Trans-Tasman Trophy, 2019-20
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
Date: 03 January-06 January, 2020
RR: 2.84 | Australia beat New Zealand by 279 runs
So that is it from this game and this series. The Kiwis will actually be relieved this is over. They have not only gone through a bad time on the field but also off the field. They though now have time to regroup and prepare for another stern test which awaits as they will be playing India in just less than a months time. The Aussies on the other, hand have dominated the home season in some manner. They can be very pleased with how things have gone for them. However, it is now time for them to take their mind off the longer format as they will be heading to India for an ODI series which will begin in a few weeks. For now though, you can follow the South Africa and England Test or the Big Bash which will begin shortly. Till then, take care and goodbye!
The Trans-Tasman trophy has been handed to Paine and now his teammates have been asked to join him to celebrate. The Australian players are pushing Labuschagne ahead and they went him to lead the side over the podium but he probably is too shy to do so and it is Cummins who goes up the stairs first and then the rest follow. They are now seen posing with the trophy. All happy faces and rightly so.
Victorious Australian skipper, Tim Paine, is jumping and running to give the interview. On the double series whitewash, Paine feels that he is very lucky to be the captain of such a team. Observes that the batting has become very consistent while the pace attack just keeps getting better and better, marvelling at the fact that in spite of Josh Hazlewood injured, there was someone stepping up. Praises Nathan Lyon for his support as well. On Australia's improvement over the last 12 months, Paine believes that they were getting 20 wickets before as well but were not scoring runs - something which has happened in this series and is happy to see the competition. Stresses that in the last 12 months, they were relying too much on too few individuals but this series has probably thrown up a few options. However, he is cautious to say that the away series coming up will be a true test of his team's character. On the contributions by the players to the bushfire victims, Paine says that the group realizes as a whole that the firefighters are doing a tremendous job in trying to save the victims, who are very unfortunate to be a part of those fires. Adds that his team is lucky to be just playing cricket and not be out there, needing to brave the dangers.
New Zealand series skipper (he was not playing this match), Kane Williamson, says that he is feeling much better in terms of health. Praises Australia for their clinical display, right from the first Test of the series which pushed New Zealand on the back foot, from where they were never able to recover. Hopes to take the learnings from this series into the future. On being asked to point the weak links, Kane says that it is not just one thing but plenty as Australia outplayed them in all departments. For starters, he says that his bowlers were not able to get wickets in clusters and then with the bat, they could not forge partnerships. Wants the individuals in his group to regroup and come back collectively as a stronger unit. Feels fantastic, he says, to see the depth in the Kiwi squad and as a captain, to have so many options. Admits that plenty of guys in his side were playing in Australia for the first time, so it was very tough, very disappointing and very frustrating. Feels that after months of terrific work before this series, they did have hopes of doing well here but sadly, it did not pan out that way.
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH AND THE SERIES. Feels that it has been an amazing summer for him and his team - the bowlers and the batsmen, coming together as a group. On getting his maiden double Test ton in front of his family, he thanks them for their infinite support which has helped him get thus far and also thanks them for coming here to watch him play. On the reason for his success, Marnus feels that he has learnt to concentrate harder and not commit silly mistakes. On the upcoming tour to India, ML believes that it is going to be a great opportunity, IF he gets the opportunity to play there.
David Warner is now up for a chat with Kath Loughnan. Credits the team for starting the summer the way they did and then build it against Pakistan and finally end it here. Praises Nathan Lyon for the way he answered his critics. On his own ton in this Test, David says that he always maintained that he was never out of form and was hitting the ball well in the nets. Feels that the hard work just paid off and is happy to have contributed to the Jane McGrath cause. On Pattinson's catch, Warner laughs and says that he was actually comparing it to the one taken by Glenn McGrath in 2004/05. On Joe Burns' contribution, Warner admits that Joe Burns has not quite done well as per his expectations but expects him to bounce back hard, since there is the Big Bash to follow and later on, the Sheffield Shield before the tour to Bangladesh.
