89.6 : Now then! On Day 2, New Zealand need a few wickets quickly, the second new ball is relatively new and they would hope to enforce a collapse. Australia on the other hand, will hope for one big partnership and the rest to chip in so that they could get to a good first innings total. Do join us for all the action at 1030 local (2330 GMT, Previous day). Till then, take care and goodbye! The New Zealand bowling was decent throughout. They did not do a lot wrong but probably did not have a lot of luck on their side. They stuck to their plans, bowled accordingly but could not get the reward. Colin de Grandhomme, who did start off well but came back strongly in the next two sessions, was the pick. Boult and Wagner both had a wicket to their name. Southee did look threatening but nothing in the wickets column for him. It was all about partnerships for Australia! Except for the first wicket, every other partnership was broken only after adding a stand of over 50. None however went onto become something significant. The Aussie batters too failed to make most of the starts they got. Steven Smith however, seems to be all set for another big one. Australia would hope Head can also make use of this opportunity and both can take the team to a big first innings score. Australia’s day in the end! You have to say that, just the 4 wickets in the whole day after electing to bowl, not what you would have thought when that decision was taken. Also, the last session too was dominated by the hosts. Just the one wicket is what they lost and they managed to add 102 runs with Steven Smith looking solid as a rock and Head playing himself in nicely. Tim Southee to Head, Head negotiates it easily! It is a gentle length delivery around middle, Head stays back and keeps it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 1! 89.5 : Tim Southee to Head, Makes him play by bowling it on a length and around off, Head keeps it out easily. Last ball coming up… 89.4 : Tim Southee to Head, Looks to swing it back in from outside off but does not get it to come back enough. Left alone. Need to make the batter play here, last two balls coming up. 89.3 : Tim Southee to Head, Outside off, left alone. 89.2 : Tim Southee to T Head, EDGY FOUR! How many times have we seen a boundary down in the third man region? From around the wicket, it lands on middle, it straightens. Head looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge. No third slip in place and the ball races down to the third man fence. 89.1 : Tim Southee to S Smith, On the fuller side, Smith strokes it wide of mid off for one. The fielder there makes a wild throw to the keeper who fails to collect it but no extra run taken. 88.6 : T Boult to Head, A sharp bumper to end but it is outside off, Head lets it be. 88.5 : T Boult to Head, Goes fuller this time and outside off, Head lets it go again. 88.4 : T Boult to Head, A little bit of width on offer outside off, Head does not fiddle with it. 88.3 : T Boult to Head, A short one and on middle, it is evaded. 88.2 : T Boult to Head, This is on the pads, the batter looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Head misses out on another boundary there. 88.1 : T Boult to Head, FOUR! Short, wide and put away! It is outside off, Head cuts it through point for a boundary. 250 up for Australia. 87.6 : Tim Southee to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 87.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, This is angled into the pads, Smith gently works it to mid-wicket. 87.4 : Tim Southee to Smith, Another one on the off pole, defended. 87.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, On off, blocked. 87.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, That was played with very soft hands! It is on a length and around off, it shapes away. Smith just looks to put bat to ball. The ball though hits the outside edge but falls short of first slip. 87.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, Angled into the pads, Smith keeps it out. 86.6 : T Boult to Head, Shorter and on off, Head hops and keeps it out. 86.5 : T Boult to Head, Leading edge but safe! This one shapes a touch from middle, Head looks to work it across the line against the movement. He gets a soft leading edge towards mid off. 86.4 : T Boult to Head, On off and it shapes away. Head opens the face of the bat and guides it to gully. 86.3 : T Boult to Head, On middle, Head stays back and keeps it out. 86.2 : T Boult to Head, Outside off, Head looks to leave but there is a little extra bounce. Head awkwardly lets it go in the end. 86.1 : T Boult to Head, On the pads, Head works it wide of fine leg and takes two. No swing on offer with the second new ball for both the bowlers. 85.6 : Tim Southee to Smith, FOUR! Uppish but safe! Fuller and on off, Smith plays a check on-drive. It goes uppishly but well wide of the fielder at mid on and to the boundary. 85.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, Outside off again, not played at. 85.4 : Tim Southee to Smith, Another tempter outside off, Smith won’t be tempted with Stumps around the corner. 85.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, Outside off, Smith won’t be playing at that so late in the day. 85.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, A yorker on off, Smith is ready for it. He gets his bat down in time and jams it out. 85.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 84.6 : T Boult to Head, Boult is looking to bowl the magic ball, he starts on leg and he tries to swing it away but there is no movement. Head works it through square leg and two is taken. 84.5 : T Boult to Head, Back of a length and on off, Head guides it to gully. 84.4 : T Boult to Smith, This is angled into the middle pole, Smith works it through square leg for one. 84.3 : T Boult to Smith, This starts on middle and then swings away further. Smith lets it be. Watling does well to dive to his left and stop it. 84.2 : T Boult to Smith, One a length and outside off, Smith does not play at it. 84.1 : T Boult to S Smith, Bumper! Smith ducks under it. 83.6 : Tim Southee to Head, Another one outside off, Head makes one more leave. 83.5 : Tim Southee to Head, One more delivery outside off, not played at. 83.4 : Tim Southee to Head, Looks to hit the pads of Head but the left-hander gets his bat down and works it through mid-wicket for two. 83.3 : Tim Southee to Head, Good stop! Shorter in length and outside off, Head cuts it hard but Santner at point dives to his right and stops a boundary. 83.2 : Tim Southee to Head, This is angled in from around the wicket, it is still outside off. Due to the angle though Head hangs his bat out but gets beaten. 83.1 : Tim Southee to Head, Outside off, Head shoulders arms to this one. 82.6 : T Boult to Smith, On the fuller side, it is defended. 82.5 : T Boult to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 82.4 : T Boult to Smith, FOUR! Need not run for those! Too full goes Boult and he pays the price. Smith shows the full face of the bat and creams it down to the long off fence. 82.3 : T Boult to Smith, Starts on the pads and then swings away further. Left alone. 82.2 : T Boult to Smith, On off this time, Smith covers the line and blocks it out. 82.1 : T Boult to Smith, Well left in the end! This is just outside off, Smith shuffles across, he initially thinks of playing as he feels the ball would come back in. He sees it does not and leaves it at the last minute. 81.6 : Tim Southee to Head, Full and miles outside off, let through once again. Wastage of the new cherry. 81.5 : Tim Southee to Head, Wide outside off, left alone. 81.4 : Tim Southee to Head, Tempter. Full and outside off, Travis has a lame push and misses. 81.3 : Tim Southee to Head, More inswing, around off, driven straight to cover this time. 81.2 : Tim Southee to Head, FOUR! PRISTINE! This should give Head some confidence. Around middle, nice swing, but Head gets his bat down in time, meets the swing perfectly and drives this with pristine precision. Back past the bowler. Southee bends to stop but the ball whizzes past. 81.1 : Tim Southee to Head, Full and around middle, swinging in, watchfully defended. 80.6 : Tim Southee into the attack again. 16-4-48-0 so far. T Boult to Smith, Wide outside off, not played at. 80.5 : T Boult to Smith, Another ball outside off, Smith does not play at it. 80.4 : T Boult to Head, Back of a length and on off, Head looks to defend but due to the outward movement, it goes off the outer half towards point for one. 80.3 : T Boult to Head, Down the leg side, Head looks to flick but misses. 80.2 : T Boult to Head, Another full delivery, shaping away from middle. Head strokes it back to the bowler. 80.1 : T Boult to Head, Some swing for Boult! He bowls it fuller outside off, it is left alone. 79.6 : The new ball is now available! It has been taken immediately and Trent Boult is back on. M Santner to Smith, Tosses it up on middle, Smith prods forward and defends. 79.5 : M Santner to Smith, On off, kept out. 79.4 : M Santner to Smith, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. 79.3 : M Santner to Head, Too short and outside off, it is slapped through covers for three. 79.2 : M Santner to Smith, BEATEN! Turn and bounce! Wow! SAw that for the first time in the game. This lands on off and then spins away sharply, there is also extra bounce. Smith is squared up as he tries to defend, the ball whizzes past the outside edge. The keeper fails to take it and the batters run one bye. 79.1 : M Santner to T Head, Very full and on middle, this is hit down towards long on for one. 78.6 : Mitchell Santner is back into the attack! N Wagner to Head, Head this time gets on top of the bounce and works it wide of the leg gully fielder for one. 78.5 : N Wagner to Head, On the shorter side around off, Head hops and pushes it to covers. 78.4 : N Wagner to T Head, Nicely bowled! A slower one around off, Head strokes it to mid off. 78.3 : N Wagner to Head, On the pads again, Head flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 78.2 : N Wagner to Head, One more short one on the body, Head works it to mid-wicket. 78.1 : N Wagner to Head, A short one on the body, Head looks to flick but misses. That nearly kissed the glove on its way. 77.6 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 77.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 77.4 : de Grandhomme to S Smith, On the fuller side around off, Smith strokes it to cover-point. 77.3 : de Grandhomme to Head, On the pads, this is worked towards fine leg for one. 77.2 : de Grandhomme to T Head, Fuller and outside off, Head looks to go at it a little too hard. It goes off the inner half back to the bowler. 