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  Australia hammer New Zealand with a day to spare

Australia hammer New Zealand with a day to spare

AFP
Published : Feb 15, 2016, 11:58 pm IST
Updated : Feb 15, 2016, 11:58 pm IST

Australia inflicted a crushing innings defeat on New Zealand with a day to spare in the first Test in Wellington when they dismissed the home side for 327 on Monday.

Australian players celebrate the fall of a New Zealand wicket on Monday. (Photo: AP)
 Australian players celebrate the fall of a New Zealand wicket on Monday. (Photo: AP)

Australia inflicted a crushing innings defeat on New Zealand with a day to spare in the first Test in Wellington when they dismissed the home side for 327 on Monday.

In a Test that will be remembered for two majestic innings by Adam Voges and Usman Khawaja, as well as an umpiring howler, Australia won by an innings and 52 runs.

Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood all shared the spoils as the last six New Zealand wickets fell for 149 on day four.

New Zealand had been set a target of 379 just to get in credit in their second innings after Voges’ 239 set up Australia’s first innings of 562.

The recognised New Zealand batsmen made starts, but were unable to turn them into big scores.

After getting to 218/7 it was left to the last three batsmen to add 109 runs. Tim Southee was in a one-day mood with 48 off 23 and Mark Craig contributed an unbeaten 33. At the top of the order, Tom Latham scored 63 and Henry Nicholls, on debut, added 59 while Martin Guptill made 45 and Kane Williamson 22. Lyon occupied one end with his off-breaks and the quicks were rotated at the other with a plan for each of the batsmen.

Scoreboard New Zealand (1st innings): 183

Australia (1st innings): 562

New Zealand (2nd innings): T. Latham c Khawaja b Lyon 63, M. Guptill c Marsh b Lyon 45, K. Williamson c Nevill b Hazlewood 22, H. Nicholls b Bird 59, B. McCullum lbw b Marsh 10, C. Anderson lbw b Marsh 0, BJ Watling b Lyon 10, D. Bracewell lbw b Hazlewood 14, M. Craig (not out) 33, T. Southee c Khawaja b Lyon 48, T. Boult b Marsh 12. Extras: (2b,5lb,4nb) 11. Total: (in 104. 3 overs) 327

FoW: 1-81, 2-121, 3-157, 4-178, 5-185, 6-214, 7-218, 8-242, 9-301

Bowling: Hazlewood 29-7-75-2, Bird 19-4-54-1, Siddle 8-0-30-0, Marsh 17.3-2-73-3, Lyon 31-10-91-4

Location: New Zealand, Wellington