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284dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Smith, Voges build lead after Taylor's 290

Steven Smith and Adam Voges both scored hundreds as Australia's lead neared 200 on the fourth day against New Zealand at the WACA

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
LRPL Taylor
290(374) 43x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 48 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
18 31 25 37 62 49 35 33
DA Warner
DA Warner
253(286) 24x4 - 2x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 50 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
6 15 33 20 52 20 45 62

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O25
M4
R97
W4
Eco3.88
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
MA Starc
MA Starc
O37
M7
R119
W4
Eco3.21
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 559/9d(133 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 624(153.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 385/7d(103 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 104/2(28 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
28 | 4 Runs | NZ: 104/2

  • Kane Williamson32 (58b)
  • Ross Taylor36 (35b)
  • Mitchell Marsh3-0-9-0
  • Nathan Lyon7-0-35-0

6pm: That is that for Mitchell Johnson. He has signed off with two wickets off bouncers (what else?). The curtains roll down on a glorious career. Only three Australia bowlers sit ahead of him on the wickets tally. Watch out for tribute and appreciation pieces. A million batsmen will breathe easier, though. Many thanks for joining us. Next up is the pink ball Test. Do come back for that. For now, ta ta and cheerio from myself, Monga, Nikhil, and Vishal.

5:55pm: Presentation:

Ross Taylor, Man of the Match: The way I batted in Brisbane I though it was not possible. I went back to the basics and played straight. I am back playing after injury and enjoying myself. The way Warner and Khawaja batted they took the game away from us. We needed fighting spirit and Kane batted well. Oh definitely, innings of my life. Right up there.

Brendon McCullum: It was a really good game of cricket. Both teams showed a lot of resolve. Overall the class of the top-order batsmen of both teams showed. We are really happy to have put up a sizeable total. Voges and Smith played an outstanding innings that put an end to the contest. Adelaide is going to be a new challenge. We showed some fight here; happy to finish from where we started.

Steve Smith: He has been a great ambassador of the game. Sad to see him leave. We wish him well. Peter Siddle is around. The first Test with the pink ball and we are looking forward to it. Taylor was outstanding and we can't get Kane Williamson out. We were hoping to get the cracks in, but did not happen quite enough. It is great to have the crows coming in. Hopefully, it will be another good clash.

5:49pm: And that's that first draw at the WACA since December 2005, says Bharath Seervi. David Warner and Usman Khawaja struck. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor struck back. Steve Smith and Adam Voges struck back, again as Australia set New Zealand a target of 321 in 48 overs. Mitch J then produced one final burst, ripping out Latham and Guptill with bouncers.

By the way, Australia have retained the Trans-Tasman trophy.

5:40pm: Mitch J has the ball in his hand. Time for one final roar? Oh, the umpires converge, the light fades, and the players shake hands. Mitch J takes handshakes from his team-mates. Lyon passes on a stump to the the fast man. He waves his cap across to the home crowd. Starc and Hazlewood chair Mitch J off the field. He then runs onto the field and shakes hands with the New Zealand players. McMillan and Johnson exchange grins. Perhaps, he is offering a net challenge along with Starc?

Johnson: There was a fair bit of emotion when the boys picked me up. Nearly brought a tear to my eye. It has been great. I have really enjoyed myself. New Zealand made it special with a guard of honour. I went up to Brendon and shook my hand. I have my friends and family here. I really appreciate it. I can't sit still for five minutes. I will have to figure out what to do. I am not really sure about a stand out moment. This moment, I can walk off and be proud of my career. I am sure I can have a beer with the guys and discuss my moments with them. I want to thank my family and everyone who has been out there for me even in club cricket.

Johnson is clapped off the field by his team-mates. Now his family, joins him.

Hoover: "Fitting that Johnson took the only 2 wickets to fall this innings as his last hurrah. Thanks for the entertainment MJ."

zubyr: "We will miss the Mitch mustache which I had followed from log time. A sign of aggression and intimidation."

27.6
0
Marsh to Williamson, no run, good length ball with a hint of extra bounce on off, KW manages to keep it out
27.5
0
Marsh to Williamson, no run, back of a length and on middle, KW slithers across off and works it to midwicket
27.4
0
Marsh to Williamson, no run, full and outside off, KW does not chase it

Mitch J is warming up.

27.3
2
Marsh to Williamson, 2 runs, full ball, drifting into the pads, flicked through midwicket

Neil: "While everyone is reminiscing about Mitch, Taylor and Williamson have snuck their way to another 50+ partnership. As a New Zealand fan I'm hoping to see plenty more of these Taylor/Williamson partnerships like in the NZ vs IND series last year."

27.2
0
Marsh to Williamson, no run, good length and around off, blocked to cover
27.1
2
Marsh to Williamson, 2 runs, dug in outside off, KW goes air borne, manages to punch it through cover
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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.