Good Morning folks! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 5 of the second Test of the three-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand at WACA in Perth, this is Pramod Ananth bringing you all the live cricket updates from this game. The fourth day was all about the batting bit of cricket with as many as two hundreds and nearly missed triple century was achieved. Ross Taylor who started his innings from 235 managed to some how miss the triple hundred mark by a whisker in a effort get it before he runs out of partner. Taylor (290) and New Zealand’s lower order added 114-runs as New Zealand were bundled out for 624 getting a first innings lead over Australia. Australia had a rough start as Joe Burns got out on a duck and David Warner quickly removed from the pitch on the score of 46/2. Steven Smith and Adam Voges then constructed a 212 unbeaten run stand as Australia at stumps were 258/2 with lead of 193 over New Zealand. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd Test at Perth

Perth Test will be Mitchell Johnson‘s final day in international cricket. Here’s the report of his retirement


Ross Taylor is adjudged man of the match for his magnificent 290 in the first innings. Here’s out match report. The third and final Test will be played at Adelaide from November 27, which will be the first ever Day-Night Test in history. Do join us for that. Till then, goodbye!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 104/2 | Overs 28│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Kane Williamson 32 (58), Ross Taylor 36 (35): That’s it! Bad light had stopped play and the captains Steven Smith and Brendon McCullum shake hands and the match ends in a draw. Mitchell Johnson in his final innings picked up the two New Zealand wickets to fall and signs off in style. The players then carry him on his shoulders for a while.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 83/2 | Overs 23│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Kane Williamson 20 (41), Ross Taylor 27 (22): New Zealand have not lost further wickets but the match seems to be heading for a draw. It is only Australia, who can win the match from here. For that to happen they will have to get rid of Kane Williamson or Ross Taylor soon.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 67/2 | Overs 18│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Kane Williamson 15 (23), Ross Taylor 16 (9): Johnson strikes again as he removes Guptill off a short delivery again. Bowling around the wicket Guptill was pushed right back into his crease and while defending it the ball takes the gloves into Joe Burns’ hand at short leg. OUT! Martin Guptill c burns b Johnson 17 (43)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 34/1 | Overs 11│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Martin Guptill 15 (34), Kane Williamson 0 (0): After the rain interruption, Mitchell Johnson strikes immediately removing Tom Latham off a short delivery. perfect start for Australia after the rain interruption. In form player Kane Williamson is the new batsman. OUT! Tom Latham c Hazlewood b Johnson 15 (32)

New Zealand need a further 293 runs to win in the final session of the match. Here’s our tea report


LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 28/0 | Overs 8.2│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Tom Latham 15 (22), Martin Guptill 13 (28): New Zealand go to lunch still requiring 293 runs to win. Perth witnessed a spell of rain for the first time in this Test and the umpires decided to take an early tea. The match surely now is heading towards a draw, but the least New Zealand can do is give Australia a run for their money.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 10/0 | Overs 3│ TARGET 321 | BATTING: Tom Latham 7 (12), Martin Guptill 3 (6): New Zealand openers get their side off to a slow start. Australia bowlers Mitchell Starc and josh Hazlewood have kept things tight so far. We can see Mitchell Johnson in action soon as well.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 385/7 decl | Overs 103 │ LEAD: 320 | BATTING: Mitchell Starc 28 (16), Josh Hazlewood 2 (6): Australia have declared at 385 for 7 and have set New Zealand a target of 321 to win in 48 Overs. It will be an interesting chase if Brendon McCullum comes out to open the innings.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 366/7 | Overs 101 │ LEAD: 301 | BATTING: Mitchell Starc 11 (7), Josh Hazlewood 0 (3): Australia have further extended their lead but have lost the wicket of Mitchell Johnson for 29. No signs of declaration as of now from Steven Smith as Mitchell Starc comes on to bat. Australia extend their lead past 300 and Peter Nevill is dismissed caught behind as well. OUT! Mitchell Johnson c Watling b Southee 29 (45), Peter Nevill c Watling b Southee 35 (83)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 343/5 | Overs 92 │ LEAD: 278 | BATTING: Peter Nevill 28 (68), Mitchell Johnson 24 (34): Australia have made a positive start to the post-lunch session. They will want to score some quick runs and put New Zealand under pressure when they come out to chase the target. Johnson and Nevill look settled at the crease.

Australia have taken a lead of 266 runs at lunch on the final day of the 2nd Test at Perth. Here’s our lunch report


LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 331/5 | Overs 92 │ LEAD: 266 | BATTING: Peter Nevill 22 (64), Mitchell Johnson 23 (32): Australia have taken a 266-run lead and it seems like a safe score. Johnson and Nevill might come out and use the long handle for a few overs in the second session and get as many runs on the board as possible. New Zealand, just like they did in the first session, will be looking for a few quick wickets.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 302/5 | Overs 87 │ LEAD: 237 | BATTING: Peter Nevill 10 (48), Mitchell Johnson 4 (5): Australia have extended their lead but have lost the wicket of Adam Voges for  well made century. He took a review after being adjudged leg before, but the decision of the on field umpire stood. Tim Southee strikes off the very first delivery of his new spell. Mitchell Johnson is given a guard of honour as he will be playing his last innings in international cricket. OUT! Adam Voges LBW b Voges 119 (240)


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LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 282/4 in Overs 80 │ LEAD: 217 | BATTING: Adam Voges 115 (231), Peter Nevill 2 (20): Australia are scoring at a very slow rate. They are perhaps looking to bat out the session without losing many wickets and give New Zealand a couple of sessions to bat. Australia will comfortable with a lead of around 300. Credit to the Kiwi bowlers for keeping things tight.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 277/4 in Overs 73 │ LEAD: 212 | BATTING: Adam Voges 112 (210), Peter Nevill 0 (0): Mitchell Marsh is trapped in front by Doug Bracewell and Australia have suddenly lost a couple of quick wickets on the final day of the Test. A couple of wickets more and New Zealand might sniff an outside chance of a win. OUT! Mitchell Marsh LBW b Bracewell 1 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 270/3 in Overs 69 │ BATTING: Adam Voges 106(196), Mitchell Marsh 0(5): Australia stretch their lead past the 200-run mark, although Smith shows no intent of declaring any time soon. Maybe he has a lead of 300 in mind. One hopes the retiring hero Johnson will be able to wreak havoc with the cherry one last time in international cricket! And Boult finally manages to get the big breakthrough for New Zealand in the morning, bowling a slightly short-pitched delivery just outside off, which Smith edges to the wicketkeeper while attempting a backfoot drive. OUT! Steven Smith c BJ Watling b Trent Boult 138 (185)

And so play begins on the final day, with Mitchell Johnson announcing his decision to retire from international cricket ahead of the final day’s play. Johnson, who had thrown hints of the same to the media a few days ago without revealing any major details, will look to sign out hopefully by leading his side to a series clinching victory at the WACA.

Steven Smith and Adam Voges in the second innings for Australia came at a crucial time when they were already 2 down and were still trailing by 19 runs to New Zealand. Steven Smith and Adam Voges, two batsmen were hardly required for anything but late hitting at Brisbane, reached triple-figures late in day as Australia built their lead back up to 193 runs, setting up a fascinating day five. Ross Taylor fell short of a one-year-old record but broke a 111-year-old one. Taylor just fell 12 runs short of New Zealand’s all-time highest Test score, the 302 that Brendon McCullum struck against India in Wellington only last year. With a day of cricket remaining it makes for a reverting contest to see will Australia declare and dare New Zealand to chase the total set or play and ensure that a draw is what they get from this match.

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