2nd Test, Perth, Nov 13 - 17 2015, New Zealand tour of Australia
559/9d & 385/7d
(28 ov, target 321)624 & 104/2
Match drawn
player of the match
Ross Taylor
New Zealand
end of over 284 runs
NZ: 104/2CRR: 3.71 
Kane Williamson32 (58)
Ross Taylor36 (35)
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

end of over 276 runs
NZ: 100/2CRR: 3.70 
Ross Taylor36 (35)
Kane Williamson28 (52)
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