New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 5th day March 31, 2010

Johnson grabs 10 to seal series success

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Australia 231 & 511 for 8 dec beat New Zealand 264 & 302 (Guptill 58, McCullum 51, Johnson 6-73) by 176 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mitchell Johnson achieved his second ten-wicket match haul in Tests to finish off New Zealand before lunch as Australia swept to a 2-0 series victory. New Zealand resumed at 185 for 5 chasing a record-breaking target of 479, but Johnson and Doug Bollinger dismissed them for 302 to secure a 176-run victory.

Johnson was responsible for causing the early damage in the pursuit on day four when his high-speed spells gained three wickets and he backed up with another three. The 6 for 73 followed his 4 for 59 in the first innings and gave him 12 victims for the series. The performance ensured Australia finished an unbeaten summer with seven wins in eight Tests.

The hosts started well through Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum, who combined for 87, but they could not push on after their half-centuries and the game was lost following some late heavy hitting from Tim Southee. Southee blasted 45 from 25 balls, with seven fours and a six, and was the last-man out when he found Michael Clarke at deep point off Johnson.

McCullum was the biggest hope of a big score and he mixed attacking patches with periods of defence in his 51. After being hit on the hand by Johnson in the second over of the day, he waited and gained some revenge when he struck the bowler for three consecutive fours. The first was a streaky edge, but a crisp shot through point and a flashing drive through cover ensured some points for the batsman.

Simon Katich dropped McCullum twice, at short leg on 30 and short cover on 43, but the mistakes were wiped out when Bollinger took the new ball. Bollinger pushed McCullum on to the back foot and he squirted an edge to Michael Hussey in the gully.

Australia remained focused despite the early delays and after McCullum's boundary burst Johnson and Hauritz delivered six consecutive maidens. Guptill was also determined and wanted to bat through the innings, but his resistance ended on 58 when he slashed at Johnson and Ricky Ponting collected a sharp take to his left at second slip. Guptill had eased a drive through mid-on for four off Bollinger and he later brought up his half-century with a boundary from a push through cover off the same bowler.

Bollinger added his second wicket with Jeetan Patel's edge to Marcus North at third slip before Southee helped inflate his figures to 2 for 87 off 16 overs. Southee pulled a six to start a Bollinger over that went for 12 and slogged four boundaries in a row in his next effort, which cost 17. It allowed New Zealand some smiles at the end of a difficult series.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on April 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Australia's victory over Newzealand is yet another re-confirmation that they are the number one side in the world no matter whats their standings at IC ranking. India and South Africa won't be able to secure their position for too long seeing Australia's deep batting,bowling and superb fielding. they were victims of bad luck in Ashes. so watch out India and South Africa....Australia is back with the bang

  • on April 1, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Wonderful victory>Aussies have proved to be a formidable side with an impressive unbeaten summer record.They try out each new player who clicks well. Dear srivatsan,though they have lost ashes to England due to sheer bad luck,and rain interrupton they have bounced back and have beaten England hollow in the succeding matches at south africa.Australia has always produced quality players of the highest order.India has only produced Sachin Tendulkarand Rahul Dravid.We have a lot to learn from Australia. Without prejuidice i rate Australia as the number1 cricket team in the world

  • ravishr on April 1, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Australia's amazing depth and reserves continue to propel them into winning matches, when most of other teams would lose the game and give the reason that they did not play their first team. Congrats to the Aussie team for being consistent and ruthless in their approach. Once Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle are back they will have the most formidable and deep fast bowling attack.

  • srivatsan on March 31, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Folks, Don't get too carried away. For me England winning Ashes is Aussies losing a thousand matches. That too they were beaten twice (away) in the last 5 years. What a shame for the side. Also their recent test performances have been mediocre against good teams like India and England (Away). NZ is a hapless side

  • AdepuSathy on March 31, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    well deserved win. in the morning I thought NZ will play for a draw. with Mc Cullum gone.. i thought they will survive till the Tea. any way.. NZ repeated their previous mistakes and being a second string team. they have done a good job. More over, To beat australia, you should field, bat, bowl like Champions. thats what most of the teams are lagging. Inida sometimes does that, not consistent enough.. to break the records set by the Australians. by the way.. congratulations Johnson for his second 10th wicket haul.

