Kiwi skipper's classy act after devastating loss

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson has been widely praised by cricket fans for personally thanking Kiwi fans who travelled to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test.

It was a tough watch for those fans, with Australia dominating the match after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.

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It was all over by the end of day four, a disappointing result for the visitors considering they entered the series as the number two ranked Test team.

Williamson made his way to the fence in front of a vocal throng of New Zealand supporters, offering heartfelt thanks on behalf of the team for the crowd’s support.

“The support around this Test match has truly been special, the guys hugely appreciate it,” Williamson said.

“I imagine footballers feel a little bit like this.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson personally thanks Kiwi fans for their support, after their crushing loss to Australia in the Boxing Day Test. Picture: The Alternative Commentary Collective/Facebook

“Despite the result, the passion has been truly inspiring and we want to thank you guys.”

A massive cheer erupted from the fans after the message - proving their captain is still a popular figure, despite two tough losses.

It wasn’t just the fans at the ground who were won over by Williamson - he found plenty of support on social media as well.

Kiwis slammed over 'disgraceful' act in Boxing Day Test

New Zealand’s batting display on day four at the MCG against Australia has been widely condemned, with Kiwi great Ian Smith particularly scathing.

Australia are one win away from their first perfect Test summer in six years after wrapping up the trans-Tasman trophy with a 247-run flogging of New Zealand.

Nathan Lyon bowled Australia to victory on Sunday's fourth day of the second Test at the MCG, giving them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The Aussies were dominant again on Sunday, with Tom Blundell offering the only real resistance for New Zealand.

Smith erupted in commentary when Colin de Grandhomme was dismissed playing a wild shot against Lyon when he should have been trying to support Blundell and get him to triple figures.

De Grandhomme danced down the pitch and holed out to backward square leg, completely beaten in the flight but still trying to put Lyon into the stands.

“I’m going to get angry here,” Smith said in commentary.

“I know it’s all entertaining and I know you’ve got to play your natural game, but how about the bloke at the other end, who still sits there on 88, has batted right through.

“That’s not a delivery that if you want to defend is going to get you out. I think that’s pretty selfish batting, to be fair. I don’t like that kind of dismissal.

“When you consider what Blundell has done for his side today, if he runs out of partners, if he doesn’t get to the mark that he wants, Colin de Grandhomme should be lined up because that to me has given it away.”