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Vodafone Test Series v NZ

Clarke faces tough choices

As if captaining the first Australian side to lose a home Test match to New Zealand in 23-years wasn't tough enough for Michael Clarke, he now faces the arduous task of helping select the team he'll take into the Boxing Day Test against India in a fortnight.

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Early Kiwi Christmas

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.

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Kiwis claim the Test

New Zealand have pulled off a dramatic seven-run win over Australia in the Second Vodafone Test in Hobart

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NZ back bowlers to win it

New Zealand bowling coach Damien Wright believes his charges can dismiss Australia on day four of the second Vodafone Test.

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11 December 2011 1
Morning crucial says Haddin

The first hour of play on day four of the second Vodafone Test in Hobart will be vital, according to Brad Haddin

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11 December 2011
Rain ends play early

Intermittent rain during the afternoon meant no play was possible after tea on day three of the second Vodafone Test at Hobart's Blundstone Arena on Sunday.

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10 December 2011
Martin's birthday delight

Kiwi paceman Chris Martin managed to celebrate his 37th birthday with two wickets on the second morning of the second Vodafone Test in Hobart on Saturday.

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10 December 2011
Siddle: Early wickets vital

Australian paceman Peter Siddle believes the first session on Day 3 of the second Vodafone Test will be vital in determining who goes on to win after a topsy-turvy first two days in Hobart.

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10 December 2011
Kiwis building a lead

The second Vodafone Test is delicately poised at stumps on Day 2 with New Zealand holding a 153 lead over a misfiring Australian outfit, finishing at 3-139. The Kiwis rolled Australia for just 136 midway through the second session today to take a 14-run lead into their second innings on a pitch that became more conducive to run scoring as the day progressed. The gremlins that saw 20 wickets fall during the first five sessions of the match seemed to diminish as the afternoon wore on, runs coming more freely in a sign that the best batting conditions are yet to come. After Jesse Ryder (12) was expertly stumped by Brad Haddin from the part-time seam bowling of Mike Hussey to reduce New Zealand to 3-73, Kiwi skipper Ross Taylor (42) and youngster Kane Williamson (34) settled in and took advantage of a quickening outfield with a number of well-struck boundaries in their unbroken 66-run partnership. The Black Caps' innings had opened cautiously prior to tea, Brendon McCullum (12) and Martin Guptill (16) pushing the Kiwis out to a 50-run lead before being dismissed by James Pattinson and Peter Siddle in consecutive overs. The Victorian pace duo had earlier shared an important 56-run stand during the Australian batting innings and proved equally as effective when combining with ball in hand. Australian skipper Michael Clarke rotated his attack regularly, but once the new ball had lost its sheen and hardness the batsmen were able to play without the doubt caused by sideways movement during the opening day and a half. Taylor was given a life on 14 when dropped in the gully by Phil Hughes off Hussey's bowling, but other than an occasional LBW shout there was little else in the way of chances for an Australian side desperate to keep their fourth innings run chase to a minimum. Given the amount of time left in the match and the improving nature of the Bellerive strip, the Kiwis will be hoping for a lead in the vicinity of 400 runs by stumps tomorrow.

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09 December 2011
Pattinson takes his chance

Victorian paceman James Pattinson could hardly believe his luck at having the first chance to bowl on a green wicket against New Zealand in Hobart on Friday.

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