Trans-Tasman Trophy - 2nd Test

New Zealand v Australia

Australia won by 176 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

The Australia huddle is on. We will have about 13 overs today, the light should hold. 3 slips and a forward short leg in place

0.1

Bollinger to McIntosh, no run, appeal for a lbw! Swings in and hits him low on the front pad, probably sliding down leg

0.2

Bollinger to McIntosh, no run, 142 kmh, seemed quicker than that, the ball straightened and fizzed past the outside edge, top delivery

0.3

Bollinger to McIntosh, no run, slower in pace and safely left alone this time, good carry

0.4

Bollinger to McIntosh, FOUR, that's a low full toss and he puts it away, he tries to swing it inwards but fails to land it on the pitch, clipped wide of square leg

0.5

Bollinger to McIntosh, no run, full in length outside off and defended to the off side

0.6

Bollinger to McIntosh, OUT, McIntosh had no idea where his off stump was! Bollinger lands it on a fullish length just outside off and gets it to nip back in, McIntosh shoulders arms but looks back to see his off stump pegged back, Bollinger kisses the Australian crest and not the VB sponsor logo!

TG McIntosh b Bollinger 4 (4m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/1
     DE Bollinger    1-0-4-1
BJ Watling    0* (0b)     

Sinclair walks in, comeback No.47 for him

1.1

Harris to Watling, 1 run, defended to mid-on for a quick single

1.2

Harris to Sinclair, FOUR, well done Mathew! Harris gives him a half volley on the leg stump and Sinclair eases it past midwicket, the outfield does the rest

1.3

Harris to Sinclair, 1 run, drifts on the pads again and he eases it wide of square leg this time, good start for Sinclair

1.4

Harris to Watling, no run, lands it outside off and he safely lets it go

1.5

Harris to Watling, no run, Watling's circumspect outside the off stump and he just manages to withdraw his bat in time

1.6

Harris to Watling, no run, stays right behind the line and defends back to the bowler

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 10/1
BJ Watling    1* (4b)      RJ Harris    1-0-6-0
MS Sinclair    5* (2b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-4-1

2.1

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off and he safely lets it go to the keeper

still 3 slips, a gully and forward short leg

2.2

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, brings it closer to the off stump and he's happy to let it go

2.3

Bollinger to Sinclair, 1 no ball, he oversteps, Sinclair gets right behind the line and defends softly

2.3

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, this one shoots up and has Sinclair swaying back to evade it, scary stuff from Bollinger

2.4

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, great stuff again from the bowler, this one cuts back in and fizzes past the off stump, well left

2.5

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, stays right behind the line and defends down the track

2.6

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off but Sinclair's not chasing that

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 11/1
MS Sinclair    5* (9b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-5-1
BJ Watling    1* (4b)      RJ Harris    1-0-6-0

3.1

Harris to Watling, no run, fullish in length on the off stump and defended

3.2

Harris to Watling, no run, down the leg side and he works it away down the leg side, beaten for pace there

3.3

Harris to Watling, no run, stays right behind the line and defends to the off side

3.4

Harris to Watling, no run, stays right behind the line and defends

3.5

Harris to Watling, no run, nice line and length and defended solidly

3.6

Harris to Watling, no run

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 11/1
BJ Watling    1* (10b)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-0
MS Sinclair    5* (9b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-5-1

4.1

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off and he gets forward and shoulders arms

4.2

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, fuller in length and he gets behind the line to defend

4.3

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, keeps it on a same fullish length outside off and he safely lets it go

4.4

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, probes on the same line and length outside off, gets good nip and bounce off the wicket

4.5

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, action replay, if he bowls it there all day, Sinclair will leave it all day

4.6

Bollinger to Sinclair, no run, copy-paste!

End of over 5 (maiden) New Zealand 11/1
MS Sinclair    5* (15b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    3-1-5-1
BJ Watling    1* (10b)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-0

Silly mid-on on place

5.1

Harris to Watling, 2 runs, swings it on the pads and he clips it wide of square leg

5.2

Harris to Watling, 1 run, Harris meanwhile strays towards the pads again and easily tucked down to fine leg

5.3

Harris to Sinclair, no run, lands it on the off stump this time and safely defended

5.4

Harris to Sinclair, no run, holds the length back slightly but solidly defended

third slip goes to short cover

5.5

Harris to Sinclair, no run, lands it outside off and he safely lets it go to the keeper

5.6

Harris to Sinclair, no run, goes across the stumps and defends solidly on the backfoot

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 14/1
MS Sinclair    5* (19b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-1-9-0
BJ Watling    4* (12b)      DE Bollinger    3-1-5-1

6.1

Bollinger to Watling, no run, keeps it on a good length outside off and left alone

6.2

Bollinger to Watling, no run, fires it on a yorker length on the off stump and squirted out to the off side

3 slips and a gully

6.3

Bollinger to Watling, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off and he's happy to let it go

Miles, from Hong Kong: "A snippit of info for all. Matthew Sinclair is one of only two international cricketers to be born in Australia's Northern Territory. The other being D. Martyn."

6.4

Bollinger to Watling, no run, comes round the wicket and bowls the bouncer, he safely ducks under it

6.5

Bollinger to Watling, no run, bowls it fuller and Watling steers it down to gully and tells his partner to stay back

6.6

Bollinger to Watling, no run, hits a good length outside off and he safely lets it go to the keeper

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 14/1
BJ Watling    4* (18b)      DE Bollinger    4-2-5-1
MS Sinclair    5* (19b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-1-9-0

7.1

Harris to Sinclair, no run, bangs it in short and the ball swings away viciously before reaching the keeper, Haddin goes to his left at first but then has to move the other way and does well to catch it one handed

7.2

Harris to Sinclair, no run, lands it outside off and he leaves it alone

7.3

Harris to Sinclair, no run

7.4

Harris to Sinclair, no run, shoulders arms again

7.5

Harris to Sinclair, no run, flicks it off his pads but Katich does well at midwicket to cut it off

7.6

Harris to Sinclair, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he lets this go as well

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 14/1
MS Sinclair    5* (25b 1x4)      RJ Harris    4-2-9-0
BJ Watling    4* (18b)      DE Bollinger    4-2-5-1

