Martin Guptill – 4: Nicked Siddle to the keeper in both innings and looked particularly angry – as he should have been – for his needless poke on the second occasion. Showed safe hands to snare four catches in the Black Caps impressive slips cordon.
Brendon McCullum – 3: Has found opening the batting in Tests in Australia much more difficult than in India last year. Showed extreme restraint and diligence on the first morning but – as in the 2nd innings – was caught behind the wicket both times after edging attempted drives. Would serve his country better at five or six.
Jesse Ryder – 2: Completed a poor series by being embarrassingly stumped down the leg-side off Hussey. Has all the talent in the world but needs to apply himself better.
Ross Taylor – 8: Recovered well after poor judgment on the first morning to play a crucial, resolute and responsible captain’s knock second time around. Led the side well, set attacking fields throughout and rotated his bowlers intelligently. Dictator Dan may have a worthy successor after all.
Kane Williamson – 6: Looked far more comfortable at five and his classy contribution to the vital partnership with Taylor reinforced the positive impression he made in his debut series in India.
Dean Brownlie – 8: His 56 on the first day was worth a hundred in the context of the conditions and he dug in well second time around too. Perth born – so Australia’s loss is certainly the Black Caps gain for arguably the batsman of the series.
Reece Young – 5: Continued to look tidy enough behind the stumps but on the showing of this series is not equipped to bat at seven. If his back can take it, McCullum should be handed the gloves back.
Doug Bracewell – 9: Inspirational. His combination of swing, bounce and clever variation proved too much for Australia and his haul of nine for 60 really deserved the MOM award ahead of Warner. The Black Caps may have unearthed a gem in this 21 year old.
Tim Southee – 7: Provided decent seam support and usual lustre with the bat. Understandably enjoyed outfoxing an embarrassed Ponting with his 1st innings dismissal.
Trent Boult – 8: Hugely impressive on debut although he couldn’t have wished for a better pitch or conditions to make his Test bow.
Chris Martin – 8: As consistent as ever and sparked his side’s second day fightback by taking the first three wickets. Added what proved to be a crucial 23 for the last wicket with Boult and completed his full set of Hughes scalps for the series.
Cricket zeroes: Channel 9's Commentary Team