New Zealand v Australia, 1st ODI, Napier March 3, 2010

Scott Styris hails comeback innings

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Scott Styris, New Zealand's match-winner in a thrilling opening fixture in Napier in the five-match ODI series against Australia, has said his 34-ball 49 ranks high in his list of best innings, for it came in a crucial series against the world's best opposition in the 50-over format. Styris' knock helped New Zealand chase down 276; he smashed a six off the second ball of the 50th over to seal a two-wicket victory.

"I'd have to say it rates pretty highly, because any time you can be the guy at the end and win a game you've obviously got to be happy," Styris said after the game. "When you couple that with the fact that it's Australia, the No 1 team in the world, it's even better.

"Dan (Vettori) has said this series will define how New Zealand's gone this summer, so to get the guys up and hopefully win this series is a great feeling." Styris, who had been ignored for the home series against Bangladesh, was not meant to be in the playing 11 but came in as a last-minute replacement for Vettori, who sat out due to a neck injury.

"I was a little bit rusty to start with. I haven't had an innings for a couple of weeks so it took me a little bit to get going but the wicket out here was top drawer and great for batting, and thankfully once the Powerplay came I was able to get my shots away," he told Radio Sport. "To win back-to-back games, albeit in different versions of the game, is a good start for us. Hopefully they know they've got a contest now and we're here to play."

The victory also marked a successful beginning as captain for Ross Taylor. He was named Man of the Match for his 70, which, laced with six fours and a six, set up New Zealand's chase.

"I'm retiring now," he quipped. "I got a text from Dan about 10.45am saying 'I'm a bit iffy, you might be captain', so I started getting ready then but I still thought he would be okay. I didn't really know the extent his neck was playing up. I'm pretty happy with the result."

Ricky Ponting admitted a total of 275 was inadequate on a ground with short boundaries. "I probably felt all night we were just a little bit behind," Ponting told Sky Sports. "I didn't think 275 was enough runs on that wicket. The ground is so small and the wicket was very good right through the game."

Australia had an unbeaten summer at home, but have now been beaten in two consecutive games - they were on the receiving end of a Super Over defeat in the second Twenty20 international against New Zealand. "It's never nice to lose a game," Ponting said. "But any loss you have, you always learn more from a loss than a win, so we've got to look at what we did wrong tonight and make sure we train better leading up to the next game.

"That's the important thing now. I've just had a quick chat with the guys in there about the way we executed things tonight and just some of our shortcomings. It's up to the group now to respond well."

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  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Notice there isnt any comments in the bulletin for the 2nd ODI yet maybe because India is still sleeping after Nzs defeat or because all the Aussie haters are eating some of they're unhumble words. Im gonna have the last say on this report if its the last thing i do ! Just take a look at the scroreboard now you bunch of bitter armchair critics. Austalian cricket is alive and well ! like the Kiwis we are fighters and will go to the bitter end. I dont give up easily if you play any game against me you would realize that, and im just a 40 something club cricketer imagine playing against theese modern day DIGGERS none of you would stand a chance! ill admiit i wouldnt! but most of you talk like its your game there playing, theyre the ones that are actually playing you bunch of drongos ! So sit back and watch the greatest show on the planet the Australian Cricket Team !

  • POSTED BY nashdwaj on | March 5, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    LOL @ australians. Their australian season got much worse isn't. Since Zim is cleanly beating WI, now they get to assess whom they are beating and revelling in all summer. Aura is long gone, no use, using the mouth, just play fair and try to win some respect perhaps the game also.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Seems i got a bite ! India sure are a great team i agree they cleaned NZ up because they seem to punch above there weight against just the aussies and as ive said trans tasman duels are exciting and great cricket ! DAYS ? 24 hours maybe ! maybe us computer sportsman could be humble ! instead of hating us aussies enjoy the world class cricket that goes on from both teams. Shane Watson is a lot of things but i beleive hes about to be the most desructive batsman since Graeme Pollock. Ross Taylor just may become NZs second gratest batsman ! if you think the west aussie, the great Micheal Hussey is arrogant clean your galsses ! dont tar us all with the same brush ! im not going on about kiwis your goin on about aussies ! Enjoy

  • POSTED BY AustraliaNo.1Forever on | March 4, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    ur all scrweed up in the head. its coz of rudi 0freaking koertzen, the same man who stole the ashes from aus and gave it to england. the only one who could hav stood in australia's undefeated streak, the only one that CAN win this series of kiwis. HE GAVE A CLEAR PLUMB LBW BY WATSON NOT OUT, that guy then hit a boundary and a few more runs and won the match for the team!

