New Zealand currently are staring at an innings defeat as the Australian bowlers have simply bossed the hosts. Having lost four wickets already for 178, the Kiwis still trail by a massive 201 to avoid an embarrassing innings defeat.
However, there is a glimmer of hope for the Kiwis as the Basin Reserve pitch in the past has often eased out. The 2014 test against India comes to mind when Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling got together for an incredible 352 run stand for the 6th wicket to save the game for New Zealand. The Kiwi batsmen might look up to that instance to seek some inspiration for a rampaging Australian bowling attack.
“It’s a blow whenever you lose any wicket in the last over of the day,” New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said. “You prefer to have that extra wicket, particularly when it’s Brendon McCullum, up your sleeve. But it is what it is. We’ve got six wickets left to fight and make it as difficult as we can over the next couple of days.”
“There’s a couple of guys who would probably be a little bit disappointed with their dismissal, but they batted well, they batted for a long period,” McMillan said. “We’re looking for guys to show intent, to be aggressive, sometimes that goes wrong. That happened a couple of times today. By and large, the guys have put together good partnerships. “Sometimes those dismissals look a little bit worse than others. But for me, as long as the rest of the guys show that positive intent then I think we’re going to be better off for it. It is what it is. That happens in cricket. You’re always going to have a couple of dismissals throughout any innings you play that you look back on. That’s just cricket,” he added.