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Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09Schedule
- Thu 13, Nov 2008 - Sun 16, Nov 2008: Warm Up - New South Wales v New Zealanders at Sydney
- Thu 20, Nov 2008 - Mon 24, Nov 2008: 1st Test - Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane
- Fri 28, Nov 2008 - Tue 2, Dec 2008: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide Oval
- Sun 1, Feb 2009: 1st ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Perth
- Fri 6, Feb 2009: 2nd ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne
- Sun 8, Feb 2009: 3rd ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Sydney
- Tue 10, Feb 2009: 4th ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide Oval
- Fri 13, Feb 2009: 5th ODI (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane
- Sun 15, Feb 2009: Twenty20 (D/N) - Australia v New Zealand at Sydney
Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09
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AUS v NZ, Twenty20, Sydney: Australia beat New Zealand by a run in T20 thriller
Feb 15, 2009Brendon McCullum's sizzling 61 off 47 balls went in vain as Australia bowled exceptionally well at the death to eke out a thrilling one run victory in the see-saw one-off Twenty20 International cricket match at Sydney.
Chasing 151, New Zealand came close to overwhelming the target before losing McCullum at a crucial juncture and eventually finishing at 149 for five wickets. Needing 14 runs off the last over of the bowling of Nathan Bracken, Nathan McCullum (10 not out) -- Brendon's elder brother -- hit a four and a six off the last two balls but that was still not enough in the end.
Earlier, a Brad Haddin-led Australia got off to a brisk start before losing momentum and it took useful contributions from David Hussey (41), Adam Voges (26) and David Warner (23) to reach a modest total of 150 for seven. Chasing 151, New Zealand got off to a wobbly start after Peter Siddle removed in-form Martin Guptill (0) and Peter Fulton (1) off successive overs to reduce the visitors to 12 for two.
However, Brendon McCullum and Neil Broom (36) steadied the rocking Kiwi boat with a 61-run stand in eight-odd overs which put the visitors back on the track.
AUS v NZ, Twenty20, Sydney: Australia 150-7 (20.0 overs) beat New Zealand 149-5 (20.0 overs) by 1 run
AUS v NZ, Twenty20, Sydney: Haddin to lead Australia
Feb 15, 2009Brad Haddin will be given the chance to lead Australia for the first time on Sunday when they play New Zealand in a one-off Twenty20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has firmly established himself as Australia's number one choice behind the stumps in recent times and his status will be further enhanced when he captains his country on his home ground.
Haddin's promotion comes following a Chappell-Hadlee series during which he impressed with the bat but also courted controversy. The New South Welshman thrived following his mid-series elevation to the top of the order, scoring his maiden ODI century in the third game, but also came under fire after game one when he appeared to flick off the bails when Neil Broom was incorrectly given out bowled.
Regardless of that Haddin has the backing of regular skipper Ricky Ponting to fill his shoes, with the Tasmanian to rest up before the team flies out for their tour of South Africa on Monday.
AUS v NZ, 5th ODI, Brisbane: Australia retain Chappell-Hadlee trophy after washout (AUS 2:2)
Feb 13, 2009A washed out Gabba in Brisbane has denied New Zealand a maiden ODI series win in Australia.
Brad Haddin (88) had given Ricky Ponting's team a chance after guiding them to 168-4 from 22 overs, with Martin Guptill (64 not out) looking to ease the tourists past their target.
But the hosts retain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy owing to their 2-0 series win in 2007 after umpires Steve Bucknor and Rod Tucker pulled the plug when the heavens opened.
New Zealand had been set a target of 156 off 20 overs but torrential rain saw them stopped short at 123-6 off 14 overs with the series poised at 2-2.
As they had not reached the prerequisite 20 overs the Duckworth-Lewis rule could not be applied, granting the series win to the Aussies.
AUS v NZ, 5th ODI, Brisbane: Australia 168-4 (22.0 overs) v New Zealand 123-6 (14 overs) Match abandoned due to rain
AUS v NZ, 4th ODI, Adelaide Oval: Hussey brothers help Australia level series (AUS 2:2)
Feb 10, 2009Twin half centuries from David Hussey (79) and elder brother Michael (75 not out) fashioned Australia's six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the fourth ODI as the hosts recorded their second successive win to level the five-match cricket series 2-2, at Adelaide today.
Chasing 245, Australia lost Michael Clarke (14) and Ricky Ponting (15) inside 15 overs but the Hussey brothers and Brad Haddin (43) made useful contributions with the bat as the hosts cruised to 247 for four in 48.2 overs.
Earlier, Ross Taylor's 71-ball 76 and Martin Guptill's 70-ball 45 helped New Zealand post a modest 244 for eight in their 50 overs after captain Daniel Vettori had won the toss and decided to bat first. Both the teams now move to Brisbane for the series decider on Friday.
After Clarke and Ponting, who was rushed into the side for the crucial match, departed without making much of an impact, the onus was on Haddin and David to keep Australia in the chase and they did their job with elan.
Haddin added 43 runs with David before running himself out. The setback, however, could not derail Australia's chase as the Hussey brothers joined hands to guide the hosts towards victory.
