New Zealand v Australia, 1st Test, Wellington, 5th day

Hughes and Harris secure 1-0 lead

The Bulletin by Peter English

March 23, 2010

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Australia 459 for 5 dec & 106 for 0 (Hughes 86*) beat New Zealand 157 & 407 (McCullum 104, McIntosh 83, Vettori 77) by 10 wickets
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Phillip Hughes raced to his half-century, New Zealand v Australia, 1st Test, 5th day, Wellington, March 23, 2010
Phillip Hughes raced Australia to victory with 86 not out, but he will probably have to make way for Shane Watson in the second Test © Getty Images

It took Australia longer than they expected, but Phillip Hughes' final-day blast allowed them to finish off New Zealand and gain a 1-0 lead heading into the final Test in Hamilton on Saturday. Brendon McCullum's inspired 104 forced the visitors to chase 106, a target they achieved without loss before lunch thanks to Hughes' aggressive 86 off 75 balls.

After spending time in the field over four days, Ryan Harris, the debutant, sealed a quick finish of New Zealand's second innings, taking 4 for 77 as the hosts were dismissed for 407. Hughes, who grabbed 12 fours and a six, was then in a hurry to end the game and sped to the 10-wicket victory in 23 overs. It was left to Simon Katich, who played the anchor with 18, to take the winning single on the final ball before lunch.

The upbeat display will give Hughes confidence for the next Test he plays, but he will probably have to wait as he is seat-warming for the injured Shane Watson in this game. Daniel Vettori came on and his first delivery was hit by Hughes through cover for four and his fourth effort went for six to midwicket. Hughes charged down the wicket, wasn't put off by not being near the pitch of the ball, and swiped it flat and so hard that it came back damaged after hitting the bitumen in the car park.

Hughes had collected 10 from the opening over of the innings from Chris Martin and added another 10 from Vettori's first six offerings. He followed that with a trio of boundaries off Martin - an on-drive, a glide through the cordon and a straight drive - and was dropped at second slip by Tim McIntosh off Brent Arnel.

The chance didn't concern Hughes, who was playing his seventh Test, and in the same over he brought up his half-century from 43 balls. Cut boundaries continued to come easily in his best five-day performance since his debut tour of South Africa last year.

New Zealand used up both their umpiring reviews in two overs early in the innings, but neither Martin's appeal against Hughes nor Arnel's shout against Katich were overturned by the third umpire. Katich's was closer, with the ball tracking showing it hitting the top of the bails, but it was not decisive enough to change Asad Rauf's not-out call.

Following their courageous fight on the fourth day, New Zealand were unable to repeat their resistance. McCullum, the main obstacle, was removed in the fourth over after bringing up his fifth Test century almost instantly. He sliced behind point from the second ball of the morning to go to 98 and gained a thick edge to third man from Bollinger's next effort for another boundary.

The celebration included ripping off his helmet and raising his arms to the dressing room, but it wasn't long before he pushed on to the back foot and edged Harris to Michael Clarke. There weren't many people at the ground but they were all appreciative of McCullum's performance, which included 13 fours and one six from his 187 balls. The innings showed McCullum's ability to mix long periods of defence with bouts of attacking brilliance and gave his side some short-lived hope

New Zealand began on 369 for 6, holding a lead of 67, and after losing their last specialist batsman the job was left to Daryl Tuffey and his bowling team-mates. Tim Southee gave Harris his third wicket when nicking to Clarke without scoring and Brent Arnel (3) was lbw in Harris' next over.

Harris had a chance for a five-wicket haul when Tuffey drove hard back at him but the ball went down in his follow-through. Mitchell Johnson ended the innings by bowling Martin, leaving Tuffey stranded after contributing a valuable 47, as the hosts lost 4 for 38 in less than an hour. Tuffey's effort was even more admirable considering he was carrying a fractured hand - he was hit by Johnson - that is likely to keep him out for at least a month.

Harris collected six wickets for the game while Nathan Hauritz had 3 for 119 from 49 overs in the second innings after spending most of yesterday bowling into the gale-force wind. After the awful weather on Sunday, the conditions were clear and sunny, which was a shame for the hosts who wanted some more rain. New Zealand were forced to follow-on after scoring 157 on Saturday and produced a strong performance to get so far ahead, but they will need two solid innings if they are to trouble the tourists in Hamilton.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by bigal1 on (March 24, 2010, 5:35 GMT)

Clarke and Katich are both boring players. Hughes is a must for both forms of the game and Warner should at least be in the 50 over side replacing Michael Clarke. I would have him in my test side too.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 4:23 GMT)

I wouldnt mind seeing watson and hughes unleash as top order batmen! It'll bring back the fear that Langer Hados brought with them, which we could of saw if the pitch against pakistan was flatter.

