Hauritz caned, and Sinclair's shoelaces
Hauritz's Taylor-made record
Nathan Hauritz went for 25 runs off the 54th over of New Zealand's innings and it was the equal-most expensive over ever bowled by an Australian in a Test. Hauritz was in the dressing rooms when the previous record was set, when AB de Villiers launched Andrew McDonald for four sixes and a single in Cape Town last year. This time it was Ross Taylor who did the damage in an over that finished with three sixes, all heaved over the on-side. It could have been worse. The second legal ball of the over was headed for six as well, until Shane Watson at deep midwicket brilliantly stopped it and tossed the ball back in before he fell over the rope. But it wasn't the most runs scored by New Zealand in a Test over - Craig McMillan hit 26 off Younis Khan in 2000-01, also at Seddon Park.
The six that Watson saved off Hauritz's over was an impressive effort, and he had much to make up for. When Taylor was on 7 he edged off Ryan Harris and the ball sailed between Watson at first slip and Ricky Ponting at second, both of whom left the ball for the other. It was Watson's catch, as he was the deeper man and would have needed only to move to his right a fraction to get his hand to the ball. Watson also dropped Taylor on 92, again at slip and again off Harris, this time to his left.
Hot Spot gets the shot
For all the talk of Hot Spot helping with the decision review system, there have been few occasions when it has been enough to overturn a decision. Often, the front-on cameras do not capture the right angle to show contact between bat and ball. However, in this series there have been Hot Spot cameras square of the wicket as well, and that was enough to convict Taylor in the eyes of the third umpire. The side-on camera revealed clear contact between bat and ball and the on-field decision of not-out was overturned, ending Taylor's innings on 138. He didn't look happy walking off, but there was little doubt the decision was correct.
Skippy bushed by kangaroos
Mathew "Skippy" Sinclair has waited two years for another chance at Test level and he couldn't make use of it in the first innings in Hamilton. Sinclair was yorked by Mitchell Johnson for 11 and it continued his very poor record against Australia in Tests. In nine Tests against Australia, Sinclair's averaged is a lowly 13.93. Sinclair has often been criticised for his lack of footwork and the Australians made sure they reminded him of that. Brad Haddin was picked up on the stump microphone asking Sinclair if his shoelaces were tied together.
Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo