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New Zealand vs Australia 2016 1st Test: Australia beat New Zealand by an innings and 52 runs

914   //    15 Feb 2016, 11:25 IST
Australia vs New Zealand 2016 1st Test
Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon were the wreckers-in-chief for Australia in the second innings.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia secured an easy victory in the first Test against New Zealand on Monday, thrashing the hosts by an innings and 52 runs after lunch on the fourth day to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

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Nathan Lyon grabbed two more wickets to finish with figures of 4-91 for Australia, who can take the top Test ranking from India with a series victory.

The second match starts in Christchurch on Feb. 20.

Mark Craig, who top scored in New Zealand's first innings with 41 not out, was left 33 not out when Trent Boult was bowled by Mitchell Marsh for 12 to bring the hosts' second innings to an end on 327.

New Zealand were dismissed for 183 in their first innings and faced a deficit of 379 runs after Adam Voges' second test double century drove Australia to a mammoth 562.

Australian bowlers doing the job

The visitors captured the last six wickets on Monday without the experienced Peter Siddle, who bowled just eight overs on Sunday before succumbing to a back spasm.

"They (the bowlers) put the ball in the right areas and put New Zealand under pressure and that's all you can ask for," Australia captain Steve Smith said in a televised interview.

"We battled quite hard with the bat and were under a little bit of pressure early but the partnership between Usman (Khawaja) and Voges was spot on and they played out of their skin and put us in a good position."

Marsh, Lyon and Jackson Bird all grabbed wickets before lunch to set up the victory push in the middle session.

Hazlewood trapped Doug Bracewell in front for 14 just three deliveries after they returned from the break.

Tim Southee provided some typical rearguard fireworks with 48 from 23 balls but holed out at long-on trying to hit a fourth six off Lyon, before Boult was bowled by Marsh just under an hour into the final session.

The only bright spot for New Zealand was debutant Henry Nicholls scoring his first test half-century before he was bowled by Bird for 59.

Hazlewood's ability to get the older ball to reverse swing should concern New Zealand, whose top-four batsmen made solid starts but failed to push on in what were considered good batting conditions.

"We were outplayed throughout the test match and Australia deserve to be 1-0 up in the series," New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said.

"We need to be a bit better than what we were, though obviously Australia were very very good in this test match."

Brief Scores: Australia 562 ( Voges 239, Khawaja 140, Southee 2/87, Boult 2/101) beat NZ 183 & 327 (Latham 63, Nicholls 59, Lyon 4/91, Marsh 3/73) by an innings and 52 runs.

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