Trans-Tasman Trophy - 1st Test

New Zealand v Australia

Australia won by 10 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Vettori brings himself on, A slip and a short leg in place

100.1

Vettori to North, no run, bowls it flat and full on middle, plays it back down the pitch

100.2

Vettori to North, no run, held it back slightly, turning in from outside off, defended with bat close to pad

100.3

Vettori to North, no run, short of a length outside off, holds its line there and North offers no shot

100.4

Vettori to North, no run, a bit of turn and bounce there, North moves across and presses it away

100.5

Vettori to North, no run, turning in but not much, shortish and it's wide enough for him to leave

100.6

Vettori to North, no run, looping it towards middle, driven to mid-on

End of over 101 (maiden) Australia 359/4
MJ North    62* (120b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    22-3-69-0
MJ Clarke    130* (179b 16x4 2x6)      TG Southee    18-4-66-0

Dan: "There used to be a saying amongst poker players, unlucky in love, lucky with the cards. Clarke seems to have the cricketing equivalent, he's batting superbly. Like a man carrying no baggage."

101.1

Southee to Clarke, 2 runs, two more, easily done, gets forward and taps it into the leg side in the direction of square leg and steals two

101.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, keeps a little low there but no harm done, outside off and he leaves it be

The keeper comes up

101.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, stretches forward and drives that on the up to extra cover

101.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, shortish on the off, cracks it hard past the short extra cover to Tuffey right behind him

101.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, angling it towards the off stump, pushed gently to short extra cover

101.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, probing him outside off but Clarke is dealing with these confidently, rocks forward and produces a text-book front-foot defence

End of over 102 (2 runs) Australia 361/4
MJ Clarke    132* (185b 16x4 2x6)      TG Southee    19-4-68-0
MJ North    62* (120b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    22-3-69-0

Max: "thejas didn't say all players should be equally excellent.. its perfectly normal that players of vettori's calibre would get frustrated when the players around them crumble leaving them to keep a sinking ship afloat all on their own.. sure vettori can't hope for a team of equals but a team of competent cricketers able to put up a fight, produce a moment of magic, win sessions... surely that's not too much to ask for??"

102.1

Vettori to North, no run, floating it outside off, gets to the pitch and defends it in front of cover

102.2

Vettori to North, no run, waits for it to turn in a hint and plays it back to the bowler

102.3

Vettori to North, no run, flat and on a good length, gets a big stride out and defends with a closed face

102.4

Vettori to North, no run

102.5

Vettori to North, no run, gets front and across and knocks it down towards midwicket

102.6

Vettori to North, no run, quicker through the air, gets outside the line and taps it just wide of short leg

End of over 103 (maiden) Australia 361/4
MJ North    62* (126b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    23-4-69-0
MJ Clarke    132* (185b 16x4 2x6)      TG Southee    19-4-68-0

Brent Arnel, the debutant, is back into the attack

103.1

Arnel to Clarke, no run, excellent start, Clarke is beaten first up, pitched it on a good length just outside off to draw him forward and cut away to beat the outside edge as he pushed at it

103.2

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short on middle, nicely behind it and taps it into the leg side

103.3

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short on middle, has it well covered and defends it back to the bowler

103.4

Arnel to Clarke, FOUR, short, and the first lapse by the bowlers in the last few overs, short on leg stump and Clarke, ever opportunistic, whips it down to the fine-leg boundary

103.5

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short of a length, eased it off the back foot to short extra cover

103.6

Arnel to Clarke, no run, his radar's fine now, short of a good length on middle, plays it back to Arnel

End of over 104 (4 runs) Australia 365/4
MJ Clarke    136* (191b 17x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    21-3-74-2
MJ North    62* (126b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    23-4-69-0

104.1

Vettori to North, no run, came down the track to a ball that landed short, spun in and North ensured he got behind the line

104.2

Vettori to North, 1 run, watchfully turned into the leg side towards midwicket for a single

104.3

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, steps out and pushes him down to long-on for a single

