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2nd Test Australia v New Zealand: Australia on top on Day 2 at the MCG

Travis Head 114 for Australia today against New Zealand
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Australia moved on from their overnight score of 257 – 4 to secure a first innings total of 467 all out – mainly thanks to a brilliant century from Travis Head 114 and 79 from skipper Tim Paine. At the Close of Play on Day 2 - New Zealand trail Australia by 423 runs with 8 wickets remaining.

Match Summary

Australia 467 (Marnus Labuschagne 63, Steve Smith 85, Travis Head 114, Tim Paine 79; Tim Southee 3-103, Neil Wagner 4-83)

New Zealand 44-2

At the Close of Play on Day 2 - New Zealand trail Australia by 423 runs with 8 wickets remaining

Scorecard

Travis Head completed his Second Test hundred for Australia and with a 150 partnership with Tim Paine, secured a big first innings total for Australia on the second before.

At the close of play New Zealand trail Australia by 423 runs with 8 wickets remaining and will have to bat well on day three in order to save this Test. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor were the not out batsmen, losing both Tom Blundell and Kane Williamson in the last session of play.

Earlier, New Zealand had managed to remove Steve Smith, who added only 8 runs to his overnight score and it looked as if New Zealand might restrict Australia to a total of under 300, however, head and Paine had other ideas and despite some top bowling from Tim Southee 3-103 and Neil Wagner 4-83, the Aussies managed to score an imposing 467 all out.

 

 

Player Squads

 

Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine(c)(wk), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon

 

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

 

 

 

Match Details

 

Start Time: 23:30

 

Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to field

 

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

 

Officials: Marais Erasmus, Nigel Llong, Aleem Dar, Gerard Abood, Richard Richardson

 

 

 

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