Vettori leads form the front

December 2, 2011
Vettori

by benchill

Australia (154/3) trail New Zealand (295) by 141 runs

Australia remain just on top at The Gabba after another enthralling days cricket on day 2.

The home side finished the day on 154-3, in reply to New Zealand’s 295 all out. The big news as far as Australia are concerned is that Ricky Ponting remains at the crease on 67 not out.

Earlier in the day Daniel Vettori gave New Zealand hope as he made a battling 96 from just 127 balls. Unfortunately the New Zealand captain was run out by Michael Hussey after a gross misjudgement when looking for a run.

Vettori was well supported at the back end of the innings by Dean Brownlie who finished the innings on 77 not out. Things were looking good for the Black Caps at 254 for 5, but they lost their last five wickets for just 41 runs, as the tail collapsed handing Australia back the initiative.

Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he recorded figures of 4/69 which was a fine effort for any spinner in the first innings of a Test match.

In reply, Australia found themselves in trouble from the off. Tim Southee accounted for debutant David Warner for 3, and when Chris Martinre moved Phil Hughes for just 10, Australia were 25/2. Usman Khwaja and former captain Ricky Ponting began to rebuild the innings with a partnership of 66 before Khwaja was run out for 38.

That was the last success that New Zealand had all day as Michael Clarke joined Ponting and together they formed an unbroken partnership up to the close of play. Australia will resume tomorrow morning on 154/3.

Ponting was starting to look his old self today as he struck 11 boundaries in his unbeaten 67. If Ponting goes onto scoring 33 more runs tomorrow, it will be his first Test match century in over two years for the great batsman. Clarke will resume in the morning on 28 not out.

New Zealand will feel that a few early wickets on day 3 at The Gabba will still give them a great chance of winning this first Test match of the series.

Chris Murtagh 02/12/2011

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