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | March 4, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Sport is NOT just about winning and losing. Its about spirit of playing. I like Australian game but the way they react when they loose is something thats NOT good for a game. They can do anything to win a game be it claiming false catches, be it arguing with umpires, talking politically before start of series and etc. I have seen most of the match bans or fines on players when they play against Australia.... so there has to be something wrong in them.... What is that I dont know but definitely its NOT right.

  • POSTED BY hazbenz on | March 4, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I have to say that, despite a few whingers, in MY opinion that the Aussies are the best team in the world @ 1-dayers and tests regardless of current rankings. I say this because they have consistently been at the top of the pile over the last century or so. They have lost some but nowhere as many as they have won and a lot of the draws appear to be the opposition just hanging in there. They are a great team/s with a great team culture. And whilst SA and India certainly don't back down at the moment they still don't have the winning percentage that the Aussies have achieved over the years. That does not mean that I don't enjoy our (NZ) wins when we do get them. Much like rugby, all my aussie mates give me heaps when they beat the All Blacks or Crusaders, and I give it to them when we beat them in cricket or league. But these are only games. I can't remember who said it but when asked about the pressure of playing, one of the Aussie greats replied "pressure is a ME-109 on your tail"

  • POSTED BY NZ-Cricket2000 on | March 4, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    To the guy that said the sub continant people hate aussie more then us(kiwis). i think we can speak for ourselves. people just do not like aussie because they are arrogant and a little bit of arrogance never hurts in sport but when ur supports are as bad as your players there is a problem. all ive seen is blaming the grounds, umpires and then defending themselves by bringing rugby in haha what a joke. The aussies lost it happens but i hate the way aussie lose they pack a sad and go on for days. Last year India came they are a great side and they cleaned us up but they were modest either way same with most teams. I hate how because they are australian they avoid match bans. Finally if u could umpire better why arnt u out there? Blackcaps played great and hopefully can repeat so you can see the ugly side of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    School bullies ! haha you crack me up ! i think it runs deep for you, you must of bin bullied at school ! Australia are the yardstick if not rated as no 1 (which they are in 1 dayers) they put they heebeegeebees up you sub continenters and the rest of the world for that matter, But NZ stand up often better than others dont they ? Just look at robo tiger hes got the right spirit ! enjoy the game for what it is - - - a game !

  • POSTED BY kerry_okeefe on | March 4, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    lol @ the indians who took mattyhaydos's bait. you guys obviously aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

    when india achieves a smidgen of what australia has accomplished in the sport then i will take you guys seriously.

  • POSTED BY NZlandFan on | March 4, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I want to see NewZealand thrashing Aussies in the rest of the tournament and prove to be a strong contender for T20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Notice there isnt any comments in the bulletin for the 2nd ODI yet maybe because India is still sleeping after Nzs defeat or because all the Aussie haters are eating some of they're unhumble words. Im gonna have the last say on this report if its the last thing i do ! Just take a look at the scroreboard now you bunch of bitter armchair critics. Austalian cricket is alive and well ! like the Kiwis we are fighters and will go to the bitter end. I dont give up easily if you play any game against me you would realize that, and im just a 40 something club cricketer imagine playing against theese modern day DIGGERS none of you would stand a chance! ill admiit i wouldnt! but most of you talk like its your game there playing, theyre the ones that are actually playing you bunch of drongos ! So sit back and watch the greatest show on the planet the Australian Cricket Team !

  • POSTED BY nashdwaj on | March 5, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    LOL @ australians. Their australian season got much worse isn't. Since Zim is cleanly beating WI, now they get to assess whom they are beating and revelling in all summer. Aura is long gone, no use, using the mouth, just play fair and try to win some respect perhaps the game also.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Seems i got a bite ! India sure are a great team i agree they cleaned NZ up because they seem to punch above there weight against just the aussies and as ive said trans tasman duels are exciting and great cricket ! DAYS ? 24 hours maybe ! maybe us computer sportsman could be humble ! instead of hating us aussies enjoy the world class cricket that goes on from both teams. Shane Watson is a lot of things but i beleive hes about to be the most desructive batsman since Graeme Pollock. Ross Taylor just may become NZs second gratest batsman ! if you think the west aussie, the great Micheal Hussey is arrogant clean your galsses ! dont tar us all with the same brush ! im not going on about kiwis your goin on about aussies ! Enjoy

  • POSTED BY AustraliaNo.1Forever on | March 4, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    ur all scrweed up in the head. its coz of rudi 0freaking koertzen, the same man who stole the ashes from aus and gave it to england. the only one who could hav stood in australia's undefeated streak, the only one that CAN win this series of kiwis. HE GAVE A CLEAR PLUMB LBW BY WATSON NOT OUT, that guy then hit a boundary and a few more runs and won the match for the team!

