Seamers sizzle as 14 wickets fall on day one

SEAMERS dominated on day one of the Trans-Tasman Test in Christchurch today, with Josh Hazlewood spearheading Australia into a strong position at stumps. The opening quick took 5-31 as New Zealand was sent in to bat and bowled out for 162 heading into tea.

Australia did much of the damage after lunch, ripping through the Kiwis’ batting order to spark a collapse of 5-28. Matt Henry (29) and captain Tim Southee (26) then added some respectability to the total in a 55-run ninth-wicket partnership – the best of the innings.

Their efforts proved mere consolation, however, as the hosts’ top six again failed to fire. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc brought up a significant milestone, claiming 3-59 to surpass the great Dennis Lillee into fourth on Australia’s all-time Test wicket taking charts with 357.

Hazlewood’s clinic of persistent and consistent bowling was somewhat mirrored by Matt Henry as the tourists entered the crease. Henry ended day one with 3-39 as Australia battled to 4-124, with Marnus Labuschagne (45*) making the most significant inroads.

Coming into the Test under fire for his form – or lack thereof – Labuschagne proved resolute after coming in at 2-32 in the final session. He saw out the day’s play alongside nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, whom he will resume alongside tomorrow morning, 38 runs behind New Zealand.

One positive for the Kiwis was the emergence of debutant Ben Sears. While Southee and Kane Williamson earned their 100th caps, he entered the Test arena for the first time and took just three deliveries to claim his maiden wicket – no less, that of Steve Smith.


Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Australia won the toss & elected to bowl

1st Innings: New Zealand 10-162 (45.2)
Tom Latham 38 (69), Matt Henry 29 (28), Tim Southee 26 (20)
Josh Hazlewood 5-31 (13.2), Mitchell Starc 3-59 (12), Cameron Green 1-21 (4)

2nd Innings: Australia 4-124 (36.0)
Marnus Labuschagne 45* (80), Cameron Green 25 (40), Travis Head 21 (19)
Matt Henry 3-39 (13), Ben Sears 1-38 (11), Scott Kuggeleijn 0-13 (4)

Session Breakdown
1st: New Zealand 3-71 (25.2)
2nd: New Zealand 7-91 (20)
3rd: Australia 4-124 (36)

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