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

Series set to simmer in re-match

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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

    Quotes

    "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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  • anunad 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.

  • mlhgja 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!!!

  • Senan 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..

  • thehord on March 5, 2010, 23:18 GMT

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

  • Pabs2109 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.

  • 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 :)

  • kiwicricketer83 on March 5, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    boundaryrider

    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...

  • garthdeck 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

  • Mitcher 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!!

  • FlemingsLovechild 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.

  • anunad 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.

  • mlhgja 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!!!

  • Senan 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..

  • thehord on March 5, 2010, 23:18 GMT

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

  • Pabs2109 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.

  • 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 :)

  • kiwicricketer83 on March 5, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    boundaryrider

    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...

  • garthdeck 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

  • Mitcher 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!!

  • FlemingsLovechild 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.

  • sportmad2003 on March 5, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Eden Park is being Re-Developed and hence now is only 12'000 capacity, only the West and ASB stands can be occupied as the others are now under construction for the Rugby World Cup. I think it's going to be a closely fought match but NZ have the ability to take the game, it just depends which team turn up on the day. If key players such as Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptil play well, Austrailia will be struggling to secure the win, and with a sell-out crowd ripping into Watson and Johnson they may just be able to put the Aussies off their game.

    All I can say is go the Black Caps, I'll be nervously watching to see which team has turned up to play!

  • Senan on March 5, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I personally think that there are only 2 teams that give the aussies run for their money.. NZ and IND. Not even the SA can do that.. Just a thought

  • thefinchy1984 on March 5, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    hey popcorn the size of the ground is always the same for both team, so having smaller grounds isn't an advantage or disadvantage to either size, and what do you mean they're made for 20/20 cricket, i'm pretty sure each ground is exactly the same size for 20/20 odi's and test matches, and we don't lose in all other countries, because we won our last away odi series against pakistan, and beat four other countries to get to the final of the champions trophy in SA as well, and to boundary rider, the current capacity of eden park is 12,00 because about two thirds of it is currently being redeveloped for the rugby world cup.

  • on March 5, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    of course tonite NEWZELAND will CRUSH tiny austrilia

  • bigdog78 on March 5, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    I want all the New Zealanders to be fit. That way when we spank them for the rest of the series they cant make weak excuses....

  • popcorn on March 5, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Grounds in New Zealand are tiny and meant for Twenty20 Cricket and Rugby. No wonder they win at home against Australia! And lose in all other countries! Why do NZers play ODI cricket?

  • SilverDarkHorse on March 5, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Best of luck to New Zealand. I hope Vettori will be fit, but I thimk Taylor makes an excellent captain. Hopefully Tim Southee will play very well.

  • ArchieTambo on March 5, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    An an Aussie, I love the way NZ crowds have picked on Watson and "Superhead" Johnson the way lions pick out the weaker wilderbeest in the herd. Watson and Johnson are both symptomatic of a new pampered type of Aussie cricketer, overly paid, cloistered in their little subgroup and superficially tough and brash, but actually mentally weak underneath. Johnson is soft and all too easily thrown off his game by a few mental distractions, while Watson hides a deep mental fragility with bouts of over-the-top sledging, usually against soft targets. It will be fascinating to see how they hold up over there. I would encourage NZ fans to really hand it out to them since they've had a nice comfortable ride for a few months.

  • zn264 on March 5, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    I agree, Stryis should be up to number five, and Franklin should be moved down the order. To be honest, why Franklin is in there as a batsmen at all is beyond me? Where's hopkins? Good to see how pumped these two teams are, I think if NZ keep a cool head they will put the aussies away. Getting all fired up in cricket is great, but staying focused on smashing these fast bowlers back over their head is far more useful, actions certainly speak louder than words : ) (well done styris).

  • TheBoundaryRider on March 5, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Eden Park has a capacity of 50,000 - not 12,000

  • maddy20 on March 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Good to hear that Vettori is gonna be back. Go black caps! Blank Ponting's thugs 5-0!

  • seniorgators on March 5, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Dickson09 suggests the Aussies need to learn some manners. What pray tell might you be lacking given you reveal you went to Wellington to "target" Watson and Johnston.I thought one went to the cricket to appreciate a good competitive game Wondering what target means to you- is that yelling abuse from the protection of the outer. I am sure it would not be saying anything direct to their face. You are proud of targeting not one but two- perhaps the two matches the chips on both your shoulders.

  • on March 5, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    hi ausiiiiiiiiii v hate

  • on March 5, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Yes Tim Paine Much Better Then Haddin Plz Come Back Tim Paine And Shaun Marsh To He Is A Great Player I Never See These Types Of Players In Cricket History.

  • PLAYaUnlimited on March 5, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    kjiing...Eden Park is under redevelopment for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, only half the stands if that are in us, thus the drop in capacity!

  • loza on March 5, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Mcflurry; i completly agree with u, bring in Vincent! and kjiing; eden park has a reduced capacity currently as it is being revamped for the rugby world, hence why it said current capacity

  • Brewer74 on March 5, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a great series, and a good match. Always great to see a bit of passion on the battleground, from both sides. Hope this is another tight good match, although if we the Aussies fire with the bat, they could be hard to stop. The bowlers will come out pumped up for sure.