5 overs left, NZ should look to play out time, here's Johnson

8.1

Johnson to Watling, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off, he's happy to let it go

8.2

Johnson to Watling, 1 run, fires it on the pads and he tucks it down to Harris at fine leg

8.3

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he lets it go

8.4

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, holds the length back and the ball straightens before reaching the keeper

8.5

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, a little fuller but the same result, good bounce and carry

8.6

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, fires it outside off, Haddin's gloves take another pounding

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 15/1
MS Sinclair    5* (29b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-1-0
BJ Watling    5* (20b)      RJ Harris    4-2-9-0

Now Hauritz, slip silly point and forward short leg in place

9.1

Hauritz to Watling, no run, gets forward and defends

9.2

Hauritz to Watling, no run, stays back and punches it down the track

9.3

Hauritz to Watling, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, moves across his stumps and tucks it to fine leg

9.4

Hauritz to Sinclair, no run, stays back and defends back to the bowler

Haddin teases Sinclair about his shoelaces.. didn't hear it fully but he was telling him to move his feet more...funny stuff!

9.5

Hauritz to Sinclair, no run

9.6

Hauritz to Sinclair, no run, defends with soft hands

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 16/1
MS Sinclair    5* (32b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-1-0
BJ Watling    6* (23b)      MG Johnson    1-0-1-0

10.1

Johnson to Watling, no run, lands it outside off and he lets it go to Haddin

10.2

Johnson to Watling, no run, stays beside the line and defends to the off side

10.3

Johnson to Watling, no run, full on the off stump and gets well forward to defend

10.4

Johnson to Watling, no run, fires that full outside off and he safely lets that go

Leg gully in place

10.5

Johnson to Watling, no run, I expected him to bowl it short so as to get the leg gully in action but instead he bowls it full and wide outside off

10.6

Johnson to Watling, no run, full on the off stump and safely pushed back to the bowler

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 16/1
BJ Watling    6* (29b)      MG Johnson    2-1-1-0
MS Sinclair    5* (32b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-1-0

The tenth over was bowled by Hauritz, not Harris. Apologies for the scoring error.

11.1

Hauritz to Sinclair, 2 runs, Haury comes round the wicket, he tucks it to deep square leg

11.2

Hauritz to Sinclair, no run, gets well forward and defends

4 men around the batsman

11.3

Hauritz to Sinclair, no run, comes well forward and smothers the spin

11.4

Hauritz to Sinclair, 1 run

11.5

Hauritz to Watling, no run, comes well forward and blocks it out

11.6

Hauritz to Watling, no run, fires it quicker and flatter, played out safely back to the bowler

End of over 12 (3 runs) New Zealand 19/1
BJ Watling    6* (31b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-4-0
MS Sinclair    8* (36b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-1-0

Last over of the day

12.1

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, finally bowls something close to a wicket-taking delivery, very good bouncer and Sinclair sways backwards and loses his balance

12.2

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off side

12.3

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, he hops at the crease and the batsman gets a thick inside edge onto his pads

12.4

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, that's a fizzer past the outside edge, I don't know how he didn't nick it, the ball just straightens after pitching

12.5

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, similar delivery, keeps it outside off and safely left alone this time

last ball coming up

12.6

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, fizzes past the off stump and Sinclair survives to fight another day, very good last over but too late in the day

New Zealand's day since they lost the toss. This is an opportunity they shouldn't mess up. They survived 13 overs and lost a wicket. Although Australia kept them from getting off to a flier, they were guilty of not making them play enough. Haddin will have a sore pair of hands tonight. Too many deliveries left alone. Sets up an interesting second day.

I enjoyed bringing you the coverage today, though I wish I could take you through the entire game. It's back to the IPL for me. Someone else will take over from tomorrow onwards. Thanks for your company and your mails. This is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers guys.

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 19/1
MS Sinclair    8* (42b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-2-1-0
BJ Watling    6* (31b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-4-0

Right Ryan Harris will start proceedings. BJ Watling will face

10.50am It's the last Sunday of Test cricket before winter arrives in New Zealand. And it's a lovely, sunny morning. What a big day for New Zealand - as good a chance they will get to set up a Test win against Australia. A big day for Australian bowlers, too - they must not be used to be bowling with just 231 on board - and that, after having chosen to bat first. For those who are not enjoying the sun and cricket at Seddon Park - those grass banks look inviting - we will bring you the commentary. By the way, have they started working on the track for V8 Supercars?

13.1

Harris to Watling, no run, back of a length, angling in, defended to leg

silly mid-on in already

13.2

Harris to Watling, no run, shorter, and it rises towards his chest, Watling gets on the top of the bounce, and defends

13.3

Harris to Watling, no run, slightly fuller, and straighter, Watling shapes to play it to leg, and is squared up

13.4

Harris to Watling, no run, first wide delivery of the morning, and Watling lets it go through to Haddin

13.5

Harris to Watling, no run, looks to come forward and defends a length delivery

13.6

Harris to Watling, 2 runs, full offering on the pads, and is worked away for a couple - no movement for Harris in the first over, neither in air nor off the pitch

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 21/1
BJ Watling    8* (37b)      RJ Harris    5-2-11-0
MS Sinclair    8* (42b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-2-1-0

Matt: "Yes the V8 Track is almost complete. Lets hope the Kiwi boys can continue where they left off yesterday, bat for 2 days and have a decent lead." Wonder why Matt is not at Seddon Park. Anyway, Mitchell Johnson runs in

14.1

Johnson to Sinclair, 3 runs, and runs back all the way to wide long-on boundary, there's no one in front of square on on side, and he balls this into the ribs, and Sinclair just bunts it down the ground, helping himself to three runs

14.2

Johnson to Watling, no run, short, into the ribs again, Watling gets out of its way

a short mid-on has come in now

14.3

Johnson to Watling, no run, fuller, still on the pads, played to short mid-on

14.4

Johnson to Watling, no run, full and way outside off, Watling shoulders arms

14.5

Johnson to Watling, no run, and full and wide again, and left alone again

14.6

Johnson to Watling, no run, short ball, over the stumps, Watling has enough time to duck under it

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 24/1
BJ Watling    8* (42b)      MG Johnson    4-2-4-0
MS Sinclair    11* (43b 1x4)      RJ Harris    5-2-11-0

