New Zealand are currently playing red-ball cricket in Australia. Before that, they beat England by 1-0 in the two-match Test series at home. However, their tactical approach here in Australia was to no avail as the visitors were totally outclassed by the hosts in all facets of the game. New Zealand thoroughly lacked enough teeth to upset the Aussies as Tim Paine and Co took the first lead in the three-match Test series by 296 runs in the first Test match in Perth.
Kiwis missed the services of their pace spearhead Trent Boult in the first Test. The left-arm bowler also missed the two home Test series against England as he recovered from a rib injury. However, he made a stellar rebound in the second Test at the MCG when he delivered an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss Joe Burns. It did not take much time for him to announce his arrival in Melbourne.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first. When Trent Boult was given the ball, he lived up to his reputation from the word go. On the fourth ball of the first over, Boult made a complete mess of Burns’ stumps. The left-arm fast-medium swing bowler is known for his unique ability to swing the ball both ways and his deceptive pace has ruffled the batsmen feathers more often than not.
On top of that, his ultimate weapon to his arsenal is the inswinger to the right-handers and has always come out on top against them when he bowls at a brisk pace. Trent Boult pitched in a super-fast delivery that was full and straight. Joe Burns did his best to middle the ball but the cherry that travelled with sheer pace had passed through the small gap right in between pad and bat to make a mess of the stumps. Burns made his way back to the dressing room after a first-ball duck.
However, after Joe Burns’ dismissal, Australia found support in the form of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne as the duo constructed a 60-run partnership before Warner was dismissed off Neil Wagner’s bowling. Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith joined the set batsman Labuschagne and went about their business as the pair stitched together an 83-run stand for the third wicket before Labuschagne was clean bowled by Colin de Grandhomme for a well-made 63 (six fours, 1 six).
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