  • 24021990 on March 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Why David Warner doesnt play ODIs He can be a devastating player like Sanath Jayasuriya he should open in ODIs too

  • naved_siraj on March 5, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    I want Tim Paine in the Australian side.. He is a good keeper and a much better opening batsman than Haddin.

  • mcflurry on March 5, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    In my opinion Scotty Styris should be up at number five, and bring Franklin down to seven. I would also like to see Lou Vincent open the batting with brendon, even though there is a low chance of this happening. GO BLACKAPS!!!

  • Shri080 on March 5, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    It's nice to the face of Ponting when losing..

  • kjiing on March 5, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I think Eden Park has a capacity considerably more than 12000...

  • klobania on March 5, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i believe aussies will come hard this time around and with possible absence of vettori alongwith oram newzealand might not repeat the heroism shown in previous match.

  • on March 5, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Cameron White must open for Australia & Brad Haddin should bat at No.6.But it would be interesting to watch Aus 2-0 down & see whether they can come back from there & take the series?If they can under pressure,Aus has got big chance to win the WC 2011 again in Sub continent...But i would like the wrist spinner Steven Smith in WC 2011 Squad...But i am sure like McCullum Aus will come back twice as hard...

  • jd_dorian on March 5, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Have the aussies thought about using Cam White to open the batting. He has done the job before and is very effective as an opener. Haddin is more useful down the order.

  • Dickson09 on March 5, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    "Until Mitchell Johnson headbutted Styris' helmet it was Shane Watson who was the target of the local fans."

    Haha not for me, I targeted both in the T20 in Wellington, I don't like either of them. Hope to see another loss recorded for Australia, they need to learn some manners.

  • MinusZero on March 5, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    How Johnson didn't get suspended is beyond me. He is a repeat offender

  • on March 5, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Scott Styris is FAR better than Jacob Oram anyway. Maybe he should just retire and give up now?

  • gameofcricket on March 5, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    tone for the series has been set. Its now up to new Zealand to back that up at eden park. The short bounderies offer the underdog alot of hope for an upset especially with the short bounderies offering the chasing team the chance of qick runs late in the innings. go boys 2 nil up has a nice ring to it

  • anunad on March 5, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Lets go NZ lets Go!!!

  • chinaman75 on March 5, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a classic series. Its just what the Doctor ordered for bored Aussie fans and its fair to say its buzzing here in NZ. I agree Johnson is going to cop a fair shellacking by the crowds having witnessed the vocal chants at the t20 game in christchurch. Im sure Watson will be grateful as I could hear the Watson is a w**nker calls even on TV which is pretty rare(reminds me of the 80's glory years of nz cricket). I predict Shane"the mailman" Bond to step it up a notch and believe Doug"advanced hair" Bollinger will have a rug malfunction.

    May the best team win.

  • on March 5, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Hope NZ wins and takes the steps towards 2-0. What is it about this trans tasman rivlary that brings that best out of NZ always. Anyway good luck to the kiwis and hope this time the kiwi does fly high. Ross taylor has all the talent and it is time he shows that he belongs here.

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  • on March 5, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Hope NZ wins and takes the steps towards 2-0. What is it about this trans tasman rivlary that brings that best out of NZ always. Anyway good luck to the kiwis and hope this time the kiwi does fly high. Ross taylor has all the talent and it is time he shows that he belongs here.

  • chinaman75 on March 5, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a classic series. Its just what the Doctor ordered for bored Aussie fans and its fair to say its buzzing here in NZ. I agree Johnson is going to cop a fair shellacking by the crowds having witnessed the vocal chants at the t20 game in christchurch. Im sure Watson will be grateful as I could hear the Watson is a w**nker calls even on TV which is pretty rare(reminds me of the 80's glory years of nz cricket). I predict Shane"the mailman" Bond to step it up a notch and believe Doug"advanced hair" Bollinger will have a rug malfunction.

    May the best team win.

  • anunad on March 5, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Lets go NZ lets Go!!!

  • gameofcricket on March 5, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    tone for the series has been set. Its now up to new Zealand to back that up at eden park. The short bounderies offer the underdog alot of hope for an upset especially with the short bounderies offering the chasing team the chance of qick runs late in the innings. go boys 2 nil up has a nice ring to it

  • on March 5, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Scott Styris is FAR better than Jacob Oram anyway. Maybe he should just retire and give up now?

  • MinusZero on March 5, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    How Johnson didn't get suspended is beyond me. He is a repeat offender

  • Dickson09 on March 5, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    "Until Mitchell Johnson headbutted Styris' helmet it was Shane Watson who was the target of the local fans."

    Haha not for me, I targeted both in the T20 in Wellington, I don't like either of them. Hope to see another loss recorded for Australia, they need to learn some manners.

  • jd_dorian on March 5, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Have the aussies thought about using Cam White to open the batting. He has done the job before and is very effective as an opener. Haddin is more useful down the order.

  • on March 5, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Cameron White must open for Australia & Brad Haddin should bat at No.6.But it would be interesting to watch Aus 2-0 down & see whether they can come back from there & take the series?If they can under pressure,Aus has got big chance to win the WC 2011 again in Sub continent...But i would like the wrist spinner Steven Smith in WC 2011 Squad...But i am sure like McCullum Aus will come back twice as hard...

  • klobania on March 5, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i believe aussies will come hard this time around and with possible absence of vettori alongwith oram newzealand might not repeat the heroism shown in previous match.