Three slips and a gully

15.1

Harris to Sinclair, no run, what a ripper, just back of driving length, just outside off, making him stretch - he couldn't have left it alone either - and upon pitching it bounces and leaves him, missing the edge

15.2

Harris to Sinclair, no run, short, fast, tucking him up, defended

15.3

Harris to Sinclair, no run, leg-side half volley, and he gets an inside edge onto the pad

15.4

Harris to Sinclair, no run, shorter one, sways out of its line

Harris's pace has been in the early 140s so far

15.5

Harris to Sinclair, no run, fuller, but wide enough for Sinclair to be not interested in it

15.6

Harris to Sinclair, no run, another inside edge onto the pad, this wasn't quite a half-volley, though

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 24/1
MS Sinclair    11* (49b 1x4)      RJ Harris    6-3-11-0
BJ Watling    8* (42b)      MG Johnson    4-2-4-0

16.1

Johnson to Watling, no run, angled across him, comes forward and defends

16.2

Johnson to Watling, no run, drives at a full and wide one, gets a sort of toe end, hits it one bounce to point

Matt can't be there - has other sporting commitments - hockey, he says. But there is a nice crowd in. Portable chairs, lemonades, tea thermoses, beers

16.3

Johnson to Watling, no run, short and wide, left alone

16.4

Johnson to Watling, 1 run, short, into the ribs, turned to square leg

16.5

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, full and wide, this time he shoulders arms

16.6

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, full delivery, no swing there, and defended without trouble

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 25/1
MS Sinclair    11* (51b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-2-5-0
BJ Watling    9* (46b)      RJ Harris    6-3-11-0

Looks to be a good batting surface today. Slightly on the slower side, but only one ball has misbehaved so far

17.1

Harris to Watling, 2 runs, full delivery, angling into the pads, helped along its way

17.2

Harris to Watling, 1 no ball, length delivery outside off, left alone. Asad Rauf calls him for over-stepping

three slips, a gully, a silly mid-on

17.2

Harris to Watling, no run, back of a length, outside off, shapes away a touch, left alone

17.3

Harris to Watling, no run, full delivery, defended with a full face, one bounce to silly mid-on

17.4

Harris to Watling, no run, punched away to point from outside off

17.5

Harris to Watling, no run, dug in short, follows Watling as he tries to get out of the way, can't catch up with him

Ben: "Wouldn't you prefer to watch test cricket on a grass bank with your own little picnic set up, rather than sit in a concrete jungle like the MCG all day? I know I would." I'd say both places have their charm. An MCG full house can't be that bad either

17.6

Harris to Watling, 1 run, nicely pushed away into the gap between point and cover and takes a quick single

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 29/1
BJ Watling    12* (53b)      RJ Harris    7-3-15-0
MS Sinclair    11* (51b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-2-5-0

18.1

Johnson to Watling, no run, nice, sharp bumper, 148ks, over the stumps, Watling ducks well

18.2

Johnson to Watling, no run, fuller and wider, Watling covers the off stump before shouldering arms

18.3

Johnson to Watling, 1 run, full on the pads, worked away wide of mid-on for a single

18.4

Johnson to Sinclair, no run, well bowled, not too short - certainly not in Johnson's half, and it kicks up at him, nipping in too, Sinclair somehow manages to keep it down

18.5

Johnson to Sinclair, OUT, this is smart bowling, follows that bouncer with an off-stump yorker, swinging in, and Sinclair is clearly not expecting it as it squeezes under his bat before it comes down. Too good for Sinclair

MS Sinclair b Johnson 11 (70m 53b 1x4 0x6) SR: 20.75

Ross Taylor is the new batsman. New Zealand need some momentum. Sinclair batted for so long without getting the close-in fielders out of his face, nor did he make bowlers do something different

18.6

Johnson to Taylor, no run, angled across Ross, he lets it go

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 30/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    6-2-6-1
BJ Watling    13* (56b)      RJ Harris    7-3-15-0

19.1

Harris to Watling, no run, short, angled in to him, defended towards short midwicket

Tom: "Ben, the only problem with a picnic, is that they don't let you take your own food in." I'd suppose they'd let in food. But then again, sport administrators world over are strange

19.2

Harris to Watling, no run, back of a length, outside off, punched away to point

19.3

Harris to Watling, no run, fuller, outside off, left alone

Matt, not the one who wrote in earlier, but another Matt, writes in, "Oh dear, why do i get the feeling a massive collapse is on the cards. Why do i have such little faith on our top order? about 10 years of below par batting performances would probably do it! I hope i am wrong" I am just presuming he hadn't sent this in before Sinclair got out

19.4

Harris to Watling, no run, defended off the back foot

19.5

Harris to Watling, FOUR, shot! stands tall, and punches this one through point region, punches that square are not seen that often - first boundary of the morning, and it's been a half hour

Jordan, from Adelaide: "I agree with Ben - I'd rather watch cricket from a grass bank with friends. That's why as a South Aussie I'm dismayed at what they are doing (and plan to do) to my beloved Adelaide Oval....it'll be another concrete jungle before too long."

19.6

Harris to Watling, no run, back of a length, defended away from his body

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 34/2
BJ Watling    17* (62b 1x4)      RJ Harris    8-3-19-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    6-2-6-1

Steven Davies-Morris gives this top order a big vote of confidence. He writes, "Good to see the Black Caps avert the follow-on! Though who bats at #3 still looks to be a game of Russian Roulette (maybe Fleming should come out of retirement)."

20.1

Johnson to Taylor, no run, bouncer, straight, over the stumps, Taylor ducks under it

20.2

Johnson to Taylor, no run, this bouncer is down the leg side, easier to duck under

Watch out for the full inswinger, mate

20.3

Johnson to Taylor, 2 runs, short, doesn't rise up enough this time, and worked away towards midwicket, and once again Johnson has to go cut the boundary

20.4

Johnson to Taylor, 3 runs, slower ball, Taylor ends up pushing at this way in front of his body, but he has timed it superbly, and despite Clarke's taking pace off it, diving from point, it almost reaches the cover boundary

20.5

Johnson to Watling, 2 runs, nearly another one for Mitch, this it hasn't quite swung in, and is not quite the perfect yorker length, Watling's bat gets down in time and he takes two in the vacant leg side

20.6

Johnson to Watling, no run, Johnson is interested in bowling full to Watling, and he defends it slightly across the line, which might just be the reason why he is trying that full one

End of over 21 (7 runs) New Zealand 41/2
BJ Watling    19* (64b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-2-13-1
LRPL Taylor    5* (5b)      RJ Harris    8-3-19-0

21.1

Harris to Taylor, 2 runs, full, on and around off, and whipped away through square leg

Ross: "Sitting on a grass bank with a few beers on a sunny day is the best way to watch test cricket. The University Oval in Dunedin is going to be a fantastic ground for Test matches after they demolish the old art gallery and lengthen the boundaries."

