Rain interrupts play in Hobart

THE covers have stayed on at Bellerive Oval, Hobart with the first day of the second test between New Zealand and Australia interrupted due to rain.



David Warner 7

Usman Khawaja 1

Overs - 4.2 (Rain)

Last batsman out: Hughes caught Guptill bowled Martin 4

NEW ZEALAND 150 all out

Brownlie 56

Williamson 19

The game was called off at 6.00pm (NZT) by the umpires when light rain started to fall on the pitch.

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Before that, Black Caps bowler Chris Martin dismissed Phillip Hughes for four runs in the second over of Australia's innings.

Hughes, for the second time in the test-series, was caught in the slips after trying to play defensive, only for the ball to turn away from the bat before taking the outside edge and on to Guptill at second slip.

The players left the field with Australia 1-12.

Earlier in the day New Zealand was all out for 150 in its first innings.

Dean Brownlie's gutsy half century brought some credibility back for the visitors who again struggled in the top order to deal with the Australian quick bowlers.

Brownlie in his second test played another courageous innings at bat to give his claims for a position further up the order more momentum after impressing at the crease in the first test.

Tim Southee (18 runs) and Doug Bracewell (12 runs) provided late frustration for the Aussies as they supported Brownlie's leading hand before the side were eventually toppled by James Pattinson and co.

Earlier the Black Caps top order crumbled again with the fall of six wickets in the opening session of the second test.

Sent into bat on a green wicket, and playing the test without valuable all-rounder Daniel Vettori, New Zealand struggled through to lunch losing Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Reece Young.

Dean Brownlie (20) and Doug Bracewell (5) got the side to 83 for six at the lunch break.

Peter Siddle struck twice for the home side first collecting Guptill in the second over of the day when the New Zealand opener edged to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for three.

That brought Jesse Ryder to the crease and he last just six balls before James Pattison had a confident appeal for LBW turned down. Michael Clarke reviewed the decision and the call came up trumps for the home side.

The video review showed the ball would've gone on to hit leg stump after making contact with the Ryder's pad. Ryder had to leave without troubling the scorers and New Zealand were struggling at 11 for two.

It got worse five overs later when Taylor was also trapped LBW, giving Siddle his second wicket of the session. Taylor reviewed the decision but once again replays showed the ball would have hit the top of the stumps.

That left the Black Caps at 25 for three.

Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson got New Zealand through to drinks at 36 for three and put on another 20 runs before Williamson was caught behind down the leg side to Mitchell Starc for 19.

McCullum fell the next over giving Haddin his third catch of the innings, falling to Pattinson for 16.

Reece Young lasted just four balls before playing on for a duck as Pattinson captured two wickets in an over.

New Zealand began the test on the back foot when Vettori was forced out the match due to injury.

The 32-year-old allrounder, who would have been playing his 107th test, twinged a hamstring in training yesterday, aggravated it this morning before the start and withdrew from the New Zealand lineup.

His place in the side went to left arm swing bowler Trent Boult, who wins his first test cap.

It gives New Zealand a four-pronged fast-medium attack and no frontline spinner on a pitch expected to strongly favour seam bowlers.

Australia won the first test by nine wickets in Brisbane, and stuck with an unchanged XI for the match, which is New Zealand's fourth test in Tasmania.


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