77.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 76.6 : N Wagner to Head, Full and around middle, swinging in slightly, worked dangerously, across the line, towards mid on. He misses that, he is a goner. 76.5 : N Wagner to Smith, Quick running. A length ball, on the pads, Steven tucks it through square leg and takes a single. 76.4 : N Wagner to Smith, One more short ball, way down the leg side, a bit high as well, left alone. 76.3 : N Wagner to Smith, A short ball, right at the rib cage, SS shoulders arms and gets tickled around the arm pits. 76.2 : N Wagner to Smith, A short ball, outside off, Steven rises with the bounce and plays it towards point. 76.1 : N Wagner to Smith, Full and around middle and leg, worked to the leg side. 75.6 : de Grandhomme to Head, Closer to the off pole this time, Head initially thinks of playing at it but then lets it be. Good ball and good leave in the end. 75.5 : de Grandhomme to Head, Continues to bowl outside off, Head continues to leave those deliveries. 75.4 : de Grandhomme to Head, Third leave in a row as another one is bowled outside off. 75.3 : de Grandhomme to Head, One more ball outside off, Head leaves it alone again. 75.2 : de Grandhomme to Head, Outside off, Head does not fiddle with it. 75.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, This is angled into the pads, Smith shuffles across and works it through square leg for one. 74.6 : N Wagner to Head, Way down the leg side again, let through. 74.5 : N Wagner to Head, Way down the leg side, left alone. 74.4 : N Wagner to Smith, Slower ball, fuller in length, around middle, Smith works it through mid-wicket but Tom Latham at short mid-wicket dives to his left and makes a stunning stop. 74.3 : N Wagner to Smith, A bouncer outside leg, SS ducks. 74.2 : N Wagner to Smith, A short ball, around middle, Steven swivels and pulls it, with total control, keeping the ball all along the ground, straight to leg gully. 74.1 : N Wagner to Smith, A length ball around middle, angling away, Smith gets across and defends. 73.6 : de Grandhomme to Head, Length and just outside off, Head makes another leave. 73.5 : de Grandhomme to Head, One more ball very wide outside off, not sure Head would go after those so early in his innings. 73.4 : de Grandhomme to Head, Outside off agian, left alone. de Grandhomme to Head, A very wide ball to begin with! Left alone. It has been wided. 73.3 : Travis Head walks in at number 6, replacing Wade. de Grandhomme to Wade, OUT! TAKEN! Wade’s luck runs out this time! The edge is taken, it carries and the catch is completed. Two for Colin de Grandhomme and he once again provides the breakthrough for the visitors. End of Wade’s scratchy innings. Colin bowls one full ball outside off, Wade looks to drive but gets an outside edge straight to Watling who makes no mistake. A wicket right after Drinks. Can New Zealand turn the tide in their favor in the final phase of today’s play? 73.2 : de Grandhomme to M Wade, INSIDE EDGE, FOUR! Wade continues to ride his luck! A short one outside off, Wade looks to punch it through the off side away from the body. He gets an inside edge which goes close past the leg pole and down towards the fine leg fence. Wagner there runs towards the ball, dives and tries to push it back in but fails to do so. 73.1 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Outside off, not played at. 72.6 : Trent Boult is giving an interview to the spider cam. He says that he is waiting for the second new ball. Hopes that it does work wonders for his side. On Australia not quite running away, Boult says that the team is aiming for basic discipline and not allow easy runs. On the pitch, Trent agrees that it is a very slow deck. DRINKS! Australia are going along really well at the moment! Smith now looks at his best, Wade on the other hand is struggling but doing well. New Zealand really need a few quick wickets before the end of the day or they will be well behind the game. An important final phase of play awaits. N Wagner to Smith, One more short delivery, Smith again sits under it. 72.5 : N Wagner to Smith, Smith continues receiving short balls! Smith ducks under it. 72.4 : N Wagner to M Wade, This is nicely timed! Fuller and around off, Wade creams it through covers and takes three. 72.3 : N Wagner to Wade, FOUR! Another risky shot and Wade once again gets away with it! A short one angled into the body, Wade looks to guide it down to third man but the ball gets big on him. It goes off the top edge over Ross Taylor at first slip and into the third man fence. 72.2 : N Wagner to Wade, A short one on the body, Wade ducks under it. 72.1 : N Wagner to S Smith, More runs! Fuller and tailing back in on middle, Smith works it through mid-wicket. Mid on gives it a chase and three is taken. 71.6 : de Grandhomme to Wade, This time he lets the ball outside off go to the keeper. 71.5 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Just short! Wade has all the slice of luck at the moment! Colin goes fuller and outside off, Wade goes after it. The ball finally finds the outside edge of the bat but lands just short of the fielder at first slip. 71.4 : de Grandhomme to Wade, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 71.3 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Takes a few steps down the track again, this is bowled outside off, Wade guides it to point. 71.2 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Bowls another one way too wide outside off, Wade lets it be. 71.1 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Another one which goes past the outside edge! It is fuller and around off, Wade looks to drive but does so inside the line and gets beaten. 70.6 : M Santner to Smith, Much better length, fractionally short of full, Steven gets a long way across and defends. 70.5 : M Santner to Smith, Floated up again, driven straight to cover. 70.4 : M Santner to Smith, On middle, pushed towards mid on. 70.3 : M Santner to Smith, Outside off, a bit of flight, driven straight to cover. 70.2 : M Santner to Smith, Full and outside off, Steven lunges and defends. 70.1 : M Santner to Wade, A low full toss, around middle, pushed through mid on for a single. 69.6 : de Grandhomme to M Wade, Wade takes a few steps ahead to negotiate the swing. He pushes it towards mid off and takes off for a quick single. Completes it. 69.5 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Outside off, not played at. 69.4 : de Grandhomme to Wade, On the fuller side, Wade strokes it to covers. 69.3 : de Grandhomme to Wade, BEATEN! Just outside off and it is on a length. Wade plays inside the line and gets beaten. 69.2 : de Grandhomme to Wade, On a length and around off, Wade pushes it to covers. 69.1 : de Grandhomme to Wade, That came back in a long way! This starts way outside off and then comes back in a long way. Wade leaves it along and the ball goes close past the off pole. 68.6 : M Santner to Smith, Darts it on off, Smith stays back and pushes it to covers, 68.5 : M Santner to Wade, Quicker and outside off, Wade opens the face of the bat and guides it through point for one. 200 up for Australia. 68.4 : M Santner to Smith, On the pads, it is worked to square leg. 68.3 : M Santner to Wade, Good use of the feet! Gets to the pitch of it and strokes it through covers. Takes three. 68.2 : M Santner to Wade, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket. 68.1 : M Santner to Smith, Very short and on middle, Smith pulls it towards deep square leg for one. Santner has not been at his best here. Bowled quite a few bad deliveries. 67.6 : Mitchell Santner is back! de Grandhomme to Smith, On middle, this is worked through square leg for one. 67.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Shorter and on off, Smith pushes it to mid off. 67.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Way too wide outside off to make the batter play. 67.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On the pads again, Smith works it to mid-wicket. 67.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 67.1 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Shorter in length and outside off, Wade slaps it through covers, it is not right off the middle. Williamson from wide mid off, hares after it and the batters take three. 66.6 : T Boult to Smith, On middle, Smith pushes it to mid on. 66.5 : T Boult to Smith, On the pads, Smith looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. 66.4 : Smith now moves out of the way at the very end! He straightaway says sorry. T Boult to Wade, Beauty! And Wade somehow plays it well in the end! A yorker, it starts on off and tails back in late. Wade gets his bat down in time by taking his front leg out of the way. He is down on the ground but senses it is wide of the fielder at mid on, gets back on his feet and takes one. 66.3 : T Boult to Wade, On the pads, Wade works it nicely wide of the fielder at fine leg. Calls for two and gets two. 66.2 : T Boult to Wade, Way too wide outside off to make the batter play. 66.1 : T Boult to Wade, Back of a length and on off, Wade is solid in defense. 65.6 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On middle, Smith gets his bat down in time and keeps it out. 65.5 : de Grandhomme to Wade, On the pads, Wade nudges it down to fine leg and takes one. 65.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Too short on off, Smith works it through square leg and takes one. 65.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On off, Smith taps it on the off side. The batters do think about a run but then do not go for it. 65.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Fuller in length and around off, shapes away. Smith leaves it alone. 65.1 : de Grandhomme to Wade, This is angled into the pads, it is worked through the leg side for one more run. 64.6 : Colin de Grandhomme is back into the attack! 14-4-32-1 so far. T Boult to Smith, Back of a length and on off, Smith stays back and keeps it out. 64.5 : T Boult to Smith, Third leave in a row as this is once again bowled outside off. 64.4 : T Boult to Smith, One more ball outside off, not played at. 64.3 : ABK – ‘Guys, why don’t you declare…’ T Boult to Smith, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 64.2 : T Boult to Smith, FOUR LEG BYES! That was pretty close! This is lands around middle and then comes back in. Smith shuffles right across and looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads. It goes past the keeper and down to the fine leg fence. Boult needed to be a little fuller there. 