21.2

Harris to Taylor, no run, slightly shorter and wider, Taylor gets across and punches it down to mid-on

21.3

Harris to Taylor, no run, slower ball, 126ks, Taylor is jabbing at it again, gets an edge that falls short of slip

silly mid-on, short midwicket, and wider-than-regulation mid-on in there

21.4

Harris to Taylor, no run, back of a length, angled in, defended to midwicket

21.5

Harris to Taylor, FOUR, Watson and Ponting leave it for each other! Definitely a chance! a ripper of a delivery, pitching middle and off, and then shaping away, and flying perfectly between the two slips. Ponting at second and Watson at first look at each other. Perhaps it was Watson's catch as he was the deeper man

21.6

Harris to Taylor, no run, fuller, outside off, defended straight

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 47/2
LRPL Taylor    11* (11b 1x4)      RJ Harris    9-3-25-0
BJ Watling    19* (64b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-2-13-1

22.1

Johnson to Watling, no run, angled across him, blocked

Jim: "In regards to not being allowed to take your own food in. ou can as long as it is not commerical ie KFC, Subway etc. They allow ou to take in fruit, sandwiches etc and as long as it is in a sof cooler bag, there is no problems...."

22.2

Johnson to Watling, no run, half-volley outside off, drives at it but the bat face turns in the hand, ends up hitting straighter than intended

22.3

Johnson to Watling, no run, pulls the length back, can't do much with it, there isn't much room either

Daniel: "Ben has the right idea with his picnic. Your life doesn't stop for a Test Match; instead the Test Match becomes part of your day, part of your life; it is the sound emanating from the radio on your drive to your parents place; it is the text commentary read between written lines of a report; it's the overnight score read from the paper on the train; it is your friend yelling "Sinclair's out!" at you as you emerge from the surf at the beach; it is the back-drop to your picnic.

T20 is like a spoilt child, demanding that you pay attention to it all the time. By contrast a Test Match is happy just to be a part of your life." Good on ya, Daniel

22.4

Johnson to Watling, 1 run, straying onto the pads, flicked away

22.5

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot, half-volley outside off, and he has off-driven it, straight of mid-off, what a nice sight, the text-book drive

22.6

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor is thankfully full of intent, and he has crashes this half-volley through covers, with an open face this time, but not looking to hit it too hard

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 56/2
LRPL Taylor    19* (13b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-2-22-1
BJ Watling    20* (68b 1x4)      RJ Harris    9-3-25-0

Chris: "You can take commercial food into the cricket - just buy it, then unwrap it then wrap it up again in plain wrapping. They are that silly they wont notice. I do it often.

Taylor will take NZ to a lead of 250 :)" Chris is a positive man, I must say. Meanwhile Watson being introduced ahead of Bollinger

23.1

Watson to Watling, no run, starts with a shortish delivery outside off, pushed back to him

23.2

Watson to Watling, no run, fuller, wider, left alone, no problem

23.3

Watson to Watling, no run, defends a length ball back to Watto

23.4

Watson to Watling, FOUR, short and wide, goes after it, gets a thick edge that flies over gully

23.5

Watson to Watling, no run, presses forward to a length delivery and defends again

23.6

Watson to Watling, FOUR, more positivity from Watling, half-volley outside off, stands tall and drives it nicely through the gap between mid-off and extra cover. Suddenly NZ have got a move on here

End of over 24 (8 runs) New Zealand 64/2
BJ Watling    28* (74b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    19* (13b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-2-22-1

Doug Bollinger into the attack now

24.1

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, full, on the pads, defended to mid-on

Anna: "Wow, Daniel's comment was so poetic and so very true. Unfortunately I'm stuck at the library working on an essay but have the laptop set up so I can follow. Just have to stop myself muttering out loud over how Sinclair can still make the NZ team." That's where we come in, Anna

24.2

Bollinger to Taylor, 5 runs, four overthrows! Ross tips and runs, Clarke fancies himself running in from point, but the throw is wide and mid-on has no chanace

24.3

Bollinger to Watling, no run, short ball outside off, left alone

24.4

Bollinger to Watling, 1 run, straying into the pads, worked around the corner

24.5

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, back of a length, into the hips, defended

24.6

Bollinger to Taylor, 2 runs, nice shot, driven on the up, leans into this delivery angling across him, it's a push-drive really, through covers

End of over 25 (8 runs) New Zealand 72/2
LRPL Taylor    26* (17b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    5-2-13-1
BJ Watling    29* (76b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0

25.1

Watson to Watling, no run, fullish delivery wide of off, easy to not mess with that one

25.2

Watson to Watling, no run, slight shape in, but it started too wide of off to bother him

Chris, not our optimist but some other Chris writes in, "NZ Cricket should look at getting a Wireless Internet sponsor...especially in Hamilton and Dunedin. Free Wireless would get more students at games, they can study as they watch....or would the beer be too tempting to resist?" Who says you can't study after beer, mate?

