, out please umpire! He's but a walking wicket, a poor player Who struts and slogs the ball when at the crease And then is seen no more. It is a tale Told by an commenator, full of tired clich├ęs Signifying nothing."

41.2

McClenaghan to Voges, FOUR, another lovely drive from Voges. On the up, between the bowler and mid-off. Past the dive of the long-on coming across

41.3

McClenaghan to Voges, 1 run, slower ball, pushed to mid-off for one

41.4

McClenaghan to Marsh, 1 wide, slower bouncer, just outside leg. Called a wide

41.4

McClenaghan to Marsh, 2 runs, short of a length, tucked away off the hip, soft hands, they get two before deep midwicket comes in

41.5

McClenaghan to Marsh, 2 runs, slower ball again, on a length, cutting away, nicely played with an open face, fine of third man

BJ: "Might as well just pack up and go home. Ben Jackson just won."

41.6

McClenaghan to Marsh, OUT, not short enough for the pull. He is on the front foot when he decides to pull this shortish delivery. He is totally cramped, and top-edges it to the keeper

MR Marsh c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 22 (26m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

Simon: "The stage is set for the Big Show to punch out a quickfire 40"

End of over 42 (11 runs) Australia 193/5 (RR: 4.59)
     MJ McClenaghan    6-0-43-2
AC Voges    69* (71b 7x4)      NL McCullum    10-0-46-2

In comes the Big Show then

TGI Wednesday: "I just tuned in and would like to add "The only two things certain in life are death and taxes....Oh and also Guptill dismissing Phil Hughes""

42.1

Williamson to Voges, no run, full outside off, pushed to short midwicket

42.2

Williamson to Voges, no run, tries the reverse-sweep but finds short third man this time

42.3

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, flatter, into the pads, he works this around the corner

Herschel Pant: "@Ben Jackson - great stuff. Reading the last bit, I just realised that even in those times, a ravi shastri existed! & here i thought it was a once a millennium type event"

42.4

Williamson to Maxwell, no run, looks to work this to leg, gets a leading edge back to him

42.5

Williamson to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, pushed with an open face for a single

42.6

Williamson to Voges, 1 run, turning in, gets across the line and inside the ball, takes a single to short fine leg

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 196/5 (RR: 4.55)
AC Voges    71* (75b 7x4)      KS Williamson    7-0-32-0
GJ Maxwell    1* (2b)      MJ McClenaghan    6-0-43-2

Jeremy van Zyl: "mitchell gets mitchell!"

43.1

McClenaghan to Voges, OUT, Mitchell has got a Mitchell Johnson wicket. A full toss to short cover. The full toss is outside off and angling away, Voges wants to shovel it to leg, but ends up slicing it straight to short cover. Big wicket of the set batsman

AC Voges c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 71 (84m 76b 7x4 0x6) SR: 93.42

Christopher: "@Ben: Wait till i show that to my English teacher :P he'll give u at least 3 different interpretations if there was a back story!"

Doonish: "Does "BJ" stand for "Ben Jackson"? Might have been good but I'm dubious about declaring yourself the winner."

James Faulkner is the new man in. A wide slip comes in

43.2

McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

Gocfe: "C'mon Ben... Who's the walking wicket... Warner or Hughes??"

43.3

McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run, short of a length, tucked away off the hip for one

43.4

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 1 wide, short of a length down the leg side, called a wide

Ali: "Why do I get the feeling that the BJ comment acknowledging Ben Jackson's win was by Ben Jackson(abbreviation BJ) himself. Anyone else agree?" Ben Jackson, your credibility is being questioned here

43.4

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 1 run, cut away to deep point

43.5

McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to the left of cover for one