64.1 : T Boult to Smith, Starts off with a delivery outside off, Smith would leave those all day long. 63.6 : Trent Boult is back on! 13-1-43-1 his figures so far. Tim Southee to Wade, Shorter and on off, Wade stands tall and defends it onto the ground. 63.5 : Tim Southee to Wade, On the fuller side, Wade strokes it to covers. MW is unable to time the ball really well at the moment. Needs that one shot which gets him going. 63.4 : Tim Southee to Wade, Outside off, left alone. 63.3 : Tim Southee to Wade, BEATEN! Wade on the other hand seems to be struggling. He gets a full ball outside off, Wade goes after it but is beaten. 63.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, Like that! Easily rocks back, gets on top of the bounce and pulls the short one towards fine leg for one. 36 is the stand between the two. 63.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, On the fuller side, Smith works it to mid-wicket. Smith looks at ease now, comfortably playing the full balls and also the short balls. 62.6 : N Wagner to Wade, One more short one to end! Wade sits underneath it. Maiden. 62.5 : N Wagner to Wade, Fuller and on off, Wade pushes it to covers. 62.4 : N Wagner to Wade, A short one and on middle, Wade ducks under it. 62.3 : N Wagner to Wade, This time angles it into the batter, Wade stays back and keeps it out. 62.2 : N Wagner to Wade, Drags his length back and the line is outside off, left alone. 62.1 : N Wagner to Wade, Fuller in length and it tails away a touch. Wade plays a nice drive but straight to mid off. 61.6 : Tim Southee to Smith, Goes full this time after a few short ones. Smith is up for the challenge though as he jams it out. 61.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, One more short one on the body, evaded. 61.4 : Tim Southee to Smith, Shorter and outside off, Smith pushes it towards cover. 61.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, On the shorter side again, Smith moves out of the way. 61.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, Another short one on the body, Smith works it to square leg. 61.1 : Tim Southee to S Smith, A short one from around the wicket to Smith. He mistimes his pull towards leg gully. 60.6 : The concussion test is going on. Wade looks fine as of now. Wagner to Wade, FOUR LEG BYES! OFF THE HELMET! Thankfully, Wade is okay. A short ball, on middle, Matthew ducks but takes his eyes off the ball. It shoots off the deck, hits the back portion of the helmet, just above the neck and flies over the keeper to the fine leg fence. Wagner immediately shows concern but Wade shows that he is okay. 60.5 : N Wagner to Wade, A bouncer, around middle, Wade ducks. 60.4 : N Wagner to Wade, A length ball, around middle, MW looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads past short leg. Wade sets off for a single but then changes his mind as he sees leg gully get across. 60.3 : N Wagner to Wade, Full and around off, driven straight back to the bowler. 60.2 : N Wagner to Wade, This one comes back in, but Matthew trusts his judgement and shoulders arms. 60.1 : N Wagner to Wade, Full and outside off, swinging away, left alone. 59.6 : Tim Southee to Wade, A single to end! On off, Wade drops it on the off side and takes one. 59.5 : Tim Southee to Wade, Back of a length and on off, blocked. 59.4 : Tim Southee to Wade, Good shot! Fuller and on off, Wade strokes it back past the bowler. Mid off gives it a chase and keeps it down to two. 59.3 : Tim Southee to Wade, On off, Wade guides it to point. 59.2 : Tim Southee to M Wade, Finds the edge this time as Wade is squared up as he tries to defend. It goes between the second slip and the gully fielder towards third man for two. All these edges though are going along the ground. Probably Wade is playing with soft hands or the wicket does not have a lot of carry. 59.1 : Tim Southee to Wade, Lovely stuff! Southee, from the around the wicket angle, gets it to straighten after pitching it on off. Wade lunges to defend but is beaten. 58.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Shorter and on off, Smith keeps it out nicely. 58.5 : N Wagner to Smith, A short one on the body of Smith. He moves out of the way. 58.4 : N Wagner to M Wade, Misfield and a run! A slower one outside off, Wade strokes it nicely towards wide mid off. Williamson misfields and a single is taken. 58.3 : N Wagner to Wade, A good short one again, Wade ducks under it again. 58.2 : N Wagner to Wade, Just short! On the pads of Wade. He works it uppishly but just short of Southee at leg gully. Wade would have had his heart in his mouth for a second. 58.1 : N Wagner to Wade, Outside off, not played at. 57.6 : Tim Southee to Smith, A lovely shot for no runs! Fuller and on middle, Smith strokes it to mid on. 57.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, Southee looks to angle this into the off pole from wide of the crease. Does not angle it in enough and Smith makes one more leave. 57.4 : Tim Southee to S Smith, FOUR! Streaky again! Smith was completely squared up there! Length and on off, it straightens. Smith is squared up as he tries to keep it out. It goes off the outside edge and through the slip cordon for a boundary. It went all along the ground so even if there had been a third slip, it would not have carried. 57.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, One more ball outside off, Smith does not fiddle with it. 57.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, Full and wide outside off, Smith leaves it alone. 57.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, Good length and on off, Smith keeps it out. 56.6 : N Wagner to Wade, On the shorter side again, Wade nudges it to the man at leg gully. A steamy over from Wagner comes to an end. 56.5 : N Wagner to Wade, Back of a length and on off, Wade stays back and keeps it out. 56.4 : N Wagner to Wade, Shorter and on the body, this is worked to mid-wicket. 56.3 : N Wagner to Wade, A sharp bumper, Wade ducks under it just in time. 56.2 : N Wagner to Smith, On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for one. 56.1 : N Wagner to Smith, Short and outside off, Smith leaves it alone. 55.6 : Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end. Tim Southee to Smith, Fifty for Smith! He just loves batting on Boxing Day and at the MCG. Did not start off all that well but now seems to got into his own. He gets there by pushing it towards mid off and taking a quick run. End of a good first over after the break for Australia. 55.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, Outside off, not played at. 55.4 : Tim Southee to Smith, EDGY FOUR! This is fuller and around off, shapes away again. Smith’s feet are rooted to the crease, he plays ahead of his body. The ball goes off the edge, all along the ground to the third man fence. 55.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, FOUR! Lovely shot! A boundary to score the first runs in this session! Fuller and on middle, Smith strokes it back past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. An on-drive against a bowler that is swinging the ball away, brilliant. 55.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, One more delivery outside off, Smith does not fiddle with it. 55.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, On a length and just outside off, Smith initially looks to play but then seeing the away movement, he lets it be. 54.6 : We are all set for the last session of today! 35 overs left so we are in for a long session. Matthew Wade and Steven Smith will continue their innings. Tim Southee to start proceedings after the break. Here we go… … Day 1, Session 3 … The Kiwi bowling has now started to look a little flat but they will also be looking at the other side of the coin. Australia’s middle order is pretty vulnerable and the Black Caps would be aiming to burst through the door. Join us back at 3.30 pm local (0430 GMT). 35 overs left in the day. 88/1 in 29 overs in this session. Australia have managed to see off that nervous passage in the opening session and are reaping dividends. The 83-run stand between Smith and Labuschagne pretty much stamped the authority of the fact that the pitch is slow, which means that the moment the ball stops to swing, the batsmen will find it easy to score. Steven Smith is up for a chat with Kate Loughnan. On the pitch, he says that it has stayed good for most parts. Observes that a few balls are shooting off a good length, meaning inconsistent bounce but on a whole, it has been good. On his heated discussion with Nigel Llong before Lunch, Steven says that it was not a discussion, just a clarification of thoughts but asserts that he has moved on from that. N Wagner to Wade, A bumper to end the session! Wade ducks under it. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1! 54.5 : N Wagner to Wade, EDGED AND FOUR! That went between the keeper and widish first slip! Wagner can’t believe it. He lands this around off and gets it to jag back in. Wade looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes uppishly between first slip and the keeper. Both fail to react and it goes down to the third man fence. The keeper could have probably gone for it, Taylor is a little too wide. 54.4 : N Wagner to Wade, OHHH! This one comes back in from outside off but not enough to make the batter play. 54.3 : N Wagner to Wade, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 54.2 : N Wagner to Wade, That must have hurt! Wade shows no pain though. A short one and Wade has not time to move out of the way. He looks to leave it but is hit on the chest. 54.1 : N Wagner to Wade, Back of a length and on middle, Wade keeps it out. 53.6 : M Santner to Smith, A yorker to end! Smith jams it out. 53.5 : M Santner to S Smith, Gives it air and lands it around off, Smith guides it to cover-point. 53.4 : M Santner to Smith, On middle, Smith is solid in defense. 53.3 : M Santner to Wade, On the shorter side and outside off, Wade guides it through point for one. 53.2 : M Santner to Wade, Outside off, not played at. 53.1 : M Santner to Smith, Flatter and shorter on off, Smith works it through mid-wicket for one. 150 up for Australia. 52.6 : Mitchell Santner is back! He is brought on as New Zealand maybe want Wagner to bowl one more before the break. N Wagner to Wade, A delivery down the leg side to end! Wade looks to flick but misses. 