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Star all-rounder Cameron Green was involved in a hilarious incident during the second day of the ongoing first Test between New Zealand and Australia at the Wellington Basin Reserve on Friday. This happened in the third session of the morning after Australia resumed their innings at 279/9. New Zealand pacer Matt Henry bowled an in-swinger to Josh Hazlewood, who caressed the ball to mid-wicket. While Green and Hazlewood could have stolen two runs, the former returned the latter before even completing a single.

Green and Hazlewood had crossed, but the all-rounder called the pacer back to his position as he was eager to resume striking for the first ball of the next ball.

The incident, which took place on the last ball of the 88th over, left the umpires and opposition captain Tim Southee perplexed. Commentators, on the other hand, saw the funny side of Green’s antics.

Meanwhile, Green and Josh Hazlewood made history on Friday as they combined to record Australia’s highest partnership for the tenth wicket against New Zealand, as well as the fourth highest overall in ‘an Australian pair.

The pair tormented New Zealand’s bowling attack in the morning session of day two in Wellington, easily making 116 for the final wicket, shattering Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath’s previous record of 114 runs in Brisbane in 2004.

The partnership was only the sixth of Australia’s 100 or more runs for the tenth wicket in red-ball cricket, and it helped the reigning World Test Championship winners reach a high score of 383 in their first innings after a tough opening day at Basin Reserve.

Green’s unbeaten performance of 174 encouraged Australia, with the young all-rounder playing a patient game to begin with before reaching his second Test century in the penultimate over of the day, then adopting a more attacking strategy with Hazlewood Friday.

The duo struck wisely when necessary, with Green, in particular, using his power to crush anything short from the Kiwis, frustrating the hosts and recording the fourth-best partnership ever for an Australian team’s 10th wicket .

Green’s hundred was only the second time he has scored in triple figures for Australia in Test cricket, surpassing his previous record of 114 against India in Ahmedabad last year.

(With ANI entries)

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