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | March 4, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Sport is NOT just about winning and losing. Its about spirit of playing. I like Australian game but the way they react when they loose is something thats NOT good for a game. They can do anything to win a game be it claiming false catches, be it arguing with umpires, talking politically before start of series and etc. I have seen most of the match bans or fines on players when they play against Australia.... so there has to be something wrong in them.... What is that I dont know but definitely its NOT right.

  • POSTED BY hazbenz on | March 4, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I have to say that, despite a few whingers, in MY opinion that the Aussies are the best team in the world @ 1-dayers and tests regardless of current rankings. I say this because they have consistently been at the top of the pile over the last century or so. They have lost some but nowhere as many as they have won and a lot of the draws appear to be the opposition just hanging in there. They are a great team/s with a great team culture. And whilst SA and India certainly don't back down at the moment they still don't have the winning percentage that the Aussies have achieved over the years. That does not mean that I don't enjoy our (NZ) wins when we do get them. Much like rugby, all my aussie mates give me heaps when they beat the All Blacks or Crusaders, and I give it to them when we beat them in cricket or league. But these are only games. I can't remember who said it but when asked about the pressure of playing, one of the Aussie greats replied "pressure is a ME-109 on your tail"

  • POSTED BY NZ-Cricket2000 on | March 4, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    To the guy that said the sub continant people hate aussie more then us(kiwis). i think we can speak for ourselves. people just do not like aussie because they are arrogant and a little bit of arrogance never hurts in sport but when ur supports are as bad as your players there is a problem. all ive seen is blaming the grounds, umpires and then defending themselves by bringing rugby in haha what a joke. The aussies lost it happens but i hate the way aussie lose they pack a sad and go on for days. Last year India came they are a great side and they cleaned us up but they were modest either way same with most teams. I hate how because they are australian they avoid match bans. Finally if u could umpire better why arnt u out there? Blackcaps played great and hopefully can repeat so you can see the ugly side of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    School bullies ! haha you crack me up ! i think it runs deep for you, you must of bin bullied at school ! Australia are the yardstick if not rated as no 1 (which they are in 1 dayers) they put they heebeegeebees up you sub continenters and the rest of the world for that matter, But NZ stand up often better than others dont they ? Just look at robo tiger hes got the right spirit ! enjoy the game for what it is - - - a game !

  • POSTED BY kerry_okeefe on | March 4, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    lol @ the indians who took mattyhaydos's bait. you guys obviously aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

    when india achieves a smidgen of what australia has accomplished in the sport then i will take you guys seriously.

  • POSTED BY NZlandFan on | March 4, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I want to see NewZealand thrashing Aussies in the rest of the tournament and prove to be a strong contender for T20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY riteshjsr on | March 4, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    I'm tired of people saying that NZ do not have stars in their team. If McCullum, Taylor, Bond, and Vettori are not stars, what are they? C'mon, these guys are amongst the best in business. Yes, I concede that it is difficult to find quality cricket players in a rugby-mad country, but NZ has still managed to produce some exceptional players over the years. Coming to this match, the final overs were riveting. When Southee got out, I thought Aus were the favorites, but hats off to Styris and Bond for pulling off a sensational victory. Looking forward to the next match. With Vettori coming back to the side, Aus can expect more headaches.

  • POSTED BY Raj_pandian on | March 4, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    MattHaydos- India weak nation?? They are the no-1 side in the world now.. dont you know that they lost the test series recently???

  • POSTED BY Charizard on | March 4, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    @ MattHaydos India weak Team??? The last time V came to Aus v defeated u in the VB Series and d last time Aus visited India 4 test series India was like Steam Roller over u guys, Yes u won d 1-day series, bt vr a Far Far better 1-day team nw. I wish v clash soon so tat all the doubts wilb cleared.V arent Weak Anymore Winning is all wt Aussies knw, if cricket, slegding and body contact is not enough Aus might even try to bribe Umpries and Opposition so tat dey wld WIN. ppl wil remember hw u won and also hw u lost... dnt make urself shameful in front of every1 by choosing such a path to win...A better cricket playin team should win and nt a Better Slegding Team...

