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Early Kiwi Christmas

UPDATED 12 December, 2011 9:31PM AEST | by Stu Warren

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said his team never lost faith in their ability to win the second Vodafone Test against Australia despite a nerve-wracking conclusion in Hobart on Monday.

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said his team never lost faith in their ability to win the second Vodafone Test against Australia despite a nerve-wracking conclusion in Hobart on Monday.


The Kiwis held on by seven runs when six-wicket hero Doug Bracewell bowled Nathan Lyon, breaking a stubborn 35-run partnership between the South Australian and Dave Warner just when the Australians were looking like pulling off another miracle win in a fourth-innings run chase.


"We believed in ourselves that we could win this match," Taylor said. "We knew we had to fight. We knew we had to play a lot better than we did in Brisbane."


"Just fight and take our catches and bowl in the right areas and we'd get the reward and I think that's what happened."


The win will come as a shot in the arm for New Zealand cricket and Taylor was only too happy to dedicate the victory to his countrymen.


"The only thing I try to instil in the players is fight and pride in playing for your country," he said.


"We didn't show much fight in Brisbane but we showed a lot of guts and determination out there today. That was for the NZ public, an early Christmas present I guess."


The skipper reserved special praise for Bracewell, the rookie right-arm quick finishing with nine wickets for the match and perhaps stiff not to take man-of-the-match honours after his final day heroics.


"He can hit the deck but can also swing it away. As a captain you go on hunches and I thought he'd bowl well, but not that well," Taylor said with a smile.


"He bowled outstandingly well for a young guy, 21, to come in to his third test and get Ponting, Clarke and Hussey. That's something to tell your grandkids about."


Taylor said another big factor in the win was his side's catching. This was particularly evident on the last day when six Australian batsmen edged to the slips.


"We caught well, I don' think we dropped any. We got a lot of flak for dropping catches (in Brisbane), but we took all our catches. I'm just stoked."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 12 December, 2011 9:29PM AEST

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