New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test: Aussies in command after bowling hosts out for 183
Mark Craig was the highest scorer for New Zealand with 41 runs, while Corey Anderson scored 38 runs
Australia ended day one on 147/3, just 36 runs behind New Zealand in the first Test at Wellington on Friday. The visitors did well to fight back after losing both their openers with the score at just 5.
Steven Smith was lucky early on in his innings but went on to score 71 at a brisk pace to give the momentum back to the Australians. Usman Khawaja (57*) and Adam Voges (7*) are currently batting for the Smith-led side.
There was major controversy at the end of day’s play as Doug Bracewell was wrongly adjudged to have overstepped after getting Voges bowled.
On the 4th delivery of the final over of the day, Voges misjudged an in-swinger from Bracewell and just shouldered the delivery. The Australian batsman was bowled and the Kiwis were delighted, thinking that they had picked up a crucial wicket at an important juncture of the match.
A few seconds later, though, they were devastated as they saw English umpire Richard Illingworth signal a no-ball. But TV replays showed that Bracewell clearly had some part of his foot behind the line.
Earlier in the day, Australia's Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle destroyed New Zealand's batting lineup with a disciplined plan of bowling straight and full to skittle the hosts for 183 shortly before tea..
Having been given the first use of the ball on a green Basin Reserve wicket, Hazlewood and Siddle reduced New Zealand to 51-5 inside 12 overs before Nathan Lyon helped polish off the tail after lunch.
Hazlewood finished with 4-42, Siddle took 3-37, while off-spinner Lyon grabbed 3-32, with the tea break taken 10 minutes early when Trent Boult was caught at long on for 24.
Mark Craig top-scored with 41 not out but the pitch appeared to have lost much of its bite by the end of New Zealand's innings, which lasted 48 overs.
The hosts had been 84-5 at lunch with BJ Watling and Anderson fighting to resurrect their innings.
Their resistance, however, did not continue with Watling (17) Hazlewood's fourth wicket in the second over after lunch when he became wicketkeeper Peter Nevill's fourth catch of the innings.
Doug Bracewell (5) followed three overs later when he nicked the ball to Adam Voges at first slip, the seventh batsman to fall to a catch behind the wicket.
Anderson (38) became the first player dismissed in front of the wicket when he hit a Lyon delivery to Usman Khawaja at mid-off.
A last-wicket partnership of 46 between Craig and Trent Boult inflated the home side's score, particularly after the latter hit three sixes off Lyon.
Australia dominated the Kiwis from the word go
The visitors had seized control of the match shortly after Steve Smith had won the toss and simply bowled straight and waited for the ball to do just enough to catch the outside edge.
Martin Guptill (18), Tom Latham (6), Kane Williamson (16) and debutant Henry Nicholls (8) were all caught behind with Latham and Nicholls dismissed by deliveries they probably should have left.
Captain Brendon McCullum, whose 100th test was commemorated before the game with the presentation of a special cap, was also caught at third slip by David Warner for a duck, but that was from an inside edge that ballooned off his pad.
Guptill, Williamson and McCullum fell within the space of 2.2 overs for nine runs and when Nicholls was out just under three overs later, New Zealand were in a large hole they never really recovered from.
The second game of the two-test series is in Christchurch starting on Feb. 20.
You can follow the live commentary of the test match here.
(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)