43.6

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 2 runs, short, outside off, pulled wide of deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 44 (6 runs) Australia 202/6 (RR: 4.59)
GJ Maxwell    4* (4b)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-49-3
JP Faulkner    2* (3b)      KS Williamson    7-0-32-0

umesh: "(Just as Shastri enters the lift) Lawrie: Too lazy to take the stairs, eh, Raavi? Ravi: I'm fond of taking the aerial route, Lawrie! Which floor are you heading to? Lawrie: The fourth. Ravi (presses the 4 button): Alright then, I start off with a boundary! (presses '4' again) Consecutive boundaries! (presses '4' again) We're dealing in boundaries at the moment (presses the '6' now) Now I go big! It's in the air, going, going, gone! (presses '6' again) And again! This one is in the stands! (presses 4 and 6 indiscriminately and in rapid succession, as a shell-shocked Lawrie watches in utter disbelief) This bowler is being taken to the cleaners! (Suddenly, sparks fly from the button panel, and a loud grating noise is heard overhead, forcing Lawrie and the others to cover their ears and duck reflexively) Ravi (completely unperturbed): The atmosphere in the elevator is electric, and the noise is deafening. We should be in for a cracker, Lawrie! (The elevator comes to a grinding halt, and the lights go off, plunging the elevator into darkness) (All the occupants look at each other, except for Shastri who stares straight ahead)"

44.1

Williamson to Faulkner, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, dropped wide of cover for one

James: "Gocfe, last Saturday night, Warner was more of a swaying wicket, by all accounts."

44.2

Williamson to Maxwell, no run, turning in from outside off, past the inside edge, but the umpire rules this is headed down leg

""A wide slip comes in" - I thought Jesse Ryder wasn't playing...." Clarkster, he is reading, and is good with the boxing

44.3

Williamson to Maxwell, 1 run, driven into the off side

44.4

Williamson to Faulkner, no run, driven back to him this time

44.5

Williamson to Faulkner, 1 run, moves inside the line for a shortish ball, gets a single to short fine leg

44.6

Williamson to Maxwell, 1 run, this one dips on him and beats him in the flight. Concedes just the leg-bye

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 206/6 (RR: 4.57)
GJ Maxwell    6* (7b)      KS Williamson    8-0-36-0
JP Faulkner    4* (6b)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-49-3

The12thJoker: "@Gocfe Why can't be have both? *Mexican flourish*"

45.1

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 1 run, slower ball, he charges at it, drives it to long-on, where McNath is lighting quick to get to his left and let a ripper back to Mitch. They can't think of the second

45.2

McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run, short of a length, the angle beats the big drive

Gareth: "This Mitch McC is a real wicket taker. A sub-20 strike rate in ODI! I know it's early days in his career, but he's doing it against a few different sides. Hope he stays injury free for NZ's sake!"

45.3

McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run, slower short ball, he is early to charge down the wicket, and ends up hitting this straight to short cover

Keupke: "@Doonish: Surely BJ must be Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary?"

45.4

McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 bye, full and wide, beats his drive, but goes for a bye after the ball bounces in front of Ronchi and slips away

45.5

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, slower legcutter? It definitely came back in. Definitely it is a chinaman. Beats Maxweel's slog and hits him on the pad

45.6

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, the bouncer this time, and Maxwell is on a premeditated charge down the wicket. Bottom-edges it to the keeper

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 208/6 (RR: 4.52)
GJ Maxwell    7* (10b)      MJ McClenaghan    8-0-50-3
JP Faulkner    4* (9b)      KS Williamson    8-0-36-0

46.1

Williamson to Faulkner, 2 runs, short of a length, on off, punched wide of deep cover

This is the 29th over of spin in this innings, the most New Zealand have ever employed in an ODI

46.2

Williamson to Faulkner, no run, pushed through, worked to leg, but can't beat short midwicket

46.3

Williamson to Faulkner, OUT, slows it down this time, Faulkner wants to clear mid-off, but ends up hitting off the lower half of the bat, and drills it straight and waist high to McClenaghan

JP Faulkner c McClenaghan b Williamson 6 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

In comes Mitch J

46.4

Williamson to Johnson, no run, this one turns from a length outside off, takes the thick outside edge. They are hesitant with the one, and Johnson is sent back

LCG: "Well, here's Ben: http://www.blogger.com/profile/11039105311355493107 and http://stonygrangey.blogspot.com/2010/08/test-cricket-shakespeare-style.html"

46.5

Williamson to Johnson, no run, driven straight to cover this time

Tim: "It's McClenaghanagain!"

