What an absolute thriller!

Bracewell holds the match ball after taking 6 wickets in the second innings

 

New Zealand recorded their first test win against Australia after 26 years in a nail-biting seven run victory.

New Zealand bowler Doug Bracewell was the key man, as usual captain Daniel Vettori pulled out of the second test match. Bracewell claimed three Australian wickets in the first inning, followed by an outstanding six wickets in the second.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand Captain for this test match, said: “He bowled outstandingly well for a young guy, 21, and to come in only his third Test and to get Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, that’s something to tell your grandkids about.”

New Zealand, who batted first, made a less than impressive total of 150, but then to the surprise of the Hobart crowd, the Australians were dismissed for just 136 runs.

In the second innings, New Zealand batted a little more sensibly, putting up a total of 226.

Australia facing just a target of 241 were brilliantly bowled out for 233, even though David Warner remained unbeaten on his maiden test century.

Bracewell’s six wickets sparked a New Zealand comeback, however David Warner and number 11 batsmen Nathan Lyon put together a well fought 34 run partnership before Bracewell sealed the match with the wicket of Lyon.

David Warner, presented with the Man of the Match award, said: “Disappointing to get so close and not finishing it off. Credit to New Zealand.”

New Zealand’s victory gave them a 1-1 draw in the two match test series, with Australia comfortably winning the first test in Brisbane by nine wickets.

Australian Captain, Michael Clarke, unhappy with the sides performance, said: “Disappointed, no doubt. We were pretty inconsistent throughout this Test. Credit to Warner and Lyon. The ball swung all day and we needed a couple more partnerships. Right now, it’s about being with the team and working on the pros and the cons.”

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