A flat WACA wicket and some determined Kiwi batsmen mean it will be hard work for the Australians in the field on Day 3..
Evening session :: New Zealand 6/510 (129 overs) at STUMPS: R.Taylor 235*, M.Craig 7*; M.Starc 30-6-83-2. NZ trail Australia’s 9 dec/559 by 49 runs
- An early breakthrough for Australia, when Mitch Marsh bowled Brendon McCullum for 27, with the score on 432. Meanwhile Ross Taylor just batted and batted. He hit a 4 to move to 190, which passed Martin Crowe’s 188 as the highest NZ score in Australia.
- Mitchell Starc (right) has been the pick of the Mitches, and of the Australian attack all told. Bowled quick, bowled accurately, and bowled economically, but couldn’t get the rewards until a rank full toss had BJ Watling caught Lyon at point for 1. Figures of 2/83 don’t tell the story of just how well he’s bowled. Mitchell Johnson, on the other hand, has looked pedestrian by comparison…
- Taylor’s second Test double hundred in 254 balls of sheer quality (31×4). Outstanding knock. Went through 5000 Test runs shortly after, too, and with another boundary on 215, he posted his highest Test score.
- Johnson had Bracewell caught behind for 12, to go past Brett Lee on the all-time list of Australian Test Wicket-takers late in the day.
- Australians looking very weary at Stumps. Can’t help but wonder if Brendon McCullum gave the declaration a thought, to try and take advantage..
Afternoon session :: New Zealand 3/406 (98 overs) at Tea: R.Taylor 165*, B.McCullum 21*; N.Lyon 22-3-68-1. NZ trail Australia’s 9 dec/559 by 153 runs
- The partnership has built for the Black Caps, passing 200 after Lunch, and with Williams and Taylor looking really, really good. The Australian quicks haven’t really bowled badly; such is this WACA wicket and outfield, though, that as soon as the ball gets through, it’s 4 runs.
- Taylor’s 13th Test century in 136 balls (15×4).
- Williamson’s 150 in 209 balls (22×4)
- Joe Burns can bat, but he is certainly not a bat pad fielder, continually being peppered under the lid, and with no real indication he might take a catch. With Usman Khawaja now likely to miss the next two Tests, opener and specialist close-in fielder Cameron Bancroft should surely be considered.
- Another change of mis-shapen new ball worked for Josh Hazlewood: Williamson out for 166, bunting a pull shot to Johnson at mid-on. Partnership with Taylor 265 in total. There was some signs of life in the new-new ball just before Tea, though..
- Taylor’s 150 in 200 balls (15x4s)
Morning session :: New Zealand 2/249 (56 overs) at Lunch: K.Williamson 120*, R.Taylor 82*; N.Lyon 12-2-32-1. NZ trail Australia’s 9 dec/559 by 310 runs
- Sightscreen issues halted the game for 17 minutes at one point and reminded everyone of ‘corporatisation’ of every element of the modern game. Regardless, the Black Caps batsmen rocked along at better than 4rpo for the most part.
- Ross Taylor’s 50 in 74 balls (7x4s)
- Kane Williamson’s 12th Test century in 158 balls (16x4s) – brought it up with a superb square cut off Mitchell Johnson; such a classy player, already one of the best young batsmen in the world..