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Kiwis to regroup before second Test

PTI | ByRobert Smith (AFP), Brisbane
Nov 22, 2004 04:22 PM IST

New Zealand have to recover fast from one of their worst maulings by Australia in time for the second Test, starting at Adelaide on Friday.

New Zealand coach John Bracewell believes his team can recover from one of their worst ever maulings against Australia in time for the second Test against the world champions on Friday.

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The Black Caps suffered their second-heaviest defeat in 42 Tests against Australia when they crashed to an innings and 156 run-defeat in Brisbane on Sunday.

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Stephen Fleming's Kiwi team were on top for the first two days of the Gabba Test but a record 216-run sixth-wicket stand between man-of-the-match Michael Clarke (141) and Adam Gilchrist (126) followed by a 114-run last-wicket partnership between tailenders Glenn McGrath (61) and Jason Gillespie (54) turned the match into a four-day canter for the Australians.

It now remains to be seen whether New Zealand can pick up the pieces in the space of a few days to be competitive with the Aussies in the second and last Test of the series, starting at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.

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