Cricket: Crowe keeps control

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New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329 and 210-7

Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .298

Match drawn

DESPITE being beset by personal problems, Martin Crowe was yesterday named again by the New Zealand Test selectors to captain the side in the third and final Test against Australia in Auckland starting on Saturday.

Crowe, who temporarily relinquished the captaincy to Ken Rutherford during play on the fourth day, has been troubled by erratic performances on the field as well as a series of unsettling rumours over his health and marriage.

New Zealand lost the first Test but boosted their confidence by drawing the second which finished in Wellington yesterday. Resuming at 40 for 3, they were determined not to give Australia the slightest hope of victory and reached 210 for 7 at the close.

Initially, Andrew Jones and Tony Blain made the Australians struggle by putting on 71 in 125 minutes for the fourth wicket.

After Jones went for 42, Blain soldiered on to score his first half century in Test cricket but, more importantly, he occupied the crease for 193 minutes.

John Wright, New Zealand's 38-year-old opening batsman, continued where Blain left off and was undefeated on 46 at the close after a three and a half hour innings. Wright also reach a personal milestone of 25,000 runs in first-class cricket.

(Fifth day: Australia won toss)

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings 329 (M D Crowe 98, J G Wright 72; C J McDermott 3-66, M G Hughes 3-100).

AUSTRALIA - First Innings 298 (S R Waugh 75, M A Taylor 50; D K Morrison 7-89).

NEW ZEALAND - Second Innings

(Overnight: 40 for 3)

A H Jones lbw b Warne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

] T E Blain c Healy b Warne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

J G Wright not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

C L Cairns lbw b McDermott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

D N Patel c Healy b M E Waugh. . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

D K Morrison not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Extras (b8, lb8, nb1, w1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Total (for 7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

Fall (cont): 4-101 5-131 6-154 7-202.

Did not bat: W Watson, M B Owens.

Bowling: McDermott 23-9-54-3; Hughes 11-5-22-0; Warne 40-25-49-2; Reiffel 16-7-27-1; Border 12-5- 15-0; M E Waugh 8-3-12-1; Taylor 4-2 -15-0; Boon

1-1-0-0.

NEW ZEALAND TEAM (v Australia, third Test, Saturday, Auckland): *M D Crowe, J G Wright, M J Greatbatch, A H Jones, K R Rutherford, T E Blain, C Z Harris, D N Patel, D K Morrison, M L Su'a, W Watson, M B Owens.

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