Twitter reactions: Australia’s stronghold remains unshaken despite New Zealand’s late resurgence on Day 2 of the Wellington Test

Australia displayed their supremacy on Day 2 of the first Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve. Despite a late hiccup, Australia finished at 2/13, maintaining a commanding lead of 217 runs over the hosts. The day witnessed notable performances and strategic moves that shaped the course of the match.

Late stumble but substantial lead

Australia’s dominant performance faced a minor setback as they concluded Day 2 at 2/13. The dismissals of key players Steve Smith (0) and Marnus Labuschagne (2) by the Black Caps skipper Tim Southee were the only blemishes in an otherwise imposing day for the tourists. Usman Khawaja (5*) and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (6*) held their ground, ensuring a significant lead.

Bowling brilliance sets the tone for Australia

Australia’s ascendancy was primarily established through their effective bowling in the third session. New Zealand, starting at 5/42, struggled to counter the relentless Australian attack. The unfortunate run-out of star batter Kane Williamson, a rare occurrence in his illustrious career, further tilted the balance in Australia’s favour.

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Counterpunching efforts fall short

Despite some resistance from Tom Blundell (33), Glenn Phillips (71) and Matt Henry (42) in the lower order, New Zealand couldn’t bridge the gap, concluding their innings at 179, trailing by 204 runs. Spinner Lyon showcased his prowess with figures of 4/43, exploiting the bouncy conditions to perfection. Other Australian bowlers, including Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh, contributed significantly.

Cameron Green-Josh Hazlewood partnership frustrates New Zealand

Earlier in the day, Cameron Green and Hazlewood’s resilient partnership added 116 runs to Australia’s total, frustrating New Zealand’s bowlers. Green’s unbeaten 174 and Hazlewood’s valuable contribution propelled Australia to a formidable  score of 383. Henry emerged as the standout performer for New Zealand, finishing with impressive figures of 5/70.

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