Kiwis not scared of Aussie Test pace stars
Australia's pace stars are licking their lips ahead of the day-night Test in Perth, but New Zealand's batsmen aren't quaking in their boots.The NZ Test team touched down on Saturday afternoon in Perth ahead of the day-night clash, starting on Thursday at Optus Stadium.
But that is tough , perhaps even unthinkable. Australia is in superb form after sweeping Pakistan 2-0, led by the record-breaking batting performances of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne and the bowling of Mitchell Starc , Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. New Zealand 's inexperience in
Mitchell Starc takes 4-31 to put Australia in control on the day two of the first Test against New Zealand in Perth . Josh Hazlewood bowled Jeet Raval before Starc dismissed Kiwi captain Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Wagner, who was out first ball.
Australia is in a dominant position against New Zealand after the second day's play in the first Test in Perth thanks to some gritty batting and a feisty late spell with the ball.
At stumps, New Zealand was 5-109, trailing Australia by 307 after the hosts were dismissed for a challenging 416.
Mitchell Starc was the destroyer under lights, claiming 4-31 to have the tourists reeling.
Comment: Australia-New Zealand series sparks into life under lights on day two in Perth
For fans of Test cricket, explaining why we like cricket is not always easy, but the first half-hour under lights as Australia were running rampant against New Zealand's world-class batsmen is about as good as it gets, writes Geoff Lemon.When the ball left Josh Hazlewood's hand, it looked like he was guiding it by remote control.
When New Zealand bat , I want to see if Tim Southee can hit a six to move to 73 career sixes, thus equalling Ricky Ponting. Australia David Warner Joe Burns Marnus Labuschagne Steve Smith Matthew Wade Travis Head Tim Paine Pat Cummins Mitchell Starc Nathan Lyon Josh Hazlewood.
Australia batted first in the first Test against neighbours New Zealand in the day-night Test in Perth . Australia is in superb form after sweeping Pakistan 2-0, led by the record-breaking batting performances of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne and the bowling of Mitchell Starc , Pat
Australia's starring batsmen on day one did not add too many to their overnight totals, as Marnus Labuschagne was bowled for 143, before Travis Head clubbed the ball straight to the fielder at cover for 56.
Their dismissals prompted a more circumspect approach from Australia's batsmen, led by Tim Paine (39), as he and the lower order got the score past the 400 mark.
Pat Cummins (20) and Starc (30) provided the main support for Paine as the hosts put on 91 runs for the final four wickets.
When Paine fell on the stroke of the dinner break, edging a loose pull shot to the keeper, it meant Australia's batsmen had ticked the box of batting out five whole sessions, keeping the tourists out in the 40-degree heat for a day and a half.
Both New Zealand's Neil Wagner (4-92) and Tim Southee (4-93) emerged with credit after toiling in the Perth heat.
DRS shocker blights Perth day-night Test
The DRS system is set to come under fire again after a shocking decision during the first Test between Australia and New Zealand in Perth.Umpire Aleem Dar thought long and hard before giving Colin de Grandhomme out after the NZ allrounder was struck by a rising Mitchell Starc delivery and the ball popped to slip.
Hello and welcome to Australia vs New Zealand , 1st Test, Day 2 live blog. Marnus Labuschagne has been in sublime form and is expected to add more NZ XI: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim
New Zealand ’s inexperience in Australian conditions is perhaps their greatest handicap. They have had no warm-up in those conditions ahead of the first Test which will likely be played on a fast and bouncy pitch at the new Perth Stadium , and they have little recent experience of day-night cricket
The bowlers fresh and ready to fire under the night-time lights, Starc struck almost immediately, coaxing a top-edge off Tom Latham's bat to take a simple return catch and remove the opener for a duck.
The fun was just getting started for Australia as Ravi Patel (1) saw his stumps cleaned up by a Josh Hazlewood (1-0) jaffer, with both openers gone in the first two overs.
But Hazlewood's night was curtailed early when he limped off with a hamstring strain, with Cricket Australia confirming he was heading in for scans, unsettling Australia's plans for the Boxing Day Test in the process.
Following the dismissal of the openers, New Zealand's premier batsmen Kane Williamson (34) and Ross Taylor (66 not out) fought back admirably, frustrating Australia's depleted attack with some classy stroke play.
He may not have had his usual influence with the bat, but Steve Smith may have broken the game open with a brilliant slips catch from Starc's bowling to dismiss Williamson, who looked well on his way to a big score.
Henry Nicholls strangled a ball down leg side to become Starc's third victim before nightwatchman Wagner played on next ball to put the left-armer on a hat-trick.
He didn't claim the hat-trick next over but Starc's brilliant spell ensured the Australians go into day three with their tails well and truly up, though Taylor will be looking to add a lot more runs under improved conditions in the early afternoon.
See how it all unfolded in our live blog.
Kiwis warned it would be 'cruel' and 'silly' to retain Raval .
Black Caps opener Jeet Raval is under pressure to retain his spot, with a former Kiwi star declaring it would be "cruel" to to pick him for the Boxing Day Test.The tourists arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday, focused on rebounding from a 296-run thrashing in Perth and facing only their third defeat from their past 11 series.