New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Auckland March 4, 2010

Ponting wants more from his batsmen

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Ricky Ponting has called on Australia's batsmen to lift their game ahead of Saturday's second ODI against New Zealand in Auckland. Ponting was unhappy with the way several players, including himself, failed to capitalise on promising starts in the first game in Napier, where Australia's 275 was overhauled by New Zealand.

It was the first one-day loss for Australia since October 31, when they went down in the third game of their tour of India. However, Ponting was in no mood to be generous after his men raced to 50 for 1 from six overs, only to finish with a sub-par total.

"After we got off to such a great start, we probably just took things for granted a little bit and expected that the run-rate was going to continue to go that way," Ponting said after the game. "Before we knew it we had lost two or three wickets and all of a sudden we were back under pressure again."

There were problems in the middle overs as Ponting fell for 44, Michael Clarke for 22 and Cameron White for 33. None of them were at their most fluent and the run-rate dropped until Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnson moved things along a bit quicker in the later stages.

"I was out there at the time, I was feeling it as much as anybody," Ponting said. "At different times like that you have to change your game a little bit and adapt and get through and none of us did that today. A lot of our batsmen need to look at themselves long and hard to make sure they do better next time.

"Every game that we play has to be like it is your last. I didn't think we were necessarily playing with that sort of attitude tonight, especially with our bowling and our fielding. We've got a little bit of work to do before the next game."

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  • Slysta on March 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Give the Kiwis credit for winning the game; they're good enough to do it whenever we're playing at 70% and they're playing at 95%. And that happens a lot, because the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is the pinnacle of New Zealand cricket (seriously, what's the point of the Black Caps when they're not playing Australia?), whereas for us it lies somewhere between "meh" and "whatever". No point getting riled by the Kiwi fishermen in here though: their team is walking the walk, so let them talk the talk. I increasingly struggle to care - win or lose, this is just another pointless ODI series (just like the WI and Pak ones) in a schedule that is already bursting at the seams with them.

  • Rukus_NZ on March 5, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    People need to realise (and Im sure this has been said time over again and again) that Australia have played thier most recent winning streak against Pakistan (who has had the WORST tour ever 0-8) and the WI who have just lost to Zimbawe...

    Not to mention Styris was noted as MAN of the tournament in the recent NZ HRV (national 20 / 20 cup) -- and he came out needing over a run a ball... Sounds like 20/20 cricket to me, and he made the SR to prove it 49runs of 34 balls...

    When you add them all the peices up, it was no doubt NZ was going to win, although I will admit I was worried we wouldnt make it at one stage, but running tim southee out ended up to be a very good tactic, and then when bond chipped in a couple 4s, it was all over (bond has a knack for doing that)

    Im sure Austrlia will win a game or 2, we still have 4 ODI's and a couple tests. The real test will come tomorrow!! Lets see what is brings, can australia level the series 1-1? Or can NZ give australia a lose streak!

  • SnowSnake on March 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    John Dela, stat is the only thing I keep track of. Tait hit 160+ only once and that too after coming back from a long break. In second T20I he could not hit 150 consistently. His average, as I said, was in mid 140s/over. If tait were to bowl in a ODI with 10 over limit, I don't think he can keep his average/over above 145, so despite one ball of 160+, tait is still not as fast as Brett Lee. Brett Lee is still the fastest bowler in the world. As far as Ponting and Hussey batting is concerned, they are still slower and more conservative than what they used to be especially when they were playing in Australia.

  • Shorndrack on March 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    @1988dave10:

    Hey Dave..while talking about Oz beating India in India, never forget that India too played without the likes of Yuvraj Singh and you can win two matches out of 4 won with a margin of mere less than 5 runs...

    If you play India now or whenever, you wont be able to win any series...and you oz have only triumphed poor countries like Pak and W.I...Play a strong side and speak, you kid...

  • camM on March 5, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    man i cant wait for the next game!!!!

  • on March 5, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Good one Snowsnake. Have you seen anything from Australia's summer? Tait was hitting 160 kms/h in the 20/20 matches, and ponting & hussey were the two best bats of the ODI summer, both with good averages AND strike rates. check your stats, and watch the game. NZ have some good players like bond, taylor, and but there is too much crap in between (franklin, broom, southee), and the aussies definately have the upper hand. why everybody raves on about mccullum just because he plays the odd spectacular innings i still dont understand. and yes i saw the 20/20, but as i said, the odd spectacular innings. watson is a far superior opener, much more consistent and just as explosive.

