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New Zealand vs Australia live, second cricket test at Hagley Oval – day two

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New Zealand vs Australia live, second cricket test at Hagley Oval – day two

Live updates of the second day of the second test between the Black Caps and Australia.

– The Black Caps were bowled out for 162 after Australia opted to bowl.

– In reply, Australia started the day with a first innings lead of 38 runs.

– Matt Henry dismissed nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, then caught Mitch Marsh for a duck.

First day report

Matt Henry now leads New Zealand in wickets and runs taken in the Test series against Australia.

One statistic should bring a smile and the other a shudder. But for Henry, the undisputed leader of the hosts’ onslaught and the tourists’ unexpected woes, there was no wavering in emotion after the second day of the second Test.

His steady position could have been helped by another run through Australia’s top order, picking up three wickets to restrict the opposition to 124-4 at stumps. It certainly raised the spirits of the crowd after Josh Hazlewood was even more devastating in dismissing the Black Caps for 162.

And Henry, more often than not asked to reflect on earlier failures rather than his own success, remained steadfast in his support of his side’s struggling batsmen.

“It’s not a nuisance,” Henry said. “If we look at our batting, we have world-class players there. They’ve been fantastic for a few years and I have no doubt they’ll be great going forward.

“This is the first day of the test match. The ball is allowed to move and the kids are allowed to throw good mud. That’s what happens when you meet world-class performers – sometimes they have their days.

“The main thing is that they trust our batsmen – they’ve been fantastic for a long time and that’s not going away. They’ll be absolutely fine.”

This is certainly true for most, whose generations will last longer than the tour of Australia’s great attack. But that long-term perspective matters little when it takes one good inning to save a streak.

In three innings so far, New Zealand average 179. Only two players – Glenn Phillips and Rachin Ravindra – have scored half-centuries, while Henry’s 85 runs from 77 balls puts him at the top of the charts.

One shortcoming has surfaced, it’s more technical than mental, and Hazlewood bowled while claiming 4-7 in the distance of a six, a quick fix is ​​required.

“That’s the thing about Hagley – if you put the ball in the right area on day one, there’s always going to be a bit of help,” Henry said. “But you can shoot too; is a good cricket wicket.

“You’ve just seen a world-class performer like Josh Hazlewood go about his business when there’s some help. He made good use of it. But there will definitely be escapes.”

Hazlewood’s accuracy and patience was the blueprint for the Black Caps and Henry executed that plan as he made it to the 11th.

But the veteran first needed the intervention of debutant Ben Sears, 26-year-old Steve Smith poaching a memorable first-Test scalp when he was fooled enough for a delivery to cut off the off-stump.

“It doesn’t get any better for a first keeper,” Henry said. “He showed a lot of control and excitement and got the ball rolling for us. We were bowling well but not much was happening and he was able to get the first bounce and we were able to build some momentum from there.

“Australia are a world-class batting team, so you have to be good for a long time to take wickets. We managed to get four of them, but it’s going to be a big first hour.”

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