52.5 : N Wagner to Wade, One more short one, Wade picks this one late but ducks under it in time. 52.4 : N Wagner to Wade, A short one and on the body of the batter, Wade ducks under it. 52.3 : N Wagner to Wade, Outside off now, it is not played at. 52.2 : N Wagner to Wade, Bowls a length delivery this time around off, Wade solidly keeps it out. 52.1 : N Wagner to Wade, A short one but down the leg side, Wade lets it go to the keeper. 51.6 : This is interesting. Neil Wagner has not even looked up at his captain. He has charged up to the umpire and handed over his cap. He wants to bowl to Matthew Wade. This should be fun. A leg gully and a short leg in place. de Grandhomme to Smith, Wide outside off, gentle outswinger, let through. 51.5 : de Grandhomme to Wade, A touch down the leg side, Matthew tucks it towards fine leg for a run. 51.4 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 51.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, A bit too straight, Smith gets across and tucks it towards fine leg for a single. Moves to 40. 51.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Miles outside off, swinging away, left alone. 51.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 50.6 : T Boult to Wade, Just outside off, Wade leaves it nicely. 50.5 : T Boult to Smith, On middle, Smith works it through mid-wicket for an easy single. 50.4 : T Boult to Smith, Another fullish ball and it comes back in from outside off. Smith works it to mid-wicket. 50.3 : T Boult to Wade, Goes full and on middle, looking to hit the pads of Wade. He gets his bat down and works it towards fine leg for one. Wade is off the mark. 50.2 : T Boult to Smith, This one starts on off and it comes back in. Smith works it towards deep square leg for one. 50.1 : T Boult to Smith, Outside off, it is left alone. 49.6 : de Grandhomme to Wade, Outside off, not played at. 49.5 : Matthew Wade walks in at his home ground, with 17 minutes to go to Tea. de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! The ploy to continue with Colin de Grandhomme has paid off. He proves to be the partnership breaker. We saw a wicket fall 15 minutes before Lunch and now a wicket 18 minutes before Tea. Labuschagne is disgusted as he walks back. New Zealand though rejoice. This is on a length and around off, this one comes back in sharply and there is also some extra bounce. Marnus looks to leave it alone but the ball hits the elbow and then hits the stumps be 49.4 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, A leave as this is bowled outside off. 49.3 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, On off, ML stays back and blocks it. 49.2 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Well bowled! This starts on off and then shapes away a touch. Marnus looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point. 49.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Just outside off, not played at. 48.6 : T Boult to Smith, Goes full again and on middle, Smith strokes it right off the middle but to mid off. 48.5 : T Boult to Smith, Another delivery outside off, not played at. 48.4 : T Boult to Smith, Way too wide outside off, left alone. 48.3 : T Boult to Smith, On off, Smith stays back and keeps it out. 48.2 : T Boult to Smith, FOUR! Nailed the pull shot! Short and on middle, Smith rocks back, swivels, gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. 48.1 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Some shape into the batter but the line is very straight. Labuschagne looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls on the leg side. A leg bye is taken. 47.6 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Back of a length and on off, Smith is solid in defense. 47.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On off, defended. 47.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 47.3 : WHAT A STAT – In Smith on air informs us that Marnus Labuschagne has got an outside edge 29 TIMES in his short Test career. He has got out only 4 TIMES. de Grandhomme to Smith, Close! Colin bowls this fuller and on middle, Smith looks to drive but it goes off the inner half, uppihsly but wide of short mid-wicket and short of mid on. 47.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Down the leg side, Smith looks to flick but misses. 47.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket. 46.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Down the leg side to end the over, Marnus looks to flick but misses. 46.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Shorter but closer to the off pole this time, Labuschagne keeps it out. 46.4 : T Boult to Labuschagne, FOUR! Nicely played! On the shorter side and outside off, Labuschagne lets the ball come to him and then plays it late through point for a boundary. 46.3 : T Boult to Smith, Fuller and on off, Smith strokes it to mid off and takes off. Williamson there picks the ball up and throws it at the striker’s end but misses. ML was well in though. 46.2 : T Boult to Smith, Goes back to attacking the stumps and it is on a length. Defended. 46.1 : T Boult to Smith, Full and outside off, Smith opens the face of the bat, uses the pace of the bowler and strokes it square on the off side for two. 45.6 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Another one well outside off, let through once again. 45.5 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Well outside off, left alone. 45.4 : Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Appeal for LBW, but turned down. A length ball outside off, Marnus gets across and shoulders arms. The ball comes in and hits him high on the thighs. Ball Tracker confirms it to be going over the top. 45.3 : de Grandhomme to M Labuschagne, Full on middle, Marnus works this uppishly, beyond control, but wide of mid on for a couple. 45.2 : De Grandhomme comes charging in but Labuschagne backs away at the last moment. de Grandhomme to M Labuschagne, EDGED, FOUR! More luck for Marnus Labuschagne. Full and outside off, Labuschagne looks to flick but gets a thick outside edge which flies past first slip to the third man fence. Even if there was a second slip present, don’t think it would have carried. 45.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Full and around off, Smith looks to work this to the on side but the ball moves away and squares him up. The leading edge goes through point and a single is taken. 44.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Outside off, left alone. 44.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 44.4 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Full and on middle, ML strokes it back towards the bowler who makes a good one-handed stop. 44.3 : T Boult to M Labuschagne, FOUR! Fifty for Marnus Labuschagne! He gets there in a streaky manner but he won’t care. His golden run continues. It has been a knock full of patience and he will be eyeing another ton here. Boult bowls one outside off, Marnus throws his bat at it. It goes off the outside edge between second slip and gully and down to the third man fence. 44.2 : T Boult to Labuschagne, A huge, huge shout but the umpire shakes his head! This starts on middle and then tails back in. Labuschagne looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit over the knee roll. A huge shout but not given. 44.1 : T Boult to Labuschagne, From over the wicket now Boult bowls it on middle, it is worked to mid on. 43.6 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 43.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Miles outside off, an easy leave. 43.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, on a length, Smith keeps his bat inside the line. 43.3 : de Grandhomme to S Smith, LEADING EDGE, SAFE! London looking, Tokyo turning. Almost a wicket for the Kiwis. Full and on middle, Smith looks to flick but plays it way too early. The ball swings away, takes the leading edge but luckily for him, flies over the slips to third man! Two runs taken. 43.2 : de Grandhomme to S Smith, Full and outside off, swinging away, driven straight to mid off. 43.1 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Full and outside off, Smith looks to defend but is caught in an awkward position. Manages to defend it somehow. 42.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Third consecutive ball on off, third consecutive defense by ML. 42.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Once again it is angled into the off pole, blocked. 42.4 : T Boult to Labuschagne, This is angled into the off pole, Marnus is solid in defense. 42.3 : T Boult to Labuschagne, One more ball outside off, ML lets it be. 42.2 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Outside off, Labuschagne does not play at it. 42.1 : T Boult to Labuschagne, He starts off with one on the pads, Labuschagne works it through mid-wicket for two. 41.6 : Trent Boult is back on! New Zealand turn to their best bowler as they need a wicket here. de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, it is on a length. Left alone. 41.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Almost got squared up there! On a length and around off, it straightens a touch. Smith is almost squared up as he defends this. 41.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Another one outside off and Smith pushes this to covers. This was a little too short and hence, Smith played at this one. 41.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, One more delivery outside off, Smith pushes it to covers. This was slightly fuller and once Smith played at it. 41.2 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Finally bowls one on the pads, Marnus works it towards mid-wicket for a single. 41.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Colin continues bowling outside off, not played at. 40.6 : M Santner to Smith, SIX! Straight down the hit! That is a cracking shot from Smith. The 50-run stand is up in style. Another solid partnership this. Smith comes down the track, gets to the pitch of it, extends his arms and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a biggie. Huge over this for the hosts. 40.5 : M Santner to Smith, The batsman works it down the leg side. 40.4 : M Santner to M Labuschagne, Three now! Slightly shorter and quicker. Marnus Labuschagne goes back to pull again but this one hurries onto him. It hits the higher part of the bat and goes wide of the fielder at mid-wicket and towards the deep for three. 40.3 : M Santner to Labuschagne, Flatter and on off, Marnus works it but straight to short leg. 40.2 : M Santner to Labuschagne, SIX! First of the game! A real hit-me ball! Short and it sits up to be hit. Marnus Labuschagne had all the time in the world to go back and pull it over the mid-wicket fence. 