  • POSTED BY ahsha on | March 4, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    It is great to see the school bullies get smashed.Go Blackcaps! Aussies are the worlds worst losers.

  • POSTED BY MarkLing on | March 4, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    To the guy who asked why Styris wasn't man of the match. It's because it was decided based on text message voting and most people had voted before the big finish.

  • POSTED BY jyt230 on | March 4, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Hillarious this overhyped Aussie team supposedly no1 in the world?? getting all overconfident playing weak nations Pakistan, West Indies and India

  • POSTED BY Winchester666 on | March 4, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Man it pisses me off sitting her reading the umpire decision excuse. Two went against NZ so if anything we're the ones that should be complaining, sure the Styris decision was at a more crucial time but that should be irrelevant. All you guys should be saying is that it was a great match and being gracious in defeat by giving NZ some credit because they bowled well too and were in control for most of the match they just gave away some stupid wickets by hitting it in the air when they didn't need to. You know Aussie are going to come back like the champion side they are and I won't be suprised if they win the series but c'mon you Australians have a little bit more respect for us cause we are going to be competitive and fight till the end, you obviously needed it with the small crowds that were turning up over in Aussie with the visiting sides just submitting after starting to struggle.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    If aussies dont take loosing very well look at a rugby forum when the allblacks loose boys ! tell me it aint the same thing ! its just that the new zealand public dont expect to win a blackcaps game in the 1st place. If those out there think oz is full of bad loosers tar yourself with the same feather ppl.

  • POSTED BY robotiger on | March 4, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Great match! There have been so few dud matches in the Chapple-Hadlee series, and so many memorable ones. Waiting for the Australian backlash in the next match, and the New Zealand response. Shame so many good players unavailable for both sides - but the quality is still very high!

  • POSTED BY kerry_okeefe on | March 3, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    i'm an aussie but can still issue some credit to nz. they don't have a star studded line up but they have always been competitive against us in the shorter format of the game. the decisions of umpires may be brought up but the reality is we didn't make enough runs on that wicket. i would much rather leave the petulant behaviour to the indians when it comes to bad umpiring decisions.

  • POSTED BY ezachary9 on | March 3, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    I think it's great that Styris refers to us as the No.1 Team. Pretty sure that India & South Africa are ahead of us on the ICC Rankings. Shows how good we really are and how much depth/presence we have in world cricket!

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | March 3, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Best ODI team in the world aye ? I really wonder! The onus is now on this young ozzie team to prove that they can transcend beyond Bangladesh, Pakistan or the windies :-)

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | March 3, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Wow.. The ozzies are at last facing the music - their 100% record showed up the kind of teams that they have had to contend with for the past 3-4 months. Anyway, the best wishes for NZ to finish up with the series! I wonder how Ozzies would fare against better ranked teams at the moment :-)

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Didn't see all of it, but had a feeling Aus hadn't scored enough, though they looked like they might bring it off until Styris's knock. Hope all the matches are going to be this close. It's boring when Australia thrashes NZ all the time! :-)

  • POSTED BY NZBlackCaps on | March 3, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Good call Wrong-un, bring on the referral system please. Ponting wouldve been out much sooner and you guys wouldve had even less runs for us to chase, haha!! Go Kiwis, love your work Scotty!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Come on Wrong-un ... "Styris was plumb"?? What about Hussey early in his innings off Franklins bowling? It goes both ways. Poor Australian fielding cost them that match, I have never seen so many misfields from the Aussie team, through Harris' legs, 4 or 5 knock-ons over the boundary.

  • POSTED BY thehowlingfantod on | March 3, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    You're hilarious wrongun, Ponting was given not out on a caught behind when he did infact edge it in over 22, in the 41st over when Hopes was plum to franklin, hot spot showed no inside edge but Rudy signalled it as runs. So yes i agree, referrals should be introduced, so we can beat you even more badly next time. That would be delightful! YOur hard feelings make me as happy as Styris would have been after getting headbutted by Johnson and then hitting him for another four and then winning the game. Aussies don't take losing too well do they.

  • POSTED BY Waiboy on | March 3, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Sorry Wrong-un.. all I heard was WAAAAAAAHHH! There was a plumb LBW and a nick behind not given in the Aussie innings as well. In the end your batsmen didn't score enough despite all getting good starts on a belter. I'm looking forward to the Aussies come back hard in the rest of the series. GAME ON!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    and as for the losses one was a shoot out because it ended the 1st time as a tie which was a fair result because ofbazzzes great innings ! the second a very close game the great aussie team always put on a show dont they ? Last time they lost the chappell hadlee in nz they went and clean swept the world cup AGAIN. Instead of beating them up with your words sit back and watch the greatest sporting team of the last 15 or so years and enjoy !

