Cameron Green repays selectors’ faith with bold century against New Zealand in Wellington – Day 1 ends

Confirmation

Cameron Green has saved Australia by scoring a century after New Zealand’s pace attack wreaked havoc on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington.

Cameron Green

The West Australian repaid the selectors’ faith by scoring an unbeaten 103, his highest Test score since being selected at No. 4, taking the tourists to 9-279 at stumps on the first day at the Basin Reserve. No one else in the Australian team scored more than 40 on a day in which the bowlers were otherwise dominant.

It was Green’s second century in Tests, reaching the milestone on the final ball of the day after hitting three fours during the final over. He raced from fifty to triple figures in just 46 balls and crossed the boundary 16 times during his career-defining innings.

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“It feels really good,” Green said on the stumps.

“It was quite a tough wicket there.

“Somebody just needed to go to bat, so I was glad it was me.”

Green was dropped from the Test team last year after a disappointing six months on the international stage, but the Australian selectors were adamant he is still one of the country’s six best batsmen – the young all-rounder said on Thursday afternoon. Proved this to. ,

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After being sent off, Australia were briefly reduced to 4-89 before Green tried to rebuild the innings, supported by fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and captain Pat Cummins.

Earlier, Black Caps fast bowler Matt Henry tore apart Australia’s top order and took 4-43 in 20 overs, which also included dismissing Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith. Fellow fast bowlers Will O’Rourke and Scott Kuggeleijn, both playing their second Test, took two wickets each despite some poor bowling throughout the day.

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There was a good layer of grass on the surface at Basin Reserve on Thursday morning, so it came as no surprise when Black Caps captain Tim Southee won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast conditions.
Australian openers Khawaja and Smith remained unbeaten for the first 90 minutes, sharing a patient partnership of 61 runs that included several nervous moments. At one point, Smith slipped while backpedaling in the middle of the pitch, desperate to force his way to the non-striker’s end.

The hosts were left frustrated after the drinks break, receiving a review for an LBW shout against Khawaja, who was comfortably clipped to leg. However, Henry’s long-awaited breakthrough came in the morning session, when Smith defended in the channel and dismissed wicketkeeper Tom Blundell for 31.

Smith’s departure led to a dramatic collapse of 4-28 – Kuggeleijn edged Marnus Labuschagne for 1, Daryl Mitchell swallowed a low chance at first slip, before Henry produced a gorgeous inswinger which Spinned through the gate and crashed into Khawaja’s stumps, being bowled out for 33.

Australia were suddenly in a critical position when Travis Head edged the ball to Blundell for 1 on a wide delivery from young Gunn O’Rourke.

Khwaja completely amazed by
Marsh launched a trademark counterpunch, building a 67-run partnership with Green to give the Australians something to celebrate at tea. However, the West Australian fired a poorly-judged pull shot against Henry after the break, with Blundell settling below the regulation chance.

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey was caught towards cover for 10 runs and Starc was caught towards the slip cordon for 9 runs, after which Australia’s tail was exposed. Cummins hit a few sixes down the ground before part-time spinner Rachin Ravindra trapped him on the pads for 16.

Brilliant catch by Smith before lunch.
Battling cramp, Green reached his seventh Test half-century off 108 balls, before former New Zealand captain Kane Williamson took a low catch at third slip, denying his captain a wicket and giving Nathan Lyon early relief. However, the missed chance did not prove too costly, with Henry dismissing Lyon for 5 a few minutes later.

Green changed gears after tailender Josh Hazlewood came in to bat, launched a late attack and cut shots through backward point to score a memorable century.

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