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Australia v New Zealand
WACA GROUND, NOVEMBER 13-17, 2015
2nd Test - AUS v NZL
|Australia 1st Inn||9/559|
|New Zealand 1st Inn||624 All Out|
|Australia 2nd Inn||7/385|
|New Zealand 2nd Inn||2/104|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bat|
|New Zealand||Over:28.0 RR:3.71|
|1 . . 2 . . |||4 . 1 . 1 . |||2 . 2 . . . ||
|Last Wicket:||Guptill, MJ, 17 (c:Burns b:Johnson)|
|Current Partnership:||60 runs, 79 balls, RR:75.95|
Australia have a 419 run lead at the close of the second day of the Test at the WACA, leaving New Zealand with a huge task ahead of them.
Australia declared at 9/559 after losing David Warner early in the day on 253 runs. Another six wickets followed before the Aussies sent New Zealand in to bat.
Mitch Starc felled Martin Guptill leg before wicket early in New Zealand’s innings and Tom Latham was also taken before the end of play.
The Black Caps closed the day with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease, on 2/140.
Williamson’s wicket looms as the vital one for Australia to target when play resumes on Sunday as they look to blast through the New Zealand batting order, and possibly enforce a follow-on.
Scores at end of day
New Zealand 2/140
Australia hold an enormous advantage over New Zealand at the beginning of the second day of the Test at the WACA. Join The Roar for a live blog of all the action from Day 2 at 1:30pm AEDT.
The Aussies got off to a blistering start on the first day of the Test and there was little that the Black Caps could do to contain them.
Joe Burns and David Warner put up a 101-run partnership before Burns was bowled by Matt Henry, but with Usman Khawaja joining Warner at the crease, the Black Caps found themselves unable to resist a dominant display.
Khawaja knocked up 121 runs off 186 balls before being caught by Tom Latham shortly before the end of play.
However it was David Warner who was truly at the top of his game, notching 244 runs off 272 balls and still at the crease on the end of the first day.
Steve Smith partners him when play resumes on Day 2, with five runs to his name off twelve balls faced so far.
Australia come into the second day at 2/416 and depending on how the morning session goes there’s a good chance they’ll declare at some point today in order to begin working over the New Zealand batsmen.
However it won’t be before a Warner wicket falls as the side will no doubt want to let him keep going as long as possible to see just how big he can go.
Khawaja said after play ended that he believed Warner could rival Brian Lara’s 400 if he keeps up his form.
But even if he were to fall on the first ball of the day you’d still say it’s been an immensely good knock from Warner, and it’s put Australia in the box seat to win the second Test and clinch the series.
Bracewell was the best of New Zealand’s bowlers on the first day, taking Khawaja’s wicket and recording an economy of 3.56, the lowest of any to bowl ten or more overs.
Tim Southee was able to keep under four runs an over as well but couldn’t break through for a wicket in his 19 overs.
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