Australia Men 467 & 5d-168 ( 155.1 & 54.2 ) overs
New Zealand Men: 148 & 240 ( 54.5 & 71.0 ) overs
Australia win by 247 runs
Toss - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
Batsmens
R
B
4S
6S
SR
6
7
1
0
85.71
121
210
15
0
57.62
Bowler
O
M
R
W
Econ
23.0
4
81
4
3.52
Man of the Match
Travis Head
Commentry
In over# 71
Runs : 8 Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne Wickets : 1
Over 71. 8 runs. Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne. New Zealand: 9-240(rr 3.38)
70.6
W
OUT! Caught. Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner full toss, outside off stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to mid on, by Lyon. That's the end of that, a disappointing end for Blundell as he skews one he should've smashed. Boult won't come out to bat due to his broken hand so that is victory for the hosts. Australia have beaten New Zealand by 247 runs in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts got ahead in the contest thanks to a quality century from eventual Player of the Match Travis Head, along with a trio of handy half centuries to help them to an imposing first innings total. In response, the Black Caps were blown away by the incredible Pat Cummins leaving the result all but certain. Tom Blundell made a superb ton to defy the Aussies today however he couldn't take the Kiwis to Day Five, despite their fantastic support in the stands. Special mention also to James Pattinson who was fired up in both innings on his return to the side, bowling some ferocious spells on his home ground. So Australia win the Boxing Day Test comfortably, New Zealand will just be playing for World Test Championship points at the SCG in the New Year. Join us then.
70.5
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Wade.
70.4
4
FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner full toss, outside off stump down the track Slog, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Swipes to the rope, Blundell now has his best score in Test cricket. New Zealand may be heading towards defeat but he will never forget today.
70.3
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump down the track driving, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Lyon.
70.2
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, back to bowler for no runs, dropped catch by Labuschagne.
70.1
4
FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Blundell is cashing in now as the shadows lengthen. He has equalled his career best.
In over# 70
Runs : 13 Bowler: Nathan Lyon Wickets : 0
Over 70. 13 runs. Bowler: Nathan Lyon. New Zealand: 8-232(rr 3.31)
69.6
4
FOUR! Nathan Lyon to Neil Wagner. Off break length ball, off stump down the track driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Wagner joins the party, Lyon is taking some punishment late in the day as he searches for his fifth wicket.
69.5
1
Nathan Lyon to Tom Blundell. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track working, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Starc.
69.4
.
Nathan Lyon to Tom Blundell. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
69.3
4
FOUR! Nathan Lyon to Tom Blundell. Off break back of a length, to leg on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep square leg for 4 runs. Repeat dose, Blundell has the license to attack now with only the tail for company. This will be entertaining viewing.
69.2
4
FOUR! Nathan Lyon to Tom Blundell. Off break short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep square leg for 4 runs. You can't bowl that length to a man who has batted for more than five hours. Blundell can pick his spot anywhere on his favoured legside.
69.1
.
APPEAL! Nathan Lyon to Tom Blundell. Off break length ball, down leg side on the front foot padded, padded to short leg for no runs, fielded by Wade, appeal made for L.B.W. Hopeful appeal but it obviously pitched outside leg.
In over# 69
Runs : 3 Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne Wickets : 0
Over 69. 3 runs. Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne. New Zealand: 8-219(rr 3.17)
68.6
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Neil Wagner. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, Gloved to point for no runs, fielded by Starc.
68.5
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Neil Wagner. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, inside edge to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Head.
68.4
1
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Burns.
68.3
2
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner full toss, off stump down the track flick, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Cummins.
68.2
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Head.
68.1
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, thick edge to short third man for no runs, fielded by Warner.
In over# 68
Runs : 2 Bowler: Nathan Lyon Wickets : 1
Over 68. 2 runs. Bowler: Nathan Lyon. New Zealand: 8-216(rr 3.18)
67.6
.
Nathan Lyon to Neil Wagner. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot working, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by Head.
67.5
.
Nathan Lyon to Neil Wagner. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Head.
67.4
2
Nathan Lyon to Neil Wagner. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, in the air under control to deep extra cover for 2 runs, fielded by Starc.
67.3
.
Nathan Lyon to Neil Wagner. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
67.2
W
OUT! Run Out. Nathan Lyon to Tim Southee. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover, fielded by Pattinson, by Paine. Calamitous running, both batsmen end up at the same end and it's a simple one for Australia to complete the run out. Southee set off, then hesitated and there seemed to be no calling at all. The hosts look likely to finish this off tonight now.
67.1
.
Nathan Lyon to Tim Southee. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Head.
In over# 67
Runs : 0 Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne Wickets : 0
Over 67. no runs. Bowler: Marnus Labuschagne. New Zealand: 7-214(rr 3.19)
66.6
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to second slip for no runs, fielded by Smith.
66.5
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
66.4
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
66.3
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Warner.
66.2
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner back of a length, off stump on the back foot defending, to short third man for no runs, fielded by Warner.
66.1
.
Marnus Labuschagne to Tom Blundell. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine.
Australia Men: 467 & 5d-168 ( 155.1 & 54.2 ) overs
New Zealand Men 148 & 240 ( 54.5 & 71.0 ) overs
Toss - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
Australia win by 247 runs
RR : 0
CRR : 3.38
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
D Warner