104.4

Vettori to North, 1 run, comes round the wicket and slides it full outside off, guided behind point for a single

104.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, gave it some air and slowed it down considerably, Clarke picked it though, came down the track and defended it towards cover

104.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, reaches forward and defends solidly, time for drinks, Australia are in control

End of over 105 (3 runs) Australia 368/4
MJ Clarke    137* (194b 17x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    24-4-72-0
MJ North    64* (129b 4x4 1x6)      BJ Arnel    21-3-74-2

Aussiefanatic: "Has Clarke gone about his merry way in test cricket, under the radar of the greats of the game, not bad now hes averaging 50 and played near on 50 test matches, can only see him getting better with maturity, 5-6 years time will his average be up there with Pontings?"

105.1

Arnel to North, 1 leg bye, sliding on the pads, tries to whip it fine, gets a leg-bye instead

105.2

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone to the keeper

105.3

Arnel to Clarke, FOUR, Whacked! Southee errs by offering him a full one outside off and he hammers it past extra cover, races to the fence

105.4

Arnel to Clarke, no run, bowls it short of a length on middle, pushed to midwicket

105.5

Arnel to Clarke, no run, bowled at 126 kmph, on the off, punched to short extra cover

105.6

Arnel to Clarke, no run, getting it much closer to the stumps, gets across and taps it down into the leg side

End of over 106 (5 runs) Australia 373/4
MJ Clarke    141* (199b 18x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    22-3-78-2
MJ North    64* (130b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    24-4-72-0

106.1

Vettori to North, no run, comes round the wicket, North gets a stride out and defends it back to the bowler

106.2

Vettori to North, FOUR, raises the 200-run stand, North has been the quieter of the two so far but gets a short one outside off that he dispatches through point

106.3

Vettori to North, no run, slowed it down, bent low, reached forward and played it down to short leg

106.4

Vettori to North, no run

106.5

Vettori to North, no run, quicker, flat outside off, held its line and he left it be

106.6

Vettori to North, no run, drifting towards middle and off, nudged away wide of short leg

End of over 107 (4 runs) Australia 377/4
MJ North    68* (136b 5x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    25-4-76-0
MJ Clarke    141* (199b 18x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    22-3-78-2

107.1

Arnel to Clarke, no run, slower one bowled short on the off, dabbed it towards cover

107.2

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short and he cracks it hard but finds cover, Tuffey does well moving and ultimately diving to his right

107.3

Arnel to Clarke, no run, fuller but well wide of off, Clarke has nothing to do with it

107.4

Arnel to Clarke, no run, the extra cover comes into action, short of a length, one of the numerous back-foot drives played today

McCullum is standing up

107.5

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, shoulders arms to leave it through

107.6

Arnel to Clarke, 1 run, short on leg stump, whips it down to fine leg for a single

End of over 108 (1 run) Australia 378/4
MJ Clarke    142* (205b 18x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    23-3-79-2
MJ North    68* (136b 5x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    25-4-76-0

Andy: "North must be thrilled with this situation. When he came out to bat he was under pressure for his place, but with all the attention on Clarke due to recent revelations, he's been able to continue almost unnoticed. "

Tuffey is back

108.1

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone

108.2

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, bowls it fuller on the off, at 127 kmph, driven elegantly to mid-off

108.3

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, shortish outside off, holds its line and he lets it go

108.4

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, shortish outside off, just a hint of inward movement, still wide enough for Clarke to leave it be

108.5

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, bouncer, bangs it on the off but doesn't ruffle the batsman, negotiates it easily does Clarke

108.6

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, holds its line after pitching on a length outside off, allows it through

End of over 109 (maiden) Australia 378/4
MJ Clarke    142* (211b 18x4 2x6)      DR Tuffey    17-7-35-0
MJ North    68* (136b 5x4 1x6)      BJ Arnel    23-3-79-2

Arnel comes round the wicket to North

109.1

Arnel to North, no run, angling it on leg stump and further down, gets hit on the thighs does North