  • on March 31, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Champions Back in Form...

  • AndrewWI on March 31, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Australia have proved that they are a champion side. Take this for a record run in ODIs : England 6-1 (away) , India 4-2 (away) , The champions trophy without dropping a match, Pakistan 5-0, West Indies 5-0. Then in tests recently West Indies 2-0, Pakistan 3-0 , New Zealand 2-0. this is a ridiculous record. The kind of thrashing this team is inflicting on everyone , I don't see even South Africa and India standing their ground in a Test match in Australia. And I think this team will at least draw with India and South Africa away and dole out 2-1 defeats to Sri Lanka and England away. And I'm Indian btw.

  • SJ23 on March 31, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Good performance all-round by Australia throughout the summer as they haven't lost a single test and just drew only one.Congrats to team. Meanwhile Johnson's 10 wicket performance in match was just superb.

  • awassuup on March 31, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Congrats to the Aussies. They play hard cricket and they also play with a purpose and that is why they are number 1 in the world. keep it up guys. Would be nice to see some of the other teams do the same so we can have nice competitive cricket aorund the world. Good luck in the world T-20 championship. Please win that one too. I have ten cases of beers to win if you guys win the T-20 tournament.

    Cheers.

  • Tompo on March 31, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I'm Aussie and while I'm happy with the way our boys performed, I'd like to stick up for our trans-Tasman brothers. Bear in mind that NZ punches way above its weight in cricket when you take its population (4 million) into account and I think they have learnt alot from these 2 tests. Plus they weren't pushovers like WI or Pakistan. Don't judge NZ just by the way they play against this Aussie team whicih is riding a high and climbing back up the rankings, wait until they play other nations before judging. Go kiwis! All the best for the rest of the year!!

  • on April 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Australia's victory over Newzealand is yet another re-confirmation that they are the number one side in the world no matter whats their standings at IC ranking. India and South Africa won't be able to secure their position for too long seeing Australia's deep batting,bowling and superb fielding. they were victims of bad luck in Ashes. so watch out India and South Africa....Australia is back with the bang

  • on April 1, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Wonderful victory>Aussies have proved to be a formidable side with an impressive unbeaten summer record.They try out each new player who clicks well. Dear srivatsan,though they have lost ashes to England due to sheer bad luck,and rain interrupton they have bounced back and have beaten England hollow in the succeding matches at south africa.Australia has always produced quality players of the highest order.India has only produced Sachin Tendulkarand Rahul Dravid.We have a lot to learn from Australia. Without prejuidice i rate Australia as the number1 cricket team in the world

  • ravishr on April 1, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Australia's amazing depth and reserves continue to propel them into winning matches, when most of other teams would lose the game and give the reason that they did not play their first team. Congrats to the Aussie team for being consistent and ruthless in their approach. Once Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle are back they will have the most formidable and deep fast bowling attack.

  • srivatsan on March 31, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Folks, Don't get too carried away. For me England winning Ashes is Aussies losing a thousand matches. That too they were beaten twice (away) in the last 5 years. What a shame for the side. Also their recent test performances have been mediocre against good teams like India and England (Away). NZ is a hapless side

  • AdepuSathy on March 31, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    well deserved win. in the morning I thought NZ will play for a draw. with Mc Cullum gone.. i thought they will survive till the Tea. any way.. NZ repeated their previous mistakes and being a second string team. they have done a good job. More over, To beat australia, you should field, bat, bowl like Champions. thats what most of the teams are lagging. Inida sometimes does that, not consistent enough.. to break the records set by the Australians. by the way.. congratulations Johnson for his second 10th wicket haul.

  • on March 31, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Champions Back in Form...

  • AndrewWI on March 31, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Australia have proved that they are a champion side. Take this for a record run in ODIs : England 6-1 (away) , India 4-2 (away) , The champions trophy without dropping a match, Pakistan 5-0, West Indies 5-0. Then in tests recently West Indies 2-0, Pakistan 3-0 , New Zealand 2-0. this is a ridiculous record. The kind of thrashing this team is inflicting on everyone , I don't see even South Africa and India standing their ground in a Test match in Australia. And I think this team will at least draw with India and South Africa away and dole out 2-1 defeats to Sri Lanka and England away. And I'm Indian btw.

