Ross Taylor became the first New Zealand captain to lead his side to a Test victory over Australia in more than 18 years, after a remarkable 7-run win in Hobart.
A stunning spell of 6-40 from Doug Bracewell sparked a catastrophic Australia batting collapse as the hosts crumbled from 159-2 to 233 all out in pursuit of just 241 for victory.
David Warner carried his bat with a brilliant 123 but Australia’s experienced middle-order gave way for the second time in the Test (opens in a new window), leaving the tail exposed in seam friendly conditions.
Taylor, who played his part in setting up the win with a top score of 56 in his side’s second innings, becomes the 6th man to captain the Black Caps to victory over their Trans-Tasman rivals and only the second to do so overseas.
Their last win in Australia came way back in 1985, when a Jeremy Coney side featuring the likes of Richard Hadlee and MCC World Cricket Committee Member Martin Crowe won in Perth.
Taylor, 27, described the victory as ‘an early Christmas present’ for a country already buoyant after their Rugby World Cup victory earlier in the year.
“We believed in ourselves that we could win this match, we know we had to fight, we had to play a lot better than we did in (the first Test defeat) in Brisbane,” he said.
“That was for the New Zealand public and an early Christmas present, I guess.”
Bracewell was playing in only his third Test match after making his debut in November this year against Zimbabwe.
The 21-year-old’s uncle John was in the side the last time New Zealand won in Australia and his father Brendon played six Tests in the 1970s and 80s.
The younger Bracewell though has already assured himself of a place in Kiwi cricketing history.
“Doug bowled outstandingly well for a young guy and to come in only his third Test and to get Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey; that's something to tell your grandkids about,” Taylor added.
“He can hit the deck but also can swing it away.
“As captain you've got to go on hunches and I thought Dougie would bowl well, but not that well!”