40.1 : M Santner to Labuschagne, Quicker and on off, Marnus stays leg side of the delivery and guides it past point for two. 100 up for Australia. 39.6 : DRINKS BREAK. A quiet passage of play. Just 32 runs scored in 14 overs. New Zealand have kept it tight and the pressure almost showed, with Labuschagne being a certain dismissal, only for Kane Williamson to miss. The Black Caps have been disciplined, as they have been known for but so have been the Aussies thus far. In a battle of patience, who will blink first? de Grandhomme to Smith, And again! Outside off, Smith makes a flamingo leave with one leg up in the air. 39.5 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Maybe this is a plan by Colin. He is constantly bowling it outside off, Smith continues to leave it. 39.4 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Colin continues bowling it wide outside off, Smith shoulders arms to this one. 39.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Wide outside off, Smith lets it be. 39.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On off, solidly defended. 39.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, On the pads, it is worked towards fine leg for one. 38.6 : M Santner to Smith, FOUR RUNNING RUNS AGAIN! All that effort by the fielder once again goes in vain. This is full and wide outside off, Smith strokes it wide of the cover-point fielder. Raval, the sub, hares after it and at the very end pushes it back in with a dive forward. The fielder from point picks the ball up and throws it to the keeper but the batters run four by then. 38.5 : M Santner to Smith, On off, Steven stays back and defends. 38.4 : M Santner to Smith, Nicely tossed up on off, SS lunges and blocks it onto the ground. 38.3 : M Santner to Smith, Slightly shorter and quicker on off, Smith stays back and pushes it to covers. 38.2 : M Santner to Smith, Flatter and on off, Smith is solid in defense. 38.1 : M Santner to S Smith, Tosses it up on off, Smith strokes it to mid off. 37.6 : Mitchell Santner is back! He would probably hope for a longer spell this time. de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, 6 leaves in this over! All the deliveries were outside off and all the deliveries were left alone. A wasteful over. 37.5 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, 5 leaves in a row! Once again Colin de Grandhomme bowls it outside off. 37.4 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, 4th leave in a row now as Colin bowls another one outside off. 37.3 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Third leave in a row as this is again outside off. 37.2 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, One more ball outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms to this one too. 37.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Outside off, not played at. 36.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Back of a length and on off, kept out. 36.5 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Just short! Another short one on the body, Marnus works it but just short of short leg. The fielder makes a half stop and the batters take one. 36.4 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Good length and on off, kept out. 36.3 : N Wagner to Smith, Another pull shot, this time only for one through square leg. 36.2 : N Wagner to S Smith, FOUR RUNNING RUNS! You probably only see this in Australia as the grounds here are nice and big. A short one on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket. It is the longer part and the fielder chases the ball down. His effort goes in vain though as the batters run four. 36.1 : N Wagner to Smith, A length ball around off, pushed towards mid on. 35.6 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, NOT OUT! An excellent dive from Labuschagne saves him! He was pretty confident that he wasn’t short and that is why! Lovely running from him. He works this towards fine leg and takes one. Goes for the second. Wagner there picks the ball up and scores a direct hit at the striker’s end. An appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. The Kiwis look pretty confident that they have got him but Marnus signals to the dressing room that he is safe. Replays roll in and they s 35.5 : Direct hit and this is close! Is Labuschagne walking back? Wait a minute, he is coming back! He has signalled a thumbs up to the dressing room. Umpire Marais Erasmus refers it upstairs. And replays show that Labuschagne is… 10 CENTIMETRES IN. de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Good length and on off, ML keeps it out off the back foot. 35.4 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms to this one. 35.3 : de Grandhomme to Smith, On the pads again, Smith works it towards fine leg and gets to the other end. 35.2 : de Grandhomme to Smith, Outside off, left alone. 35.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Close run! A little too straight, Labuschagne works it towards square leg and takes off. The fielder picks the ball up and has a shy at the striker’s end but misses. Smith would have been in though. 34.6 : Colin de Grandhomme is back! He wasn’t that great in the first session. Needs to be better in this spell. N Wagner to Labuschagne, Three taken! Another good pull shot by Labuschagne. He really plays that shot well. Once again gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through backward square leg. 34.5 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, A slower one which tails back in nicely from off. Labuschagne works it to square leg. 34.4 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Angled into the off pole, Marnus keeps it out. 34.3 : N Wagner to Smith, Goes very full now! Smith works it towards square leg. The fielder there, Blundell, dives to his right and stops it. Can’t stop the single. 34.2 : N Wagner to Smith, Slightly short and outside off, Smith drops his hands and lets it go to the keeper. 34.1 : N Wagner to Smith, On the shorter side and on off, Smith stands tall and keeps it out. 33.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on middle, defended. 33.5 : Labuschagne moves out right at the end! Sotuhee is not happy at all. Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Too high! Clever bowling from Southee but the length was a little too short. He gets this one to jag back in from outside off. Marnus looks to make another leave but is hit high on the thigh pad. An appeal from the bowler but not given. 33.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Third leave in a row as once again it is outside off. 33.3 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Another one outside off, left alone. 33.2 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Outside off, not played at. 33.1 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, On off, Labuschagne keeps it out. 32.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Another short one to end! Smith tucks it but finds leg gully. 32.5 : N Wagner to Smith, On the shorter side, defended towards silly point this time. 32.4 : N Wagner to Smith, On the middle pole, Smith plays it nicely with soft hands towards short leg where the fielder dives to his right and stops it. 32.3 : N Wagner to Smith, Outside off this time, Smith shoulders arms to this one. 32.2 : N Wagner to Smith, Another short one and on the body, Smith lets it go over him. 32.1 : N Wagner to Smith, Slightly short but down the leg side. Smith does not play at it. 31.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Once again, a ball is bowled just outside off and it is left nicely. 31.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Outside off, not played at. Labuschagne is leaving the ball really well. 31.4 : Tim Southee to Smith, On the shorter side, Smith gets on top of the bounce and pulls it towards fine leg for one. 31.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, Shorter and on off, Smith stays back and keeps it out. 31.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, On off, defended. 31.1 : Tim Southee to M Labuschagne, Big mix up and a big opportunity goes abegging! Williamson had so much time there but he rushed himself! A fuller ball is driven to mid off. Smith initially calls yes and Labuschagne is off. Smith though realizes he has hit too well and then sends Marnus back. Marnus is at the point of no return. Williamson picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Kane probably could have waited for a second more and then thrown it to the bowler. Big cha 30.6 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, The tempter to end! Wide outside off, Marnus is not tempted and he lets it go through to the keeper. 30.5 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, A short one and on the body, Marnus works it to mid-wicket. 30.4 : N Wagner to M Labuschagne, One more controlled pull shot to a short ball but straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. 30.3 : Wagner to Labuschagne, Half an appeal! This is angled in on the off pole, Labuschagne looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 30.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, blocked. 30.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On the shorter side, Labuschagne rolls his wrists over and pulls it nicely towards backward square leg. 29.6 : Tim Southee to Smith, On the off pole this time, Smith keeps it out nicely. 29.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, Way too wide outside off, Smith need not play at those. 29.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Three now! Drifts on the pads, Labuschagne works it through square leg and three is taken. 29.3 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Another close leave! This is probably left on length. Slightly shorter and just outside off. Labuschagne lets it be. It goes just over the off pole. 29.2 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Good leave that! It is just outside off, in the corridor of uncertainty. Marnus knows where his off pole is and he lets it go. 29.1 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Good length and just outside off, Marnus makes a good leave. 28.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Over the wicket to Smith and bangs it short and on the body. Smith is ready for it as he ducks under it easily. 