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New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test at Christchurch, NZ v AUS, Mar 08 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
2nd Test, Christchurch, March 08 - 11, 2024, Australia tour of New Zealand
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162 & 372
(T:279) 256 & 281/7

Australia won by 3 wickets

Player Of The Match
98* & 10 catches
alex-carey
Player Of The Series
101 runs • 17 wkts
matt-henry
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Scorecard summary
New Zealand 162/10(45.2 overs)
1st INNINGS
38 (69)
5/31 (13.2)
29 (28)
3/59 (12)
Australia 256/10(68 overs)
1st INNINGS
New Zealand 372/10(108.2 overs)
2nd INNINGS
4/62 (24)
73 (168)
3/49 (16.2)
Australia 281/7(65 overs)
2nd INNINGS
98* (123)
4/90 (17)
2/94 (19)
end of over 659 runs
AUS: 281/7CRR: 4.32 
Pat Cummins32 (44b 4x4)
Alex Carey98 (123b 15x4)
Ben Sears 17-2-90-4
Matt Henry 19-1-94-2

Australia win by three wickets and take the series 2-0. New Zealand's wait for a victory goes on. There was no way Australia were winning this at 34 for 4 and 80 for 5. Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh pulled it out of the fire, then Pat Cummins was there at the end again. What a performance from the under-pressure Carey. His position is now secure for next season. It was a tremendous effort from New Zealand to turn the game around from 107 for 8 on the first day, but they'll ponder how it got away from them in the end.

Jake: "All smiles between the Aussies, I'm sure Pat will shout Carey a couple of beers for those 2 runs!" Win the game, that's all that matters

Srinath: "Lack of awareness by the captain. Should have blocked that ball and given Carey the opportunity to score his century. Realize team is bigger and a win is a win but Carey is bound to be disappointed after that amazing rearguard effort." You said it: team is bigger. Get the job done.

Here's Sampath: Alex Carey's 98* it the second highest score for a wicketkeeper in a successful fourth innings chase, behind Adam Gilchrist's 149 vs PAK in 1999.

Dr Y: "Australia have had several close victories throughout the summer. The fact that they have managed to win is probably papering over some cracks, particularly in the upper order." - Yes, still plenty to ponder ahead of facing India.

Mustafa Moudi: "Finally Australia breaks the jinx of losing the final test of series and levelling the series which were already in their hand this WTC after Ashes and WI Series. Kudos to Labuschagne, Carey and Marsh for rescuing Australia across innings!!"

Will bring you the presentation shortly...

Alex Carey is Player of the Match: "It was a great series and this game ebbed and flowed. Backs against the wall this morning...so nice to chase those runs down. The ball was nipping around, though Mitch Marsh's intent was outstanding. Got us going. The messaging was, let's play our way. Thought Mitch's innings was brilliant."

Matt Henry is Player of the Series: "It's disappointing but we showed a lot of fight out there. The attitude were brought to keep coming in, the way Ben Sears went about his work, to really crack an end open was brilliant but it wasn't meant to be."

Tim Southee: "Ended up being a great Test. The partnership with Mitch Marsh and Alex Carey, broke the back of our attack, but an exciting end to the day. When you are playing the No. 1 side you need to go that little bit further. Ebbed and flowed throughout the whole match. No one means to drop catches...when you are playing against the best you have to be a bit better for longer. There's a number of positives to take away, Matt Henry has gone from strength to strength."

Pat Cummins: "Pretty tense. Pretty nervous for the last couple of hours. Amazing win. The boys were fantastic today. I had no idea he was on 98. The toss helped, a funny old Test match, day one moved really quickly then the pitch flattened out. We've been on the other side of it plenty of time and if the scoreboard's not moving you feel in the game but if they are chipping away feels like it's happening pretty quickly. That was goal today, be busy, keep the run rate ticking over and bit by bit get closer. We've got a quite an experienced side, had quite a bit of success along the way. Think the story of this series was that in key moments one guy stood up and made themselves a matchwinner. Keep finding ways to win, it's a pretty awesome squad."

