12 Dec 2011

Black Caps victorious against Aussies, after 18 years

6:25 pm on 12 December 2011

New Zealand has had a rare cricket victory against Australia.

The Black Caps won the second cricket test in Hobart by seven runs, after dismissing Australia for 233 on day four with pace bowler Doug Bracewell taking six for 40, a career best.

Australia was cruising on 159 for two, chasing 241 to take the series 2-0, when Bracewell took three wickets before lunch.

Then he and Tim Southee reduced Australia to 199 for nine before David Warner and Nathan Lyon almost got the hosts home.

It is the Black Caps' first win over Australia since 1993 and their first in Australia since the 1985 series win there.

Bracewell's father Brendon says he is delighted with his son's match-winning performance.

Brendon Bracewell, who also played for New Zealand, told Checkpoint he was confident the Black Caps bowlers could do the job.