After all the retirements, Australia became pussies and wouldnt attack the bowlers, ... i think Now finally they are taking control of the game... Give Watson and Hughes the partnership again, drop katich to 1st drop and pointing to 2nd, then piss off north... Add white (teach him to bowl spin again to replace ritz). And That should look like a high scoring team, which will appeal to the public. Putting bums on seats. Coz we all love boundaries (20/20's)

Posted by Rosskooo on (March 24, 2010, 1:29 GMT)

Another soild performance by Australia. Again it was against a weak opponent but it's not Australia's fault that these teams are no good. Our boys' job is to dismantle and completely dominate poor teams such as NZ, and that's exactly what we did. Again, it's nothing to boast about (beating NZ, WI & PAK) but taking them apart like that is the only result - anything less would be a failure. Well done boys! Bring on England and then give us India & SA so we can shut them up. They've had their cameo at the top, now it's time for us to take back what everyone knows is ours!

Posted by Blearyeyes on (March 24, 2010, 1:08 GMT)

From some of the comments praising Hughes, you would have thought he scored a double century in the first innings to set up victory, rather than slogging his way to a quickfire 80 against a mediocre Black Caps attack in a no pressure situation. It's all very well playing like that when you only need 100 to win, but can he play under pressure situations? The guy has been found out against the short pitched ball and, frankly, is overrated. Those calling for him to replace North or - almost unbelievebly - Watson, the best player of the Australian Summer, seem to have very short memories!

Posted by Jubbathehat on (March 23, 2010, 22:28 GMT)

Peter English is only accused of bias towards the English because of his name. He can fix this by changing it to Peter Kiwi.

Posted by JimDavis on (March 23, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

Hey beejaytee, can I use that line "8 other guys too small to play rugby"? very funny!.

Posted by sidzy on (March 23, 2010, 17:02 GMT)

i think next years will be great as aus & eng are both in form and have thier issues settled also its not like 06-07 where eng were on a losing streak after win in 2005. but in aus i expect oz to trash eng with big performances coming from punter,pup,watson&jonshon&of couse doooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuggggiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeee

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 14:58 GMT)

The result was always expected ... now it is the time for ICC to think about NEWZEALAND, WEST INDIES AND ZIMBABWE...they shud be playing in tests in the 2nd tier and thus they will be playing competitive cricket..... 1st tier shud contain those teams that will not lose b4 losing...............

Posted by Prasanna-n-Punter on (March 23, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

I think Hassen is spot-on - the ICC rankings are a farce - consider this - SL that never won a series in Aus/SA/Eng in the recent past till some time ago was No 2. Aus is the real No 1 , the best , and their success is due to design and not by chance. Go Aussie Go !!

Posted by mc1987 on (March 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

@beejaytee - You can only play who you are drawn to play against... and the manner in which Australia have dismantled these teams, whether you consider them weak or not, is a very good sign particularly considering they have unearthed some quality bowlers in the process (after a few have been injured) who are buiding more confidence with every game they play. They lost a test series IN England 2-1 (that flattered the English, especially considering the circumstances of Game 1) since then have defeated them 6-1 in a ODI series, won the Champions Trophy convincingly, took an injury ravaged side to India and won a ODI series 4-2, whitewashed Pakistan & West Indies in all forms, won the Chappel-Hadlee series in NZ and now in a strong position to win the Test Series 2-0 in NZ and reclaim 2nd position on the ICC Test rankings - many Indian fans will be watching cautiously as the Aussies attempt to reclaim No. 1 position back and with the depth coming through, you wouldn't bet against it...

Posted by puphuss on (March 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT)

MinusZero :- How much cricket have you played??

how can you say that Marcus North shouldn't be in the team. How can you judge Watson's capability???

I know that Philip hughes is an exciting talent, but like others, he has to wait for his opportuinity. Dont forget that Gilchrist waited for Ian Healy and Brad Haddin waited for Gilchrist. The best thing in cricket australia is that Performance counts and the Age of the Player.

Mind You!!

Posted by seawolf911 on (March 23, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

have seen few comments about shewang's class, shewang himself does not know what other are talking about and of which class, well huhes is growing young cricketer and hopefully he will prove himself about his class in future. as australian team never been depended on ONE SHEWANG or any indevidual. when ponting was introduced in international cricket none of the indian fans considered him as best, all prised tendulkar but today if you look now he is better than any one in both form of cricket and as a captian. his record proves it. as a unit australia is still better than any other team in both forms.

Posted by BT8896 on (March 23, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

Hughes scored 86 runs in the time that Katich took to make 18. haha :D

Posted by popcorn on (March 23, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

Aussie,Aussie,Aussie,Oi,Oi,Oi!Phenomenal! The best Test Team in the World and the best ODI Team too.Michael Clarke and his Twenty20 Team have shown excellent temperament to win against West Indies and Pakistan, and draw 1 -1 against NZ.So there is a good possibility Australia will win this year's Twenty20 World Cup too!In the IPL, it's the Aussies who are contributing the most! Let's focus on the Test side. WITHOUT Hilfehhaus,WITHOUT Siddle,WITHOUT Brett Lee,WITHOUT Stuart Clark,the rookie quicks Dougie Bollinger and Ryan Harris have taken 7 and 6 wickets respectively! So even if Mitchell Johnson,the main strike bowler has an off day, Australia are in good shape!Add Shane Watson to the side,and we have 4 quicks, and a brilliant spinner Hauritz!The batting line-up is SOLID from one to 7,upto Haddin too!And mitch and Haurtz are no mugs with the bat either! Bring on the Poms for another 5 nil whitewash like in 2006-07!When Katich retires,Phil Hughes is waiting with 86 not out in 75 balls!

