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Australia beat New Zealand by 296 runs in 1st Test at Perth

Nathan Lyon 4-63 for Australia today

On the 4th day of the 1st Test match, in Perth, Australia ruthlessly beat New Zealand by 296 runs, with over a day’s play left to play. Worryingly for New Zealand, they achieved this with one of their mainline strike bowlers out injured for most of the match.

Match Summary

Australia 416 - (146.2 Ovs) - (Marnus Labuschagne 143, Travis Head 53, Steve Smith 43, David Warner 43; Tim Southee 4-93, Neil Wagner 4-92) and 217 – 9 dec (69.1 Ovs) - (Joe Burns 53, Marnus Labuschagne 50; Tim Southee 5-69, Neil Wagner 3-59)

New Zealand – 166 (55.2 Ovs) - (Ross Taylor 80; Mitchell Starc 5-52, Nathan Lyon 2-48) and 171 (65.3 Ovs) (BJ Watling 40; Mitchell Starc 4-45, Nathan Lyon 4-63)

Result – Australia won by 296 runs


Australia moved on from their overnight score of  167-6 to declare on 217 – 9 dec (69.1 Ovs)  with Joe Burns 53 and Marnus Labuschagne 50 top scoring and  Mitchell Starc hitting a cameo 23 runs off 21 balls at the death of their innings. Tim Southee 5-69 and Neil Wagner 3-59 the main wicket takers for New Zealand.


Australia then set about the demolition of the New Zealand batting line-up – bowling the Kiwis out in their second innings for just 171, with Mitchell Starc 4-45 and Nathan Lyon 4-63 the stars with the ball.

Australia won the 1st Test by 296 runs

Match Details


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

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Lockie Ferguson



Start Time: 05:00

Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Officials: Aleem Dar, Nigel Llong, Marais Erasmus, Paul Wilson, Richard Richardson


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