Australia storm to 331 for Seven

Robert's picture
Submitted by Robert on Sat, 2005-12-10 05:52

Mills got Gilchrist cheaply. Symonds - the man who smoked 150 from 149 balls in the second match - fell to Vettori for just 1. But the Australian's International "rookies" Hodge (10,000 1st class runs, including 38 hundreds), Clarke (5000 1st class runs including 15 centuries) and Hussey (15,000 1st class runs including 41 centuries) combined with their peerless skipper (Ponting, who's career stats nearly exceed the combined batting stats for the ENTIRE NZ Squad) to carve the toothless NZ attack a new one. Only the wiley Vettori managed to apply some brakes to the Aussie Juggernaut.

In reply Flemming is out for a duck in his first game back after facial surgery to remove a tumour from his jaw. NZ are one for f-all and are fighting for dear life. Can Vincent and Astle (NZ's best ODI batsman) combine to repel the Aussie Assault? Only time will tell.

In the meantime here is an object lesson in why you DON'T bowl short to Ricky Ponting:

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It was a kick ass

Ross Elliot's picture

It was a kick ass performance. I've come to the conclusion that our cricketers respond to a good thrashing more than gentle encouragement.

While the Aussies won the series, the ledger was more evenly balanced than it first looked like being. I like the cut of Vettori's jib as captain and perhaps he should stay in the role for the Sri Lankan series so Fleming can get back to full clip--he obviously wasn't last night.

Top three Kiwis last night: Vettori, Styris, McCullum (for his batting, not his keeping).

Scoreboard - 3rd ODI, NZ-AUS, Jade Stadium, Christchurch

Scott Styris launching forth

Captain Daniel Vettori & wicket keeper Brendan McCullum celebrate a world record victory


Peter Cresswell's picture

A record score of 332/8!

Didn't WE do well, after THEY played so poorly in the first game. Smiling
It clearly takes a game or so to get up to speed again to be able to play against the world's best.

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