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Australia complete innings victory to take 1-0 lead

Australia complete innings victory to take 1-0 lead
Nathan Lyon (right) picked four wickets for Australia in the second innings.
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Australia 562 (Voges 239) beat
New Zealand 183 & 327 (Latham 63) by an innings and 52 runs
First Test, Wellington, day four
Scorecard

Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh shared seven wickets between them as Australia dismissed New Zealand for 327 in their second innings on day four and completed an innings victory in the first Test in Wellington to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series.

New Zealand started the day at 178 for four still trailing Australia by 201 runs.

Corey Anderson (0) was the first batsman to be dismissed on day four after he was trapped lbw by Marsh (3-73). He opted for a review, but it went in vain as the ball hit the leg stump.

Henry Nicholls (59) was the only positive for New Zealand in the innings as he reached his maiden Test fifty in the 74th over.

BJ Watling's (10) 33-ball vigil ended after he was castled by Lyon (4-91) as New Zealand slipped to 214 for six.

Jackson Bird (1-51) picked his first wicket in the game after he bowled Nicholls in the 83rd over and Australia decided to take the second new ball.

New Zealand went into lunch at 241 for seven after adding just 63 runs in the first session while losing three wickets.
In the very first over of the second session, Josh Hazlewood (2-75) trapped Doug Bracewell (14) lbw. An optimist Bracewell went for a review but the on-field decision remained.

Tim Southee (48) and Mark Craig (33 not out) kept Australia at bay during their 59-run stand for the ninth wicket but Southee went for one too many shots, eventually holing out to long on off Lyon.

The tenth wicket stand of 26 runs came to an end with Marsh castling Trent Boult (12) as Australia went on to win the game by an innings and 52 runs.

Lyon picked four wickets while Marsh had three to his name. Adam Voges was declared the man of the match for his fantastic double century.

With an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series, both teams will lock horns for the final game on 20th February in Christchurch, which is also supposed to be Brendon McCullum's final international game.

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