28.5 : N Wagner to M Labuschagne, Nicely played! A short one on middle, Labuschagne swivels and pulls it nicely, all along the ground down to fine leg for one. 28.4 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Another delivery outside off, Marnus does not fiddle with it. 28.3 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, blocked. 28.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, This is angled into the pads, Marnus works it to leg gully. 28.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Starts off with a very full ball and on middle, it is hit to mid off. 27.6 : Just the one over for Santner as Neil Wagner replaces him. Tim Southee to Smith, FOUR! Fine way to end the over. Southee goes short and Smith immediately swivels on his back foot. Pulls this all along the ground, through mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 27.5 : Tim Southee to Smith, Full and wide outside off, left alone. 27.4 : A leg gully in place now. Tim Southee to Smith, Action replay of the previous delivery. 27.3 : Tim Southee to Smith, A bumper down the leg side, Steven ducks. 27.2 : Tim Southee to Smith, FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Overpitched, outside off, Smith comes forward and drives this straight, as a bullet, right past the bowler, down the ground to the fence! 0.0 : Something is putting Steven Smith off. Probably something near the sightscreen. He complains to Nigel Llong who runs all the way down to the boundary. Eventually, we find that it is a black camera which is placed on the white carpet, causing the distraction. Removed now. 27.1 : Tim Southee to Smith, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 26.6 : Tim Southee to bowl from the other end. 7-2-17-0 so far. M Santner to Labuschagne, A back foot defense to end the over. 26.5 : M Santner to Labuschagne, Around off, blocked watchfully. 26.4 : M Santner to Labuschagne, Full again, pushed towards mid on. Short mid-wicket intercepts. 26.3 : M Santner to Labuschagne, Full and around off, Labuschagne pushes it towards mid on. 26.2 : M Santner to Labuschagne, A tad short, worked towards short leg. 26.1 : M Santner to Labuschagne, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! Turned down! Boy, this was close. Full and around off, the arm ball, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball skids through and goes past the bat, hitting the pads. 25.6 : We are back for the afternoon session! The Kiwi player make their way out and they are followed by Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne who will resume their innings. Spin to start after the break as Mitchell Santner has the ball in his hand. Here we go… … Day 1, Session 2 … Full marks to the Kiwi bowlers. Or say, 9/10. Barring Colin de Grandhomme, everyone was on the money. They concentrated on getting the ball in the right areas, so that even if it was not a wicket, runs were hard to come by. The last phase of the session saw Neil Wagner dishing out short stuff to Smith, so expect a barricade coming post Lunch. The pitch is slow but every now and then, the odd ball bites off the deck. There is swing available, so it is not exactly going to be a batsman’s session. However, Warner and Labuschagne got together and eased off some nerves. The latter did play more nervously, but slowly settled in. Their 60-run stand nearly made it Australia’s session but with 15 minutes to go to Lunch, the Kiwis managed to snap Warner, who was beginning to score quickly. Towards the end of the session, the Smith-Llong drama just made it more dramatic. An exciting session of cricket. This is what Boxing Day Test is all about. Aggression. Passion. Fightback. A contest. Wow. Seeing the 10 mm grass on the pitch, one would have expected New Zealand to run through Australia in the first hour, given the hosts’ not-so-great record of playing swing and seam bowling. And Trent Boult did start with a bang, getting rid of Burns for a golden duck. Marnus Labuschagne is kind enough for a quick chat. On the drama between Steven Smith and Nigel Llong, Marnus says that the batsman was just making sure about the rules. On the pitch and the conditions, Labuschagne says that the aim was to just bat out the good balls and make the Kiwis pay on the bad ones. Hopes to see off one more hour post Lunch and then bed in. Smith straightaway walks across to Nigel Llong and has a long chat. There is disagreement on both sides and each is seen shaking his head furiously. Llong is clearly agitated, more so because of Smith’s behaviour and the former skipper just needs to be a bit more careful. Marais Erasmus now steps in, but he is seen cooling Llong rather than Smith. This could be getting ugly. Thankfully, Smith trudges off and the matter ends there. Llong is now explaining to Erasmus what he thought about the law. N Wagner to Smith, A snorter to end the session! Sharp bumper, Smith looks to defend but the ball hits the splice of the bat and lobs on the off side but lands safe. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 1! 25.5 : N Wagner to Smith, Another dead ball! Smith is furious again! This is short and on the body, Smith looks to move out of the way but is hit on the back. It rolls towards fine leg and the batters take one but once again the umpire signals a dead ball. 25.4 : N Wagner to Smith, Now a length delivery on off, Smith keeps it out. 25.3 : N Wagner to Smith, This is an excellent contest between bat and ball! Another excellent delivery. A yorker on middle, Smith gets his bat down right in time and jams it out. 25.2 : N Wagner to Smith, Clever, clever bowling! Bowls a slower one and it is extremely full. Smith works it towards mid-wicket. 25.1 : N Wagner to Smith, Dead ball signaled! Smith is not happy as he feels he was taking evasive action. A short one and on the body, Smith looks to leave but the ball hits him above the thigh pad and it rolls towards fine leg. The batters take one but the umpire signals dead ball. 24.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, One more delivery outside off, ML watchfully leaves it. 24.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Angles this one into the off pole, Labuschagne works it with the angle to mid-wicket. 24.4 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Another ball on a length but this one is outside off, left alone by Marnus. 24.3 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Slips this one down the leg side, not played at. 24.2 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, Labuschagne keeps it out. 24.1 : T Boult to Labuschagne, EDGY FOUR! On a length and outside off, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, between gully and second slip for a boundary. 23.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Nasty delivery this! It is another short one and on the body this time. Gets big on Smith as he tries to fend at it. The ball hits the glove and then rolls onto the off side. 23.5 : N Wagner to Smith, On the shorter side again but well wide outside off, Smith lets it be. 23.4 : N Wagner to Smith, Shorter and outside off, not played at. 23.3 : N Wagner to M Labuschagne, On the shorter side, Labuschagne pulls it towards square leg and gets to the other end. 23.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Fuller and on off, ML strokes it to mid off. 23.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Well outside off, not played at. 22.6 : T Boult to Smith, Another one outside off, Smith does not fiddle with it. 22.5 : T Boult to Smith, Fuller and around off, Smith hits it back to the bowler. 22.4 : T Boult to Smith, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 22.3 : T Boult to Smith, A short one now! Smith spots it early and lets it go over him. 22.2 : T Boult to Smith, Changes the angle and goes around the wicket. Angles it into the batter, defended nicely. 22.1 : T Boult to Smith, Outside off, Smith leaves it alone. 21.6 : N Wagner to Smith, Well bowled! Follows the two short balls with a full one. Smith works it towards mid-wicket and takes off. The fielder at mid-wicket has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. SS is off the mark. End of a successful over for the visitors. 21.5 : N Wagner to Smith, Another short one on the body, this time Smith evades it very easily. 21.4 : N Wagner to Smith, A good bumper, Smith evades it. 21.3 : N Wagner to Smith, A length delivery around off, it is kept out nicely. 21.2 : The prodigy is joined by his master. Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are in the middle now. 15 minutes left for Lunch. New Zealand will be gunning for one more wicket. If Smith goes, this is going to be one kind of a boost. A slip, a short leg and a man in front of square on the leg side welcome Smudge. N Wagner to Warner, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There is the wicket New Zealand desperately needed. Warner was looking so comfortable out there but falls to an excellent one-handed reflex catch. The change of ends works brilliantly for Wagner. However, there was absolutely no foot movement by Warner. Maybe he was expecting Wagner to go short but Neil does the opposite. He goes full and gets it to move away from off. Warner pushes at it away from the body. It flies off the outside edge between fi 21.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, He bowls a very full ball outside off, Marnus opens the face and guides it through backward point for three. 20.6 : Neil Wagner is back! Change of ends for him. T Boult to Warner, Another back of a length delivery around off, Warner keeps it out. He needs to be a little more fuller than what he is bowling now. 20.5 : T Boult to Warner, Slightly shorter and around off, Warner plays it late and guides it through backward point for two. 20.4 : T Boult to Warner, Good length and on off, Warner stays back and keeps it out nicely. 20.3 : T Boult to Warner, Back of a length and on off, Warner guides it to point. 20.2 : T Boult to Warner, Looks to bowl it on the body again but slips this one down the leg side. Left alone. 20.1 : T Boult to Warner, OUCH! That took off from nowhere! Slightly shorter and on the leg pole. It not only straightens a touch but there is also extra bounce. Warner looks to tuck it around but due to the extra bounces it misses the bat and hits the body. Warner seems to be in a little pain. He takes a breather and now is ready to go. 19.6 : Trent Boult is back! 5-0-17-1 so far. de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, ML keeps it out. A good over this for Australia. 