  • Rooboy on March 5, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for winning the first game in style, but Dickson09 who is the idiot?! Sounds like NZ's failure to win the trophy last year is still eating you up a bit ... time to get over it. Dickson09, if South Africa are a great team and Australia is not, why are SA 15 points below Aus in the ODI rankings? Australia are not the force they were in tests anymore, but they are still way ahead of other teams (most of the time) in the one day arena. You cannot argue with results (though I get the feeling you'll try ...). @thehowlingfantod, well done on being 8-7 up in the chappell hadlee trophy. I mean, NZ beat Aus 3-0 in 2007. The fact that Australia sent half a team to NZ, and then went undefeated in the World Cup (ie a tournament that actually matters) a few months later is irrelevant ... Anyway, I hope the remaining games provide just as much interest and drama, but remember it is only a game. @Jimminy_Cricket, sounds like you savour beating Aus just a little bit too much...

  • Jonno7 on March 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    To you New Zealand fans, congrats on to great wins. Now the the idiot who wrote Ricky Pointing was a crap captain needs to go play lawn bowls. He has one of the highest total of runs in Test and One day games, so oh yes that makes him pretty crap does it. Australia has been in a rebuilding time for the last couple of years so it makes it hard as a captain but we still are right up there in all forms. You should check the rankings of Australia and then your country. Unfortunatley a team cannot stay world champions forever. But just rember that New Zealand have never been close to that at all. We have alot to improve. But dnt get use to us being 2nd or third in world for to long.

  • Johno-420 on March 5, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    The Black Caps are no pushover team. The Aussies here need to understand that. ODI cricket between Aus and NZ is always great to watch because while the Kiwi's lack the skills the Australians have their fight and desire is far greater and that makes them a dangerous side. I was not shocked to see Scott Styris bring NZ home in the first game because he is a seriously good cricketer who can take advantage of the powerplay as well as anyone in the world. To SnowSnake - You need to watch a bit more cricket before having such strong opinions mate. Brett Lee is no longer the speedster he was. Shaun Tait is much quicker than he is now and I don't quite know where you got your info regarding his average speed because he averages well above 150kph. And didn't Hussey score 59 from 59 at a strike rate of 100? Seems to me Australias 275 was very much thanks to him. You're an idiot and you make all of us Aussies look bad. Heres hoping game 2 is just as entertaining!!

  • Sumathin on March 5, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Behavour of Johnson at the Match with New Zealand proves again that Australians are bad losers. This type of behaviou rsurfaces every time they are under strain. Thay are good Cricketers but are they good sportsmen ?

  • Slysta on March 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Give the Kiwis credit for winning the game; they're good enough to do it whenever we're playing at 70% and they're playing at 95%. And that happens a lot, because the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is the pinnacle of New Zealand cricket (seriously, what's the point of the Black Caps when they're not playing Australia?), whereas for us it lies somewhere between "meh" and "whatever". No point getting riled by the Kiwi fishermen in here though: their team is walking the walk, so let them talk the talk. I increasingly struggle to care - win or lose, this is just another pointless ODI series (just like the WI and Pak ones) in a schedule that is already bursting at the seams with them.

  • Rukus_NZ on March 5, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    People need to realise (and Im sure this has been said time over again and again) that Australia have played thier most recent winning streak against Pakistan (who has had the WORST tour ever 0-8) and the WI who have just lost to Zimbawe...

    Not to mention Styris was noted as MAN of the tournament in the recent NZ HRV (national 20 / 20 cup) -- and he came out needing over a run a ball... Sounds like 20/20 cricket to me, and he made the SR to prove it 49runs of 34 balls...

    When you add them all the peices up, it was no doubt NZ was going to win, although I will admit I was worried we wouldnt make it at one stage, but running tim southee out ended up to be a very good tactic, and then when bond chipped in a couple 4s, it was all over (bond has a knack for doing that)

    Im sure Austrlia will win a game or 2, we still have 4 ODI's and a couple tests. The real test will come tomorrow!! Lets see what is brings, can australia level the series 1-1? Or can NZ give australia a lose streak!