25.3

Watson to Watling, no run, full and wide, and left alone

25.4

Watson to Watling, no run, back of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

25.5

Watson to Watling, no run, short ball, not much pace, and he ducks under it

25.6

Watson to Watling, no run, nips back in, but it starts too wide and moves in too little to bother his defensive stroke

End of over 26 (maiden) New Zealand 72/2
BJ Watling    29* (82b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-1-8-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (17b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    5-2-13-1

26.1

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, short, angling away, left alone

26.2

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, full ball, on the stumps, hurries him a touch, defended to leg

26.3

Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, streaky boundary, throws his bat at a wide delivery, gets a thick edge that flies between third slip and gully

Bill: "Despite the poetry of Daniel's comments, I must disagree. If test cricket didn't demmand all of my attention, my essay would be done." Well we can get Skippy back so that you can finish your assignment

26.4

Bollinger to Taylor, 2 runs, angling across, punched away through point, nice looking shot

26.5

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, a good shot followed by a loose one, looks to cut this one with all his might, but the ball is too full and despite his quick hands he is beaten

26.6

Bollinger to Taylor, 1 no ball, short, angling across, Aleem Dar calls him for over-stepping - a tight call, his heel landed on the line and then lifted

26.6

Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, Rosco is teasing them, punches square again, uppish, but between backward point and cover point, 50 runs for the partnership already

Time for a quick drink

End of over 27 (11 runs) New Zealand 83/2
LRPL Taylor    36* (24b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    6-2-24-1
BJ Watling    29* (82b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-1-8-0

Chris O'Brien: "Can't study after a beer? How do you study without one?"

27.1

Watson to Watling, FOUR, beautiful shot, Taylor's enthusiasm is rubbing off to Watling, nicely punched away, on the up, standing tall, through covers

27.2

Watson to Watling, no run, pulls the length back, defended straight this time

27.3

Watson to Watling, no run, slight shape away, maybe just holding its line, gets right behind it to defend it back to Watto

27.4

Watson to Watling, no run, punched away nicely again, finds short cover

27.5

Watson to Watling, no run, slightly straighter, played to leg, to short midwicket

27.6

Watson to Watling, 3 runs, straying on the pads, too full, and helped away easily even though he has got too far across and a bit inside the line

End of over 28 (7 runs) New Zealand 90/2
BJ Watling    36* (88b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-1-15-0
LRPL Taylor    36* (24b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    6-2-24-1

28.1

Bollinger to Watling, FOUR, thick edge, but soft hands mean it stays down, and to hurt Aussies more, it finds the gap between third slip and gully

28.2

Bollinger to Watling, no run, mix-up, mix-up, all thanks to a lovely dive from Clarke at cover-point, and Taylor has to go back from half way down and just about makes it

28.3

Bollinger to Watling, 2 runs, good-looking shot, not quite a cracker, but driven wide of cover and he picks up an other couple

Dylan has an amusing story. Don't know about who, though. "The batsman was new to the side, and in his first innings he did so badly that the crowd began to slow hand-clap and barrack him. Things got worse. The language got more and more abusive, his play-more inept, and finally he was out. As he dashed for the pavilion, rotten fruit and eggs were thrown at him, but he managed to gain the- safety of the dressing-room, where the captain was waiting for him.

'Blimey!' panted the batsman, 'they don't like that umpire, do they?'"

28.4

Bollinger to Watling, no run, nice short one, on the stumps, and rising, and it takes some doing to get put of its way

28.5

Bollinger to Watling, no run, another beauty, shapes to swing in, Watling is playing for the swing, but leaves him upon pitching, beating him

28.6

Bollinger to Watling, no run, shortish, outside off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 96/2
BJ Watling    42* (94b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    7-2-30-1
LRPL Taylor    36* (24b 5x4)      SR Watson    3-1-15-0

29.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, almost pulled on the stumps, short all right but stays low a fraction, gets a bottom edge onto his pads

29.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, a ripper of a legcutter, beauty, there was no way he could have left it alone. It angled in, pitched around off, and then left him. real lucky to not have nicked it

29.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, squared up while defending it, an exaggerated back-and-across movement really

29.4

Watson to Taylor, no run, full, moves across, must have interested Watson with a possible lbw but flicks it nicely, short midwicket deflects it to mid-on

29.5

Watson to Taylor, FOUR, another streaky boundary, nothing going to hand here, he looks to punch this one down the ground, gets a thick edge that goes at a catchable height wide of slips and down to third man

29.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, gets behind the line of this one and defends

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 100/2
LRPL Taylor    40* (30b 6x4)      SR Watson    4-1-19-0
BJ Watling    42* (94b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    7-2-30-1

30.1

Bollinger to Watling, no run, angled across the body, and he defends it off the back foot

30.2

Bollinger to Watling, no run, gets into a mini-tangle as the front foot moves too far across as he defends around the front pad

30.3

Bollinger to Watling, 2 runs, nice off-drive, it's a wide half-volley, but goes to the right of mid-off as opposed to left, that bat turned in his hands actually, gets a couple

30.4

Bollinger to Watling, no run, driven on the up, two bounces to mid-off

30.5

Bollinger to Watling, 1 run, gets a bit big on him, gets on top of it, and pushes it between the two points, a hesitant single ensues, and had Hussey hit Taylor was a goner

30.6

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, not quite forward in this forward-defensive, gets the inside half of the bat, towards mid-on

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 103/2
LRPL Taylor    40* (31b 6x4)      DE Bollinger    8-2-33-1
BJ Watling    45* (99b 5x4)      SR Watson    4-1-19-0

Matt, who was planning to go to hockey, writes in, "Might have to skip hockey looking at this start today." And the other Matt, who was predicting a collapse, writes in at the same time, "And I predicted a collapse? how wrong could I be! Lets hope these two can keep it going and put on a big partnership for us! Maybe there is hope for our top order yet! let's hope i don't curse them with my new found enthusiasm!"

31.1

Watson to Watling, no run, short and wide, left alone, Haddin earns his match fee

31.2

Watson to Watling, no run, fuller, straighter, defended back to Watson

Chris wants to open a can of worms: "Radio commentators are having a conversation about sledging, best one ive heard of was Mark Waugh giving someone grief to which the person in question replied well at least im the best player in my family ... anything interesting out there that your readers have heard?" One of my favourite ones in Heals asking the sweeper-cover to move to his right, "right under Nasser Hussain's [the batsman] nose"

31.3

Watson to Watling, 1 run, pulled away, gets a sort of bottom edge but it is safe

31.4

Watson to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor shows how it is done, drags this from outside off, and thumps it wide of midwicket

31.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, presses forward and defends a length ball

31.6

Watson to Taylor, SIX, shot! Taylor special! Roscoe is putting up a show here! This is slightly back of a length, mind you, and he pulls it off the front foot, not bothering to keep it down, and brings up his fifty! What quick hands

End of over 32 (11 runs) New Zealand 114/2
LRPL Taylor    50* (34b 7x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-1-30-0
BJ Watling    46* (102b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    8-2-33-1

32.1

Bollinger to Watling, OUT, Bollinger has got the breakthrough! Played on! Looks to play his punch shot through the covers, but it is too close to him and sort of hand cuffs him, taking the inside edge onto top of leg stump

BJ Watling b Bollinger 46 (139m 103b 5x4 0x6) SR: 44.66

Martin Guptill is the new man in, after Watling narrowly missed a fifty

32.2

Bollinger to Guptill, no run, starts off leaving alone a short delivery angling across him

32.3

Bollinger to Guptill, no run, short ball, closer to the stumps, ducks under it

David: "My personal favourite: Rod Marsh to Ian Botham "How's your wife and my kids?"; Botham responds "the Wife's great,but the kids are retarded"." While William has one that I can't really publish, so has Gareth. Is every sledge involving Glenn McPidge unprintable?