9 from it. 19.5 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Three! Another poor ball! It is short and wide outside off, Warner reaches out for it and slaps it towards cover. The fielder there dives to his right, gets a hand to it and takes the pace off the delivery. The fielder from point then chases it down and saves a run for his side. 19.4 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Goes fuller and on middle, Warner works it to mid-wicket. 19.3 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 19.2 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Slightly short and outside off again, Warner cuts it past point and takes two. 19.1 : de Grandhomme to Warner, FOUR! Easy pickings for Warner! Full and wide, asking to be hit. Warner pounces on the width offered and hits it through covers. The 50-partnership is up between the two with that boundary. A good stand this and a much-needed one. They have steadied the ship after Australia lost an early wicket. The two need to continue. 18.6 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Outside off, angling away, let through. 18.5 : N Wagner to Warner, Sprayed down the leg side this time, David looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and a leg bye is taken. Wait a minute. No signal. So must have been an inside edge. Warner moves to 30. 18.4 : N Wagner to Warner, Landed outside off, close to the stumps, but Warner trusts the line and length and shoulders arms. 18.3 : N Wagner to Warner, Full and outside off, outswing, massively, pushed towards point. 18.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Full and around off, plenty of swing again, Labuschagne watchfully works it through mid-wicket for a single. 18.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Full and around off, swinging in a long way, driven back to the bowler. 17.6 : de Grandhomme to Warner, And again! Warner once again plays at a delivery he did not need to. This is on a length and outside off, Warner once again must have felt it is going to come back in. He hangs his bat out but luckily for him, he gets beaten. 17.5 : de Grandhomme to Warner, OHHH! A loose shot by Warner there. Just not needed! This is wide outside off, normally Colin has been getting the ball to tail back in. Maybe Warner had that in mind and he looks to play at it but gets beaten as this one holds its line. 17.4 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Another one on a length and just outside off, left alone. 17.3 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, A little too straight, Labuschagne works it towards fine leg. He calls for two but has to settle for one. 17.2 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Better! Bowls this one on off, it tails back in. Warner looks to push at it but due to the movement, it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for one. 17.1 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Outside off again, Warner watches it go to the keeper. 16.6 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Another length ball outside off, the batter need not play at those. 16.5 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Outside off, the batter does not play at this one. 16.4 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On middle, ML works it to mid-wicket. 16.3 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On the shorter side outside off, Labuschange lets it go to the keeper. 16.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On middle, it is kept out. 16.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On the fuller side on middle, ML works it to mid-wicket. 15.6 : de Grandhomme to M Labuschagne, Good fielding! On the fuller side and on middle, Marnus strokes it towards mid on and takes off. The fielder at mid on runs to his left, dives, picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker’s end but misses. 15.5 : de Grandhomme to D Warner, Fuller and on off, Warner strokes it towards mid off and takes one. 15.4 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Shorter in length and outside off, Marnus does not play at it. 15.3 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Labuschagne shuffles across and then works it towards mid-wicket for one. 15.2 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Drags his length back this time, the line is on off. ML keeps it out solidly. 15.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, On the fuller side on off, Marnus strokes it to mid on. 14.6 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, On the pads, Marnus works it through mid-wicket and takes one. 14.5 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Now goes back to bowling outside off, ML shoulders arms to this one. 14.4 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, So two outside off before this and this one is down the leg side. Marnus misses the flick shot. 14.3 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, One more ball outside off, Labuschagne leaves it alone. 14.2 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Outside off, not played at. 14.1 : N Wagner to Labuschagne, Good fielding again! On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side. Colin at fine leg runs to his right, dives and he seems to have pushed it back in. The umpires go upstairs to check but replays show that he has done well. 13.6 : Here comes the real competitor. Neil Wagner. Tim Southee to Warner, A better throw and Warner could have been in trouble! Southee goes short this time. Warner guides it through point. They take one and then go for a second which seems risky. Santner though picks the ball up and then throws it off balance towards the keeper. It is a wayward one and the second run becomes easy. 13.5 : Tim Southee to Warner, FOUR! Creamed! No need to run for those! A half volley on off and Warner puts it away. He transfers his body weight forward and then strokes it through covers. 13.4 : Tim Southee to Warner, A sucker ball now, full and wide outside off. Warner is not tempted and he lets it be. 13.3 : Tim Southee to Warner, Another excellent delivery! On a length and this one angles into the off pole. Warner plays the original trajectory. The ball pitches and straightens. It goes past the outside edge. 13.2 : Tim Southee to Warner, One again using the bumper as the surprise element! Warner though sways out of the way. 13.1 : Tim Southee to Warner, On off, Warner keeps it out. 12.6 : DRINKS! A very good hour of Test cricket there! We saw some good bowling and equally good batting. Australia though will probably be the happier side at the moment as they have only lost the one wicket in testing conditions. Labuschagne and Warner are now looking good and are amidst a good stand. New Zealand on the other hand, are bowling well, getting the ball to move around but are not getting the breakthrough. That is what they will be looking for after the short break. Will they get it? We w de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Fuller in length and on off, Marnus strokes it to mid off again. 12.5 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, A good shot but for no runs! Fuller and on off, Marnus strokes it brilliantly but to mid off. 12.4 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, That is a lovely delivery and it is nicely played too! This lands on off, Marnus looks to play at it. It shapes away and seeing the movement, Labuschagne takes his bat away at the very end. 12.3 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Outside off this time, Labuschagne points his bat skywards and lets it go. 12.2 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Down the leg side, Marnus looks to flick but misses. 12.1 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Fuller and on off, Labuschagne keeps it out. 11.6 : Tim Southee to Warner, Wider outside off and brings it back in. Warner covers his off pole and leaves it alone. 11.5 : Tim Southee to Warner, On middle, Warner keeps it out nicely. Warner is looking nice and solid out there. 11.4 : Tim Southee to Warner, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 11.3 : Tim Southee to Warner, Two misfields there! This is fuller and around off, Warner looks to stroke it with a straight bat but due to the inswing it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket who lets it through. It goes towards mid on then who dives over the bowler. The fielder from square leg is the one who does mopping up job and the batters get two. 11.2 : Tim Southee to Warner, Bowls this one outside off again, no inswing this time and Warner lets it be. 0.0 : What happened there? On the final ball of de Grandhomme’s previous over, when he tried to stop the ball to his left, Colin slipped. Now, when he slipped, a massive chunk of grass came off the deck. Jeez. That is not good at all. 11.1 : Tim Southee to Warner, Starts outside off and then comes back in. Warner pushes it to mid off. 10.6 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, Shows the full face of the bat this time and strokes it right off the middle but towards mid off who moves to his right and stops it. 10.5 : de Grandhomme to Labuschagne, On the fuller side again, Labuschagne looks to drive but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket. 10.4 : de Grandhomme to M Labuschagne, Extremely full and on off, Marnus plays it out to mid on. 10.3 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Another one which tails back in sharply but the line is a little too straight, Warner works it wide of mid-wicket and takes one. 10.2 : de Grandhomme to Warner, From around the wicket now, angles it on the pads, Warner works it to mid-wicket. 10.1 : de Grandhomme to Warner, Good stop off his own bowling! A full toss on middle, Warner hits it firmly back towards the bowler who gets low and makes a half stop. 9.6 : Colin de Grandhomme is on now! First change today. Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Outside off again and it is left alone again. 9.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, On off, Marnus keeps it out nicely. 9.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Shorter in length this time, Labuschagne stays back and keeps it out. 9.3 : Tim Southee to Warner, Excellent cricket all around! Good ball, good shot and then brilliant fielder! Southee bowls it full and gets it tail back in very late from off. Warner does well to get his front pad out of the way and stroke it past the diving mid on fielder. Williamson from mid off runs after the ball and at the very end pushes it back in. Saves a run again for his side. 9.2 : Tim Southee to Warner, Aggression from Southee! This is fuller and on off, Warner pushes it back to the bowler who mimes to shy at the stumps. 