Aus won the first match

Voges: Big slice of luck late on Day 1 but I made the most out of that luck. Setting up a big partnership with Khawaja was key. You don’t get many second chances. NZ bowed well on the second morning and it was a tricky one. Had to be patient. Had a Sheffield Shield game before this match and so kept ticking over.
Adam Voges is the Man of the Match for his splendid knock. He notched up a double ton plus 39 runs which included 30 fours and 3 sixes
Smith: Bowlers put the ball in the right areas and that’s the most we could ask for after putting a side in. The colour of the wicket changed and it got better to bat each day. We battled hard with the bat. Voges and Khawaja’s partnership was amazing. We got the ball to reverse which is always handy. Siddle has a bit of a spasm in his back; could have bowled if needed today. All four bowlers bowled well today. New Zealand are a good side and I know they will come back hard at us in Christchurch.
McCullum: Not ideal. Australia put the ball in the right areas on the first morning and put us under pressure. Usman and Adam played on a wicket which had something, credit to them. Turned out to be pretty good wicket later. Bowling last on that surface – a 200 or 250-run lead would have been handy. Nicholls was very composed. Never easy to come here and make runs. Handy contributions from other guys too. Australia were top class, deserve to win. I am not sure if the margin of the win is a testament to the difference between the two teams.
New Zealand, however, didn’t make use of the conditions in the second innings. After a solid opening stand, Latham, Guptill threw it away while Williamson had a rare blip with the bat. Henry Nicholls claimed the highest score by a New Zealand number 4 on debut but failed to show sound judgement to a swinging peach from Bird. Southee and Boult had their share of fun as the latter eclipsed Courtney Walsh for most number of sixes by a number 11. Craig fought hard and could only succeed in creating an unusual yet memorable record for himself – He was unbeaten in both innings. So Australia bundled New Zealand twice sans consuming Craig. But jeez! I’m sure Craig wouldn’t want to have a look at his bowling card. Just can’t…
Phew! That ends New Zealand’s unbeaten streak at home since March 2012. Today morning was all about posting a stamp on the envelope and Australia did it with ease, packing New Zealand in one-and-half session’s time. After being asked to bat first, New Zealand faltered under swinging and seaming conditions and were all out under 200. Australia’s Usman Khawaja who has been in the form of his life, pummelled the Kiwi bowlers with his flair and fast-hand approach. Then came in Adam Voges to fill his run-starved hunger with loads and loads of runs. Smashed 56 runs greater than the Kiwi first innings total and eventually New Zealand lost by 52 runs – So that should tell you the story.
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