Sunday 18 February 2018 / 09:43 PM

Flashback Friday: Australia in NZ, 2010

Incredibly, the two-match series starting today in Wellington will be Australia’s first Tests in New Zealand in almost six years.

There are no survivors in the current line-up from the side that travelled across the Tasman in March, 2010, with the Ricky Ponting-led side featuring names like Hussey, Katich, North, Hauritz, Bollinger, the recently retired Clarke, Johnson, Harris, Haddin and Watson, and the late Phil Hughes.

New Zealand’s stability is reflected in their line-up from that series, which included current staples McCullum, Taylor (who will miss the Basin Reserve match through injury), Watling, Guptill and Southee.

The Black Caps also fielded forgotten names such as Brent Arnel, Tim McIntosh, Jeetan Patel and the maligned Matthew Sinclair, along with retired greats Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin.

Australia won the first Test of that 2010 series by 10 wickets at the Basin Reserve. Clarke (168) and North (112 not out) shared in a 253-run stand to drive the visitors to a first-innings total of 5/459 declared, while the Kiwis could only muster 157 in reply as Bollinger took 5/28.


Following on, New Zealand looked set for a humiliating innings defeat after a remarkable run-out left them at 2/14.

They eventually reached 407 thanks to a fighting 104 by then-wicketkeeper McCullum, but Australia easily knocked off the target of 106 as Hughes smahsed 86 not out off just 75 balls.

The second clash in Hamilton was far more competitive. Vettori and Southee took four wickets each as Australia crumbled for 231 in the first innings, Katich the only shining light with 88. The hosts could only manage a 33-run lead, however, with Taylor’s brilliant 138 off just 104 balls (including 19 fours and four sixes) announcing his arrival as a world-class batsman.

Taylor broke the record the New Zealand Test record for the fastest century, bringing up triple figures off just 81 balls.

Katich top-scored again with 106 in Australia’s second innings, but he enjoyed support from Watson (65), Hussey (67), Clarke (63) and North (90) this time as the tourists amassed 8/511 declared.

Chasing 479 for victory, the Kiwis were bowled out for 302, with man-of-the-match Johnson taking 6/73 to finish with a 10-wicket bag.

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