109.2

Arnel to North, no run, squared him up a bit there, went straight on as he aimed at leg stump but North was not entirely behind that one

109.3

Arnel to North, 3 runs, three to North as he rocks back to that short one and thumps that square through point into the deep

109.4

Arnel to Clarke, no run, full outside off and gets the desired away movement but Clarke is biding his time now, leaves it alone

109.5

Arnel to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide, one of the few cut shots played today and it fetches Clarke four, slashed hard wide of gully for a boundary

109.6

Arnel to Clarke, no run, fuller and Clarke walks into it, trying to beat the in-field in the off side but can't beat cover

End of over 110 (7 runs) Australia 385/4
MJ Clarke    146* (214b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    24-3-86-2
MJ North    71* (139b 5x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    17-7-35-0

Nick: "After scoring a century yesterday under pressure, it would have been so easy for Clarke to relax and give his wicket away this morning. But it looks like he is setting himself for something big. Dare I say it - maybe his first Test double century?"

110.1

Tuffey to North, no run, short of a length on the off, defended to point from the crease

110.2

Tuffey to North, 1 run, straying on the pads, glanced down to fine leg for a single

110.3

Tuffey to Clarke, no run, false shot there by Clarke, tries to thrash it on the up, not quite there to hit and it zips under his bat

110.4

Tuffey to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, cuts it past point but Ingram is quick to react at point, diving to his right and saving a certain four,. all they manage is a single

110.5

Tuffey to North, no run, shortish on the off, defended towards point

110.6

Tuffey to North, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets across and pushes it towards mid-off

End of over 111 (2 runs) Australia 387/4
MJ North    72* (143b 5x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    18-7-37-0
MJ Clarke    147* (216b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    24-3-86-2

Lewis: "North always seems to do well on the first innings of a series. First innings of the tour of South Africa: 117. First innings of the Ashes: 125*. First innings of the recent home summer: 78 (his highest innings of the summer). First innings of the tour of NZ: currently 71*. It's up to him to play like this through the entire series now."

111.1

Arnel to Clarke, no run, angling in towards off, pushed through to mid-off

111.2

Arnel to Clarke, no run, judged it well, shortish just a fraction outside off at 126 kmph, held its line and Clarke opted not to play

111.3

Arnel to Clarke, no run, beaten, sucked him into playing a shot, trying to drive on the up, misses as it moves away just in time

111.4

Arnel to Clarke, no run, pitched it on a good length outside off, eased off the front foot to extra cover

111.5

Arnel to Clarke, no run, finally some swing, just a hint though, but he leaves it alone , wide enough for him to do so

111.6

Arnel to Clarke, no run, fired it down the leg side, strikes McCullum pretty hard on the glove

End of over 112 (maiden) Australia 387/4
MJ Clarke    147* (222b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    25-4-86-2
MJ North    72* (143b 5x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    18-7-37-0

112.1

Tuffey to North, no run, short of a good length on the off, stands tall and defends it towards mid-off

112.2

Tuffey to North, no run, a touch fuller, in the channel outside off, leaves it through

112.3

Tuffey to North, FOUR, almost a catch, Tuffey had too little time to react, full on the off and drives it uppishly just past the outstretched left hand of Tuffey, didn't get his finger to it, races past mid-on

The partnership is now a record for the fifth wicket for Australia against New Zealand

112.4

Tuffey to North, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover

112.5

Tuffey to North, no run, drives it up on the up towards mid-off

112.6

Tuffey to North, no run, slower one there, 114 kmph, was aiming at the offcutter, just a hint of nip away from the left-hander, leaves it alone

End of over 113 (4 runs) Australia 391/4
MJ North    76* (149b 6x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    19-7-41-0
MJ Clarke    147* (222b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    25-4-86-2

113.1

Arnel to Clarke, no run, full outside off, driven hard but finds cover point, struck sweetly there

113.2

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short of a length on the off, punched towards mid-off

113.3

Arnel to Clarke, no run, full on the off, wonderfully timed but finds Southee at cover point

