Player of the Match
Player of the Match

51 | 2 Runs | AUS: 187/7

  • Peter Siddle9 (12b)
  • Mitchell Starc0 (1b)
  • Tim Southee16-1-58-0
  • Trent Boult16-3-60-5

9.15 pm BT: "An Adelaide Oval Test under clear (if not always blue!) skies only last 3 days? I don't think it is a resounding success, if very popular. The ball dominated too much, but perhaps it is the rebalancing from the big bats of the last 10 years. A bit less grass on the pitch, get it into day 4, let a side score 350 and we have a success. On the other hand, no balls needed replacing!"

I think batsmen's techniques need to get tighter. This pitch was not impossible to bat on - it swung and seamed but the pace and bounce were true. Survival and scoring just required a patience that is increasingly rare in modern batsmen. Was the pink ball harder to see? Was the seam - and consequently the direction in which the ball was going to move - harder to spot? We'll have to ask the batsmen that. I'm sure the details will emerge in the coming days.

Will we see another day-night Test? Sooner rather than later, I imagine. Until the next international game, that's it from the comms team at ESPNcricinfo. Cheers, and thank you for reading.

9.00pm Dardic: "What a test match. Enormous fight shown by NZ at the end there, so much respect for them as an Aussie"

Time for the presentation ...

The Player of the Match, in the first ever day-night Test, is Josh Hazlewood, for taking a career best nine wickets and ensuring that Australia did not miss the injured Starc too much.

Hazlewood: "It was obviously entertaining cricket, harder to bat at night with the ball swinging, very exciting Test, crowds were unbelievable as well. It was more enjoyable to bowl at night, especially if the ball was a bit newer, there was grass on the wicket which helped."

The Player of the Series is David Warner, for making 592 runs in three matches.

Warner: "Was quite challenging to bat, the previous two Tests were tough for the bowlers, great to play here on a wicket with a bit of grass, a bit of swing ... was quite nerve wracking towards the end, Hobart was in our mind a bit ... I think it's about backing myself and keep everything simple, if I try and defend I'll probably get out ..."

Here's Brendon McCullum ...

McCullum: "Was an outstanding game of cricket, completely contrasting to what we had seen previously in the series. The crowd supported it, and as an experiment it went off well ... You're only ever two balls away from being back in the game, so we always kept believeing, unfortunately we came up short but we can shown fighting characteristics in defeat ..."

McCullum on the Lyon review: "Unfortunately that had an impact on the game, would have loved to have a bit more runs .. but got to look at the series at a whole and Australia played well ..."

Australia's captain Steven Smith comes up before going on to receive the trophy.

Smith: "Was obviously a tight finish, great for cricket, last couple of days have been amazing, an exceptional event. It's been great, a bit different from the first two matches dominated by bat, it brought the bowlers into the game, under lights. If you got yourself in you could still score runs ... I just thought if Starc came in and hit one out of the screws that would be it ... Great to see Shaun score runs in his first game back."

And with that, Australia begin their celebrations that will undoubtedly go on late into the night. They have played really well to win this game. To dismiss New Zealand for 208 in the second innings without the services of their best bowler Mitchell Starc was where this Test was won and lost.

Here's Brydon Coverdale's report of an incredibly tense final day. There will be lots of news and analysis and video coming from Daniel Brettig and Melinda Farrel in Adelaide, so stay tuned for that.

8.45 pm The first day-night Test has been a special game. It's been tense throughout, and there's relief and elation on the faces of the Australians as they shake hands with the New Zealand players.

Siddle: "It was a bit nerve wracking out there, I didn't think I would need to bat ... to get the runs to win, a great way to finish. I was trying to hit a boundary but I couldn't get it away ... we thought we were never going to pierce the field! Credit to the boys for digging in and getting the job done ... great support all week, nice to get the job done."

Boult: "An exciting few days ... It was incredible to be honest (about the day-night Test) disappointing not to win ... would have been nice to have a few more runs but we thought 187 was defendable. Full credit to them, they played very well."

Nevill: "Unfortunately I was out (on his dismissal). I might have said some very quiet expletives, very quiet, I hope, to keep my match fee! It was a closely fought match between the two teams and I am sure it was exciting to watch."

Shaun Marsh: "It was tough work, they bowled really well throughout the day. Had to work really hard, happy to have got over the line. I worked really hard over the last few months ..."

Mitchell Marsh: "I got a bit excited, would have been really nice if Shaun and I had finished it off and not left it to anyone else, but glad we got over the line."

Southee to Siddle, 2 runs, there it is! Siddle wins Australia the first ever day night Test by squirting the ball past the diving fielder at point. With all the fielders catching, even Starc has time to hobble the second, with a fractured foot and all. Starc was actually hopping through the second. Siddle raises his arms in grateful triumph after such a tense finish
Southee to Siddle, no run, the yorker! Siddle does well to dig it out. This is tense, tense stuff here. Can he bowl another dot ball? Can he take a wicket?

Can Southee give Boult another over?

Southee to Siddle, no run, Siddle backs away and tries to slog through the off side, gets an inside edge on to the leg side
Southee to Siddle, no run, nudged towards midwicket, there's no chance of a quick single with Starc in the middle
Southee to Siddle, no run, would you believe it? Siddle nails a straight drive right out of the middle and the ball crashes into the stumps at the bowler's end. Those would have been the winning runs! Warner cannot believe it.
Southee to Siddle, no run, inside edge on to the pad and the ball lobs up and falls short of the fielder running in and diving from gully!! Was there an edge? no there wasn't. Sorry, getting excited.

Southee to bowl. This could be the last over of the game?

50 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 185/7

  • Mitchell Starc0 (1b)
  • Peter Siddle7 (6b)
  • Trent Boult16-3-60-5
  • Tim Southee15-1-56-0
Boult to Starc, no run, everyone is in the cordon except the man at cover, Starc drives and finds that fielder

Starc is coming out to bat. He's coming out to swing hard, and the crowd gives him a huge cheer. Starc is going to tee off here ... everyone is in the cordon.

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Australia in trouble


Last time Aus lost six-plus wkts for fewer runs in a session at home. They lost 6 for 40 on the 1st day of the Boxing Day Test.

Best stand


The previous highest stand for Australia in this inns - between Smith and Neville. This stand between Neville and Lyon is the best.

A rare rearguard


No of times before when 9th and 10th wkts have wiped out a bigger 1st-inn deficit from a score of <150. Aus at Trent Bridge, 2013.

Hot Hazlewood


Number of times Josh Hazlewood has taken five or more wickets in six home Tests. His best before today was 5 for 68

An unusual Adelaide Test


Average runs per wicket in this Test, at the end of the third innings. Only two Tests in Adelaide have had a lower average

Can NZ repeat Hobart?


Number of times New Zealand have dismissed Australia in the fourth innings to win a Test - in Hobart, in 2011

Warner's bumper series


David Warner's series aggregate, the fourth-highest in a series of three of fewer Tests, after Gooch, Lara and Yousuf

Where are the hundreds?


The last time there was no hundred in an Adelaide Test, when WI played Aus. There were 6 last year, in the Ind-Aus Test

Tough for batsmen


The top score in this Test, the lowest ever in a Test in Adelaide. The previous lowest was 67, in an Aus-WI Test in 1951-52

Rare series defeat for NZ


Consecutive series New Zealand had not lost before this one; their last series defeat was in 2013, in England (2-0)