Australia v New Zealand: Hosts secure crushing 247-run victory in Melbourne
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|Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day four of five):|
|Australia 467 (Head 114, Wagner 4-83) & 168-5 dec (Wagner 3-50)|
|New Zealand 148 (Cummins 5-28) & 240 (Blundell 121, Lyon 4-81)|
|Australia won by 247 runs|
Australia completed a 247-run victory over New Zealand on the fourth day in Melbourne to win the three-Test series with one match remaining.
New Zealand were dismissed for 240, despite opener Tom Blundell making 121.
Australia added 31 to their overnight score before declaring on 168-5, setting New Zealand 488 for victory.
James Pattinson took three wickets in eight balls, including that of captain Kane Williamson, before Nathan Lyon's 4-81 wrapped up New Zealand's innings.
Blundell was the last man out with Trent Boult unable to bat after fracturing his hand on Saturday.
"We know we've wrapped up the series here today, which was pleasing, but with the Test Championship, every Test is really important," said Australia captain Tim Paine.
"So winning the series is almost less important until we wrap up next week hopefully with another good win."
The third and final Test begins in Sydney on 2 January.
Watching this morning it appears that Root is blind as well as a poor captain, what a stupid referral, ball was clearly clipping Denly's leg stump !
Irrespective of the pitches in NZ or any damn country, if one has a good talent pool it comes through. India has a few test cricketers who don't get to play IPL. England needs to rethink.
They are on their way back to the top.
I think England will have to make some excuse not to play the next Ashes. Or Gelnn McGrath might well be right with his usual 5-0 prediction.
NZ are quality and will bounce back soon.
Not so in 1985/86; Hadlee ran amok, and New Zealand won the series. Must say, though, there have been a lot of flat pitches in New Zealand over the years (remember 1987/88?), which isn't really going to help them as a team when they get overseas. It's not going to help them find the next Shane Bond, either.