113.4

Arnel to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets back and taps it down towards mid-on

113.5

Arnel to Clarke, no run, shortish again, coming off the meat again, mid-off into the action

113.6

Arnel to Clarke, 3 runs, finds the gap, reaches a landmark, brings up his 150 with a chop behind point for three runs, Guptill who gave chase slid to get to it didn't haul back on the first attempt but all looks fine, returned an excellent throw but North made it back thanks to a fumble from Brendon McCullum as he tried to collect it

End of over 114 (3 runs) Australia 394/4
MJ Clarke    150* (228b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    26-4-89-2
MJ North    76* (149b 6x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    19-7-41-0

114.1

Tuffey to Clarke, 1 run, guided into the covers for a single

114.2

Tuffey to North, no run, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

114.3

Tuffey to North, no run, short outside off, holds its line and North leaves it through

114.4

Tuffey to North, no run, drags it on a length, North meets it solidly with a stride

114.5

Tuffey to North, no run, pushed it fuller but can't get North to play at that one, shoulders arms to the keeper

114.6

Tuffey to North, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 115 (2 runs) Australia 396/4
MJ North    77* (154b 6x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    20-7-43-0
MJ Clarke    151* (229b 19x4 2x6)      BJ Arnel    26-4-89-2

Vettori is back, he has one slip

115.1

Vettori to North, no run, shortish outside off, moves across and gets it down in front of point

115.2

Vettori to North, no run, ooooh, big turn, probably hit a footmark, spun in prodigiously as North left it and it didn't miss off stump by much, McCullum fumbles it

115.3

Vettori to North, 1 run, slog, flighted outside off and he swings it towards deep midwicket for a single

115.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flat outside leg, a harmless delivery that Clarke pads away

115.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, short on leg stump, moves back and pushes it to mid-on

115.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, a bit of air on that one, steps out of his crease and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 116 (1 run) Australia 397/4
MJ Clarke    151* (232b 19x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    26-4-77-0
MJ North    78* (157b 6x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    20-7-43-0

116.1

Tuffey to North, no run, short of a length on the off, pushed in the direction of extra cover

116.2

Tuffey to North, no run, playing it from the crease, short on middle and off, knocks it down on the pitch

116.3

Tuffey to North, no run, pushed it full on the off at 115 kmph, lunch is just a few minutes away and North just taps it to cover

116.4

Tuffey to North, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, gets outside the line and defends it to cover

116.5

Tuffey to North, FOUR, short and wide, senses a chance and goes for it, slashes it hard and gets it past point to bring up the 400 for Australia

116.6

Tuffey to North, no run, nicely bowled, just appeared to leave North there but he judged it well, offering no shot and letting it pass

End of over 117 (4 runs) Australia 401/4
MJ North    82* (163b 7x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    21-7-47-0
MJ Clarke    151* (232b 19x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    26-4-77-0

117.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, short on the off, gets back and slaps it to short extra cover

A slip and a short leg

117.2

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cracked off the back foot just wide of deep cover for a single

117.3

Vettori to North, no run, no turn there, slips it really wide of the off stump, leaves it alone

117.4

Vettori to North, 1 run, flighted outside off, sweeps it towards Tuffey at fine leg for a single

117.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, shortish on the off, moves back and punches that to extra cover

117.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, sliding it straight on middle, gets half-forward and taps it back down the pitch

End of over 118 (2 runs) Australia 403/4
MJ Clarke    152* (236b 19x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    27-4-79-0
MJ North    83* (165b 7x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    21-7-47-0

The last over before lunch coming up, Tuffey to bowl it

118.1

Tuffey to North, no run, angling it wide of the left-hander, 125 kmph, left alone to the keeper

A deep point and two gullys in place

118.2

Tuffey to North, no run, lands on a good length, shoulders arms and allows it through

118.3

Tuffey to North, no run, Tuffey bowling consistently in the channel outside off, leaves it alone

118.4

Tuffey to North, no run, fullish, trying to tempt him to drive but North, in this last over before the break, is having none of it

Coming round the wicket now

118.5

Tuffey to North, 1 run, slightly short on the off, nudges it just wide of point to take a single

118.6

Tuffey to Clarke, 1 run, full on the pads to Clarke who flicks it straight to deep square leg to end Australia's session

Clarke has looked extremely fluent in his time out today, and looks good to pile on more when he comes to bat in the second session. One can expect Australia to quicken their scoring rate, post a substantial score and get New Zealand to face a session today. A wicketless session for the hosts in conditions not so favourable for the bowlers. Join us in 35 minutes.