  • SnowSnake on March 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    John Dela, stat is the only thing I keep track of. Tait hit 160+ only once and that too after coming back from a long break. In second T20I he could not hit 150 consistently. His average, as I said, was in mid 140s/over. If tait were to bowl in a ODI with 10 over limit, I don't think he can keep his average/over above 145, so despite one ball of 160+, tait is still not as fast as Brett Lee. Brett Lee is still the fastest bowler in the world. As far as Ponting and Hussey batting is concerned, they are still slower and more conservative than what they used to be especially when they were playing in Australia.

  • Shorndrack on March 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    @1988dave10:

    Hey Dave..while talking about Oz beating India in India, never forget that India too played without the likes of Yuvraj Singh and you can win two matches out of 4 won with a margin of mere less than 5 runs...

    If you play India now or whenever, you wont be able to win any series...and you oz have only triumphed poor countries like Pak and W.I...Play a strong side and speak, you kid...

  • camM on March 5, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    man i cant wait for the next game!!!!

  • on March 5, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Good one Snowsnake. Have you seen anything from Australia's summer? Tait was hitting 160 kms/h in the 20/20 matches, and ponting & hussey were the two best bats of the ODI summer, both with good averages AND strike rates. check your stats, and watch the game. NZ have some good players like bond, taylor, and but there is too much crap in between (franklin, broom, southee), and the aussies definately have the upper hand. why everybody raves on about mccullum just because he plays the odd spectacular innings i still dont understand. and yes i saw the 20/20, but as i said, the odd spectacular innings. watson is a far superior opener, much more consistent and just as explosive.

  • Rooboy on March 5, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for winning the first game in style, but Dickson09 who is the idiot?! Sounds like NZ's failure to win the trophy last year is still eating you up a bit ... time to get over it. Dickson09, if South Africa are a great team and Australia is not, why are SA 15 points below Aus in the ODI rankings? Australia are not the force they were in tests anymore, but they are still way ahead of other teams (most of the time) in the one day arena. You cannot argue with results (though I get the feeling you'll try ...). @thehowlingfantod, well done on being 8-7 up in the chappell hadlee trophy. I mean, NZ beat Aus 3-0 in 2007. The fact that Australia sent half a team to NZ, and then went undefeated in the World Cup (ie a tournament that actually matters) a few months later is irrelevant ... Anyway, I hope the remaining games provide just as much interest and drama, but remember it is only a game. @Jimminy_Cricket, sounds like you savour beating Aus just a little bit too much...

  • Jonno7 on March 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    To you New Zealand fans, congrats on to great wins. Now the the idiot who wrote Ricky Pointing was a crap captain needs to go play lawn bowls. He has one of the highest total of runs in Test and One day games, so oh yes that makes him pretty crap does it. Australia has been in a rebuilding time for the last couple of years so it makes it hard as a captain but we still are right up there in all forms. You should check the rankings of Australia and then your country. Unfortunatley a team cannot stay world champions forever. But just rember that New Zealand have never been close to that at all. We have alot to improve. But dnt get use to us being 2nd or third in world for to long.

  • Johno-420 on March 5, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    The Black Caps are no pushover team. The Aussies here need to understand that. ODI cricket between Aus and NZ is always great to watch because while the Kiwi's lack the skills the Australians have their fight and desire is far greater and that makes them a dangerous side. I was not shocked to see Scott Styris bring NZ home in the first game because he is a seriously good cricketer who can take advantage of the powerplay as well as anyone in the world. To SnowSnake - You need to watch a bit more cricket before having such strong opinions mate. Brett Lee is no longer the speedster he was. Shaun Tait is much quicker than he is now and I don't quite know where you got your info regarding his average speed because he averages well above 150kph. And didn't Hussey score 59 from 59 at a strike rate of 100? Seems to me Australias 275 was very much thanks to him. You're an idiot and you make all of us Aussies look bad. Heres hoping game 2 is just as entertaining!!

  • Sumathin on March 5, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Behavour of Johnson at the Match with New Zealand proves again that Australians are bad losers. This type of behaviou rsurfaces every time they are under strain. Thay are good Cricketers but are they good sportsmen ?

  • on March 5, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    I agree that the Aussies are arrogant and I'm an Australian! When Australia play NZ, it brings out the best in NZ and that's great for cricket. I don't want to watch us thrash sides like we did over here this summer as it's boring. Vettori is an awesome bowler who deserves to have more wickets, but since Bond has missed so much cricket, opposing teams can generally afford to play a 'straight bat' to Vettori and take to the other bowlers.