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    yes stirus should of bin there from the start i beleive, the great game is played on the day and the ausssies misssed those short boundaries, where on a whole the kiwis are sloggers and cant play in the v for long, which will be found out in the test matches im sure, but credit where credit is due! man the kiwis lift when they play the best team in the world. Reading this i think you sub continent ppl hate the ozzies more than kiwis do and that is saying something. playing cricket on rugby shaped grounds is more of a disadvantage to aus than them playing at the G or any other aussie grounds especially with 90 percent supportin the grounds compared with aus where kiwis love to live !

  • POSTED BY ScottNZ on | March 3, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    "Stryis was plumb in the 49th over. With Oram injured there's a high chance we would have won. Bring on the video referrals please."

    If they had the reveiw system aussie would of lost the first T20 to and you would be 0-3 on this tour, you sure you really need that? Also by that stage we needed 5 runs and bondy hit a boundry, I am pretty sure we wouldnt of lost in that position...

    Typical Aussie though aye, its never your fault you loose right?

  • POSTED BY LZRPWR on | March 3, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Hey Wrong-un, Styris was plumb? How about the two let-off's the Aussies got in their innings? Caught behind and LBW that were'plumb'

  • POSTED BY vennemous on | March 3, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    @wrong-un: Ponting was caught behind off Southee early & White was plumb LBW early in his innings also, both appeals turned down by the umpires. If you're rueing a bad umpiring decision and counting on an injury to one of our guys, you probably need to learn how to lose more graciously. NZ were the better team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    "Just" a fine? He lost over half his match fee.

  • POSTED BY TrickyKid on | March 3, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    It is awesome how deep the Kiwi's dig against the Aussies. NZ struggle to put an internationally competitive team on the pitch, yet overcome the best side in the world. Surely the Hadlee-Chapell series is the best in cricket for share drama and unpredictability.

    Why does Franklin come in before Broom and Styris? Oram, when fit, needs to play himself in before he goes for the slog needs to come in before Franklin as well. Oram for Styris is a good trade. Franklin needs some solid form rather than making up the numbers. If the selectors got the lower middle order right and stuck to it, NZ would be a solid side. NZ needs street fighters like Styris, McCullum, and Ryder. How Styris didn't get man of the match is amazing - the guy is a legend!

  • POSTED BY endo on | March 3, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    @ Wrong-un. Maybe those referrals would have picked up the edge from ponting and the plumb LBW on Hopes given not out in the 41st over... umpiring calls go both ways

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Wrong un just take the defeat poor umpiring decisions happen i bet you weren't up in arms during the india v aus scg test when symonds edged behind. Also use cricinfo's hawkeye if thats your idea of plumb im glad your not umpiring. But well done scotty and the boys beating aus minus two of our best players (ryder and vettorri) is a great win in my books

  • POSTED BY tezmond on | March 3, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    typical aussy fan,moan about decisions going against you and how it could have changed the outcome.so were was your post when ross taylor(1st t20) was fired by billy bowden with one of the worst lbw's i've ever seen???that could have changed our outcome?i dont think so on that night,aussy was to good from the outset and deserved to win. much like last night kiwi's were better from the start,even ponting said it.game over kiwi's have a 8-7 lead in c/h matches now!! woop woop

  • POSTED BY kamerryn on | March 3, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    @ Wrong-un - I agree. Then we wouldn't have had to catch Ponting out twice.

  • POSTED BY hazbenz on | March 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Wrong-un, and Ponting was caught behind! I see that you conveniently forget the decisions that let your players carry on when they should walk! Also, Ross Taylor called for a referral - I wonder if the Aussies would have done the same?

  • POSTED BY SundarP on | March 3, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Probably all the Asian and West Indies should start the boycott of Australian players or the referees who do not apply laws equally..

    Johnson should be banned for atleast a match.. is there a forum to launch protest.. is ICC listening.. can we raise this to tony greg.

  • POSTED BY Derbs on | March 3, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    @ Wrong_Un - Just like the terrible decision that got Ross Taylor out in the 1st 20/20 a week or so back. NZ may have won that game if not for that terrible decision??? Thats the nature of cricket, some decisions go your way, some don't. Don't cry about it.

