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Day 5

835dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Johnson signs off with two wickets in draw

There was no fairytale finish for Mitchell Johnson, but it was satisfying all the same. Johnson's final acts in Test cricket were to take two wickets in the last session as New Zealand's batsmen played out a draw, but it was a result that meant Australia

277dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Starc's spell the changing of the guard

Well before Mitchell Johnson chose to tell team-mates of his decision to retire, Australia's fast bowling mentor Craig McDermott felt the changing of the guard had already taken place

835dMelinda Farrell in Perth

Mike Hesson boasts psychological victory

New Zealand may be 1-0 down in the Trans-Tasman Test series, but the team's coach Mike Hesson believes his side scored a significant psychological victory over Australia with their remarkable comeback to take the innings lead at the WACA Ground

835dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Smith to stay at No. 3 for Adelaide

Steven Smith will stay at No. 3 in the absence of Usman Khawaja, opening up a place in the middle order for the day-night match in Adelaide

277dESPNcricinfo staff

Smith hails 'the ultimate professional'

Mitchell Johnson's retirement was a surprise to Australia's captain Steven Smith, who described the departing fast bowler as "the ultimate professional"

835dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

'Would've been easy to fall over' - McCullum

New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum believes a fighting draw in Perth has provided his side a platform from which to beat Australia - not just in the third Test in Adelaide, but the return series across the Tasman next year

835dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Johnson retires from international cricket

As he foreshadowed before the WACA Test, Mitchell Johnson has had enough, and will retire immediately from international and first-class cricket at the end of the match

Day 4

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Taylor's eyes opened at the WACA

Ross Taylor has revealed that he had to consult an eye specialist after the Gabba Test for treatment of a pterygium in his left eye - an overgrowth of the thin clear membrane on the surface of the eye

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Nannes slams Australia's 'horrendous sportsmanship'

Former Australia cricketer Dirk Nannes has made an impassioned plea for the national side to improve their on-field behaviour after decrying the failure of any member of the home side to shake Ross Taylor's hand after the conclusion of his epic 290 at the

Day 3

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Shattered Khawaja out of Adelaide, Hobart

Australia will need to reshuffle their batting order for at least the next two Test matches after Usman Khawaja was formally ruled out of both the Adelaide Test against New Zealand and Hobart Test against West Indies

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

'Immense' Taylor 200 forged out of adversity

Ross Taylor's monumental innings was described as "immense" by New Zealand's batting coach Craig McMillan and "one of the best innings I have seen" by his batting partner Kane Williamson

277dMelinda Farrell at the WACA

Starc offers McMillan net challenge

Mitchell Starc has challenged New Zealand batting coach, Craig McMillan, to face him in the nets after McMillan questioned whether the left-arm quick had topped 160kph

Day 2

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Warner and Bracewell critical of balls

In the summer of the experimental pink ball, its manufacturers cannot have imagined facing so much criticism of its traditional red variant

277dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Khawaja injury setback for Australia

Usman Khawaja will be a doubtful proposition for the third Test of the series against New Zealand after suffering an apparent left hamstring injury while fielding on the second afternoon of the WACA Test

Day 1

832dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

New Zealand bowlers '85% poor'

New Zealand's bowling coach Dimitri Mascarenhas has declared the visitors put in an even worse performance than they had managed in Brisbane

832dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Warner in front rank of home heroes

David Warner is refining his batsmanship into a package that is both explosive and controlled; a package that has lifted his numbers right up there among Australia's best in home Tests

Others

835dDaniel Brettig

Terrified to transfixed, the Mitch effect

Mitchell Johnson finishes his career highly placed among Australia's Test bowlers. It might not have always been a smooth ride for him but when he got into frightening top gear, one could hardly look away

832dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Sadness and hope as WACA's demise imminent

As Australia's cricketers lament the imminent demise of the WACA Ground as a major international venue, a paltry crowd for the second Test against New Zealand is expected to underline why this is so

832dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Hazlewood risked despite heavy load

Australia will risk the fitness of Josh Hazlewood rather than recalling Peter Siddle in a calculated gamble to seal the Trans-Tasman series at the WACA Ground, before it reaches the experimental day/night match to follow in Adelaide

832dShiva Jayaraman

WACA's third-innings advantage

While teams batting first have won more often than not in the last ten Tests at the WACA, the matches are largely decided on their performances in the second innings

Fours galore

200+

Fours hit in this Test - only the 8th time 200+ fours were hit in a Test. Most fours hit in a Test: 238, Ind v Aus, SCG 03-04

Slow going

73

Runs scored in the 1st session from 29 overs on the 5th day; 25 came in the last two overs bowled with the new ball.

NZ's good morning

2

No. of wicket maidens bowled by NZ in the first ten overs this morning; they had bowled none in this series before today.

The new high

1150

The previous highest scored by the top four batsmen in a Test before this one. The Ashes Test at Headingley in 1948.

Long time ago

1985

Last time an Aus captain made a Test hundred at the WACA before Smith - Allan Border in the Ashes Test in 1986-87.

Voges at the WACA

10

Fifty-plus scores by Voges in his last 10 first-class games at the WACA. He's scored more than 1200 runs.

Smith: 11-0

9

Fifties by Steven Smith in the second inns including this one. None of his 11 Test centuries have come in the second inns.

outdone by the opposition

2

No. of times before this a team had conceded the first-inns lead after scoring 500 or more in Aus. Last time - Ind in 2008.