It’s hot in Perth already, and though it shaped as a day of David Warner milestones, that’s not quite the way it’s turned out…
Evening session :: New Zealand 2/140 (42 overs) at STUMPS: K.Williamson 70*, R.Taylor 26*; M.Starc 11-3-17-1, in reply to Australia’s 9 dec/559. Lead is 419
- All New Zealand this evening as Tom Latham and Kane Williamson (right) looked to bunker down, in chase of Australia’s big first innings score. Williamson, particularly, just continues to enhance his reputation this series; Shot of the Day is a toss-up between a cover drive off Starc just after Drinks, and the one off Hazlewood to reach his 50.
- Australia have had a setback, with Usman Khawaja pinging his left hamstring chasing a ball in the field, and in some doubt for Adelaide now. If you’ve got an opinion on a replacement, get thyself to social media, where the speculation and guess work is rampant.
- Nathan Lyon got the breakthrough nicking Latham to Steve Smith at slip for 36 (on the dreaded 87, for what it’s worth! 👿 ) Lyon could be very handy on this wicket over the next few days.
- Williamson’s 50 in 90 balls (7x4s).
Afternoon session :: New Zealand 1/33 at Tea: T.Latham 13*, K.Williamson 17*, in reply to Australia’s 9 dec/559: D.Warner 253, U.Khawaja 121; M.Craig 23-0-123-3.
- Got to say, it was a bit of wasted session from the Australian bats. When they should’ve been pushing the score toward 600, and a pre-Tea declaration, a series of ordinary shots and poor application (right) saw NZ take 5/47 over the course of a dozen overs, and the last 4 wickets for 20 runs.
- Steve Smith pulled the pin just after drinks, giving NZ a nasty 50-minute or so session before Tea.
- Mitchell Starc got the early wicket of Martin Guptill, plumb LBW in the Black Caps’ third over for 1, and he had the figures 4-1-4-1 at the interval.
Morning session :: Australia 4/486 (118 overs) at Lunch: A.Voges 32*, M.Marsh 7*; M.Henry 22-2-105-2.
- David Warner brought up his 250 in the fourth over of the morning, amidst some very good New Zealand bowling in which they were definitely finding some movement. Then, just as Warner was about to pass the lowest of Sir Donald Bradman’s five scores above 250, he was out, caught at second slip off Trent Boult for 253.
- It was a much improved Black Caps bowling effort throughout the session, in fairness, bowling a lot straighter, to better-set fields, and able to lay a bit of pressure – including enticing a false shot out of Steve Smith (caught behind off Matt Henry for 27). After more carnage threatened, Australia have had to bat a lot more conservatively this morning…
I’m going to try something different for the 2nd Test in Perth, providing updates at the end of each session as the Test progresses. I’m watching it anyway, so why not!
Perth is always one of my favourite Tests, with the time difference pushing Test Cricket into the evening – hence the push for day/night Tests – and evoking memories of a wonderful week in the west five summers ago during my Ashes Tour…
Evening session :: Australia 2/416 (90 overs) at STUMPS: Warner 244*, S.Smith 5*; Bracewell 16-0-57-1
- Carnage. That’s the word for the evening session, and it really looks like this Test is gone for New Zealand already. Warner’s 150, 200-run partnerships, part-timers bowling; all little tidbits that will be forgotten about this session. Instead it was just the milestones.
- Khawaja’s second consecutive Test 100 in 132 balls (10 x 4s, 2 x 6s).
- Warner’s maiden 200 in 236 balls (17 x 4s, 2 x 6s).
- Partnership 302 in total when Khawaja out c.Latham b.Bracewell 121, with the score on 403 at the time.
- Tomorrow could be fun…
Afternoon session :: Australia 1/243 (53 overs) at Tea: Warner 129*, Khawaja 69*; Henry 10-0-51-1
- Warner brought up 4000th Test run first over after Lunch, also pushed Test average above 50 as he raced into the 70s.
- Better session from New Zealand bowlers, bowling better lines and lengths, and with the quick getting a hint of tailing swing. No luck with appeals though: Warner was given not out LBW off Trent Boult, which on last review was hitting the top of the bails (Umpire’s call). Khawaja also given not out caught behind of Mark Craig when perhaps he might have got a tickle.
- Khawaja’s 50 from 62 balls (7 x 4s, 1 x 6); Warner’s 100 from 118 balls (12 x 4s) – his third consecutive Test ton. Seeing them pretty well, you’d say..
Morning session :: Australia won the toss and batted, went to Lunch 1/105: Warner 60*, Khawaja 2*; Henry 1/24 (5ov)
- WACA wicket ominously flat from very early in the session; NZ bowlers switching to around the wicket with spread fielders ten overs in. Tough work for the Black Caps’ quicks – Matt Henry the pick, only by virtue of the wicket. None have bowled poorly, runs just very easy to come by. Just one NZ maiden in 24 overs.
- David Warner (right) and Joe Burns raised a 3rd consecutive century partnership in first three outings together. Belted along at 4½ runs an over with no real trouble. Burns out, chopped on to Henry for 40, just before lunch and on the first ball with new bat. Ball too close to cut anyway.
- Warner’s 50 from 56 balls (6 x 4s).
Joe Burns’ celebrates his maiden Test century in Brisbane last week. But why was he ever out of the squad? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: The end of the lost Ashes series in July was always going to bring with it selection angst for some players, and indeed, the Australian selectors.
Largely, retirements negated the need for tough calls. Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin would surely have had trouble featuring in any ongoing future plans had they not retired, while Ryan Harris’ knee made that decision for him before the previously unthinkable was contemplated. Michael Clarke pulling the pin as he did came as something of a surprise, perhaps, while the rapid vacation of so many senior players has probably extended Adam Voges’ career for now.
Joe Burns won a recall for the First Test in Brisbane last week, and the stylish Queenslander repaid that faith in spades. His first innings 71 was backed up with his maiden Test century in the second innings, and his spectacular start to the summer has left me with one fairly big, nagging question…
Michael Clarke made 51 for Western Suburbs in Sydney 1st Grade yesterday. Image: ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: The Tri-Series has taken a bit of a back seat in recent days, with all the focus on the Socceroos run to the Asian Cup Final last night (which they won), and everyone wondering if Michael Clarke’s hamstring would survive a club game in Sydney yesterday (which it did).
Nevertheless, Dan Lonergan and I did preview the Final in Perth this afternoon between Australia and England on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, as well as touching on all the other talking points of the week..