Vettori challenges batsmen

Black Caps skipper wants more from batsmen ahead of Test series

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Vettori challenges batsmen

Vettori: Batsman challenge

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New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori admitted there was still plenty of work to do on his side's batting after the bowlers handed them a 51-run win over Australia.

The Black Caps reduced their Chappell-Hadlee defeat to 3-2 after managing to defend their 241-9 in Wellington by bowling out the Aussies for just 190.

With the Test series coming up, Vettori admitted that the batsmen now need to step up to start matching the performances being put in by the bowlers.

"I've been pretty impressed with the way we've bowled throughout the series," said Vettori.

"Our fifth bowler stood up for the first time. Nathan McCullum (one for 31) did a fantastic job and got the key wicket of (Shane) Watson.

Match-winners

"Tim and Shane turned those two-fers, which are middling performances, into match-winning ones with four wickets.

"I couldn't really ask for too much more from the bowling and fielding side of things but we've still got a lot of work with the bat."

The New Zealand captain also lamented what might have been had they batted better in the first game in Auckland, where they lost by 12 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

"That's the game that's really going to haunt us," he said.

Ponting unlucky

Ponting was given out first ball by umpire Gary Baxter despite Bond's delivery coming off his helmet not his gloves.

The Australia skipper accepted his fate and that of Voges though, who did not get bat on a Southee delivery but was given out caught behind by Asad Rauf.

"That's the game isn't it?" he said. "Probably the disappointing thing is that we probably had a couple in our top four or five that went against us.

"You've just got to get on with it and try and fight your way back into the game.

"Even at that stage we were four for about 70 so we were behind the eight-ball then and we needed a great partnership from (James) Hopes and (Michael) Hussey.

"They did a good job but it wasn't good enough."

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