AUS v NZ, 4th ODI, Adelaide Oval: Australia 247-4 (48.2 overs) beat New Zealand 244-8 (50.0 overs) by 5 wickets
AUS v NZ, 3rd ODI, Sydney: Australia beat New Zealand by 32 runs (AUS 1:2)
Feb 08, 2009Australia at last tasted victory having lost in five matches in row, when it defeated New Zealand by 32 runs in the third one-day international of the Richard-Hadlee trophy on Sunday.
Electing to bat first Australia put a challenging score of 301 runs for the Kiwis to chase who fell short by 32 runs despite brilliant knocks by Grant Elliot (115 runs from 124 balls) and Brendon McCullam (36 runs from 27 balls).
Earlier, for Australia it was the wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin who took the charge in batting making a stylish 109, which was well supported by half centuries of captain Michael Clarke (64) and Mike Hussey (51).
Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus and Craig White grabbed two wickets each for Australia to cut short the Kiwi run chase. New Zealand bowlers maintained a good line and length but couldnt manage to stop the flow of runs from the Aussie batsman. O Brien was the pick of the bowler, taking three wickets while Kyle Mills and Grant Elliot scalped two each.
AUS v NZ, 3rd ODI, Sydney: Australia 301-9 (50.0 overs) beat New Zealand 269 (47.3 overs) by 32 runs
AUS v NZ, 2nd ODI, Melbourne: New Zealand beat Australia by 6 wickets (NZ 2:0)
Feb 06, 2009Australia slid to their fifth consecutive defeat at home. The home side’s 226 total was a competitive target on a slow pitch but New Zealand paced their innings brilliantly.
The Kiwis started patiently and McCullum (43) was involved in two 40-plus partnerships with Fulton and Taylor (47) to ensure his team didn’t lose early wickets.
Taylor then added 72 with Elliot, but despite his dismissal, New Zealand were always in the hunt. Warner gave good support to Elliot, who made an unbeaten 61, and helped see his team through to a victory and a 2-0 lead. Earlier, Australia made 225 runs for loss of five wickets.
Michael Clarke was declared the Man of the Match for his 98.
AUS v NZ, 2nd ODI, Melbourne: New Zealand 226-4 (48.5 overs) beat Australia 225-5 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets
AUS v NZ, 1st ODI, Perth: New Zealand beat Australia in thrilling series opener (NZ 1:0)
Feb 01, 2009Australia's misery continued with New Zealand on Sunday pipping them by two wickets to clinch a low-scoring thriller and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI cricket series.
Chasing a victory target of 182, New Zealand huffed and puffed before Ross Taylor (64) propped them up. Needing five runs off the last over, the Kiwis levelled the score in the fifth ball before captain Daniel Vettori hit the winning run off the last delivery from Nathan Bracken.
Earlier, after Australia captain Ricky Ponting had decided to bat first, Kiwi spearhead Kyle Mills (4/35) and his bowling colleagues skittled out the hosts for 181 in 48.4 overs.
Mills was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round show. Both the teams now move to Melbourne for the second ODI on Friday.
AUS v NZ, 1st ODI, Perth: New Zealand 182-8 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 181 (48.4 overs) by 2 wickets
AUS v NZ, 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval: Australia post crushing victory over New Zealand (AUS 2:0)
Dec 01, 2008Brett Lee took five wickets as Australia beat New Zealand by an innings and 62-runs on the fourth day of the second and final cricket Test and bagged the series 2-0 at Adelaide on Monday.
New Zealand were bundled out for 203 in their second innings following their first innings 270. Australia had scored an imposing 535 in their first innings.
Brendon McCullum provided the only resistance for the visitors with a fighting unbeaten 84 before Australia wrapped up the series at the Adelaide Oval.
Brad Haddin was declared the Man of the Match while vice-captain Michael Clarke Man of the Series.
Australia will next host South Africa for a three-Test series this month.
AUS v NZ, 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval: Australia 535 beat New Zealand 270 & 203 by an innings and 62 runs
AUS v NZ, 1st Test, Brisbane: Australia thrash New Zealand by 149 runs (AUS 1:0)
Nov 22, 2008Overcoming the disgrace on the Indian tour, Australian team on Sunday put up a clinical show to wrap up the New Zealand second innings to register a comfortable 149-runs victory in the first Test at Gabba.
Resuming on 143 for six, chasing an unlikely 327 to win, the visitors could only last 10.3 overs on the fourth day. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson finished with his first five-wicket haul (5/39) in Tests, with key wickets of topscorer of both the innings Ross Taylor (75) and captain Daniel Vettori (10) before cleaning up Chris Martin to bundled out the tourists for 177.
The loss also highlighted the proverbial chronicle in New Zealand cricket. They had the advantage during the early part of the Test but missed the opportunity to nail the Aussies with Simon Katich hitting an unbeaten 131 runs to steer Australia from trouble.
New Zealand were up against the odds from the start of their chase. This would have been a record at the Gabba if the Kiwis managed to do the job as the highest run chase was accomplished by home team (236 for seven) against West Indies in 1951-52 series.