  • SJ23 on March 31, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Good performance all-round by Australia throughout the summer as they haven't lost a single test and just drew only one.Congrats to team. Meanwhile Johnson's 10 wicket performance in match was just superb.

  • awassuup on March 31, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Congrats to the Aussies. They play hard cricket and they also play with a purpose and that is why they are number 1 in the world. keep it up guys. Would be nice to see some of the other teams do the same so we can have nice competitive cricket aorund the world. Good luck in the world T-20 championship. Please win that one too. I have ten cases of beers to win if you guys win the T-20 tournament.

    Cheers.

  • Tompo on March 31, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I'm Aussie and while I'm happy with the way our boys performed, I'd like to stick up for our trans-Tasman brothers. Bear in mind that NZ punches way above its weight in cricket when you take its population (4 million) into account and I think they have learnt alot from these 2 tests. Plus they weren't pushovers like WI or Pakistan. Don't judge NZ just by the way they play against this Aussie team whicih is riding a high and climbing back up the rankings, wait until they play other nations before judging. Go kiwis! All the best for the rest of the year!!

  • JimDavis on March 31, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Not sure why most Kiwi's seem to be putting the blame on the bowlers. only 5 players into double figures in perfect batting conditions on day two and then 8 players with scores of 19+ in the second dig yet the team total is only 302? A bit more application by the batters seems to be what's required to get this team above its current malaise.

  • zn264 on March 31, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    I have really enjoyed the series, and as a kiwi, congrats to a good aussie side. New Zealand can take a few positives out of the 2nd test, and HOPEFULLY learn a few leasons. The thing is we play so few tests, we forget these lessons and make the same old mistakes. A drawn 20/20 series, narrow defeat in ODIs by a game, and cleaned up in tests, not to bad for 2nd string kiwi team. I say 2nd string because the right players aren't being picked yet!!! I have seen NZ play a lot worse against aus in tests over the past decade, at least we showed some fight in both games. Bring on the T20 world cup! Think a few Aussies are getting a bit carried away with their comments, your a long way off being the best in the world with this team.

  • on March 31, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Onya Mitch! Equal highest wicket taker for the series, and Most Beloved Friend of the NZ Crowds. Put your performance where your mouth (or head) is!

    Stats show that Vettori bowled more overs than anyone in the series. He's an awesome bowler. But have NZ no one else? Roll on Southee (who's a smashing batsman) and Arnel, but they were small takings at 6 and 5 wickets in four innings.

    NZ can be a formidable batting side if Taylor, Vettori (bless the multi-tasking man) and McCullum all fire at the same time, but their bowling is a bit sad. They managed to bowl out Bangladesh and Pakistan each time in the tests this season, but against Aus, SL and India in the last 12 months, they have taken less than 7 wickets per innings. I think that is where they are underpowered.

  • doushbag on March 31, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    number 1 team playing number 7 team & it shows unfortunately

    i don't understand why Franklin wasn't playing get rid of Martin & give a young bowler a chance...

  • CBJ. on March 31, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and I think all this Kiwi-bashing is a bit weak, particularly pot-shots at Vettori. People hate the Aussies and rip into them, and that's fine - but you can't take away the fact that Australia has some bloody fine cricketers, is a driven team and with the exception of a few hick-ups and some bad luck (and shocking captaincy) in England, don't have a lot of negative performances over the last 20 years. Cricket is a religion in Australia, not so much in NZ and things need to be put into perspective.

    NZ don't do too badly given the talent, resource and overall presence of Cricket in their country - let's not forget that.

    Remember, Test Cricket is a different beast, it's not 20/20 and unless you have a ridiculous home advantage because of the wickets you play on, the best and most consistent players/teams win.

    Remember, India & Sri Lanka were awful, awful teams pretty much forever up until the last 10 years until a huge amount of cash was thrown at the sport......

  • Beatnink on March 31, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    First we had to wait all summer to finally see a proper cricket test, only to see NZ play like a clumsy cricket club. Perhaps Greatbatch should have gone out in the middle and shown them how to play out an innings...

