Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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."

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

Mitch J is warming up.

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."

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

27 | 6 Runs | NZ: 100/2

  • Ross Taylor36 (35b)
  • Kane Williamson28 (52b)
  • Nathan Lyon7-0-35-0
  • Mitchell Marsh2-0-5-0
Lyon to Taylor, no run, shorter delivery just outside off, Taylor defends

Shaf: "@lakshmi, one Mr Wahab Riaz might have a thing or two to tell Abt left arm fast bowling."

Lyon to Williamson, 1 run, waits on the back lift off a back of a length ball and clips it behind short leg
Lyon to Williamson, no run, goes right back against a good length ball and drops it down by his own feet
Lyon to Taylor, 1 run, goes back to the shorter ball and dabs it through point. Taylor's messed with Lyon's length with those sweeps. There was a beautifully looped up offspinner in the last over, none of that here
Lyon to Taylor, no run, pulled the length back, and bowled quicker as well, to defeat the Taylor sweep
Lyon to Taylor, FOUR runs, away she goes, vicious slog sweep from Taylor and he made sure it was kept all along the ground. Took the ball from outside off stump, which means he had the room for a full swing, and he hit it through midwicket

26 | 3 Runs | NZ: 94/2

  • Kane Williamson27 (50b)
  • Ross Taylor31 (31b)
  • Mitchell Marsh2-0-5-0
  • Nathan Lyon6-0-29-0
Marsh to Williamson, no run, back of a length and outside off, no bother to KW as he leaves
Marsh to Williamson, no run, fullish on off stump, Williamson leans forward to block and according to how he adjusts by dropping his wrists nice and low, it seems the ball stayed down
Marsh to Williamson, 2 runs, did not quite nail the pull, but he does have enough on it to get it down to deep square leg. Hit rather high on the bat
Marsh to Williamson, no run, rock-solid perfection from KW. Lines up the back of a length delivery on off stump and blunts it. Soft hands, head right over the ball
Marsh to Williamson, no run, just back of a good length on off stump, solidly defended
Marsh to Taylor, 1 run, waits for the shorter one and runs it behind point. Just straightforward cricket so far
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Fours galore


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.