New Zealand v Australia, 1st Test, Wellington, 2nd day February 13, 2016

Voges decision affected bowlers - Mascarenhas

Melinda Farrell in Wellington
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Mascarenhas on Adam Voges: "It's pretty amazing; he's in a rich vein of form and he's just not getting out at the moment." © Getty Images

"Tough" was the word used most by New Zealand bowling coach Dimitri Mascarenhas after a day of toil in the field.

It described the batting-friendly pitch, the task facing New Zealand's bowlers, the incorrect no-ball call that gave Adam Voges a second life, the chances of getting through the tail and essentially summed up the entire day for Brendon McCullum's men at the Basin Reserve.

That Voges should never have walked out on the morning of day two is indisputable. The 169 runs he has added since Doug Bracewell sent the ball clattering into his stumps forms a significant chunk of Australia's 280-run lead and made the umpiring error "a tough one to take". Mascarenhas admitted it may have sapped the New Zealand players overnight.

"I'm pretty sure it did overnight" Mascarenhas said. "That was yesterday's news, and today we just had to get on with it and knock him over again.

"Everything was said yesterday about that. It's one of those things, a tough one to take but we've just got to get on with it and try and get him out again."

But on a pitch that had already eased on the opening day, and against a batsman in rare form, averaging more than 100 and breaking the record for most runs without getting out, it was a task that proved beyond New Zealand's tiring attack.

For a good portion of the day there was little respite for the bowlers when Voges was at the non-striker's end, with Usman Khawaja continuing the run that has seen him vying with Voges for the unofficial title of Australia's most in-form batsman of the season.

There may be a glimmer of hope for New Zealand in the fact that the last time Voges' wicket did fall was against them in the day-night Test in Adelaide, when the ball moved considerably throughout the three days.

But on the flatter Australian pitches throughout the summer Voges proved to be a stubborn presence at the crease and, with Australia's capable tail around him, he could take the game out of New Zealand's reach on the third day.

"It's pretty amazing; he's in a rich vein of form and he's just not getting out at the moment," said Mascarenhas. "We're going to have to find a way.

"The wicket has flattened out a lot but we toiled pretty hard and didn't get a lot of movement all day. It was a really tough day but I thought the boys stuck at it well. With a bit more luck we could have got a couple more wickets.

"It's tough, we've just got to keep doing what we are doing, put the balls in the right areas and set some attacking fields and hopefully force an edge or something like that, but we're playing against some pretty world-class players in serious form, which makes it even harder.

"It's changed pretty quickly. I thought even after the first session yesterday it started to flatten out and brown off in the sun a fair bit. Even towards the end of yesterday it seemed pretty flat. Our bowlers were fresh and we got a couple of early wickets but once those guys got in they didn't really look like they were going to get out unless they made a mistake. Obviously there wasn't a lot of movement."

The Basin Reserve has witnessed some great escapes from New Zealand in the past and they may find encouragement in previous second-innings batting heroics. On the occasion of his 100th Test, memories of McCullum's 302 against India in 2014 linger around the ground giving hope to those clutching face masks in his likeness while desperately hoping they are not, instead, clutching at straws.

In the fifth over with the new ball, Trent Boult provided the brightest hope for New Zealand, trapping Khawaja lbw and then taking a superb catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mitchell Marsh for a duck. New Zealand are also aware that any chance of saving this Test must start with their bowlers' use of the new ball and their batsmen's ability to negotiate it.

"We can see how flat the wicket has become," said Mascarenhas. "We're not getting a lot of movement out of it so hopefully that'll be the same for the Aussie boys when they bowl on it.

"The new ball is crucial, we've just got to get through that because you can take wickets with it. The new ball has taken wickets throughout the game, two or three or whatever. We've just got to get through the new ball and just bat and push on and who knows?

"First and foremost, we've got four more wickets to take. As we saw in the last ten or so overs that Peter Siddle was out there, it's still pretty tough to get the tailenders out. We've got a bit of a grind tomorrow morning and then we need to just go in there and bat and bat and bat."

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  •   D.j. Purvis on February 14, 2016, 21:06 GMT

    Bad decisions happen, yes this was very bad, but you have to be able to move on and apply pressure. NZ failed to do (yes my team) and gave runs away too easily. Spin is an issue for them, Lyon was able to device the NZ batsman into poor shots, Craig could not.

  •   Mark Boustridge on February 14, 2016, 4:37 GMT

    Poor decisions happen. You can disagree with them at the time but sooner or later (pref sooner) you gotta suck it up and move on. NZ's biggest problem is after the poor no ball call they couldn't generate another single chance against Voges - I may be wrong but I don't recall a dropped catch or decent LBW shout against him.

    A poor no ball decision? Certainly. Worthy of blaming the umpire ad nauseam for not being in the running in this test? Give it a rest.

    The Black Caps have put a poor decision behind them. It's time for us supporters to do the same.

  •   Er Vishnu Deepak on February 14, 2016, 3:39 GMT

    NOTHIRDMAN @ then what about the decisions on 2008 ind vs aus in Sydney you guys remember are not.

  • Havealendofitind on February 14, 2016, 3:37 GMT

    By next week the ball would have already hit the stumps before the no-ball was called. Kind of strange I heard the no-ball call just after the ball was delivered.

  • Chris_Howard on February 14, 2016, 2:14 GMT

    First it was Llong, then it was Illingworth. Both English and both making extremely costly umpiring blunders that have hurt New Zealand's chances. Gotta wonder who's paying these umpires... Just saying...

  • Quarterchickenandchips on February 14, 2016, 0:06 GMT

    Siddharth, if the flat pitches at home are so flat, it's a wonder that they can bowl visiting teams out twice! Strange that.

  • paapam on February 13, 2016, 23:51 GMT

    The toss proved crucial and the decision to field wise. Bad decisions they say even out in the long run but McCullum does not have a long run. Second innings glory beckons but Nathan Lyon looms.

  • Dalrymplist on February 13, 2016, 23:51 GMT

    The verbal and physical call was shown to be made after the ball had passed voges. But from an nz fan why is mascarenas going on about it in the media? Wait until after the game at least. I am so disappointed in our first innings batting effort. Lots of those wickets were for balls that didn't need to be played. I am hopeful but not optimistic that we can turn it around and at least end the game with some spec of dignity

  • Day_Tripper on February 13, 2016, 22:08 GMT

    Illingworth's no ball decision was as baffling as it was incompetent. Hard to argue against the increased use of technology when faced with such poor umpiring.

  • MikeNQN on February 13, 2016, 22:08 GMT

    Having watched the game and in my opinion, the pitch played pretty much identical on day 2 as it did on day 1. The real question is, why were NZ trying to score at 6 runs an over across the first 10 overs when the ball was moving around. As soon as they put their heads down they put some partnerships together.

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