  • on March 5, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    @1988dave10 McCullum only has the 28 average because he spent the majority of his career batting at number 7. His average in T20 Internationals is almost 37, which is a more accurate representation of his skills.

  • on March 5, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    BLAH BLAH BLAH - BAA BAA BAA - EWE Kiwi's live in eternal hope - Aussies will win this series, granted the Kiwi's give more of a contest than Pakistan or West Indies, we will overcome the little hiccup in Napier and win the series easily

  • chinaman75 on March 5, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    Tyson

    Give me a break. Shane "The Mailman" Bond is just warming up and Doug "advanced hair" Bollinger has a ways to go before you can put him in the same universe.

    Prediction Bond will get his 7th 4 wicket bag against the aussies in game 3.

    Peace out

  • thehowlingfantod on March 5, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Tyson, Bond has an overall ODI average of an unbeleivable 16.66 across 78 matches, his average vs australia is an even better 15.02. Bollinger has an excellent overall average of 17.70, But its still inferior to Bonds' and ten of his (only) 16 matches were played against the woeful windies and pakis this summer. And his average vs NZ is 29. He hasn't bowled to SA yet, nor has he had to bowl to his own batsmen, (some of the best in the world) He's promising, you can't fault him, but he's a long way from Bond's class mate. Bond has two 5fers and two 6fers. Both 5fers and one 6fer were vs Aus. The other 5fer was vs India. He destroys the best batsmen in the world. Bollinger is an imp compared the mighty bond. And in fact Vettori is currently the No. 1 ranked bowler in the world. Kyle Mills is No.5 and Bond is number 7. Oram No. 9. Not 1 Aussie in the top 10. Hauritz is your best at 13. Bollinger ranks 18. I rest my case. See you sat Australia.

  • chinaman75 on March 5, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Yo Dave 1988

    We have not got carried away we have the wood on you in the chappell hadlee for awhile now. Overall heads up battle is 8-7 in our favour.

    I know its hard to believe a rag tag bunch of kiwis can keep beating a country with five times as many people and about a trillion more dollars pumped into the sport.

    Chin up though bro Im sure you guys will be sweet as at some stage.

  • bobagorof on March 5, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    @thehowlingfantod: I'm sure you're just fishing for comments so here's one - Bond's a brilliant bowler but one bowler doesn't make an attack. Vettori can't bowl (or captain) if he's not on the park... Southee went for 8 an over. Watson matched McCullum and did it 2 overs quicker. And considering Styris wasn't meant to be in the team, you'd want him to have desire to keep his place, wouldn't you!? But a great win to NZ, hopefully the rest of the series will be as closely fought!

  • Jimminy_Cricket on March 4, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Oh how I savour beating Australia. Bunch of whingeing up themselves tossers, lead by an archetypally petulant spoilt brat (if frustratingly good). Get rid of him and put someone in charge that other countries can respect, someone with a bit of sportsmanship like Clarke. And when was the last time you saw a head butt in a cricket game? Hilarious, because the poor wee thing didn't like being hit for a couple of fours!!! Greatto see the black caps putting the lime and canary yellow under pressure - keep up the good work!

  • tyson1961 on March 4, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    keep dreaming howlingfantod when did yous become world champions in your mind vettoris not even in top 3 bowlers bollinger eats bond for brekky

  • chinaman75 on March 4, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Ok in the past Id tend to agree when the cocky aussies say "We are gonna win all the rest of the games" But you know these days you guys are just not invincible and perhaps its time to come to terms with that:) Its ok you had a good run but this is the year of the blackcap not the daggy green.

    Keep trying trans tasman brothers from different mothers.

  • on March 4, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Here we go again ! reidiculous comments from most of you aussie hating computer cricketers (bloggers) speak some sence talk about the great game dont knock theese guys, there all better than you are at the game! none of you have probly played the game past under14s if youve played it at all, and if you did your maybe bitter you didnt get as far as theese supreme cricketers ! go for a run or go and play streetball and let them entertain (was it this entertaining when banglidesh or the pakis were here ? NO ! ) and you can watch the greatest show on earth the AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM !

  • 1988dave10 on March 4, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    NZ played well admittedly in Napier, but I see some NZ fans have got carried away. McCullum is the most overrated player in world cricket, people forgot he only averages 28 in ODI cricket, which is what you'd expect for someone batting at 6 or 7, not someone opening the batting. Ponting, Watson, Clarke and Hussey all average well above that. Some NZ fans forgotten also that we beat India in India 4-2 on tracks as flat as a road with a very depleted side, half our team was sent back to aus with injuries and replacements had to be sent over. Australia are not unbeatable, no team and a loss for team is a good thing once in a while. I reckon Ponting and Nielsen gave their Middle Order batsmen a roasting for not going on past 30-40, but even then they were all dismissed by good balls, not poor shots. Look forward to game 2

  • cheesemethod on March 4, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    I hate when people talk about 'momentum' in sport when between games. Its a crock and means nothing. Orams injury i believe will be a blessing in disguise for NZ. Now they have room to slot in scotty who can also bowl some accurate medium pace. At least they will also have good options with hopkins and ryder (when hes fit) to replace injuries.

  • thehowlingfantod on March 4, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    ElGerrardo, ElGerrardo, ElGerrardo. You make me happy. I'll be even happier when us kiwis win tomorrow. The chappel Haddlee contest is 8-7 to us. You don't have a seamer as good as bond, a spinner (or captain) as good as Vettori, a batsman as inventive and ferocious as McCullum, a death-bowler as good as Southee or ANYBODY with Styris's desire. We've got you mate.

  • jrob000 on March 4, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Lost a game, just a game... and suddenly SnowSnake wants to bring Brett Lee back. Poor bugger is injured. Lack or rotation kills sportsmen and getting the focus right... Too many issues to discuss.

  • Dickson09 on March 4, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    @ ElGerrardo

    Dream on. Remember what happened last year in the Chappel-Hadlee series in Australia? The rain saved you idiots from losing 3-2 to us as Guptill was pasting your bowlers all over the park. One more over would have sealed it but you Aussies whinged about the run-up area becoming slippery. Just remember, you Aussies are not a GREAT team anymore. You're a good team, but the Black Caps are a good team as well. Want a great team? South Africa is about the closest to a great team in this time. India cannot be called as such because although their batting lineup surely is great, their bowling department needs a true pace bowler, although Zaheer Khan can still be called a very good medium fast bowler.

  • W350 on March 4, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Well seems like we goona have a good series...It'll do cricket a world of good especially when you look at how one sided most of the games that the Aussies played were. The BalackCaps really played well the last match and i hope they jus dont ket this advantage slip off..they have the aussies in a place of bother and Ricky and his men dont like the position they are in.I am sure they gonna come back hard the next game!! BlackCaps be ready!! Personally i would just like to Bond and Southee do some real damage..but that just my wish....

  • SnowSnake on March 4, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    If Australia wants to win then bring back Brett Lee. He is the only bowler, despite injuries, who can bowl an over at speeds over 150K. All the other bowlers (including Tait) are still the ones who still average in mid 140k/over. Batting wise both Ponting and Hussey are in decline. While they can still score, the strike rates are low and it appears that they are trying to post a high score to justify their position in the team. Australia needs to consider a lot more than just batting. They need to focus more on swing, line and spin in bowling department and add higher consistency and strike rates in their batting.

    Australia may consider their bowling to be very good, but their current bowlers will not perform well in flat pitches. All New Zealand has to do is create batting tracks and they will get the advantage.

  • abyrao on March 4, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Aussies r no doubt strong, but nz have match winners like bond, mccullum, taylor. White after his successful run has got back to his old habits of getting starts and failing, there are too many partners opening with watson and ponting is off color. reflects on how nz can restrict them and win despite having some hopeless players like franklin and broom in the X1.

  • on March 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    defending 275 .... the Aussies should have bowled better.

  • coolmask on March 4, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    The match was an evenly contested one and at the end the Black Caps pulled a stunning victory thanks largely to Styris for the match winning performance.The momentum is with the Kiwis and I hope they continue to maitain to apply pressure on the Aussies who will are not invulnerable.Someone at last did manage to beat the Aussies this season.