End of over 119 (2 runs) Australia 405/4
MJ Clarke    153* (237b 19x4 2x6)      DR Tuffey    22-7-49-0
MJ North    84* (170b 7x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    27-4-79-0

We are ready for the post-lunch action, Daniel Vettori will kick things off. A slip and a short leg

119.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, targeting middle and off, Clarke gets a stride forward and plays it down the pitch

119.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, angling it on the pads, pushed away into the leg side

119.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, shortish on middle, worked to midwicket off the back foot

119.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, chopped towards point

119.5

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, full on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

119.6

Vettori to North, no run, tossed up outside off, driven through towards mid-on

End of over 120 (1 run) Australia 406/4
MJ North    84* (171b 7x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    28-4-80-0
MJ Clarke    154* (242b 19x4 2x6)      DR Tuffey    22-7-49-0

120.1

Martin to Clarke, FOUR, hammered down the ground, some swing there for Martin but of no use, pitched it up on middle and he drills that down the ground for a boundary

120.2

Martin to Clarke, FOUR, he's going for them, another full delivery outside off and he smashes it hard past Martin and well wide of mid-off, another four

120.3

Martin to Clarke, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, defended towards cover from the crease

120.4

Martin to Clarke, no run, shortish, tries to chop it behind point, does so but straight on the bounce to slip

120.5

Martin to Clarke, no run, had a bit more pace on that one, angling it on the pads and striking him hard on the box, right on the box and it should hurt though he isn't showing it, well he is now, walked away from the pitch and is stretching a little, taking his time to get things in order and he's ready

120.6

Martin to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide, cut away hard towards deep point for a single

End of over 121 (9 runs) Australia 415/4
MJ Clarke    163* (248b 21x4 2x6)      CS Martin    25-2-102-1
MJ North    84* (171b 7x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    28-4-80-0

Dan: "Being from a nation of sheep farmers, the Black Caps ought to have known the damage a Pup that's just been let off the chain can do."

121.1

Vettori to Clarke, FOUR, giving him the charge, they're looking for some quick runs this session, flighted outside off and he launches him over mid-off for a one-bounce four, brings up his highest Test score in the process

121.2

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, tossed it up on middle, chips down and drives it to long-on for a single

121.3

Vettori to North, no run, short outside off, quick, North lets it be

121.4

Vettori to North, SIX, into the nineties is North with a massive six, flighted outside off, he bends low and slog-sweeps it powerfully over deep midwicket and into the crowd

121.5

Vettori to North, no run, drifting towards middle, comes down the track and works it towards midwicket

121.6

Vettori to North, 1 run, turning in from a good length outside off, whipped behind square for one more

End of over 122 (12 runs) Australia 427/4
MJ North    91* (175b 7x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    29-4-92-0
MJ Clarke    168* (250b 22x4 2x6)      CS Martin    25-2-102-1

Martin to continue, both batsmen have come out aggressively this session.

