Australia A v New Zealand – Match Recap
The four day tour match between Australia A and New Zealand ended in a draw at the Allan Border Field, Brisbane in Australia on Sunday, November 27, 2011.
The pitch did not have much assistance for the bowlers, as plenty of runs were scored by both teams.
Australia A’s skipper George Bailey won the toss and decided to field first, as he thought that there might be some moisture beneath the surface of the wicket.
However, the decision proved to be a terrible one, as the home team’s bowlers did not get much assistance off the pitch.
New Zealand were given a superb start by openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and the team capitalised on that, scoring 423 runs in the innings.
The star of the show was McCullum, who smashed the opposition bowlers to all parts of the park. He scored 146 runs from 115 balls with the help of 21 fours and six thunderous sixes.
The flamboyant right-handed batsman will be a key for his side in the upcoming Test series against Australia, starting from Thursday, December 1, 2011. He will be expecting to give similar performances in both games.
Guptill gave solid support to his aggressive partner at the other end, as the pair put on 148 runs for the first wicket. However, he was dismissed after contributing 43 runs to the total.
Skipper Ross Taylor was also impressive in the middle-order, as he scored 57 runs with the help of nine boundaries.
The lower middle-order struggled to some extent, but things were put under control by Doug Bracewell, who scored an unbeaten 73 runs in the innings.
The hosts would have liked to do well after choosing to bowl first, but they still gained some positives from the first innings, as youngsters James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc took four and three wickets respectively.
In reply, Australia A also batted impressively and scored 395 runs. Openers David Warner and Ed Cowan were outstanding, as they scored 65 and 145 respectively.
However, the middle-order was vulnerable and failed to make most of the start provided by the openers.
Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade looked solid, as he scored 53 runs towards the end of the innings.
Bracewell was the most impressive of all the bowlers in the Kiwi line up, as he took four wickets in the innings.
There was not much time left in the match for a result, so the New Zealand team decided to get some batting practice and ended played until close of the final day.
The tourists scored 467 runs for the loss of six wickets and the innings was dominated by Taylor and middle-order batsman Jesse Ryder, as the pair scored 138 and 175 respectively.
The home team’s bowlers were expensive this time around, but Ben Cutting managed to pick up a couple of wickets before close of play.