  • coolmask on March 4, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    The Blackcaps were well prepared for the Aussies and all in all it was an evenly contested match and the result would have eitherway.The KIWIS must continue the same matchwinning performance and hopefully we all can ENJOY good,competitive cricket before the T20World cup.Good to see the Aussies under pressure after sometime as yes we all can say that someone can beat the Aussies this season.

  • ElGerrardo on March 4, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    We have to let our younger cousins from across the tasman win the occassional match, it just wouldn't be fair to wallop them every time. It'll be 4-1 to Aus, this last match was just a case of Ricky and the boys letting the kiwis feel good about themselves for a change. ;)

  • on March 4, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Looks like the Aussies have faced some real opposition after the pushovers during the summer and things are much more difficult. I wonder if the summer would have been a clean sweep if it was the black caps or the blues or the South Africans ...

  • on March 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    ponting strugling very hard in nz and bad start must effect on the ausies soo moral is high of kiwis soo ponting showld must be done very hard fight

  • on March 4, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    The BlackCaps bowled bloody well to be honest. Southee tightened up after his shocking first lot and Franklin was awesome for a guy who hasn't played Cricket for such a long time. I'm aware its not his first game, but he was off for ages.

    The fielding was good, and the BCs had a knack of getting the wickets when they were needed. I feel the Australians are under pressure and boy are they not used to it! Interesting series ahead!

  • on March 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    well ozzies are just too good in the 50 over format! hope the KIWIS keep up the good work but is going to be an uphill task to be honest! good luck KIWIS from whole of INDIA!!

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  • on March 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    well ozzies are just too good in the 50 over format! hope the KIWIS keep up the good work but is going to be an uphill task to be honest! good luck KIWIS from whole of INDIA!!

  • on March 4, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    The BlackCaps bowled bloody well to be honest. Southee tightened up after his shocking first lot and Franklin was awesome for a guy who hasn't played Cricket for such a long time. I'm aware its not his first game, but he was off for ages.

    The fielding was good, and the BCs had a knack of getting the wickets when they were needed. I feel the Australians are under pressure and boy are they not used to it! Interesting series ahead!

  • on March 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    ponting strugling very hard in nz and bad start must effect on the ausies soo moral is high of kiwis soo ponting showld must be done very hard fight

  • on March 4, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Looks like the Aussies have faced some real opposition after the pushovers during the summer and things are much more difficult. I wonder if the summer would have been a clean sweep if it was the black caps or the blues or the South Africans ...

  • ElGerrardo on March 4, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    We have to let our younger cousins from across the tasman win the occassional match, it just wouldn't be fair to wallop them every time. It'll be 4-1 to Aus, this last match was just a case of Ricky and the boys letting the kiwis feel good about themselves for a change. ;)

  • coolmask on March 4, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    The Blackcaps were well prepared for the Aussies and all in all it was an evenly contested match and the result would have eitherway.The KIWIS must continue the same matchwinning performance and hopefully we all can ENJOY good,competitive cricket before the T20World cup.Good to see the Aussies under pressure after sometime as yes we all can say that someone can beat the Aussies this season.

  • coolmask on March 4, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    The match was an evenly contested one and at the end the Black Caps pulled a stunning victory thanks largely to Styris for the match winning performance.The momentum is with the Kiwis and I hope they continue to maitain to apply pressure on the Aussies who will are not invulnerable.Someone at last did manage to beat the Aussies this season.

  • on March 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    defending 275 .... the Aussies should have bowled better.

  • abyrao on March 4, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Aussies r no doubt strong, but nz have match winners like bond, mccullum, taylor. White after his successful run has got back to his old habits of getting starts and failing, there are too many partners opening with watson and ponting is off color. reflects on how nz can restrict them and win despite having some hopeless players like franklin and broom in the X1.

  • SnowSnake on March 4, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    If Australia wants to win then bring back Brett Lee. He is the only bowler, despite injuries, who can bowl an over at speeds over 150K. All the other bowlers (including Tait) are still the ones who still average in mid 140k/over. Batting wise both Ponting and Hussey are in decline. While they can still score, the strike rates are low and it appears that they are trying to post a high score to justify their position in the team. Australia needs to consider a lot more than just batting. They need to focus more on swing, line and spin in bowling department and add higher consistency and strike rates in their batting.

    Australia may consider their bowling to be very good, but their current bowlers will not perform well in flat pitches. All New Zealand has to do is create batting tracks and they will get the advantage.