Katich Stands Firm As Vettori & Southee Star

Katich Stands Firm As Vettori & Southee Star
Katich Stands Firm As Vettori & Southee Star
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Australia 231 (Katich 88, Vettori 4-36, Southee 4-61) v New Zealand 19-1
Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton, day one

Simon Katich marked his 50th Test with a battling 88 and Daniel Vettori took four wickets on the occasion of his hundredth Test match as Australia were bowled out for 231 on the opening day of the second and final match in Hamilton.

In reply, New Zealand were 19 for one having lost the wicket of opener Tim McIntosh shortly before stumps.

Australia made one change to the side that won convincingly, by ten wickets, at Wellington, fit-again Shane Watson replacing Phillip Hughes at the top of the order while New Zealand replaced Peter Ingram with Mathew Sinclair and the injured Daryl Tuffey with off-spinner Jeetan Patel.

It was Tim Southee, who also finished the day with four wickets, who struck first, however, when he had Watson caught by Brent Arnel for 25 and wickets continued to tumble throughout the day.

Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey (also making his 50th Test appearance) both fell for 22, the former run out by Vettori, the latter caught behind off Southee and first-Test centurions Michael Clarke (28) and Marcus North (9) also failed.

Katich held the innings together by hitting 88 in 171 balls but his dismissal sparked a collapse, Southee trapping North in front and then having Brad Haddin caught and bowled for 12, leaving Vettori to run through the tail and open the game right up.

The left-arm spinner returned four for 36 and Southee took four for 61 with Patel the other wicket-taker - the spinner had Clarke caught by Southee, who was in the thick of the action all day.

All day, that is, until New Zealand had to see off 13 overs, which they couldn't quite manage. McIntosh (4) was clean bowled by Doug Bollinger from the sixth ball of the innings, and by close of play, BJ Watling, on six, and Sinclair, on eight, had seen their side through without any further damage.

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