Monday, 30 January 2017

Black Caps rock Australia in Auckland

The collapse: The Australians (Stoinis aside) do not love batting at Eden Park. Two years ago they lost their first five wickets for 96, one year ago it was 5-40, and today they slumped to 5-54 inside 13 overs. It was a combination of good bowling, good catching and rash shot-making that brought the tourists undone, the latter a particularly disappointing part of their performance given they'd vowed to take their time building the foundation of the innings before looking to capitalise on the small boundaries late on. Captain Finch (4) could consider himself unlucky, having middled a pull shot only to see it scream into the hands of a leaping Neesham at square leg.
Last-start centurion Travis Head (5) and fit-again left-hander Shaun Marsh (16) will both be disappointed with their dismissals though, the former lashing loosely at a wide delivery from Trent Boult and being caught at third man, and the latter advancing to Mitch Santner only to be deceived by the left-arm spinner and easily stumped by new Black Caps 'keeper Tom Latham. Peter Handscomb (7) looked determined to lay a foundation and Glenn Maxwell (20) did exactly that, but the Victorians both came unstuck when they prodded at balls outside their off stump and feathered edges through to Latham. Heazlett fell the same way during a fast, hostile spell from speedster Lockie Ferguson (2-44) as the 21-year-old tried to salvage something of the contest in what was always going to be a difficult assignment for the debutant.

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