1st Test: Australia v India, Melbourne, 26-29 December 2011

In a first for BMcSport, I had to outsource a writing gig!  For the first two days of the First Test of the Border-Gavasker Series, the Boxing Day Test no less, prior family Christmas committments meant I drafted in former team-mate and media student, Michael Minns.  And he did a great job for me, too.

Day 1: 26 December (Australia won toss and bowled) :: End Of Day: Australia – 277/6 in 89.0 overs (BJ Haddin 21, PM Siddle 34)

Minnsy’s CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/26/enter-the-man-under-a-cloud-ricky-ponting

Day 2: 27 December :: Australia 333 (EJM Cowan 68); End Of Day: India – 214/3 in 65.0 overs (R Dravid 68, I Sharma 0), trailing by 119.

Minnsy’s CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/27/a-numbers-game

Day 3: 28 December :: India 282 (SR Tendulkar 73, R Dravid 68); End Of Day: Australia – 179/8 in 60.0 overs (MEK Hussey 79, JL Pattinson 3), leading by 230.

CA blog (back to me again): http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/28/hilfys-heroics

Day 4: 29 December :: Australia 333 and 240 (MEK Hussey 89) defeated India 282 and 169 (SR Tendulkar 32) by 122 runs.

CA blog went unpublished – BMcSport EXCLUSIVE : 1st Test Melbourne day 4 – Test cricket at its best

2nd Test: Australia v New Zealand, Hobart, 9-12 December 2011

Australia went into the Second Trans Tasman Series Test 1-0 up, having won fairly well in Brisbane the previous week.

Day 1: 9 December (Australia won toss and bowled) :: End Of Day: Australia – 12/1 in 4.2 overs (rain stopped play; DA Warner 7, UT Khawaja 1), in reply to New Zealand 150 (DG Brownlie 56)

CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/10/blog-james-pattinson-week-rolls-on

Day 2: 10 December :: Australia 136 (PM Siddle 36);  End Of Day: New Zealand – 139/3 in 44.0 overs (LRPL Taylor 42*, KS Williamson 34*), leading by 153.

CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/11/blog-seam-bowling-unpicks-aussies

Day 3: 11 December :: New Zealand 226 (LRPL Taylor 56, KS Williamson 34);  End Of Day: Australia – 72/0 in 19.0 overs (rain stopped play at Tea; PJ Hughes 20, DA Warner 47), chasing 241 to win.

CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/12/blog-alls-well-that-ends-well

Day 4: 12 December :: New Zealand 150 and 226 defeated Australia 136 and 233 (DA Warner 123*, UT Khawaja 23) by 7 runs.

CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/12/blog-a-miracle-23-years-in-the-making

Series Drawn: Australia retained the Trans Tasman Trophy.

1st Test: Australia v New Zealand, Brisbane, 1-4 December 2011

This was the first of my gigs last summer for Cricket Australia, providing daily blogs on the previous day’s play during the Trans Tasman and Border-Gavaskar series against New Zealand and India respectively.

This is the collection of CA blogs for the First Test v New Zealand in Brisbane, 1-4 December 2011.

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