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

Johnson grabs 10 to seal series success


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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Ravish 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

  • Satheesh 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Champions Back in Form...

  • Andrew 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.

  • SAMEER 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.

  • Sam 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.


  • Nathanael 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!!

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