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Heavy defeat for NZ in opening Test

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/02/2016
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Australia have cleaned up the New Zealand tail to thump the hosts by an innings and 52 runs in the first cricket Test in Wellington.

New Zealand came back from lunch on the fourth day in Wellington 241-7 but lost their last three wickets in just under an hour.

Trent Boult was the last man out, bowled by Mitchell Marsh for 12, and the Kiwis were all out for 327.

Nathan Lyon took four wickets for 91 runs.

Doug Bracewell was out in the first over after lunch, lbw to Josh Hazlewood for 14. Tim Southee provided some entertainment for the crowd with some big sixes, including one nearly out of the ground, but the next ball he was out caught at long on for 48.

Mark Craig, who top scored with 41 in the first innings, was not out 33 at the end.

New Zealand started the day on 178-4, still 201 runs shy of Australia's first innings of 562 after they could only manage 183 in their first innings.

The hosts lost three wickets in the morning session, Corey Anderson for a duck, BJ Watling (10) and Henry Nicholls (59), who made the highest score by a New Zealand debutant at No.4.

Hazlewood finished with figures of 2-75, Jackson Bird 1-51 and Marsh 3-73. Peter Siddle, who didn't bowl on Monday, returned 0-30.

Australia have dominated the match since the first session, after captain Steve Smith won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat on a green pitch.

Their first innings was driven by man-of-the-match Adam Voges' 239 but much has been made of his reprieve on seven when he was bowled by a Bracewell delivery that was wrongly called a no ball.

However, Australia's bowlers have been tighter and were able to get more out of the pitch as it wore on.

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