Tuesday 23 March 2010 

Australia Wrap Up Ten-Wicket Win Over New Zealand

Australia Wrap Up Ten-Wicket Win Over New Zealand
Australia Wrap Up Ten-Wicket Win Over New Zealand
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Australia 459-5 dec. (Clarke 168) & 106-0 (Hughes 86no) beat
New Zealand 157 & 407 (McCullum 104, Harris 4-77) by ten wickets
First Test, Wellington

Phillip Hughes thumped a quickfire unbeaten 86 to guide Australia to a ten-wicket victory over New Zealand on the final day of the first Test in Wellington.

Brendon McCullum completed his century and New Zealand reached 407 in their second innings but Australia raced to victory by closing the match on 106 without loss.

New Zealand resumed the day on 369 for six having lost just one wicket on a weather-affected fourth day and although McCullum went on to hit 104 and Daryl Tuffey made an unbeaten 47, they were unable to save the game.

Ryan Harris ripped through the tail to complete figures of four for 77, dismissing McCullum, Tim Southee (0) and Brent Arnel (3) before Chris Martin was bowled by Mitchell Johnson for one.

Hughes then cracked 12 fours and a six as he hurried Australia to victory, facing just 75 balls while at the other end, Simon Katich was unbeaten on 18 in 65 deliveries.

Centuries from Michael Clarke (168) and Marcus North (112) enabled their side to declare their first innings on 459 for five and once New Zealand were bowled out for 157, they were struggling to get anything out of the game although they performed admirably to take the game to the final day.

© Cricket World 2010

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