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Australia thrash New Zealand in first Test

Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Mitchell Santner of New Zealand during day four of the 1st Test at the Optus Stadium in Perth, on Sunday.
 PERTH, Dec 15: Australia recorded one of their biggest wins over New Zealand on the fourth day of the first Test at Perth Stadium on Sunday.

 Having trailed by 250 runs on the first innings the Kiwis were set a mammoth 468 to win – which would have been a record chase in Test cricket – on a deteriorating pitch after Australia declared at 217 for nine in their second innings.

The visitors were never in contention after losing their first wicket with just six runs on the board and were unable to push the match into a fifth day after Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins cleaned up the Kiwi tail under lights in Perth’s first ever day-night Test.

New Zealand were dismissed for 171 and were beaten by 296 runs, the last five wickets falling in a hurry for just 17 runs.

It was just one run shy of their biggest losing margin to Australia – in runs – in a match where both teams batted twice.

Australia’s biggest win, other than innings victories, was 297 runs in Auckland in 1974.

Starc (4-45), who claimed nine wickets for the match, and Cummins (2-31) used the pink ball to good effect under lights to bring the match to a quick conclusion after none of the recognised Kiwi batsmen offered significant resistance.


Australia 1st Innings: 416

Australia 2nd Innings: D Warner c sub (Blundell) b Southee 19, J Burns c Nicholls b Southee 53, M Labuschagne c Santner b Wagner 50, S Smith c Raval b Wagner 16, M Wade c Raval b de Grandhomme 17, T Head c de Grandhomme b Southee 5, T Paine b Southee 0, P Cummins c Watling b Wagner 13, M Starc c Taylor b Southee 23, N Lyon not out 0. Extras: (LB-7, NB-6, W-8) 21. Total: (For 9 wickets declared in 69.1 overs) 217. Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-131, 3-148, 4-154, 5-160, 6-160, 7-180, 8-189, 9-217. Bowling: Southee 21.1-6-69-5, De Grandhomme 17-2-47-1, Wagner 23-4-59-3, Santner 8-0-35-0.

New Zealand 1st Innings: 166

New Zealand 2nd Innings: J Raval c Lyon b Starc 1, T Latham lbw Lyon 18, K Williamson c Wade b Lyon 14, R Taylor c Paine b Starc 22, H Nicholls c Head b Lyon 21, BJ Watling c Paine b Starc 40, C de Grandhomme c Smith b Cummins 33, M Santner c Head b Cummins 0, T Southee c Smith by Lyon 4, N Wagner c Paine b Starc 8, L Ferguson not out 1. Extras: (LB-6, NB-1, W-2) 9. Total (All out in 65.3 overs) 171. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-21, 3-57, 4-57, 5-98, 6-154, 7-154, 8-154, 9-163, 10-171. Bowling: Starc 14-5-45-4, Cummins 19-6-31-2, Lyon 22.3-3-63-4, Head 5-1-13-0, Labuschagne 5-0-13-0. – AFP

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