46.6

Williamson to Johnson, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 210/7 (RR: 4.46)
MG Johnson    0* (3b)      KS Williamson    9-0-38-1
GJ Maxwell    7* (10b)      MJ McClenaghan    8-0-50-3

gav: "This clearly violates the gentlemen's agreement to not bowl too much spin against each other because neither of us is much good at batting against it."

47.1

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 1 run, full outside off, driven to deep cover

"Now for something completely different, a cricketer named Mitchell" Tim, it's Mitch to Mitch now

47.2

McClenaghan to Johnson, FOUR, nonchalantly done. A length ball, angling in towards off, he moves across and paddles this fine between the keeper and short fine leg

Grandad: "Re McClenaghan's strike rate - perhaps Shakespeare had him in mind when he wrote "Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily""

47.3

McClenaghan to Johnson, FOUR, full toss, angling in towards leg, and Johnson makes room to drive this between mid-off and cover. All along the ground. This Mitch, too, is all right

47.4

McClenaghan to Johnson, OUT, slower short ball, and as a correspondent suggested, it's McClenaghanain. And again and again. Slower short ball, digs into the pitch, comes off very slow, and he has hit it straight to cover. That, if I am not wrong, is the most wickets for anybody after nine matches

MG Johnson c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 8 (7m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Clint McKay now. McC to McK

47.5

McClenaghan to McKay, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover

""Between keep er and mid-on" - thats quite a gap!" Peter, you knew I meant short fine leg

47.6

McClenaghan to McKay, 1 run, short of a length, on off, defended

End of over 48 (10 runs) Australia 220/8 (RR: 4.58)
CJ McKay    1* (2b)      MJ McClenaghan    9-0-60-4
GJ Maxwell    8* (11b)      KS Williamson    9-0-38-1

48.1

Williamson to McKay, 1 run, short of a length, down the leg side, worked away to short fine leg for one

48.2

Williamson to Maxwell, SIX, full, into the pads, comes down the wicket to drag this over wide long-on for six. Didn't Australia need it some?

Maxwell premeditates the reverse sweep, and Williamson doesn't let go off the ball. He is well within his right

48.3

Williamson to Maxwell, FOUR, this time he lets the ball go, and bowls full outside off, and Maxwell reverses this over point for four

48.4

Williamson to Maxwell, SIX, too short. An over too many from spin? Maxwell rocks back and pulls this way over deep square leg for a six

48.5

Williamson to Maxwell, 1 run, full and fast, gets the toe edge for one

48.6

Williamson to McKay, no run, slower through the air, Maxwell turns down the single and keeps the strike for the last over

End of over 49 (18 runs) Australia 238/8 (RR: 4.85)
CJ McKay    2* (4b)      KS Williamson    10-0-56-1
GJ Maxwell    25* (15b 1x4 2x6)      MJ McClenaghan    9-0-60-4

McClenaghan to bowl the last over of the innings

49.1

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, good slower bouncer, Maxwell is so far off the rhythm he doesn't even play at it. Called one for the over

49.2

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, full and straight, hit wide of mid-off, but refuses the single again

49.3

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 1 no ball, slower ball gone wrong. Too high a full toss. A no-ball for sure. Chest high. Misses

49.3

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, short of a length, angling away, actually cuts away a little, beats Maxwell's slog

49.4

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 2 runs, short cutter again, pulled away, wide of long-on, takes the second

49.5

McClenaghan to Maxwell, no run, slower bouncer again, beats Maxwell's attempt to upper-cut. That's the second bouncer of the over

49.6

McClenaghan to Maxwell, 2 runs, slogged away to long-on, comes back for two... he has absolutely risked the second, but he has made it

1.50pm Superb over rate from New Zealand: 50 overs in three hours and 20 minutes. Thirty of the overs were bowled by spinners, the record for New Zealand in an ODI. Apart from the spinners, they had McClenaghan taking wickets again, and Mills was good at the top again. Having said that, Australia have given themselves a fair chance here through the fifties from Voges and Bailey. This is an interesting chase on a slow, dry surface. We will be back soon

End of over 50 (5 runs) Australia 243/8
GJ Maxwell    29* (22b 1x4 2x6)      MJ McClenaghan    10-0-65-4
CJ McKay    2* (4b)      KS Williamson    10-0-56-1
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