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Australia goes 1-0 up with 208-run win

New Zealand bowled out for 295 in the morning session of fifth day of the Gabba Test

Australia goes 1-0 up with 208-run win - Cricket News
Australia players celebrate after winning the match.

Australia posted a comfortable 208-run win on the final day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, to maintain its 27-year unbeaten streak at the venue. 

Australia claimed the seven remaining New Zealand wickets on Monday (November 9) morning in Brisbane to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series after dismissing New Zealand for 295 from 88.3 overs. New Zealand was chasing a massive 504-run target after two innings declarations from the home side.

David Warner, the opening batsman, was named man of the match after hitting centuries in both innings.

Starting the final day on 142 for 3, New Zealand had its back against the wall as Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson got going, but it was Hazlewood who drew first blood as he dismissed Ross Taylor for 26. 

Brendon McCullum, overnight 4, raised his half-century off 44 balls with a towering straight six off Nathan Lyon’s off-spin, and loomed as his team's best hope of avoiding defeat. James Neesham, who came into bat despite being ruled out for the rest of the series with back trouble, lasted 33 balls before he popped a catch to Joe Burns at short leg off Johnson for 3.

McCullum hoicked Johnson over one of the longest boundaries at backward square leg for his second six to steam into the 70s. It was McCullum's 97th six in Tests, placing him tied for third on the all-time list, led by Adam Gilchrist with 100.

McCullum was then dismissed by Mitchell Marsh for a run-a-ball 80, studded with ten fours and two sixes.  

After McCullum’s wicket, Doug Bracewell went next ball, trapped in front to put Marsh on a hat-trick which Tim Southee saw off. But Southee was soon out caught behind off Hazlewood as the game started slipping from New Zealand.

Mark Craig and Trent Boult added 46 runs for the last wicket, before Boult was caught behind for 15, leaving Craig unbeaten on 26.

New Zealand's highest successful run chase in the fourth innings remains its 324 against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994.

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