c: Southee b: Wagner

41
64
3
64.06
J Burns

b: Boult

0
1
0
0
M Labuschagne

b: de Grandhomme

63
149
6
42.28
S Smith

c: Nicholls b: Wagner

85
242
8
35.12
M Wade

c: Watling b: de Grandhomme

38
78
3
48.72
T Head

c: Santner b: Wagner

114
234
12
48.72
T Paine

lbw: Wagner

79
138
9
57.25
M Starc

c: Williamson b: Southee

1
3
0
33.33
J Pattinson

not out

14
11
2
127.27
P Cummins

c: Latham b: Southee

0
5
0
0
N Lyon

c: Wagner b: Southee

1
6
0
16.67
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
31.0
3
91
1
2.94
33.1
6
103
3
3.11
30.0
5
68
2
2.27
38.0
11
83
4
2.18
20.0
1
82
0
4.10
3.0
0
13
0
4.33
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
T Latham

c: Paine b: Cummins

50
144
4
34.72
T Blundell

c: Paine b: Cummins

15
19
2
78.95
K Williamson

c: Paine b: Pattinson

9
14
0
64.29
R Taylor

c: Burns b: Cummins

4
28
0
14.29
H Nicholls

lbw: Cummins

0
1
0
0
B Watling

c: Burns b: Pattinson

7
17
1
41.18
C de

c: Warner b: Starc

11
33
1
33.33
M Santner

c: Paine b: Pattinson

3
32
0
9.38
T Southee

c: Paine b: Cummins

10
11
2
90.91
N Wagner

not out

18
20
2
90
T Boult

b: Starc

8
13
0
61.54
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
12.5
4
30
2
2.34
17.0
5
28
5
1.65
15.0
2
34
3
2.27
9.0
1
35
0
3.89
1.0
0
13
0
13.00
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
D Warner

c: Blundell b: Wagner

38
65
3
58.46
J Burns

c: Watling b: Santner

35
100
2
35
M Labuschagne

run out (Latham)

19
33
0
57.58
S Smith

c: Southee b: Wagner

7
11
1
63.64
M Wade

not out

30
54
1
55.56
T Head

b: Wagner

28
64
2
43.75
Not bat : Tim Paine,James Pattinson,Pat Cummins,Mitchell Starc,Nathan Lyon
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
9.0
0
30
0
3.33
15.0
3
44
0
2.93
5.0
0
14
0
2.80
17.2
1
50
3
2.88
8.0
0
22
1
2.75
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
T Latham

c: Paine b: Pattinson

8
21
1
38.1
T Blundell

c: Lyon b: Labuschagne

121
210
15
57.62
K Williamson

lbw: Pattinson

0
9
0
0
R Taylor

b: Pattinson

2
4
0
50
H Nicholls

st: Paine b: Lyon

33
52
3
63.46
B Watling

c: Warner b: Lyon

22
63
3
34.92
C de

c: Warner b: Lyon

9
12
1
75
M Santner

c: Paine b: Lyon

27
46
5
58.7
T Southee

run out (Pattinson)

2
3
0
66.67
N Wagner

not out

6
7
1
85.71
Not bat : Trent Boult
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
15.0
3
59
0
3.93
18.0
4
47
0
2.61
12.0
3
35
3
2.92
23.0
4
81
4
3.52
3.0
1
11
1
3.67

David Warner

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Burns

0 (0)

David Warner

0 (0)

0(0)

Marnus Labuschagne

0 (0)

Marnus Labuschagne

0 (0)

0(0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

0(0)

Tim Paine

0 (0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

0(0)

Mitchell Starc

0 (0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

0(0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

0(0)

Pat Cummins

0 (0)

James Pattinson

0 (0)

0(0)

Nathan Lyon

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Kane Williamson

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Ross Taylor

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Henry Nicholls

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

BJ Watling

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Colin de Grandhomme

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Mitchell Santner

0 (0)

Mitchell Santner

0 (0)

0(0)

Tim Southee

0 (0)

Tim Southee

0 (0)

0(0)

Neil Wagner

0 (0)

Neil Wagner

0 (0)

0(0)

Trent Boult

0 (0)

David Warner

0 (0)

0(0)

Joe Burns

0 (0)

Joe Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Marnus Labuschagne

0 (0)

Joe Burns

0 (0)

0(0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

Steven Smith

0 (0)

0(0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

Matthew Wade

0 (0)

0(0)

Travis Head

0 (0)

Tom Latham

0 (0)

0(0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Kane Williamson

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Ross Taylor

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Henry Nicholls

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

BJ Watling

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Colin de Grandhomme

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Mitchell Santner

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Tim Southee

0 (0)

Tom Blundell

0 (0)

0(0)

Neil Wagner

0 (0)