Australia edge day 1 at The Gabba

December 1, 2011

by privatemusings

Only 51 overs were possible on day 1 of the Test series between Australia and old rivals New Zealand as bad light and rain curtailed an enthralling day’s play in Brisbane. New Zealand had reached 176 for 5 before the umpires called on the ground staff.

Opting to bat first on an overcast day, the visitors got off to a solid start as they reached 44/0 with Brendan McCullun and Martin Guptill at the crease. However, Peter Siddle had Guptil caught behind for 13, which sparked a middle order collapse. The Kiwi’s lost a further four wickets in quick succession and found themselves 96/5.

Both debutants James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc claimed their first Test wickets when Pattinson clean bowled New Zealand’s Captain Ross Taylor for 14, whilst Starc removed the dangerous McCullun (34) and Jessie Ryder (6). Nathan Lyon was the other wicket taker as he accounted for Kyle Williamson for 19 caught by Usman Khwaja at short-leg from a ball that turned and bounced.

The fall of the fifth wicket saw Daniel Vettori join Dean Brownlie at the crease. Together they started to form a partnership that was beginning to frustrate the Australain bowlers. The pair added 80 unbeaten runs before the umpires took the players off the field in the gloomy Queensland air.

Brownlie finished the day on 32 not out and his captain will resume tomorrow morning on 45.

It was certainly Australia’s day at The Gabba on a pitch that had good carry throughout, but a late New Zealand fight back has kept the visitors in the game as we head into the second day.

Chris Murtagh 01/12/2011

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