New Zealand v Australia, 1st Test, Wellington, 3rd day February 14, 2016

Australia firmly in charge after Voges 239

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New Zealand 183 and 178 for 4 (Latham 63) trail Australia 562 (Voges 239, Khawaja 140) by 201 runs
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Brendon McCullum fell on the stroke of stumps to leave New Zealand in a dire position after a day in which Adam Voges soared to his second double-century of the southern summer and Australia's bowlers worked diligently to find a way through New Zealand's top order, on a docile pitch at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Mitchell Marsh's knack for taking important wickets was enhanced when McCullum was pinned in front in the final over, the umpire Richard Kettleborough giving the decision after a moment's deliberation. McCullum's referral was somewhat forlorn, much as New Zealand's prospects for saving the match now appear.

Australia's last five wickets had added 263 in total, leaving the hosts with an enormous task to save McCullum's 100th Test. Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson all made starts but were teased out by excellent spells from Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood, leaving Henry Nicholls in terse occupation of the crease at stumps.

During his half-century Latham was fortunate to have survived an edge off Marsh's bowling, which the wicketkeeper Peter Nevill failed to clasp when diving across in front of Steven Smith at slip. Otherwise the Australians were exemplary, bowling in partnerships and frustrating Guptill and Latham into unwise attacks on Lyon.

New Zealand had managed to round up the Australian tail before lunch but only after Voges sailed on through to a supremely efficient 239, a score that left his Test batting average at an eye-popping 97.46 after 19 completed innings.

One point of interest about the morning's play was that all four wickets fell to catches in front of the wicket, including Corey Anderson's stunning return-catch to dismiss Lyon. Four caught and bowled dismissals for the innings equalled the Test record.

Peter Siddle and Voges had started the day in a positive vein, working the ball around with the occasional boundary as their stand took on impressive proportions, notwithstanding one blow on the helmet for Siddle when he ducked into a Trent Boult bouncer. The partnership was worth 99 and Siddle 49 when he pushed Doug Bracewell to mid-on.

Hazlewood played a handsome cover drive before trying to repeat the shot and spooning a catch, but Lyon hung around long enough to watch Voges reach 200, courtesy of an obliging full toss from Mark Craig. Lyon's exit via Anderson's acrobatics left time for an entertaining last pairing before Voges finally succumbed, 614 runs after his last dismissal.

Latham and Guptill negotiated one over before the interval, and showed good intent to score when play resumed. Guptill was particularly expansive, swatting Siddle for a trio of boundaries, and a swift half-century stand was raised.

However the introductions of Marsh and Lyon brought some different questions, with faint traces of reverse-swing evident. Latham reached out to drive at Marsh and edged, only for Nevill to react slightly late and not quite get the ball in the middle of his left glove. It was the first chance of note the keeper had missed in his brief Test career so far.

Guptill was itching to get at Lyon, but like so many batsmen before him, underestimated the spinner's flight, drift and drop. A ball arcing away drew a skier from the outer part of the bat, and Marsh did exceptionally well to hold the catch as he ran with the flight.

Williamson made a typically sturdy start to his innings before tea arrived, but on resumption was pinned down by Hazlewood, who pursued a most disciplined line around off stump with subtle movement either way. Having taken 23 balls for his first 20, Williamson was becalmed so much that when he touched another fine delivery running away from him, he departed for 22 in 44 deliveries.

Latham had also slowed down somewhat, and Lyon duly tempted him with an artfully flighted ball. It dipped and dropped in advance of Latham, who carried through with his shot and was well taken by Usman Khawaja, making good ground from mid-off to claim the catch.

McCullum came out with steely intent, eschewing most of his usual flourishes, and had a moments' fortune when he edged Lyon barely wide of Steven Smith. But the last over would bring the lbw verdict, and a deflating departure for the captain.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • taztigers on February 15, 2016, 11:15 GMT

    And there we have it. When it comes to the real cricket N.Z. is found wanting really badly. Not a good a team as they might think. I don't think Australia still has their best team on the paddock so where does N.Z. go from here. Well done Aussies, very ordinary N,.Z.

  • android_user on February 15, 2016, 3:33 GMT

    At least no one's harping on about the toss, or the pitch. Good to see. Congrats Oz.

  • Jacob Vermeer on February 15, 2016, 0:13 GMT

    as a Black Caps fan I would like to say this the whole Voges controversy has had little bearing on what will be a comprehensive victory by the aussies! although NZ are becoming a force in test cricket now they have a terrible habit of playing loosely on the first day of the first test in almost every series in recent times. This test was done by the lunchtime on the first day to be honest and although ausdie have played well NZ batsmen played like mugs. unless they start playing TEST cricket on the first day then series wins will be hard to come by as its such an advantage for the opposition t9 have our batsmen playing loose shots on the fisrt fay.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on February 14, 2016, 23:50 GMT

    To add to the discussion, during Brett Lee's era he had quite a few dismissals negated by no ball calls. Due to the propensity for his front foot to slide, a number of those were shown on replay to have actually been legal. There was much less time to change your mind at his pace yet they were not overturned. Continually flirting with the front line means that you will sometimes lose wickets to incorrect calls which can't be overturned because the live call of no ball has very likely affected the play. Bracewell overstepped quite a lot and should have been call many more times. The blame lays squarely at him. He needs to sort his bowling out or wear the future consequences.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on February 14, 2016, 23:43 GMT

    Mike Hussey came in too late as well.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on February 14, 2016, 23:41 GMT

    @Tinkertinker, you could probably add to that list, among many others the third test in Chennai in 2001. After winning a record number of tests in a row, then losing the second test in exceptional circumstances (enforcing the follow on with only a four man bowling attack in humid conditions; plus an awesome Dravid/Laxman partnership), Australia were in a great position to win their first series in India in a long time. In the second innings of that match four of Australia's top six were fired out to absolutely poor decisions by the two local umpires. India won that match with only two wickets to spare... instead of what if, Australia knuckled down and won on their next visit.

  • shortsillypoint on February 14, 2016, 23:13 GMT

    @bradmanbestever - how will you know if Aust will be unaffected by umpiring decisions - they have been the recipient of all the benefits in recent tests . But going by the complaints and comments about the M Marsh (who was out) decision and then Aus losing that game suggest otherwise. Lets hope you get a match changing one and we will see how staunch you are?

  • espn27438860 on February 14, 2016, 23:05 GMT

    FKJVMMP - "but when Australia inevitably win it will be directly because of that one awful call."

    It was an awful call, and impossible to understand (I really think an inquiry is warranted, although I don't usually go for conspiracies).

    But NZ are 223/7 on a road - in fact I've seen a great many roads harder to bat on than this. If you think that one call lost you this test, you need to have a good hard look at the Kiwi top order, and then the mirror. If Starc had been fit, it might have been over in 3 days.

  • JOHNCSPACE on February 14, 2016, 22:32 GMT

    ROJAYAO, that's called wishful thinking. This is more like the grinding way Australia play (we like), on an active pitch. Bowling is better and batting is superior too.

  • Omar Jafri on February 14, 2016, 22:21 GMT

    @Vaishak13 Austraila is undoubtedly the best side in the world at home, away..different team! If u have any doubts pull out the scores from last Ashes series, they have no clue how to play swing bowling, u can not be a great team unles u performed in different conditions, I am giving them 0 chance in WC 20/20 for the same reason, this team will find it hard against the slow turning pitches of India..ask SA

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