32.4

Bollinger to Guptill, no run, wide again, and shoulders arms to this one

32.5

Bollinger to Guptill, no run, full and wide, and again he lets Haddin do the honours

32.6

Bollinger to Guptill, no run, back of a length, closer to stumps, making him play, he gets behind the line and defends

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 114/3
MJ Guptill    0* (5b)      DE Bollinger    9-3-33-2
LRPL Taylor    50* (34b 7x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-1-30-0

Matt: "Damn me and my enthusiasm. Apologies. The wretched curse of optimism. We were much better when I had no faith" Meanwhile Nathan Hauritz comes onto bowl. One slip and one forward short leg in

33.1

Hauritz to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, Taylor goes all the way across to defend

33.2

Hauritz to Taylor, 2 runs, flighted wide again, too full, and he drives it against whatever turn there is, and comes back for two

33.3

Hauritz to Taylor, FOUR, poor bit of cricket from Taylor and Johnson! Taylor has waited just two deliveries before looking for the slog-sweep, and he has dragged it straight down the throat of Johnson at mid-on, whose hands have suddenly become porous and lets it through

33.4

Hauritz to Taylor, no run, flighted down the leg side

33.5

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

a silly point in too for Guptill

33.6

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, closer to stumps this time, and defended back to the bowler

End of over 34 (7 runs) New Zealand 121/3
MJ Guptill    0* (6b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor    57* (39b 8x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    9-3-33-2

34.1

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, tucks him up with a short one into the ribs, he stands tall and defends

34.2

Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor is being a great tease, follows an awful piece of cricket in the last over with a sensational cover-drive, gets right on top of this length delivery and pierces a tight off-side ring, top shot

34.3

Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, and he frustrates Ponting some more, slightly wider than the previous delivery and he throws his arms at it, and it takes the outside half of the bat and flies over point

Nick Willis: "Brad Haddin to Matthew Sinclair in this game comments on his lack of footwork: "I see your shoes are still tied together Skippy.""

34.4

Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, and a superb shot again! short, not too wide, but he leans back slightly to make room, and doesn't bother about keeping the cut shot down, three fours in a row now

34.5

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, goes for a yorker, it ends up a low full toss, hit to mid-on

34.6

Bollinger to Taylor, no run, looks to cut one that it close to his body, doesn't get it past point

End of over 35 (12 runs) New Zealand 133/3
LRPL Taylor    69* (45b 11x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    10-3-45-2
MJ Guptill    0* (6b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0

35.1

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, floater outside off, defends but it doesn't quite turn, gets the outside half of the bat

35.2

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, this time it turns as expected and he pats it into the leg side

35.3

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, tossed up around off, pushed back to the bowler

35.4

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, stays back to a fullish ball, and defends it

35.5

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, shouts of catch it for a bat-pad but it hasn't gone far enough for forward short leg to be interested

35.6

Hauritz to Guptill, 2 runs, good ball, hint of drift, and then sharp turn and bounce in to him, Guptill gets his bottom hand off it and manages to place it fine

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 135/3
MJ Guptill    2* (12b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0
LRPL Taylor    69* (45b 11x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    10-3-45-2

Nick DC: "Another great aussie sledge: Ian Chappell, former Aussie skipper, now TV pundit, on Tufnell: "The other advantage England have when Tufnell is bowling is that he isn't fielding." Meanwhile Harris comes back for a burst before lunch

36.1

Harris to Taylor, no run, pitched up outside off, pushed to cover

36.2

Harris to Taylor, no run, back of a length, outside off, shoulders arms

36.3

Harris to Taylor, no run, fuller, driven this time, middles it, but hits it straight to cover

Matt Nicholls, a third Matt, has a point to make: "Seeing as we've got a cast of thousands of Matts making comments, I'd thought I'd chime in. How long before we see two NZ teams (Nth and Sth Island) competing in Australia's domestic competition? Even though I'm Australian through and through, I admire NZ Cricket a lot. But for them to stay competitive at Test level they need their up-and-comers playing at a higher domestic level."

36.4

Harris to Taylor, 1 wide, called wide for height, the bouncer goes over head-high as he ducks under it

36.4

Harris to Taylor, no run, fuller, but still not driving length, Taylor goes back to defend

36.5

Harris to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, Taylor defends

Midge: "Re Sledging: After Raratunga had padded up to many deliveries from Warne. Healy from behind the stumps suggested that Warne put a Mars Bar on a good length as that would get him moving"

36.6

Harris to Taylor, FOUR, another top shot from Roscoe, beautiful on-drive, slightly fuller than good length, and slightly too straight and he pushes it down the ground, lovely timing, he just met it

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 140/3
LRPL Taylor    73* (51b 12x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    10-3-30-0
MJ Guptill    2* (12b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0

37.1

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, drift there, but too full to turn back and Guptill leaves it alone

37.2

Hauritz to Guptill, 2 runs, beautifully bowled for no reward, tossed up again, and this goes straight on, Guptill plays for the break and gets an edge, wide of slip

37.3

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, too wide and too full for him to play at it

37.4

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, more drift, making him get across outside off to defend

37.5

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, slightly shorter, Guptill stays back and pushes it back to Ritzer

37.6

Hauritz to Guptill, no run, quicker, fuller, nearly yorks him

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 142/3
MJ Guptill    4* (18b)      NM Hauritz    5-0-15-0
LRPL Taylor    73* (51b 12x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    10-3-30-0

