Twitter reactions: Alex Carey, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh lead Australia to a series whitewash over New Zealand

Australia‘s middle order orchestrated a remarkable Test victory in the second game in Christchurch by three wickets, securing a 2-0 series triumph against New Zealand. Alex Carey‘s resilient unbeaten 98 defied the Black Caps bowlers, playing a pivotal role alongside Mitchell Marsh, who contributed 80. Skipper Pat Cummins further bolstered the innings with an unbeaten 32 and a crucial 61-run partnership for the 8th wicket with Carey. This stellar performance rescued Australia from a precarious position of 34/4, guiding them to a total of 281/7 to clinch the win on Day 4.

Key partnerships steer Australia to triumph

Carey’s standout moment came in a crucial 140-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Marsh. Despite losing two wickets in consecutive balls to debutant Ben Sears, that included a prized scalp of Marsh. Carey’s determination remained strong and shone through in an unbeaten 61-run stand with Cummins. This remarkable collaboration saw Australia successfully chase down the target of 279.

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As Day 3 concluded with Australia needing 202 runs to win and New Zealand aiming to secure six wickets, the match hung in the balance. Overnight batters Marsh and Travis Head faced a challenging task. However Head departed early on the fourth Day. In a display of resilience, Marsh and Carey forged a crucial partnership for the sixth wicket, steering Australia closer to victory. Marsh scored 80 runs off 102 balls with 10 fours and a six before getting out. After he departed, it was Carey who took the responsibility for guiding Australia under pressure.

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Debutant Ben Sears sparks tension but Alex Carey and Pat Cummins stand firm

Sears emerged as a force for the hosts, claiming crucial wickets and even finding himself on a hat-trick after dismissing Marsh and Mitchell Starc. Carey, in turn, took on the responsibility of guiding Australia under pressure, forming an essential partnership with skipper Cummins, who displayed grit and resilience, ending the match not out on 32.

Despite New Zealand’s initial dominance with Sears making an impact, Carey and Cummins thwarted their momentum, securing a memorable Test win for Australia. The match showcased the team’s depth, determination, and ability to perform under pressure.

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