122.1

Martin to North, no run, short of a good length, bowling from wide of the crease, fired it at 132 kmph, left it alone

122.2

Martin to North, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, gets forward and taps it towards cover

122.3

Martin to North, no run, keeping it to a good length this time, among his quicker deliveries that, 134 kmph, leaves it alone

122.4

Martin to North, no run, angling it away from the left-hander there, North allows it through

122.5

Martin to North, 2 runs, short on middle, pulled away in front of deep square leg for a couple of runs

PK: "Just going back to the basin after lunch. The forecast is for rain Monday so Aus will be looking to hit out for the next hour or two max for 550 then declare. Its a very windy day at the basin as usual. So windy that it'll probably topple the NZ top order on its own. "

122.6

Martin to North, no run, bouncer but a harmless one, too high in the end, left alone

End of over 123 (2 runs) Australia 429/4
MJ North    93* (181b 7x4 2x6)      CS Martin    26-2-104-1
MJ Clarke    168* (250b 22x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    29-4-92-0

123.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle, gets across and turns it to midwicket

123.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flatter, just a fraction outside off, defended to extra cover

123.3

Vettori to Clarke, OUT, leg-side stumping, smart stuff from Vettori, he knew Clarke would attack him, gave it some air and got it to drift down the leg side, Clarke gave him the charge and couldn't get his bat to it as it slipped down past his pads, McCullum collected well and clipped the bails to find him well short, a fine knock that put Australia in control ends, Clarke departs for his highest Test score

MJ Clarke st †McCullum b Vettori 168 (364m 253b 22x4 2x6) SR: 66.40

123.4

Vettori to Haddin, no run, slow through the air, gets forward, head still, defended into the off side

123.5

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle, pushed into the leg side

123.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, presents the full face and plays it back to the bowler

End of over 124 (wicket maiden) Australia 429/5
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      DL Vettori    30-5-92-1
MJ North    93* (181b 7x4 2x6)      CS Martin    26-2-104-1

124.1

Martin to North, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched off the back foot to cover

124.2

Martin to North, 2 runs, short on leg stump, pulled wide of fine leg for a couple of runs, he's inching closer to three-figures

124.3

Martin to North, no run, short of a good length outside off, allows it through

124.4

Martin to North, no run, pushing him back with that shortish delivery on the off, pushed towards cover

124.5

Martin to North, no run, played away off the front foot towards cover

Tristan: "Oh dear... Don't think I was the only one rooting for Clarke to get his first double under all this pressure. If anyone was gonna get him out it would've been Vettori though."

124.6

Martin to North, no run, in the channel outside off, opens the face to tap it towards point

End of over 125 (2 runs) Australia 431/5
MJ North    95* (187b 7x4 2x6)      CS Martin    27-2-106-1
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      DL Vettori    30-5-92-1

125.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin went after that, struck it cleanly nit there was a long-on in place, got to him on the bounce, just the single

125.2

Vettori to North, no run, turning in from a good length outside off, defended back down the pitch

125.3

Vettori to North, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven down towards long-on

125.4

Vettori to Haddin, no run, takes it from a good length and pushes it to mid-off

125.5

Vettori to Haddin, FOUR, slow through the air and flighted on middle, heaved away over square leg to beat the fielder in the deep to the ropes

125.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, really slow, at 76 kmph, short on the off, drops it down into the off side

End of over 126 (6 runs) Australia 437/5
BJ Haddin    5* (7b 1x4)      DL Vettori    31-5-98-1
MJ North    96* (189b 7x4 2x6)      CS Martin    27-2-106-1

126.1

Martin to North, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone

Miles: "A couple of grinders! Good scrap, well done to both of you (Clarke/Vettori)"

126.2

Martin to North, no run, tries to flick it fine, it was there, angling on the pads but can't

126.3

Martin to North, FOUR, Century for North, his fourth, gets there with a bit of luck, Martin dug it short on middle and he tried to pull it over square, got a top edge over the keeper to the ropes, he'll take it, supported Clarke brilliantly in his stand and will want to do his bit in this Australian surge as they try to get past 500 quickly

Martin goes round the wicket

126.4

Martin to North, no run, hurling it on a good length on the off, defended towards extra cover

126.5

Martin to North, no run, gets it a touch fuller, at 135 kmph, defended into the leg side off the front foot

126.6

Martin to North, no run, in the corridor outside off, lets it pass to the keeper

End of over 127 (4 runs) Australia 441/5
MJ North    100* (195b 8x4 2x6)      CS Martin    28-2-110-1
BJ Haddin    5* (7b 1x4)      DL Vettori    31-5-98-1

