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New Zealand missed a golden opportunity on day one and Australia will have the chance to put the hosts in the hot seat on Friday.

Cameron Green was the opening day heroreaching his century on the last ball of the game to take Australia to 9/279 at stumps.

The all-rounder’s second career Test century will cement his place as the No. 4 batter in Australia’s top order – and will also have the opportunity to torment the Kiwis with the ball on Friday.

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New Zealand have not beaten Australia in a Test series since 1993, and a competitive first innings total gave the visitors an early advantage in Wellington.

10:25 a.m. – Cam Green reaches 150

Cameron Green increased his 150 with a six.

This is the first time the all-rounder has reached 150 and the New Zealanders were powerless to stop him on day two.

SEN commentator Gerard Whateley said: “It’s quite a moment for a young man on his trial journey.”

10.05am – Pure misery as Kiwis collapse

Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood have the Kiwis tearing their hair out with their 10th wicket partnership reaching 68 runs at the drinks break on day two.

Green pushed towards 150 as New Zealand continued their tactics of trying to find a way to put Hazlewood on strike while giving Green free runs.

Pushing the total well past 300 is the last thing New Zealand wanted as the game began to slip away from them.

Australia were at 9/332 when the second hour of play resumed.

9:15 a.m. – Australian race is a complete disaster

Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood had no idea what was happening when the pair almost came unstuck at the start of day two.

Hazlewood had turned a ball well towards the fence for a comfortable single and was only a few yards from reaching the bowler’s crease before abruptly turning around and heading back to where he had started.

Green had led the strike to protect Hazlewood from the Kiwi attack.

The couple had smiles on their faces after being so close to disaster.

“It looked bad,” said Australian great Brendan Julian.

One Kiwi commenter replied: “I don’t think I’ve seen that.”

Hazlewood got so close to non-striker’s territory that the referees had to consult the video referee to see if Hazlewood had completed the run.

8:00 – Michael Clarke says Kiwis should have done better

Michael Clarke says New Zealand made a big mistake on the first day of the first Test.

Clarke said on Friday morning that Australia were “well and truly in the lead”.

“It’s definitely Australia Day,” the former Test captain told Sky Sports Radio.

“Green counter. Sent to bat. He sewed and swung all day. If New Zealand succeed, they eliminate Australia for 200, or 220 maximum.

“I thought they were too short, especially during the first two hours before lunch.

“We have a little rule when we play, certainly at this level: if it looks good on TV, it’s usually a foot too long. When the batsman plays and misses regularly, it looks awesome when you watch it from the couch and think, “Oh, how did he not do that?”

“But usually when you’re playing against good opposition it means you’re missing a foot. You want them to actually look to drive the ball on a pitch like that when the ball is new.

7 a.m. — The Marnus race approaches the “terminal”

After a difficult summer against Pakistan and the West Indies, the pressure is on Australia’s batting line-up to score runs in the final two Tests before a blockbuster series against India next summer.

Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head in particular are struggling to earn runs, putting pressure on all-rounders Mitch Marsh and Cam Green to save the innings.

Labuschagne looked shaky during 27-ball 1-run knocktaking the lead to slip first in the first innings against New Zealand.

Since scoring 111 against England in Manchester, Labuschagne has scores of 9, 13, 16, 2, 63, 4, 60, 62*, 10, 1*, 3, 5 and 1.

The 29-year-old looked out of sorts against the New Zealand pacers and eventually edged a Scott Kuggeleijn delivery to first slip. He scored one run off 27 balls.

“He looked very hesitant,” Fox Cricket’s Brendon Julian said in commentary.

“I just sat in the crease.”


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