  • happy2watchgoodbatting on March 31, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I think its harsh to label Vettori "uninspiring". Short memory it seems. In the last year from March 2009, he averages 50 and has scored almost 1000 test runs, 2nd only to Taylor. He is the leading wicket taker with 39 test wickets. It is not his fault his other team members are not pulling weight. Remember Ponting won 7 out of 7 coin tosses in this series too. That makes a difference. Without Bond, and Martin out of form, we lack the venom to take key wickets in order to break dangerous partnerships. Against a team like Australia you'll always struggle.

  • on March 31, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Well everyone, you wanted Australia to play India, South Africa and the Poms and we have in recent times with the same team (minus one or two players) and the results speak for themselves. We couldn't beat India on home soil (which MANY teams fail to do so as it is), beat the South Africans in their own backyard and despite dominating in the batting and bowling figures we still managed to lose the Ashes thanks to some excellent individual performances from Strauss, Broad and Swann.

    So we've shown we can compete with the top nations and wipe the floor with the bottom nations, why there's still calls for us to play them all again are all meaningless thank you very much.

  • Morgsy on March 31, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    I'm not sure what is happening with NZ cricket, but whatever it is it aint too good! We kiwis are good at bad mouthing our side (I've been doing it since the 1990s) but in all honesty the side of 5 yrs ago seem like gods compared to this rabble! Personally I put the blame squarely at the feet of the selectors and the bowling unit. I've faced better attacks playing for the Karori 4ths. Meanwhile our lads have to front up to the likes of Johnson and Bollinger. Knives to a gun fight comes to mind! Second, having a tale start at 8?? Who's woolly headed idea was that?? Could Williamson and Franklin been worse than Martin and Patel?! I mean really?? 2 for a million and no runs! Imagine having Williamson at 6 - with Vettori at 8 and Franklin at 9. We may have lost...or we might have scored another 200 runs over two innings. How much did we lose by again.....?

  • shannonr on March 31, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    With pitches being covered more quickly, NZ's top order can no longer rely on the ball "softening" quickly like it used to. On this showing (actually, on any test showing for the past 24 months) they've got absolutely nothing when the ball is shiny and hard.

  • Sika on March 31, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    BrownDog1968: As a Kiwi I'm happy to concede that, along with Pakistan and the Windies NZ are in the second rank of test playing nations - or maybe even the third. For Australia's true current level to be tested they need series against India and South Africa.

  • twopac on March 31, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Ricky and the boys for a well played series against N.Z. However, Australia is far from being the no. 1 test nation just yet. These last few test series wins were against depleted sides. One would wonder if Shane Bond's pace would have made an impact in that second innings in Hamilton. The one thing that worries me is that Australia has faced some fairly mediocre attacks and still manages to crumble in the 1st innings. The bowling attack is coming together at the right time, yet I still feel that it is yet to prove itself in terms of penetration with the new ball and consistency against better than average batting sides like India, England and South Africa. I believe that the selectors must find out if Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith can be fitting replacements for Hussey and North in the coming series against Pakistan. I hope that they continue with the youth policy and have one eye firmly fixed at beating England in 2013.

  • aglubb002 on March 31, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Australia played very well full credit, but I was very disappointed with NZ. Even on Vettori's 100th test, the performance bar one day was terrible. Why Martin was picked for the 2nd test was beyond me and why Franklin keeps being ignored as the 2nd allrounder is bewildering. Everyone now chiming in about Martin - a bit late.. Stupid Vettori playing one less bat/allrounder. How dense. 8-11 cant bat (Southee is a hitter). Patel was disappointing, but did well until day 4 when V ettori forced him to bowl. As Crowe notes, no need to rush Kane in and he needs to focus on his batting first not bowl 30 overs! Overall has there been a more uninspiring leader than Dan? And weren't all the claims about his "greatness" thoroughly premature? I want Vaughan's head for the awful scheduling meaning NZ unprepared for Australia.

  • Blackcap68 on March 31, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    @ Vegemiter

    Watson and Johnson still are who the crowd say they are, their performances don't change that, full respect for Clarke though. Well done Australia and poorly done NZ.

