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Australia surges to massive victory in first Test

Lyon leads the way with 4 for 91 as New Zealand crashes to innings loss at Basin Reserve

Australia surges to massive victory in first Test
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Mitch Marsh celebrates the wicket of Corey Anderson.
Australia inflicted a crushing defeat on New Zealand with a day to spare in the first Test between the sides in Wellington on Monday (February 15) when it dismissed the home side for 327 on the fourth afternoon to win by an innings and 52 runs.
 
Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood shared the spoils as the six remaining New Zealand wickets fell for 149 runs on the fourth day, which the host resumed on 178 for 4.
 
New Zealand had begun its second innings at the Basin Reserve needing 379 to make Australia bat a second time after Adam Voges's 239 set up Australia's first innings of 562 in reply to New Zealand’s 183.
 
The recognised New Zealand batsmen made starts, but were unable to turn them into big scores. After getting to 218 for 7, it was left to the last three batsmen, of whom Tim Southee smashed 48 off 23 balls and Mark Craig contributed an unbeaten 33, to reduce the margin of defeat.


 
At the top of the order, Tom Latham scored 63 and Henry Nicholls, on debut, contributed 59, while Martin Guptill made 45 and Kane Williamson 22.
 
BJ Watling was undone when he attempted to cut a Lyon delivery and was beaten by the turn with the ball taking an inside edge to ricochet on to the stumps.
 
Nicholls resumed the day at 31 and won a battle of wits with Hazlewood, who fired down a series of good-length deliveries, seaming the ball away and tempting the left-hander to chase the shot. When Nicholls refused to take the bait, Hazlewood switched to a short delivery, which was pulled to the square-leg boundary. 
 
Bird eventually claimed Nicholls’ wicket with a good-length delivery that bowled him as he tried to turn it to the on-side. Southee and Craig delayed the inevitable, putting on 59 for the ninth wicket.
 
Lyon finished with 4 for 91 as the most successful Australian bowler, while Mitchell Marsh took 3 for 73.


 
Australia had been in charge of the Test from the time Steven Smith won the toss and New Zealand was shot out within two sessions on a green-topped surface. 
 
As the pitch flattened out, Australia was able to score more freely, with Voges’ marathon double-century complemented by Usman Khawaja’s 140 effectively batting New Zealand out of the game after the first-innings exchanges.
 
The second Test starts in Christchurch on Saturday and will be the last international match for Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain. 

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