Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    20.1 finds cover! Giving himself room outside leg against a short-of-a-length delivery, makes good connection but it's straight to the man in front of square 62/1
    33.6 caught behind! A little bottom edge trying to dab a late cut. Pushed through wide of off, he tried to run it fine but got a tickle off the glove and Watling takes a nice catch. It took awhile for Marais Erasmus to give it out but there was never any doubt. Perhaps he was waiting for Burns to walk 110/3
    31.1 is Labuschagne run out? He is! He went back and tucked it behind square, and took on the fielder at short fine and was burnt. Latham was close at short fine. He fired to Santner at the bowler's end, it was an awkward take but he did well to gather and get the bails off with Labuschagne just short! 100/2
    34.4 caught at backward square! 200 Test wickets for Wagner! He's the second-fastest Black Cap behind Sir Richard Hadlee to the milestone. Another short ball, another wicket. It was only just above hip high, he tried to paddle a pull shot around the corner, got a top edge that just loops to Southee who is positioned at a catching backward square! Could not have picked him out better if he tried 110/4
    not out
    54.2 bowled round the legs! Another for Wagner. Back of a length, Head gets too far across and the leg stump is clipped 168/5
    11 (b 4, lb 4, nb 1, w 2)
    168/5d (54.2 Overs, RR: 3.09, 234 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-62 (David Warner, 20.1 ov), 2-100 (Marnus Labuschagne, 31.1 ov), 3-110 (Joe Burns, 33.6 ov), 4-110 (Steven Smith, 34.4 ov), 5-168 (Travis Head, 54.2 ov)
    TA Boult903003.3300
    TG Southee1534402.9300
    C de Grandhomme501402.8010
    N Wagner17.215032.8811
    MJ Santner802212.7500
    8.4 caught behind! Excellent catch by Paine. 139kph, wide and full, enticing the drive, it just tailed across rather than shaping in, he gets a thick edge trying to drive, Paine diving low to his left pouches it well. Pattinson the man break through 32/1
    70.6 caught at mid on! Lyon takes this one! That's the end of the Test. They're shaking hands. The umpires are sending the catch upstairs to check. It was tossed up, he miscued a lofted drive flat to mid on, Lyon caught it cleanly. His fingers were under it. The replays show that clearly despite boos from the New Zealand fans. 240/10
    11.2 Given lbw! Williamson must review. He does. This looked leg side. It was angled in but it did stay low. He shuffled back and across. He was hit just at the top of the knee roll. Nothing on hot spot or RTS. Virtual Eye ball tracking says clipping leg! Just! Barely nicking it. Umpire's call and it stays out! 33/2
    11.6 chopped on! 137kph, short and wide, he tried to thrash a cut shot and dragged it on off the bottom edge! Maybe just held in the pitch a touch, maybe not wide enough. It wasn't a great ball and the cut is Taylor's strength. But he dragged it on and flattened middle stump 35/3
    29.2 Is he stumped? Paine is celebrating! Nicholls is walking. He is out. Magnificent piece of bowling. Just got lobbed for six. The next is perfectly pitched with drift and drop and it rips past the edge as Nicholls strides too far forward to defend. He dragged his back foot out of the crease and didn't get it back as Paine whipped the bails off. 89/4
    49.2 taken at leg slip! Lovely piece of bowling. Wider outside off, spins sharply, Watling playing forward and the inside edge flies straight between the batsman and the stumps to Warner. Very alert to grab that, even though it was straight at him 161/5
    51.4 picks out backward square leg! Big Colin wasn't interesting in hanging around. He comes down the pitch, it's a touch shorter and slower, de Grandhomme nowhere near it, flicks in the air and it's a simple catch 172/6
    65.5 caught behind! Lyon too good. Lovely shape and length, he was unsure whether to go forward or back, caught on the crease, it bit and turned as he defended away from his body, got a little tickle and Paine took a good catch 212/7
    67.2 A horror mix up! Southee gone. He just pushed this to the gap at cover, it was an easy single, but they started to run and then stopped! There was all sorts of hesitation. Southee didn't run so Blundell ran back and then Southee ran, Pattinson cruised around the threw it to Paine with both men at the other end. Southee trudges off 214/8
    not out
    absent hurt
    10 (lb 7, nb 1, w 2)
    240 all out (71 Overs, RR: 3.38, 321 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Tom Latham, 8.4 ov), 2-33 (Kane Williamson, 11.2 ov), 3-35 (Ross Taylor, 11.6 ov), 4-89 (Henry Nicholls, 29.2 ov), 5-161 (BJ Watling, 49.2 ov), 6-172 (Colin de Grandhomme, 51.4 ov), 7-212 (Mitchell Santner, 65.5 ov), 8-214 (Tim Southee, 67.2 ov), 9-240 (Tom Blundell, 70.6 ov)
    MA Starc1535903.9321
    PJ Cummins1844702.6100
    JL Pattinson1233532.9100
    NM Lyon2348143.5200
    M Labuschagne311113.6600

Close of Play

  • Thu, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 257/4 (SPD Smith 77*, TM Head 25*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 27 Dec - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 44/2 (TWM Latham 9*, LRPL Taylor 2*, 18 ov)
  • Sat, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 137/4 (MS Wade 15*, TM Head 12*, 45 ov)
  • Sun, 29 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 240 (71 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

1st32TWM LathamTA Blundell
2nd1KS WilliamsonTA Blundell
3rd2LRPL TaylorTA Blundell
4th54TA BlundellHM Nicholls
5th72BJ WatlingTA Blundell
6th11C de GrandhommeTA Blundell
7th40TA BlundellMJ Santner
8th2TG SoutheeTA Blundell
9th26N WagnerTA Blundell

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