Labuschagne century puts Australia on top in Perth against New Zealand
A patient unbeaten hundred from Marnus Labuschagne (110*) and stubborn resistance from Steve Smith (43) just about put Australia on top at close of play, at the Optus Stadium, in Perth, against New Zealand today.
Australia 248-4 - (90 Ov) - (Marnus Labuschagne 110* , Steve Smith 43, David Warner 43; Neil Wagner 2-52)
New Zealand – Still to bat
At the Close of Play Day 1 - Australia are 248 - 4
Australia won the toss and decided to bat against New Zealand, in the 1st Test today, and thanks to 3rd wicket partnership of 132 between Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, they finished the day on 248-4.
Earlier, David Warner (43) and Joe Burns (9) had struggled against the New Zealand bowlers and without Marnus Labuschagne 110* and Steve Smith 43, Australia would certainly have been in trouble. The New Zealand bowlers toiled all day with some reward; but with the runs on the board, Australia just have the edge on this match after day one.
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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