So that wraps up the formalities. Another set of trophies to Australia. They haven't been at their best in recent Tests, but overall remain a formidable team. Both these sides now have a lengthy break from Tests - New Zealand until September, Australia until November - as the focus turns to the T20 World Cup, after plenty of names from each side head to the IPL. I'll wrap up our coverage there, we'll have plenty more reaction on the site over the next few hours. It's been a lot of fun bringing you this series but for now, from Gnasher, Abhimanyu and Thilak, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

64.6
4
Sears to Cummins, FOUR runs

the captain's done it! Open the face to a length ball, punches it through point. Lets our a roar. Embraces Carey. That's a big win

64.5
Sears to Cummins, no run

bottom edge! Reaching for a wide delivery, bobbles through to Blundell

64.4
Sears to Cummins, no run

leans back to a short ball outside off, can't find a gap on the off side

64.3
Sears to Cummins, no run

jumps behind a short ball, defended down in front of short leg

A few smiles in the Australia dressing room

64.2
1
Sears to Carey, 1 run

extra bounce! Flies off the shoulder of the bat into the leg side

Carey needs three for his century

64.1
4
Sears to Carey, FOUR runs

into the rope! Short outside off, pulled over midwicket as the target closes in

elwarko: "The agony of yet ANOTHER loss to Australia in a game that was ours (NZ) to lose. Signed, weary NZ Public"

end of over 649 runs
AUS: 272/7CRR: 4.25 
Pat Cummins28 (40b 3x4)
Alex Carey93 (121b 14x4)
Matt Henry 19-1-94-2
Ben Sears 16-2-81-4

Also the fifty partnership between this pair. They've done it very well when the pressure was huge. Perthling: "The ice-man cometh/Cummins...."

63.6
4
Henry to Cummins, FOUR runs

lovely shot! He brings out the on drive, times it perfectly down the ground. Into single figures for Australia

63.5
Henry to Cummins, no run

short at the hip, worked into the on side

Tim: "Poor catching and poor captaincy has cost in this series. Its too late to bring back Henry. "

63.4
Henry to Cummins, no run

full at off stump, forward and defends

Long chat between Henry, Southee and Williamson. Two slips, gully and a short cover

63.3
1
Henry to Carey, 1 run

full and straight, he nails the drive, cannons off Henry's boot towards mid-on, Cummins has to dive to make the run!

63.2
Henry to Carey, no run

angled in at off stump, defended

63.1
4
Henry to Carey, FOUR runs

round the wicket, squared up, the edge flies between the slips down to third. Hands on head. Carey into the 90s

Phillips was ready to bowl, but Matt Henry is back. Had to be. Floodlights coming on

end of over 637 runs
AUS: 263/7CRR: 4.17 
Alex Carey88 (118b 13x4)
Pat Cummins24 (37b 2x4)
Ben Sears 16-2-81-4
Glenn Phillips 12-2-27-0

It's within touching distance now for Australia. New Zealand need a last moment in inspiration

62.6
1
Sears to Carey, 1 run

round the wicket, dropped into the off side, smart batting

62.5
3
Sears to Cummins, 3 runs

short at the body, flicked away, wide of leg slip, races towards fine leg, gets flicked back but it ends up as three

62.4
Sears to Cummins, no run

short outside off, 135kph, sways out of the line

62.3
Sears to Cummins, no run

fuller, outside off, left alone

62.2
Sears to Cummins, no run

short at the chest, fended down, does well to keep it down in front of the deep short leg...is he too deep?

62.2
2nb
Sears to Carey, (no ball) 1 run

short on leg stump, rolls his wrists on a pull to long leg...and it's a no-ball as he kicked the stumps!

62.1
1
Sears to Cummins, 1 run

short of a length outside off, rides the bounce and steers to deep point

Sears keeps going

end of over 628 runs
AUS: 256/7CRR: 4.12 
Alex Carey86 (116b 13x4)
Pat Cummins20 (32b 2x4)
Glenn Phillips 12-2-27-0
Ben Sears 15-2-74-4

Mark: "They've gotta bring back Henry and give him one last shot."

61.6
Phillips to Carey, no run

gets well forward and defends to cover

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
AT Carey
98 runs (123)
15 fours0 six
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
3 fours0 six
Control
80%
M Labuschagne
90 runs (147)
12 fours0 six
Productive shot
flick
41 runs
5 fours0 six
Control
89%
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Henry
O
23
M
4
R
67
W
7
ECO
2.91
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
1W
JR Hazlewood
O
13.2
M
4
R
31
W
5
ECO
2.32
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultAustralia won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2535
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days8,9,10,11 March 2024 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAustralia 12, New Zealand 0
Language
English
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ICC World Test Championship

TEAMMWLDPTPCT
IND96217468.51
AUS128319062.50
NZ63303650.00
SL42202450.00
PAK52302236.66
WI41211633.33
SA41301225.00
BAN41301225.00
ENG103612117.50