Kath Loughnan is interviewing Nathan Lyon. On Australia becoming the number 2 Test side, Nathan Lyon feels very happy to see the team getting back to the top slowly. On his own bowling, 'Gary' says that it is a special feeling to perform well in front of his own crowd. Feels even more special to have contributed to the Jane McGrath cause. Lyon says that there is a good gelling within the group and they want to be the number 1 side in the world but admits that there is a lot of work to be done prior to that.
The Kiwis had another opportunity to show their mettle, nobody expected them to chase this down but at least they were expected to make the Aussies work hard for the wickets but that was once again not the case. They were bundled out for a mere 136 within 47.5 overs with Lyon once again bagging a fifer.
The hosts though decided not to enforce the follow-on and they played an attacking brand of cricket. Batted for around two and a half sessions before declaring. Warner's ton was the highlight and because of him and Labuschagne's half ton, the Aussies gave the visitors a huge target.
In reply, the Kiwis started off well, they had a wicket-less session on Day 2 and it gave the feeling that their battling line-up has finally arrived and they might just give Australia a run for their money but that was not the case. The Aussies bowlers were all over them on Day 3 and blew them away even before they could avoid the follow-on. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins were the tormentor-in-chief with the offie taking a fifer.
The story has been the same right from the Day 1 of this series and it continues to be the same in this Test too. Australia dominated this game right from the word go. They won the toss, elected to bat, posted a huge total on a wicket which was not that easy to score. Marnus Labuschagne was the star for them with the bat with a double ton.
To be honest this series has been a real disappointment, everybody expected it to be a cracker but New Zealand have surrendered in all the three Tests. Even in this one, let alone the margin of defeat but the manner in which they were beaten was actually embarrassing. A little less than two sessions is what they had to play out to take it into Day 5 but they failed to do that too. Except for Watling and Colin de Grandhomme no batter showed any fight. The rest just had no answers to this excellent Australian bowling attack.
The teams are seen shaking hands which means that Matt Henry won't be coming out to bat. Australia have won the Test match, they have completed the whitewash and it is another emphatic victory for them. They have blown away the visitors for the third time in a row!
Neil Wagner comes out. Is he the last man?
William Somerville is the new man in.
Todd Astle is the new man in.
Marnus Labuschagne is back on. 1-0-3-0 so far.
Nathan Lyon is back on. 10-4-30-2 are his figures so far.
Marnus Labuschagne is into the attack.
Pat Cummins is back on. 8-3-15-1 are his figures so far.
James Pattinson is back on. 4-2-5-0 are his figures so far.
Mitchell Starc is back on. 4-1-8-2 are his figures so far.
Colin de Grandhomme is the next batsman in.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the final session of Day 4 and could probably be the final session of the match too. The Australian players are out in the middle. Ross Taylor and BJ Watling will resume their innings for the visitors. Nathan Lyon will start the proceedings for the final session of Day 4.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
What a session for Australia! First they scored some quick runs and declared and then have blown away the top order of the Kiwis! They are all over the visitors at the moment and are surely sensing a victory today itself. Starc and Lyon have been tormentors-in-chief. Starc took two at the start and Lyon took the other two. New Zealand though have their best batter, Ross Taylor out there and he is partnered by Watling. Both need to fight it out and at least take this game in Day 5. Can they do so? We will find out in a bit.
Now then! This seems to be another wicket for the Aussies. They have appealed for a catch. The umpires have a chat and then take it upstairs. They are going upstairs to check if it is a bump ball or has he hit it directly on his boot. The SOFT SIGNAL IS NOT OUT!
BJ Watling walks out to bat next.
Glenn Phillips reviews now! He has been given out caught behind and he signals the 'T'.
Glenn Phillips is the new man in.
Do Australia have another? Aleem Dar has raised his finger for an appeal for caught behind. Raval though reviews as he feels he has not hit it.
Nathan Lyon is on! He took fifer in the first innings and he would once again be expected to play a pivotal role here.
James Pattinson is into the attack.
Ross Taylor is the new batsman in.
Review time! Latham has been given out LBW and he has reviewed. It seems to be going down leg.
Jeet Raval is the next batsman in.