Hazlewood, Siddle put Australia in dominant position on green track
New Zealand 183 (Craig 41no) v
Australia 147-3 (Smith 71)
First Test, Wellington, day one
Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle shared seven wickets between them to restrict New Zealand to 183 in their first innings after which Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja scored fifties to take Australia to 147 for three at stumps on day one of the first Test in Wellington.
Australia won the toss and elected to first without any hesitation on a greenish wicket. Hazlewood (4-42) provided the initial breakthrough having Tom Latham (6) caught behind in the third over.
The precession of wickets continued as Hazlewood dismissed Martin Guptill (18) and Brendon McCullum (0) while Siddle (3-37) picked the prized wicket of Kane Williamson to restrict New Zealand to 47 for four.
The debutant Henry Nicholls (8) also found it tough to handle the movement from the Australian bowlers and finally nicked one to Peter Nevill behind the stumps off Siddle.
Corey Anderson (38) and BJ Watling (17) held the innings briefly during their 37-run stand as New Zealand went into lunch at 84 for five from 25 overs.
Immediately after lunch, Hazlewood returned back to induce an edge of Watling and completed his four-wicket haul and a couple of overs later Siddle dismissed Doug Bracwell (5) adding to New Zealand's misery.
Mark Craig (41 not out) showed tremendous application along with Anderson to add 40 runs for the eighth wicket but Nathan Lyon (3-32) got into the act to dismiss Anderson and Tim Southee (0) in a span of his four deliveries.
A 46-run stand for the final wicket between Craig and Trent Boult (24) ensured New Zealand reached 183 in their first innings. Boult had scored three sixes in his 22-ball knock before was deceived by Lyon.
Hazlewood picked four wickets for Australia while Siddle and Lyon managed three wickets apiece.
Southee (2-22) provided New Zealand some hope after he dismissed both Joe Burns (0) and David Warner (5) in his first two overs.
Coming on to bat at five for two, Smith (71) looked solid from the first delivery he faced and went to smash Doug Bracewell (0-45) for successive boundaries in the 11th over.
Khawaja (57) at the other end showed his expertise by plundering three fours off Trent Boult (0-36) in the 12th over. Smith had his chance when Craig (1-31) dropped a catch in the slips when he was on 10.
The duo stepped up the accelerator and brought the 50-run stand off just 64 deliveries. Smith reached his fifty off 65 deliveries and soon brought the hundred-run stand with Khawaja as the partnership looked threatening for New Zealand.
The 128-run stand finally came to an end when Craig held on to a low return catch to dismiss Smith and a couple of deliveries later Khawaja brought his fifty.
The day ended on a controversial note when Adam Voges (7 not out) was bowled by Bracewell while attempting to leave a delivery but umpire Richard Illingworth signalled a no ball for overstepping.
However, replays indicated that Bracwell's foot was well within the crease handing a reprieve to Voges. Australia ended the day at 147 for three still trailing New Zealand by 36 runs with seven wickets in hand.
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