  • on March 31, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Johnson DID infact take the final wicket of the match, Southee hauled out off his bowling to Clarke in the deep to seal the win.

  • on March 31, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Should New Zealand be kickded out of Test Cricket for an awful performance? LOL.

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    No Ryder/Bond/Kane Williamson = no win for us :(

  • simply_red on March 31, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Outclassed yet again. Australia to take the Ashes 5 - 0 vs England.

  • VegeMiter on March 31, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Well once again Australia has shown New Zealand who's boss - another comprehensive series win to go with the retention of the Chappell/Hadlee trophy. And to all those Black Caps fans who sledged Mitchell Johnson (plenty of wickets), Shane Watson (runs and wickets) and Michael Clarke (best Test score) - remember - getting stuck into our boys only makes them play better! So I believe it's 1993 since New Zealand has beaten Australia in a Test Match? A long time between drinks - and judging by the big margins in Wellington and Hamilton - they are no closer now to breaking their Test Match drought against the Aussies.

  • Browndog1968 on March 31, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    So after Windies and Pakistan, New Zealand at home was meant to be a sterner test of this sides merits on the world stage. Hmmmmm some credit now due after two solid shellackings?

  • on March 31, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Peter Did Hauritz get Southee's wicket? Your scoreboard says it was Mitchell Johnson.

  • __PK on March 31, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Can you believe people still reckon Johnson is rubbish? If that's true, then you can give me a rubbish bowler who takes wickets any day.

  • septimius_severus on March 31, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    I think that we have just witnessed the end of Chris Martin's test career, and Jeetan Patel was extremely disappointing as well. I am left to wonder what difference Kane Williamson would have made on the game...

  • junior7 on March 31, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    we just mentally arent there. skills are evident but we cant compete for long periods of play. probably a result of an increasing attention to the shorter formats of the game. however, i believe the players these days forget that you are measured in history by what you do in the test arena. for example, harris and bevan etc were wonderful one day players, but because they struggled in tests arent considered among the best. yet a manly test specialist, say dravid for example, is one of the greats.

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  • junior7 on March 31, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    we just mentally arent there. skills are evident but we cant compete for long periods of play. probably a result of an increasing attention to the shorter formats of the game. however, i believe the players these days forget that you are measured in history by what you do in the test arena. for example, harris and bevan etc were wonderful one day players, but because they struggled in tests arent considered among the best. yet a manly test specialist, say dravid for example, is one of the greats.

  • septimius_severus on March 31, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    I think that we have just witnessed the end of Chris Martin's test career, and Jeetan Patel was extremely disappointing as well. I am left to wonder what difference Kane Williamson would have made on the game...

  • __PK on March 31, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Can you believe people still reckon Johnson is rubbish? If that's true, then you can give me a rubbish bowler who takes wickets any day.

  • on March 31, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Peter Did Hauritz get Southee's wicket? Your scoreboard says it was Mitchell Johnson.

  • Browndog1968 on March 31, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    So after Windies and Pakistan, New Zealand at home was meant to be a sterner test of this sides merits on the world stage. Hmmmmm some credit now due after two solid shellackings?

  • VegeMiter on March 31, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Well once again Australia has shown New Zealand who's boss - another comprehensive series win to go with the retention of the Chappell/Hadlee trophy. And to all those Black Caps fans who sledged Mitchell Johnson (plenty of wickets), Shane Watson (runs and wickets) and Michael Clarke (best Test score) - remember - getting stuck into our boys only makes them play better! So I believe it's 1993 since New Zealand has beaten Australia in a Test Match? A long time between drinks - and judging by the big margins in Wellington and Hamilton - they are no closer now to breaking their Test Match drought against the Aussies.

  • simply_red on March 31, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Outclassed yet again. Australia to take the Ashes 5 - 0 vs England.

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    No Ryder/Bond/Kane Williamson = no win for us :(

  • on March 31, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Should New Zealand be kickded out of Test Cricket for an awful performance? LOL.

  • on March 31, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Johnson DID infact take the final wicket of the match, Southee hauled out off his bowling to Clarke in the deep to seal the win.