Perth Test: Labuschagne, Starc give Australia command over New Zealand

Australia got full control over New Zealand in first Test on Day 2 at Perth. The hosts put another massive show with bat as Marnus Labuschagne’s golden run continued in day-night Test match. The right-hander managed to score third century in a row in Test cricket.

Marnus played an outstanding innings of 143 – missed his third consecutive 150+ by just seven runs. He was well supported by Steve Smith (43),Travis Head (56), Tim Paine (39) and fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who at the back end of innings smoked a quickfire 30.

From the Blackcaps, Tim Southee and in red-hot form Neil Wagner shared 4 wickets apiece. While in Kiwis’ first innings process, they started in an unwanted way when the tourists lost Tom Latham caught and bowled by Starc in the first over. It was not done yet as Josh Hazlewood got his first wicket of Jeet Raval in his first over too.

New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson with their other best batsman in the XI, Ross Taylor, built a decent partnership 76 in the day-night Test match. It was again Starc who knocked down the skipper Williamson for 34 to give his side a chance to get more wickets before the play ends.

The exceptional second spell of Mitchell Starc claimed 3 wickets for 21 runs to shatter visitors’ hopes for a big score in reply of Aussies’ 416. Taylor is unbeaten on 66 with BJ Watling is yet to open his account at Perth.


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