Australia v New Zealand: Second Test blog

“The Cricketer”
by Kate Birrell


Having been sent to Perth without a practice match, New Zealand copped the flogging that Cricket Australia were most likely banking on when they did the scheduling. The Kiwis now have the chance to seek redemption on a pitch that might be expected to be slightly more familiar to home.


Discussion of Boxing Day tests have recently come to be dominated by that aforementioned pitch. Will the recent abandonment of a Shield game at the ground end up having any relevance to the test? Or will it be another of the recent roads? Curator Matt Page will no doubt be feeling some pressure, as will stand-in Kiwi opening bat Tom Blundell.


Having waited a long time for an appearance at the ‘G on Boxing Day, New Zealand will be desperate to lay claim to further appearances in the nearer future. They will once again have to deal with hot conditions. Will Australia’s pacemen make it even hotter? With a ‘bouncer war’ being hyped, the Kiwi sub-130 KPH quicks would seem risk playing into the hosts’ hands if they followed the narrative. Then again, they did get Steve Smith twice with the tactic in Perth.


All will unfold under skies predicted  to be sunny. What do you make of it, Knackers?



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  1. Australia by a short neck after Day 1. Solid Test cricket – unspectacular, but it’s a 5 day game. Burns copped a left armer’s dream delivery, dipping and swinging late. Labuschagne unflustered, Warner’s feet let him down, Wade scratchy. Head looks promising and tomorrow could be his day. Smith – how do you describe his style? Kiwi bowlers honest, Williamson’s tactics and field placements rather defensive, even a little negative at times. Might end up being a good toss to lose the way the wicket died towards the end of the day. The Kiwis got the big crowd they deserve.

  2. Lunch Day 2 – impressed by Paine’s approach before lunch – take on the short ball and look to attack. Refreshing! NZ tactics still one dimensional.

  3. Not impressedwith NZ tactics. The best form of defense, in my opinion, is to attack.

  4. PS One of my daughters says watching one of her sons (my grandson) play marbles is more interesting than watching the Kiwis. There are times when I tend to agree.

  5. Aussie approach so different as they seek to attack. Particularly impressed by Paine’s leadership as he tries to move the game on. An impressive knock where he attacked the short ball. Congrats to Head who showed application and patience, then threw the bat once he got to the ton. Totally perplexed by the NZ approach. Five defensive fieldsmen on the leg side suggested cluelessness. And too much wasted energy on short deliveries. Do they have a plan B?

  6. Ian, brilliantly written, you took the words right out of my mouth. Really enjoyed the batting of Paine and head. Not impressed with Kiwis’ leg theory tactics.

  7. Travis Head will bat on each of the first four days of this Test. Is there a precedent?

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