127.1

Vettori to Haddin, no run, pitched it full outside off, driven back to the bowler

127.2

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle, defended watchfully onto the pitch

127.3

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, bowled it full on the off, driven hard but mid-off does well diving to his left, Southee the man, just the single

127.4

Vettori to North, FOUR, picked the gap, reached forward, got across and paddled it really fine, well past Daryll Tuffey who is much squarer, four more

127.5

Vettori to North, no run

127.6

Vettori to North, no run, quicker one bowled short outside off, left it alone to the keeper

End of over 128 (5 runs) Australia 446/5
MJ North    104* (198b 9x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    32-5-103-1
BJ Haddin    6* (10b 1x4)      CS Martin    28-2-110-1

Jason has this interesting prediction: "Call me insane but Ive just bet on NZ to win the test at 40 to 1. I think Aussies will tumble out for 500,nz will get 600 and Australia all out for 150 2nd innings."

128.1

Martin to Haddin, no run, short of a good length outside off, holds its line, lets it go

128.2

Martin to Haddin, no run, shortish outside off, zips through to the keeper, Haddin doesn't play at that

128.3

Martin to Haddin, no run, angling it in but wide enough for Haddin to offer no shot

128.4

Martin to Haddin, no run, fuller but Haddin isn't tempted, keeping it quiet this over, leaves it alone

128.5

Martin to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and defends it to cover

128.6

Martin to Haddin, no run, hitting the pitch hard is Martin, Haddin gets back and knocks it towards point

End of over 129 (maiden) Australia 446/5
BJ Haddin    6* (16b 1x4)      CS Martin    29-3-110-1
MJ North    104* (198b 9x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    32-5-103-1

Jordan: "While you're at it Jason you might as well put a bet on Bangladesh to beat England by an innings."

129.1

Vettori to North, no run, goes for the slog-sweep again, gets an inside edge onto his pads

129.2

Vettori to North, FOUR, executes it well this time, flighted outside off, and he gets it past deep midwicket, not struck all that cleanly but well enough

129.3

Vettori to North, no run

129.4

Vettori to North, FOUR, four more though a little fortunate this time, tried to sweep hard over square leg, went off the top edge but landed well wide of the fielder in the deep behind square, four more

129.5

Vettori to North, no run, gave it some flight, moved on the back foot and punched it to midwicket

129.6

Vettori to North, no run, and again, pushed it away towards midwicket

End of over 130 (8 runs) Australia 454/5
MJ North    112* (204b 11x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    33-5-111-1
BJ Haddin    6* (16b 1x4)      CS Martin    29-3-110-1

130.1

Martin to Haddin, FOUR, short and wide, right in the zone for Haddin who cuts it hard past point to earn a boundary

130.2

Martin to Haddin, 1 run, played it uppishly, just wide of Martin, rolls down to mid-off and he gets a single

Donovan: "Jason, you are not insane, but you forgot the ending. NZ are then bowled out for 45, chasing 51"

130.3

Martin to North, no run, short and wide, tries to bludgeon it through point, misses

130.4

Martin to North, no run, full on the off, driven straight to extra cover

130.5

Martin to North, no run, gets the outside edge, some late movement there and North drove towards mid-off, landed short of gully there who did well to stop it

130.6

Martin to North, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, shoulders arms to allow it through to the keeper

Not for the first time have Australia done this in the recent past. A confident Ponting has declared at 459 for 5, giving New Zealand plenty of overs to face on the second day where he will back his bowlers to make inroads. North remains unbeaten on 112, following up on a stellar innings from Clarke. The conditions are very much in favour of the batsmen, but how will the New Zealand top order cope? Join us in a bit

End of over 131 (5 runs) Australia 459/5
MJ North    112* (208b 11x4 2x6)      CS Martin    30-3-115-1
BJ Haddin    11* (18b 2x4)      DL Vettori    33-5-111-1
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