4 Dec 2011

Taylor blames top order for heavy defeat

5:37 pm on 4 December 2011

The New Zealand batsmen capitulated in embarrassing fashion as Australia marched to victory in the first cricket test at the Gabba with a day to spare.

The Black Caps entered day four on 10 for 1 but were left reeling on 17 for 4 after losing 3 wickets in one over to Australian paceman James Pattinson and were seven down by lunch and all out for a paltry 150 just after the break.

Australia then cantered to victory reaching the measly target of 19 with 9 wickets to spare.

Captain Ross Taylor, who was out for a duck during that devastating first session, says the Black Caps top order must shoulder the blame for the humiliating defeat.

The Black Caps have suffered a humiliating 9-wicket defeat in the first cricket test against Australia with the match failing to last the scheduled five days at the Gabba.

The Australian opener David Warner says Pattinson, who bagged a five wicket haul which decimated the Black Caps top order, was the man of the match for the hosts.

The second and final test starts in Hobart on Friday.