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Khawaja, Voges tons give Australia big lead

Boult picks up two wickets, but visiting side ends second day on 463 for 6, ahead by 280 runs

Khawaja, Voges tons give Australia big lead
 - Cricket News
Voges displayed tremendous resolve in his batting all day,
Australia's Adam Voges surpassed an average of 100 to take his side to a commanding position against New Zealand on the second day of the first Test between the two sides in Wellington on Saturday (February 13).

Voges walked off unbeaten on 176, and now has an average of 100.33. Resuming the day on 147 for 3 in response to New Zealand's 183 all out, Australia reached 463 for 6 at stumps, holding a lead of 280.

Voges displayed tremendous resolve in his batting all day, achieving the milestone in the 19th innings of his career. He was involved in partnerships of 168 with Usman Khawaja (140) and 96 with Peter Nevill (32) to prevent New Zealand from gaining any momentum on what was a tough day for the home side. 

New Zealand briefly appeared to be in position to expose Australia's tailenders during the post-lunch session when Trent Boult took two wickets, including Khawaja's, in three deliveries, but Voges calmly ensured that the visiting side maintained its dominance.

The late-blooming Voges, who was 35 when he made his debut against the West Indies last June, has scored 1,204 runs in his career so far, with a high score of 269 not out. His innings in Wellington includes 26 boundaries so far. 

"He's got an average higher than Don (Bradman) at the moment, so I might just have to call him Sir Voges," Khawaja joked after the match.

Voges would be required to score at least nine more runs to keep his average higher than Bradman's 99.94.

Earlier, New Zealand was bundled out for 183 in its first innings with Mark Craig top-scoring with an unbeaten 41.

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