New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Auckland March 5, 2010

Series set to simmer in re-match


Match Facts

Saturday, March 6, Auckland
Start time 1200 (2300 GMT)

The Big Picture

It didn't take long for the New Zealand-Australia rivalry to turn fiery and an opening win for the hosts should lead to more animation from the visiting big brothers. Scott Styris led his team to a last over victory in Napier on Wednesday and his brutal innings included being on the receiving end of a nose-to-nose exchange with Mitchell Johnson.

Both teams expect more simmering over the remaining four games in the Chappell-Hadlee Series, which will give an indication of where the current Australians should be rated. Ricky Ponting's side is still No. 1, but its performances against West Indies are taking on new value now Chris Gayle's men are losing to Zimbabwe. New Zealand, the No. 4, are on a six-game winning streak after ending Australia's 12 ODI victories in a row.

The hosts are desperate for the return of Daniel Vettori in Auckland after he missed game one with a neck injury. Australia don't play Vettori well and he provides some crucial variety to an attack filled with medium pacers to follow the extreme pace of Shane Bond.

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Ross Taylor was captain for the first match and showed he could deal with the extra responsibility with a game-high 70 in the successful chase. While Taylor will hope Vettori returns, New Zealand will be satisfied that their No.2 can juggle all the jobs. Australia will just want him out because he averages 40 against them in 18 ODIs.

Until Mitchell Johnson headbutted Styris' helmet it was Shane Watson who was the target of the local fans. That will change and it will be fascinating to see how Johnson, a usually shy personality, deals with the extra attention after he was fined 60% of his match fee. Johnson is Australia's most experienced one-day bowler, but New Zealand aren't one of his favourite teams. His 16 wickets against them have come at 39.25 and he goes at 5.36 an over. Both numbers are considerably higher than his career records.

Team news

Jacob Oram was helped off the ground at Napier after hurting his left knee and the result was a tear of the patella tendon, ruling him out for up to a month. A neck problem is still troubling Vettori, who didn't bat or bowl at training on Friday, and Nathan McCullum is on standby. If Vettori is cleared he can come into the spot left by Oram. Michael Mason, the Central Districts bowler, has joined the squad as bowling cover.

New Zealand (possible) 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Peter Ingram, 3 Martin Guptill, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 James Franklin, 6 Neil Broom, 7 Scott Styris, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Daryl Tuffey, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Shane Bond.

Australia don't have much room to move in their 13-man squad, with Adam Voges and Clint McKay the only back-up options. They should keep faith in the same side but their batsmen are under orders not to waste their starts.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Cameron White, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 James Hopes, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Doug Bollinger.

Pitch and conditions

Eden Park has a current capacity of 12,000 and the match will be a sell-out. It is another rugby ground, meaning some of the boundaries are tiny. The top temperature is expected to be 26C and there is a chance of an afternoon shower.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have a mixed record at Eden Park, with 28 wins and 29 losses, while Australia have nine successes and five failures
  • Daniel Vettori sits fourth on the all-time wicket-takers at the ground. His 19 wickets in 22 games put him behind Chris Cairns, Chris Harris and Gavin Larsen.
  • New Zealand's 340 for 5 is the biggest score at Eden Park, coming as they chased down Australia's 336 for 4 in 2007. Ross Taylor got 117 that day


    "We've got a little bit of work to do before the next game."
    Ricky Ponting

    ''They're obviously going to come back twice as hard now and we're just going to have to step up again.''
    Brendon McCullum

    Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Anurag on March 6, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Big game that finished in a nerve-wracking situation. Good Luck to both sides in the 3rd ODI, should be another cracker of a game to watch.

  • Mark on March 6, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Why are NZ persisting with Franklin as a batsman??? He just doesn't have the technical skills to bat no. 5!!!

  • Sachin on March 5, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    I personally think that there are only Two International teams that can give the aussies the run for their money.. NZ and IND. I dont think SA is a real threat against the aussies..

  • Vinay on March 5, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    TheBoundaryRider Eden Park has a current capacity of 12000 cause of construction for the rugby world cup

  • Juan on March 5, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Eden Park usually has a capacity of 50,000, but it's being revamped for the Rugby World Cup, so three quarters of it isn't usable.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    TheBoundaryRider: Eden park is currently under construction for the rugby world cup, thus limiting capacity to 12k

    As a cricket fan there is no better match than one that Aussie loses, I dont mean this as a disrespect to aussie, but simply that it takes a fantastic effort to topple the juggernaut that is australian cricket, and with that effort comes a spectacle worth viewing ... heres hoping for another fantastic game today, another 336 chase down by the kiwis :)

  • C on March 5, 2010, 21:43 GMT


    yep Eden Park capacity is 50,000 but due to the upgrading of the stadium for the World Cup 2011, the stadium is only half there...therefore only 12,000...which is only 1x south stand and 1x east stand... the north and west stand are being constructed...

    Hate how they take games to half build stadiums...

  • Garth on March 5, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Good stuff happening so far in this series. It's great to see some good old fashioned rivalry back in the game. It seems the new breed of Aussie cricketer is a bit of a choker. Johnson and Watson, pretty boy Clarke and Ricky I model myself on Kim Hughes Ponting don't have much chop.!! Give it to them kiwis

  • Mick on March 5, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Aaahhh, good to see a clash against our healthy rivals across the Tasman. While Johnson certainly needs to pull his head in its nice once in a while that an on-field spat stays on the field and is not blown up into an international incident like with some of the hysterical team/country's that tour our shores. Bring on the battle!!

  • Luke on March 5, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    How do smaller grounds stop Aussies from scoring runs also? When you say "lose in all other countries" I assume you mean accept for the times that we won the champions trophy, made the final of the champions trophy, and made the semis of nearly every world cup? If NZ are so bad then why can't Aussie beat them every time? Becasue Aussies are just bullies and if you stand up to them then they crumble just like everyone else. NZ is an ODI fortress, come here expecting to win at your own risk. There is no team that we should find it acceptable to lose to at home. I don't think the games would be close if we weren't fielding a second string team.

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