Posted by BT8896 on (March 23, 2010, 7:54 GMT)

I agree with MinusZero. i believe Hughes should stay in the test side and why isnt he in the one day side? his technique looks good for that format.

Posted by Prasanna-n-Punter on (March 23, 2010, 7:43 GMT)

Hassen has hit the nail on its head , spot on. ICC test rankings are nothing but farcical. A few months SL was on the verge of becoming No1 , a team that never won a series in Aus/Eng/SA in the recent past. Aus' success is by design and not by chance. After the Ashes reverses, I see that Aus is getting back to its usual winning ways. Cant wait for Ashes 2010. Go Aussie Go.

Posted by Vijendran on (March 23, 2010, 7:29 GMT)

Australia will really feel the pinch when they face England after beating WI PAK and NZ. We will then see how good this new side is. Even against the weaker sides they were not too convincing especially in the 2nd and 3rd tests against WI.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 23, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

The result is as expected.

Posted by y2jabroni on (March 23, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

Can we just forget that whole, 'New Zealand ballsed up the first innings and half of the second innings and only began to play well late in the match after the Aussies mounted an enormous total' thing and concentrate on the good part? Please? No? Oh well.

I just hope NZ finds some new top order batsmen to try out or Jesse Ryders hand, or whatever is stopping him from playing, finally mends so the kiwis can have a stronger top order again.

I mean, honestly, the state of New Zealand cricket has been in this perpetual phase of rebuilding since.......I forgot when, but if the ICC had held a World Cup directly after the 2007 Chappell-Hadlee series, and held it in New Zealand......nah.....still, it was nice to see the kiwi batting not totally collapse in the 2nd innings after being 150/4 or so - one day the NZ cricket top order will muster some test batting consistency.

Well done Australia, though I still back New Zealand to pull off a much better 2nd test.

Posted by beejaytee on (March 23, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

Great. Now Tuffey's out too. Oz will wipe the floor with whoever the BCs can cobble together a team with, and we'll all have to listen to more rubbish about how great the Aussies are. They've now beaten Chris Gayle basically playing by himself, a Pakistan team that may or may not have been trying to lose, and a NZ side which is Vettori, McCullum, Taylor and 8 other guys too small to play rugby. Wow, very impressive.

Must take a great side to them. I'll just look it up who the last was. Oh. England. Well, there goes that theory.

Posted by samlil on (March 23, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

Both teams have problems coming out of this game. Australia - 1. who gets left out if Watson is fit for next test? 2. About 5 quality fast bowlers vying for 3 spots. NZ - 1. Depth at the top of the batting order is not there. 2. Fast bowling options are not there. There is potential in the bowling stocks, Southee is a good prospect, he just needs another strtike bowler to partner him. Batting is looking gloomy though. The top three need to stand up, take the pressure off Taylor, and let him show what he is capable of. What a hero Vettori is! It does make you wonder how long he can keep being the main bowling option, the backbone of the batting, as well as captaining the side, before he collapses under the strain

Posted by cheesemethod on (March 23, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

The match went as predicted. NZ lacked the firepower to take wickets and ingram's lack of clue against pace will send him back to domestic. Push taylor and guptil up a spot each, then beg styris to come back to test cricket and plug him in at 5.

Im glad NZ showed some decent fight in the 2nd innings to frustrate the Aussies. You know a fast bowlers getting desperate when he starts calling for the batsman, Im sorry Bollinger but that ain't in the spirit of the game.

Posted by MinusZero on (March 23, 2010, 1:41 GMT)

Hughes should remain in the team. Watson is not a long term solution at opener. The selectors lack of foresight means that North can now fail in his next ten tests before facing the axe again. When will it end? They need to blood younger players now before we suffer the same fate as the West Indies. I don't care that North got a century, he shouldn't have played. I makes it even more of a joke when Hughes got dropped when he did. North was performing worse but still got selected.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 1:28 GMT)

i think,at the moment australia are the best team in the world,even if the ranking suggest otherwise.they have found a gr8 opener in watson with hughes which will definitely blossomn there seam attack looks frightening with johnson ,bollinger,harris(nt 4getin watson) n wonder wat will happen when siddle n hilfenhaus come back.their middle order is gr8 even thou north looks not to be that consistent.they have got a good tail,if needs be .by the way im nt austalian,i live in uk,im from mauritius.i do think australia will repeat the 5-0 again.they are going the rite way.dey r blending the new players in a gr8 way.i think cameron white should be playing instead of north despite north century.n dey r a team dat very rarely chokes under pressure. their 1 d squad is bter than any team.dey r improving in t20.dey r slowly becomin the dominant force in all formats to the australias of cricket.well done ponting 4 da marvelous job uve done.i think ponting is the best batsman-captain ive seen..

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