Johnson Bowls Australia To Clean Sweep In Hamilton

Johnson Bowls Australia To Clean Sweep In Hamilton
Johnson Bowls Australia To Clean Sweep In Hamilton
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Australia 231 (Katich 88) & 511-8 dec. (Katich 106) beat
New Zealand 264 (Taylor 138) & 302 (Johnson 6-73) by 178 runs
Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton

Mitchell Johnson returned six for 73 to bowl Australia to a comprehensive 178-run win in the second and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

The victory sealed a 2-0 series clean sweep and ensured that Australia finished their summer with an almost unblemished Test record, having beaten Pakistan 3-0 and the West Indies 2-0, only missing out on victory when they drew with the West Indies in Adelaide.

New Zealand, having been set 479 to win, resumed the day on 185 for five and were eventually bowled out for 302 as battling half-centuries from Martin Guptill (58) and Brendon McCullum (51) proved in vain.

The pair put on 87 for the sixth wicket, which fell when McCullum was caught by Michael Hussey off Doug Bollinger and the left-arm quick soon added the wicket of Jeetan Patel (3), who was caught by Marcus North.

Johnson then wrapped up victory by removing Guptill, caught by Ricky Ponting, Tim Southee (45) and Brent Arnel (0), caught by Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin respectively.

Johnson pipped team-mate Simon Katich, who scored 88 in the first innings and 106 in the second to set up Australia's position, to the man-of-the-match award.

Ross Taylor thumped 138 in 104 balls, the quickest Test century by a New Zealander, to hand the home side a first-innings lead.

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