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Australia pile the pressure on New Zealand on Day Two of 1st Test in Perth

Mitchell Starc 4-31 and 30 runs for Australia today
Josh Hazlewood leaves the field after pulling a hamstring

Australia piled the pressure on New Zealand, who were 109-5 at the close of play on day two of 1st Test, in Perth, trailing Australia by 307 runs.


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)

New Zealand – 109-5 (32 Ovs) - (Ross Taylor 66*; Mitchell Starc 4-31)

At the Close of Play Day 2 – New Zealand are trailing Australia by 307 runs 


Australia were 248 – 4 at the start of play with overnight hero Marnus Labuschagne 110* - he added a further 33 runs before being clean bowled by David Wagner for 143.

Travis Head 53, skipper Tim Paine 39 and Mitchell Starc 30 all chipped in to take Australia to an imposing 416 all out.

Tim Southee 4-93 and Neil Wagner 4-92 were the pick of the Blackcap bowlers.


In reply, New Zealand got off to disastrous start with both openers, Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, back in pavilion with just 1 run on the board; however, Josh Hazlewood then pulled a hamstring and Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson fought of a barrage of short bowling before stabilizing the innings and taking their score to 77, before Kane Williamson (34) was brilliantly caught out, by a diving one-handed catch in the slips, by Steve Smith, bowled Mitchell Starc.

Mitchell Starc then went on to remove Henry Nicholls (7) and night watchman Neil Wagner (0), first ball, and New Zealand were again back in real trouble at 97-5.

At the close of play, on day two, New Zealand were 105-5, trailing Australia by 307 runs with Ross Taylor unbeaten on 66* and BJ Watling 0*.



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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