BLACKCAPS v Australia, Boxing Day Test, MCG

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Boult strikes early on Boxing Day

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The BLACKCAPS won the toss and bowled in their first appearance at the Boxing Day Test in Australia for 32 years.

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In front of nearly 80,000 fans, Trent Boult struck with just the fourth ball of the day to remove Joe Burns for a golden duck.

Both openers were back in the hut when Neil Wagner got David Warner for 41 with the home side going to lunch at 67/2.

However, first Test centurion Marnus Labuschange (63) and Steve Smith (77*) were able to put on 83 for the third wicket.

The visitors stuck to their task in the afternoon sessions, Colin de Grandhomme accounting for both Labuschange and Matthew Wade (38).

Travis Head (25*) and Smith were able to see off the new ball and get their side to stumps at 257/4.

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BLACKCAPS toil hard on day two

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Tom Latham (9*) and Ross Taylor(2*) will be looking to bat big tomorrow on day three after Australia piled on the runs, scoring 467 in their first innings.

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The visitors lost opener Tom Blundell after a bight 15 runs and captain Kane Williamson before the close of play in front of a raucous crowd full of Kiwi support.

Earlier, overnight batsmen Travis Head and Steve Smith saw their side through the first hour unscathed before Smith (85) fell to a Neil Wagner short ball before lunch.

Australia’s captain Tim Paine came in and instantly upped the run-rate either side of lunch, his partnership with Travis Head worth 150 runs and putting the home side in the box seat.

While Paine (79) fell short of his maiden Test century, Head (114) went on to score his second Test century shortly after the tea break.

However, in the pursuit of quick runs, the home side’s tail fell over relatively quickly, Wagner rewarded with 4-83, while Tim Southee picked up three late wickets also.

Latham and Taylor will take up the challenge tomorrow, trailing Australia by 423 runs.

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Wagner milestone brightens BLACKCAPS day three

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Neil Wagner took his 200th Test wicket as the BLACKCAPS fought hard on a day where Australia dominated at the MCG.

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Wagner became the fastest left-armer in the world to reach the 200-wicket mark and is the second fastest New Zealander to the milestone behind Sir Richard Hadlee.

Earlier on day three, Australia’s bowlers dominated dismissing the BLACKCAPS for 148, before their batsmen ensured a massive 456-run lead with two days to play.

The BLACKCAPS started the day 44/2 but quickly lost two wickets to Pat Cummins to put them on the back foot.

Opener Tom Latham (50) was the shining light in the New Zealand innings, Cummins dominating proceedings taking 5-28 from his 17 overs.

Matthew Wade and Travis Head are the not out batsmen overnight, with all eyes on Australian captain Steve Smith and a likely declaration.

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Blundell stands tall on day four at the MCG

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Wellington batsman Tom Blundell was the star of the MCG on day four scoring a century as the BLACKCAPS fought to keep the second Test alive.

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Australia had set the visitors a formidable 488 runs for victory when they declared after 50 minutes on 168-5 as Neil Wagner (3-50) claimed the early wicket of first-innings centurion Travis Head.

Tom Latham and Blundell began solidly, combining for 32 before James Pattinson made the big breakthrough with lunch looming.Β 

Three overs later Pattinson removed the BLACKCAPS linchpins in Williamson and Taylor as the scoreboard lurched to 38-3 at the break.

The second session would prove the BLACKCAPS best of the Test as Blundell found good support from Henry Nicholls (33) and then BJ Watling (22) as back to back 50-run partnerships were posted.

While his partners fell, Blundell stood strong as the Kiwi fans wooed him on, Blundell becoming the first New Zealander to score a century on the MCG.

Eventually the Wellingtonian fell for 121, Australia winning the Test by 247 runs.

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