Jamie: "Freddie Flintoff vs the Windies. Youtube vid here (with subtitles). Has a very funny ending." Do watch this one. Damn funny

38.1

Harris to Taylor, 1 run, short delivery, worked wide of mid-on for one

38.2

Harris to Guptill, no run, full, on the stumps, pushed to midwicket

38.3

Harris to Guptill, no run, full, on off stump, hit back to Harris

38.4

Harris to Guptill, OUT, what a time to get a wicket, three minutes before lunch! softish dismissal, fends at a back-of-a-length delivery, away from his body, edges it at a comfortable height to second slip

MJ Guptill c Ponting b Harris 4 (29m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 19.04

Danny V walks in now, to a warm standing ovation, in his 100th Test

38.5

Harris to Vettori, no run, ordinary shot first ball, not too wide as he looks to cut it, and plays outside the line of it

38.6

Harris to Vettori, no run, is that nerves? pushes at one angling across him, and he gets the inside half of the bat, towards mid-on

1pm That's lunch. A couple of minutes ago, this was New Zealand's session, but Harris got Australia their third wicket of the day two balls ago. While Taylor has played a bit of a blinder, New Zealand are still 88 behind, and none of their fans would be feeling comfortable after that fourth wicket. Well done Australia to hang in, though they did let Taylor off twice. Join us in 40 minutes for what is turning out to be a gripping Sunday. Before I go, though, a selection of best sledge mails that I have got.

Paddy O'Rourke: "Merv Hughes v Jeremy Coney Merv at the end of a long day in the field bowled a fast ball with full effort at Coney only for Coney to block. Merv fumes and splutters a "compliment". Coney, in careful articulated English "Do… you… speak…. English?"

Actually there was just one printable one. On a tangent, Nuno Alexandre sent this link. Bumle is a rockstar. Enjoy your lunch folks.

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 143/4
DL Vettori    0* (2b)      RJ Harris    11-3-31-1
LRPL Taylor    74* (52b 12x4 1x6)      NM Hauritz    5-0-15-0

"Soft hands Guppy. No bacon for you," says a message at the Seddon Park. Welcome back for the middle session. Hauritz to continue

39.1

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, turn into the pads, worked away for one

39.2

Hauritz to Vettori, no run, presses forward to defend one outside off

39.3

Hauritz to Vettori, FOUR, slightly short and he has tucked into it, way to get off the duck in 100th Test, pulled away with minimal of fuss

39.4

Hauritz to Vettori, FOUR, Vettori special sweep, tossed up wide outside off, he kneels across, gets the bat down from a high position, and sweeps over it, keeping it down, and managing to beat deep square leg

Two men sweeping the on-side boundary

39.5

Hauritz to Vettori, FOUR, and Danny goes behind square on the off side, lovely batting, slightly flat, he waits for it, and late-cuts it past short third

39.6

Hauritz to Vettori, no run, flighted outside off, and defended back to him

End of over 40 (13 runs) New Zealand 156/4
DL Vettori    12* (7b 3x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-28-0
LRPL Taylor    75* (53b 12x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    11-3-31-1

40.1

Harris to Taylor, FOUR, top shot, full outside off, and he leans into it to drive it past cover, lovely timing, nice lunch he must have had

40.2

Harris to Taylor, no run, back of a length now, stays back and pushes it back to Harris

40.3

Harris to Taylor, no run, another crunchy off-drive, on the up, but can't beat Johnson at mid-off

The record for the fastest hundred for New Zealand belongs to Dan Vettori, off 82 balls

40.4

Harris to Taylor, 1 run, appeal for leg-before, but it is angling down the leg side, and the umpire doesn't even signal a leg-bye

40.5

Harris to Vettori, no run, short, angling across him, defends to cover

40.6

Harris to Vettori, 2 runs, worked away into the on side from outside off, wristy shot, and away enough for square leg for him to come back for two

End of over 41 (7 runs) New Zealand 163/4
DL Vettori    14* (9b 3x4)      RJ Harris    12-3-38-1
LRPL Taylor    80* (57b 13x4 1x6)      NM Hauritz    6-0-28-0

41.1

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, in-between length but Taylor goes back and punches it against the turn, through point

41.2

Hauritz to Vettori, no run, runs it down to short third and sends Taylor back, good call

41.3

Hauritz to Vettori, 1 run, full on off, a risky sweep shot but gets the bat down in time

41.4

Hauritz to Taylor, no run, slight drift, flighted outside off, Taylor is close to it when he defends it

41.5

Hauritz to Taylor, no run, straighter, looks to push it to leg for one, but hasn't got it wide enough of Hauritz

41.6

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, goes deep into the crease and turns one around the corner for one

End of over 42 (3 runs) New Zealand 166/4
LRPL Taylor    82* (61b 13x4 1x6)      NM Hauritz    7-0-31-0
DL Vettori    15* (11b 3x4)      RJ Harris    12-3-38-1

Luke has a nice story: "Bradman was playing golf at Royal Adelaide with Dean Jones and hit his drive up the middle of the fairway that had a dog leg to the right protected by some large trees. Bradman turns to Jones and says "when I was your age I used to drive over the top of those trees", Jones not one to shy from proving his ability decide to take the trees on but hits the largest of the trees half way up andhis ball falls straight down in deep trouble. Bradman turns to Jones and says "of course when I was your age those trees were 3 foot tall."

