Wil­liamson car­ries New Zealand’s hopes af­ter huge Aus­tralian to­tal

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PERTH: In-form bats­man Kane Wil­liamson car­ried New Zealand hopes with an­other fight­ing half-cen­tury at stumps on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test at the WACA Ground yes­ter­day. Af­ter Aus­tralia had de­clared their first in­nings at 559 for nine, New Zealand were 140 for two in re­ply on an easy-go­ing pitch. Wil­liamson was un­beaten on 70, with Ross Tay­lor on 26 not out, the pair hav­ing added 53 runs but the Ki­wis still trail­ing by 419 runs with eight wick­ets in hand. Put in to bat around 40 min­utes be­fore tea, the Ki­wis lost both their open­ers.

Martin Gup­till was trapped leg be­fore wicket by left-arm quick Mitchell Starc for just one when the score was six. Tom Latham again looked solid in making 36, but Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith was re­warded for his de­ci­sion to bring off-spin­ner Nathan Lyon back into the at­tack. Lyon re­moved Latham in his first over af­ter tea with Smith tak­ing a sharp catch low to his left. Wil­liamson again looked in to­tal con­trol af­ter scor­ing 140 and 59 in Brisbane, and his only mo­ments of con­cern came when his con­cen­tra­tion ap­peared to wa­ver dur­ing a short spell by all-rounder Mitchell Marsh pro­vok­ing him to play a couple of false shots.

One sig­nif­i­cant set­back for Aus­tralia dur­ing the sec­ond day was an ap­par­ent ham­string in­jury suf­fered by first in­nings cen­tu­rion Us­man Khawaja. The 28-year-old, who has scored cen­turies in the two Tests against the Ki­wis and made 121 on Fri­day, pulled up sharply af­ter chas­ing a ball to the bound­ary and im­me­di­ately left the field. He didn’t re­turn and Cricket Aus­tralia said his in­jury would be as­sessed to­day. Ear­lier in the day, New Zealand foiled Aus­tralian opener David Warner’s bid to break more bat­ting records when they re­moved him for 253, caught in slips off pace­man Trent Boult. Aus­tralia, ahead 1-0 in the three­match se­ries af­ter a 208-run win in Brisbane, had re­sumed at 416 for two, with Warner on 244 and eye­ing Matthew Hay­den’s record WACA score of 380 against Zim­babwe in 2003. How­ever, he added just nine runs be­fore some much-im­proved bowl­ing from Boult had him edg­ing to Mark Craig in slips.

‘De­ter­mined and fo­cused’

It was the sec­ond-high­est in­di­vid­ual score at the ground, be­hind only Hay­den’s mas­sive knock. Warner faced 286 balls and was at the crease for 409 min­utes, hit­ting 24 bound­aries and two sixes in an im­pres­sive in­nings that was the high­est of his ca­reer and his first dou­ble-cen­tury at Test level. Warner said he was pleased to bat for such a long pe­riod for the sec­ond match in suc­ces­sion. “I faced 200 balls for the first time last game,” he said. “For me it is about be­ing de­ter­mined and fo­cused. “I achieved what I set out to do and that was to score a dou­ble hun­dred in my ca­reer, and it has put us into a great po­si­tion. “But it’s go­ing to be tough to take 20 wick­ets on this deck.”

At one stage Aus­tralia were 512 for four yes­ter­day, but they col­lapsed af­ter lunch with New Zealand spin­ner Craig (3-123) on a hat-trick as the wick­ets tum­bled in the chase for quick runs. Pace­man Doug Bracewell (2-81) pro­vided a rare mo­ment of de­light for the visi­tors when he took a bril­liant re­flex catch off his own bowl­ing to re­move Marsh for 34. Bracewell, who con­ceded a draw was their main fo­cus, said the Ki­wis were re­warded for bowl­ing with more con­sis­tency. “It was pretty pleas­ing to have a good day like that af­ter yes­ter­day,” he said. “We spoke about im­prov­ing and be­ing more con­sis­tent and we got a few re­wards. “We talked about making them hit our good balls rather than giv­ing them the release we were yes­ter­day.”— AFP

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