  • POSTED BY Saichandm on | March 3, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Well... The Aussies beat Indians before their summer started with a second string team.. :P... I thought Indians are a "real" opponent at least at home.

    BTW... The match referee is an Asian.. so i don't understand what's the fuss about..

  • POSTED BY thehowlingfantod on | March 3, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Styris is vindicated. He was our domestic 2020 MVP for the season and has a huge ammount of experience. It is unbelievable that he needed an injury to make the team. They can't keep him out now.

  • POSTED BY Wrong-un on | March 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Stryis was plumb in the 49th over. With Oram injured there's a high chance we would have won. Bring on the video referrals please.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I'm a Saffa and watched the entire game. It was wonderful with good bowling and field work from NZ. Oz had some nice moments also, but as Ponting said, on that wicket and the short bounderies, well......

  • POSTED BY cooldude0503 on | March 3, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I am been following Aus tour of NZ since last 4-5 seasons. Its always have produced great encounters. Last nite game was no different. I believe NZ should hype up their RIVALRY against AUSSIES just as Ind-Pak game. It can only benefit Cricket in a Rugby Nation NZ.

  • POSTED BY AashishK on | March 3, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Scotty too Hotty , absolutely tense game , i just got the feeling that Aussies cant swallow defeat and that it just got started to show as johnson had verbal clash scott styris. I would like to see more stuff more NZ !!!!! Common NZ , Go , Go , Puncture the Aussies

  • POSTED BY IndianSiva on | March 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Great innings from Styris ......Now this is this is the litmus test for Aussies ...they just "played" with the two weakest cricket teams and had an unbeaten summer .....and then have two back-to-back losses when they face a "real" opponent ...!!! And typically how Jhonson gets away with just a fine .....if it has been Gambhir or Benn or Afridi surely they would have got one match ban !!

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  • POSTED BY IndianSiva on | March 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Great innings from Styris ......Now this is this is the litmus test for Aussies ...they just "played" with the two weakest cricket teams and had an unbeaten summer .....and then have two back-to-back losses when they face a "real" opponent ...!!! And typically how Jhonson gets away with just a fine .....if it has been Gambhir or Benn or Afridi surely they would have got one match ban !!

  • POSTED BY AashishK on | March 3, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Scotty too Hotty , absolutely tense game , i just got the feeling that Aussies cant swallow defeat and that it just got started to show as johnson had verbal clash scott styris. I would like to see more stuff more NZ !!!!! Common NZ , Go , Go , Puncture the Aussies

  • POSTED BY cooldude0503 on | March 3, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I am been following Aus tour of NZ since last 4-5 seasons. Its always have produced great encounters. Last nite game was no different. I believe NZ should hype up their RIVALRY against AUSSIES just as Ind-Pak game. It can only benefit Cricket in a Rugby Nation NZ.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I'm a Saffa and watched the entire game. It was wonderful with good bowling and field work from NZ. Oz had some nice moments also, but as Ponting said, on that wicket and the short bounderies, well......

  • POSTED BY Wrong-un on | March 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Stryis was plumb in the 49th over. With Oram injured there's a high chance we would have won. Bring on the video referrals please.

  • POSTED BY thehowlingfantod on | March 3, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Styris is vindicated. He was our domestic 2020 MVP for the season and has a huge ammount of experience. It is unbelievable that he needed an injury to make the team. They can't keep him out now.

  • POSTED BY Saichandm on | March 3, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Well... The Aussies beat Indians before their summer started with a second string team.. :P... I thought Indians are a "real" opponent at least at home.

    BTW... The match referee is an Asian.. so i don't understand what's the fuss about..

  • POSTED BY Derbs on | March 3, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    @ Wrong_Un - Just like the terrible decision that got Ross Taylor out in the 1st 20/20 a week or so back. NZ may have won that game if not for that terrible decision??? Thats the nature of cricket, some decisions go your way, some don't. Don't cry about it.

  • POSTED BY SundarP on | March 3, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Probably all the Asian and West Indies should start the boycott of Australian players or the referees who do not apply laws equally..

    Johnson should be banned for atleast a match.. is there a forum to launch protest.. is ICC listening.. can we raise this to tony greg.

  • POSTED BY hazbenz on | March 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Wrong-un, and Ponting was caught behind! I see that you conveniently forget the decisions that let your players carry on when they should walk! Also, Ross Taylor called for a referral - I wonder if the Aussies would have done the same?