42.1

Harris to Taylor, 1 run, tips and runs, wide of mid-on

42.2

Harris to Vettori, OUT, gone, loose shot again, and Australia are right back in! Straight delivery really, not wide enough to be playing the cover drive, ends up playing outside the line and gets an inside edge through to Haddin

DL Vettori c †Haddin b Harris 15 (15m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Brendon McCullum in

42.3

Harris to McCullum, no run, gets a sharp short delivery, 141ks, not well directed, though, down the leg side and it's easy to leave alone

42.4

Harris to McCullum, no run, McCullum presses forward to defend a length ball outside off

42.5

Harris to McCullum, no run, short outside off, goes back and across to push it to cover

42.6

Harris to McCullum, no run, nicely bowled, just outside off, just short of driving length, McCullum gets behind it to defend

End of over 43 (1 run) New Zealand 167/5
BB McCullum    0* (4b)      RJ Harris    13-3-39-2
LRPL Taylor    83* (62b 13x4 1x6)      NM Hauritz    7-0-31-0

43.1

Hauritz to Taylor, FOUR, short and wide and cut away fine of deep point, Taylor continues to stay positive

43.2

Hauritz to Taylor, no run, tossed up this time, gets behind it and defends it back to Hauritz

43.3

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, worked away from outside off for a single to deep square leg

43.4

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, well bowled, flighted just outside off, gets sharp turn in, McCullum sort of moves too far across in defending

43.5

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, this time he covers the line better as he pats it back to Hauritz

43.6

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, thrown up outside off, McCullum stretches forward to push it to cover

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 172/5
BB McCullum    0* (7b)      NM Hauritz    8-0-36-0
LRPL Taylor    88* (65b 14x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    13-3-39-2

44.1

Harris to Taylor, no run, hint of holding its line, Taylor is sort of squared up as he defends

44.2

Harris to Taylor, no run, nice on-drive, length ball and he doesn't have to move forward to hit this one, but the mid-on is straight enough

silly mid-on comes in

44.3

Harris to Taylor, no run, back of a length, plays this one with soft hands, towards silly mid-on

44.4

Harris to Taylor, no run, slower ball, 132ks, cutting into him, Taylor stays on the crease and defends

44.5

Harris to Taylor, FOUR, and he has created width here by leaning back slightly and through his quick hands. It was short enough, and he made room and cut it wide of gully, in the air

44.6

Harris to Taylor, no run, dropped again, by Watson, would you believe it? third life to Taylor, he drives at a full delivery outside off, gets a regulation edge and Watson drops one to his left, perfectly catchable height and not too far him either. Went with hard hands, I suppose as it went in and out, sort of grabbed at it

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 176/5
LRPL Taylor    92* (71b 15x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    14-3-43-2
BB McCullum    0* (7b)      NM Hauritz    8-0-36-0

45.1

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, turning into pads, defended to on

45.2

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, gets a stride in and pats it back to the bowler

45.3

Hauritz to McCullum, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

45.4

Hauritz to Taylor, 1 run, turning into the pads, helped along its way

45.5

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, overpitched outside off, nearly yorks him

45.6

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, plays with the spin, one bounce to forward short leg

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 178/5
BB McCullum    1* (12b)      NM Hauritz    9-0-38-0
LRPL Taylor    93* (72b 15x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    14-3-43-2

46.1

Harris to Taylor, 2 runs, nice shot, there isn't much width here, but he punches a back-of-a-length delivery wide of deep point, and comes back for two

Needs five off eight balls to register the fastest century by a New Zealander. Don't know if he knows it, though

46.2

Harris to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, defended

46.3

Harris to Taylor, no run, cover-drive, nice-looking shot, can't find the gap

46.4

Harris to Taylor, no run, well-directed bouncer, 140ks, into the body, doesn't rise too high either, Taylor somehow gets under it

John rubs it in for Watson: "Cameron White wouldn't have dropped that catch..."

46.5

Harris to Taylor, FOUR, And Roscoe rubs it in some more, he has not let anything affect his positive strokeplay today, this is short and wide, and smashed to point boundary

46.6

Harris to Taylor, no run, wide delivery again, and he smashes this one too, with an open face, one bounce to gully

End of over 47 (6 runs) New Zealand 184/5
LRPL Taylor    99* (78b 16x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    15-3-49-2
BB McCullum    1* (12b)      NM Hauritz    9-0-38-0

47.1

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, thrown up wide, McCullum doesn't have anything to with it

47.2

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, again flighted wide outside off and left alone

47.3

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, slightly closer to stumps, McCullum comes forward to smother the spin

47.4

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, stays on the crease to defend this one

47.5

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, moves across the stumps but doesn't get inside the line enough to turn it around the corner

47.6

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, defends off the front foot

End of over 48 (maiden) New Zealand 184/5
BB McCullum    1* (18b)      NM Hauritz    10-1-38-0
LRPL Taylor    99* (78b 16x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    15-3-49-2

The fastest Test century by a New Zealander belongs to Dan Vettori, off 82 balls. Taylor is 99 off 78. Johnson replaces the unfortunate Harris

48.1

Johnson to Taylor, no run, short and sharp, 144ks, defended outside off

48.2

Johnson to Taylor, no run, pitched up, angling across him, pushed to cover-point

48.3

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, that's the fastest Test century by a New Zealander! short and wide, and cuts it, not bothering about keeping it down, and it nearly flies all the way for six to third man boundary, from where the NZ women's hockey team is watching. Takes off his helmet, arms aloft, but he knows his job is not over

48.4

Johnson to Taylor, no run, back of a length, defended to short cover

48.5

Johnson to Taylor, no run, fuller delivery, driven to mid-off

48.6

Johnson to Taylor, no run, goes for another cut, but this is too close even by Taylor's standards, and he ends up playing it one bounce to gully

End of over 49 (4 runs) New Zealand 188/5
LRPL Taylor    103* (84b 17x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-2-26-1
BB McCullum    1* (18b)      NM Hauritz    10-1-38-0

49.1

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, Hauritz continues to get some drift, McCullum gets close to it, though, and defends

49.2

Hauritz to McCullum, FOUR, too full, too straight, McCullum moves across and sweeps it very fine, his first boundary

49.3

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, moves back and across to defend one that is not too short

49.4

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, presses forward and defends

49.5

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, slightly shorter and he stays back this time

49.6

Hauritz to McCullum, no run, goes back and across, looking to turn it to leg, but Hauritz is too wide of off

End of over 50 (4 runs) New Zealand 192/5
BB McCullum    5* (24b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    11-1-42-0
LRPL Taylor    103* (84b 17x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-2-26-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
New Zealand v Australia at Hamilton - Mar 27-31, 2010
Australia won by 176 runs
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Australia won by 10 wickets
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Mar 31, 2010

Mitchell Johnson accepts the praise on the way to 10 wickets for the match, New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 5th day, March 31, 2010

Mitchell Johnson accepts the praise on the way to 10 wickets for the match

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Mar 31, 2010

Tim Southee hits out on the way to 45 off 25 balls, New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 5th day, March 31, 2010

Tim Southee hits out on the way to 45 off 25 balls

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