9.1 : Tim Southee to Warner, From around the wicket, Southee angles it in from outside off but not enough to make the batter play. 8.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Nicely played! Covers the inward movement and then works it to the fielder at mid-wicket. 8.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Good leave in the end! This starts outside off and then comes back in. Marnus lets it go and it goes close past the front pad of Marnus. 8.4 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Outside off, not played at. 8.3 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Good length again and on off, ML stays back and keeps it out. 8.2 : T Boult to Warner, Very full and tailing away from off, Warner pushes it wide of the fielder at mid off for one. 8.1 : T Boult to Warner, On the off stump, Warner keeps it out nicely. 7.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Full and outside off, Marnus gets across and defends. 7.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, One more of those PLs. 7.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Landed outside off, Labuschagne plays a pull-leave. 7.3 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 7.2 : Tim Southee to Warner, Outside off, Warner pushes it away from his body through point for a single. 7.1 : Tim Southee to Warner, Full and wide outside off, angling away, left alone. 6.6 : T Boult to Labuschagne, FOUR! Too wide and too full and Labuschagne puts it away! He opens the face and guides it through backward point and the ball races away to the fence. 6.5 : Boult to Labuschagne, A muted appeal but nothing! A little high. Labuschagne probably left that on length. It is slightly behind a length around off, it comes back in. Marnus leaves it, it hits the thigh pad and goes towards the slip cordon. 6.4 : Williamson this time takes the ball up to the umpire and asks him to have a look. Once again the umpire feels there is nothing wrong. T Boult to Labuschagne, On the pads, ML looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg. The first run is taken quickly and they go for the second. Complete it. Leg bye signaled. 6.3 : T Boult to Labuschagne, Back of a length and on off, Labuschagne keeps it out off the back foot. 6.2 : T Boult to Warner, Good fielding! Fuller and on off, Warner pushes it past the bowler. Williamson gives it a chase, slides and pushes it back in before it crosses the ropes. Saves a run for his side. 0.0 : New Zealand are not happy with the ball! They have asked the umpire to have a look, the umpire does so and asks them to continue as he feels there is nothing wrong. 6.1 : T Boult to Warner, Back of a length and on off, Warner guides it to point. 5.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Wider outside off again, Marnus need not play at those. 5.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Southee goes wide of the crease but bowls it just outside off. Left alone. 5.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Another one on a length and around off, Marnus strides forward and keeps it out. 5.3 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Another full ball and on off, it is pushed to mid off. 5.2 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Fuller and on off, ML pushes it to covers. 5.1 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Unplayable! There is nothing you can do about that delivery. WOW! This is angled into the middle pole, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball shapes away and whizzes past the outside edge. That moved a long way. 4.6 : T Boult to Warner, FOUR! First boundary for Warner! Slightly fuller and around off, Warner leans into it and pushes it through covers. Williamson from wide mid off hares after it but the ball beats him to the fence. 4.5 : T Boult to Warner, Close! Boult angles this one into off, Warner looks to defend but does so outside the line. It hits the inside edge and then onto the pads. 4.4 : T Boult to Warner, Well left! This is just outside off, in the 5th stump channel. Warner covers his off pole and shoulders arms to this one. 4.3 : T Boult to Warner, Slips this one down the leg side, Warner misses the flick shot. 4.2 : T Boult to Warner, A short one on the body, Warner hops and nudges it on the leg side. 4.1 : T Boult to Warner, On off, Warner is solid in defense. 3.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Another one outside off, not played at. A maiden. 3.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Outside off, the batter does not need to play at that. 3.4 : Tim Southee to M Labuschagne, Short again! Labuschagne is playing it with soft hands. It is on a length and around off, it moves away. ML looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge but well short of the third slip fielder. 3.3 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, A sharp bumper, took Marnus by surprise. He evades it at the very end. 3.2 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, On the stumps, ML is solid in defense. 3.1 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Outside off, Marnus does not play at it. 2.6 : T Boult to Warner, Down the leg side, Warner looks to flick but misses. Not such a threatening over by Boult this time. 2.5 : T Boult to Warner, Good stop! Saves four! Full and on middle, Warner pushes it back towards the bowler. Boult in his followthrough, dives forward and stops it. Not cleanly but does not concede any run. 2.4 : T Boult to Warner, Wider outside off, not played at. 2.3 : T Boult to Warner, Nicely played! Waits for the ball to come to him and then opens the face, plays it with the swing and guides it through point for two. 2.2 : T Boult to Warner, OHHH! Slightly wider outside off, moves away further. Warner is sucked into playing at it, he gets beaten. 2.1 : T Boult to Warner, Leading edge and two! This is angled into the pads, Warner looks to work it on the leg side but the ball shapes away. It goes off the leading edge and through backward point for two. Not sure if playing across the line is a good idea against Boult at the moment as he is getting it to move away nicely. 1.6 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, FOUR! Off the mark in style! A confident shot by a batsman who is high in confidence. Full and around off, Marnus Labuschagne creams it with a very straight bat through mid off and it races away to the fence. First boundary of the game too. 1.5 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, Perfect! This starts on off and then shapes away. Labuschagne looks to defend but due to the movement, it goes off the outside edge but well short of fourth slip. 1.4 : Tim Southee to Labuschagne, That is why another slip came in! Southee gets the ball to move away but the line is outside off. Easy leave. Needs to get it closer to the off pole. 1.3 : An extra slip coming in now! 4 slips in place. Tim Southee to Warner, A little too straight, Warner clips it down towards fine leg and gets to the other end. 1.2 : Tim Southee to Warner, Length again and around off, it comes back in again. Warner watches it closely and defends it onto the ground. 1.1 : Tim Southee to Warner, A good delivery to begin with but equally well played! This is slightly fuller and on off, it comes back in. Warner lunges and pushes it to mid off. 0.6 : Tim Southee to bowl from the other end. He too can get the ball to talk. Can he also take a wicket in his first over? T Boult to Labuschagne, Whizzes past the outside edge again! Boult for the second time in a row angles it away and bowls a fuller length. ML plays away from his body again and is beaten. End of a brilliant first over by Boult. 0.5 : T Boult to Labuschagne, BEATEN! Clever bowling! This time he goes full but angles it away from the batter. Labuschagne must have thought it would come back in again. Does not. Marnus goes for a drive away from his body but is beaten. 0.4 : Marnus Labuschagne is the new man in. Boult to Joe Burns, OUT! KABOOM! What does a captain ask for after electing to bowl first? An early wicket and Boult has delivered in the first over itself. That is an absolute gem. Burns will be wondering why him? Why did he get such a peach first up? This is full again, it starts on off and tails back in. Burns looks to drive it down the ground but fails to adjust to the movement. The ball sneaks between the gap of bat and pad and hits the stumps behind. The Kiwis are pumped up and Burns 0.3 : T Boult to Warner, Australia and Warner are underway! However, that is a good effort in the field by Williamson. The skipper setting an example straightaway. Boult goes fuller again and on off, Warner watchfully strokes it towards wide mid off. Williamson dives to his right and saves at least two. A single taken. 0.2 : T Boult to Warner, An excellent second delivery! Very full and on middle, swings away a touch. Warner keeps it out right under his eyes. 0.1 : T Boult to Warner, Starts off with a loosener! Slightly short and outside off, no swing visible on the first delivery. An easy leave for Warner. 0.0 : We are all set for the action to begin! Joe Burns and David Warner make their way out to the middle. Trent Boult will start the proceedings for the visitors. He will be bowling to the left-hander. Three slips and a gully in place, here we go… AUSTRALIA (PLAYING XI) – David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (WK/C), James Pattinson (IN FOR JOSH HAZLEWOOD), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon. NEW ZEALAND (PLAYING XI) – Tom Latham, Tom Blundell (IN FOR JEET RAVAL), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (WK), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult (IN FOR LOCKIE FERGUSON). TOSS – Up goes the coin and it lands in the favor of the visitors! NEW ZEALAND WILL BE BOWLING FIRST! Maybe the grass on the pitch and the overhead conditions influenced this decision. But if it does not seam around, this decision can backfire. A very interesting first hour of play awaits. Boxing Day, Australia vs New Zealand at the MCG, it just does not get better! The hosts have a 1-0 lead after tearing their opponents apart in the first Test. They would be eager to do so again and seal the series here itself. Talking about their opponents, you would expect a much better performance than the last Test. They will have to perform a lot better as a loss will see them lose the series. The visitors will probably play with a lot more hunger and determination which means we can expect

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