Hazlewood and Starc bowled out New Zealand for 162 runs.

The home team’s openers gave them a great start but things soon turned sour

TNNZ 162 (Latham 38, Hazlewood 5-31, Starc 3-59) vs Australia

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Mitchell Starc surpassed Dennis Lillee’s famous milestone with his 356th Test wicket and combined with Josh Hazlewood to put New Zealand in trouble on the opening day of the second Test at Hagley Oval.

Australia’s unchanged bid to win the series 2-0 after a big win in Wellington has gone to plan so far. A 47-run partnership with Tom Latham and Will Young gave them no advantage in the opening 90 minutes, but Starc and Hazlewood took over as New Zealand were bowled out under 200 for the third consecutive innings.
A 55-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Tim Southee and Matt Henry, in his 100th Test, gave Australia a brief pause before New Zealand were all out for 162 at tea. Hazlewood performed brilliantly, taking 5 wickets for 31 runs, while Starc took 3 wickets for 59 runs.

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Starc displaced Young to equal Lillee and move into joint fourth place in Australia’s all-time list. But Hazlewood returned with impeccable line and length bowling, taking four wickets either side of lunch, including Kane Williamson, who was out LBW for 17 in his 100th Test match.

In comparison to Hazlewood, Starc struggled with his consistency and proved costly until he edged Glenn Phillips down the leg-side, allowing him to edge past Lillee. Starc was in form when he trapped Scott Kuggeleijn LBW on the very first ball after bowling a powerful trademark yorker which hit him leg-first.

Pat Cummins’ decision to bowl first was rewarded on a green surface that was expected to be flat. There was some movement, but – despite New Zealand’s restrained scoring – conditions were not as challenging as those experienced in Wellington.

Six bowlers were used, with second session all-rounder Cameron Green called into attack and he took the wicket of Tom Blundell, who looked composed unlike most of his teammates.

It was a disastrous performance from New Zealand, who were 8 for 60 at one stage in a poor start to a crucial match amid brilliant innings from Williamson and Southee.

New Zealand, who have beaten Australia only twice in 36 Test matches since 1993, stuck to a seam-heavy attack with debutant Ben Sears replacing injured fast bowler Will O’Rourke, while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner was reinstated. Was ignored.

Latham had scored only 202 runs at an average of 16.83 in his last 12 Test innings, but he looked confident from the start and played fluently on the off side.

In fact, thanks to Josh Hazlewood
After struggling against Starc for years, including clipping his stumps in the first innings in Wellington, Latham started well with two confident fours in the opening over.

But Young faced a tough time against Hazlewood and Cummins, who tried to work on him by turning the ball towards the right-handed batsman. Young was given a lease of life on 8 when he edged the ball inside out at short leg, but Travis Head was unable to complete a difficult one-handed catch, diving to his left.

Cummins – in the 12th over – returned Nathan Lyon after taking 10 wickets on the spin-friendly Basin Reserve surface. But spin has not traditionally been in favor at Hagley Oval and Lyon’s entry into the attack was the first ever by a spinner at the ground.

Latham made a statement by sweeping the first ball across the boundary and there was very little spin on offer for Lyon, who bowled only two overs.

Australia went wicketless in the first session until Starc returned and Young’s poor innings ended after Mitchell Marsh completed a difficult low catch at third slip in the 19th over, causing New Zealand’s collapse.

This was the 29th time since 1998 that Australia had elected to bowl first in a Test, but only twice had they taken longer to take wickets.

Australia soon regained the lead at lunch when Hazlewood dismissed Latham and Rachin Ravindra, who was caught at slip after attempting a rash drive. As New Zealand slipped further after the intermission, Ravindra threw his head back and walked forward in frustration.

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When Daryl Mitchell came to the crease in the first Test, he was unable to play aggressively in Wellington due to New Zealand’s difficulties. Once again, he ran into trouble with his team and started cautiously before being caught behind in another gem off the bowling of Hazlewood.

After receiving a standing ovation, Williamson was determined to make amends for the horror of the first Test, where he suffered a rare double failure. He pounced on rare loose balls from Cummins before being trapped in the crease by Hazlewood, who turned back when reviewed by Williamson.

Australia is fielding an unchanged team for the fourth consecutive Test and the same bowling quartet for the seventh consecutive match.

Retired umpire Marais Erasmus was greeted by the players before the game.

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