1st Test, Day 1: Hazlewood strikes put Australia on top against New Zealand

first_imgNew Zealand captain Brendon McCullum wanted to celebrate his 100th consecutive Test on Friday but instead it was his Australia counterpart Steve Smith on a high after day one of the first Test.Smith won a pivotal toss that helped his bowlers skittle the hosts for 183, and he then scored 71 to lead Australia to 147 for 3 in reply. Australia bowled first on a green pitch at the Basin Reserve and McCullum was out for a seven-ball duck as New Zealand found itself in almost irreversible trouble at 51 for 5 within the first hour. Brendon McCullum set for another milestone Corey Anderson (38), No. 9 Mark Craig (41 not out) and No. 11 Trent Boult (24) offset some of the damage by putting on 86 for the last three wickets, but New Zealand was still out in only 48 overs and before tea.The Bain Reserve wicket was a touch green, but did not seam too much. Most New Zealand were too cautious, playing from the crease where they were easily done by slight movement.The first seven wickets in New Zealand’s innings fell to catches behind the wicket, four to keeper Peter Nevill. The bowlers’ domination continued when Australia lost openers Joe Burns (0) and David Warner (5) inside the first three overs to be 5 for 2, but Smith turned the tide as he joined Usman Khawaja in a 127-run partnership for the third wicket.Smith was dropped by Craig at slip when on 18 and was fidgety at the crease until the pitch calmed down and he could play with more confidence. He appeared set for a century when he gave Craig another chance and the spinner claimed a sharp return catch.advertisementKhawaja finished 57 not out and Adam Voges was 7 not out. There was one last drama before stumps when Voges was bowled by Doug Bracewell off a no ball which television replays showed was a mistake by the umpire.Australia bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle were outstanding in their opening spells. Hazlewood took 3-25 from his first eight overs and Siddle 2 for 6 from five. They shared the first seven wickets before spinner Nathan Lyon took the last three.Hazlewood finished with 4 for 42 to lead a depleted attack. Already down on strength with the retirement of Mitchell Johnson and injury to Mitchell Starc, Australia lost James Pattinson to shin soreness before this match.Pattinson’s place was taken by Jackson Bird who played his first Test since 2013 and went wicketless. Siddle had 3 for 19 after 11 over and finished with 3 for 37. Anderson stemmed the tide of New Zealand wickets with an innings of 38 in 144 minutes which included partnerships of 37 with BJ Watling and 40 with Craig.The 10th-wicket stand between Craig and Boult featured three sixes by Boult off Lyon. That took him to 16 for his Test career; the most ever by a No. 11 batsman.”We didn’t bat great and they bowled pretty well under the conditions,” Anderson said. “We’ve seen it greener here definitely and it was almost a second-day Basin wicket where it just did enough to get the nick.”They’ve put on that big partnership between Usman and Steve and we have our work cut out for us.”Australia began its innings shakily. Burns went to the fourth ball of the first over and Warner two overs later, both caught behind off Tim Southee who returned from an almost six week injury break.last_img

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