Aus­tralia strike back af­ter Tay­lor’s epic 290

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PERTH: Steve Smith and Adam Vo­ges scored the fifth and sixth cen­turies of the sec­ond test to give Aus­tralia a lead of 193 af­ter Ross Tay­lor’s epic 290 brought New Zealand back into the con­test on day four yes­ter­day.

Smith hit his eighth cen­tury in 13 tests over the last 12 months, and his fourth in five tests as cap­tain, while western Aus­tralian Vo­ges de­lighted the WACA crowd with his first on home soil to take the hosts to 254 for two.

The skip­per will re­sume on 127 not out and Vo­ges un­beaten on 101 in a part­ner­ship of 208 that stead­ied the in­nings af­ter New Zealand had re­moved open­ers Joe Burns (0) and David Warner (24) cheaply.

That drove home the tourist’s ad­van­tage af­ter Tay­lor’s mighty 374-ball knock, which fea­tured 43 fours, had dragged his side back into the match with a first-in­nings lead of 65.

Al­though he fell 10 runs short of the triple cen­tury, the 31-year-old’s in­nings was the high­est score by any vis­it­ing bats­man in Aus­tralia, bet­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 287 set by Eng­land’s Tip Foster in Sydney in 1903.

It was also the third high­est in­nings by any New Zealand bats­man in a test match and eclipsed the 253 con­trib­uted by Warner to Aus­tralia’s first in­nings tally of 559-9 de­clared, which had looked al­most unas­sail­able on day two.


Just be­fore lunch and af­ter more than nine hours at the crease, Tay­lor mis­cued a slogsweep to sub­sti­tute fielder Jonny Wells off the bowl­ing of Nathan Lyon to bring an end to New Zealand’s in­nings on 624.

Break­ing Aus­tralia’s open­ing part­ner­ship, which had put to­gether cen­tury stands in the first three in­nings of the se­ries, was an achieve­ment in it­self but also re­mov­ing Warner with just 46 runs on the board was a ma­jor break­through.

Southee had Burns caught at first slip by Tay­lor, while Warner, who also scored cen­turies in both in­nings in Brisbane, fell to Trent Boult and a sharp catch from Tom Latham at cover.

Smith came out at num­ber three be­cause of the ham­string in­jury to Us­man Khawaja, who will miss Aus­tralia’s next two tests, and quickly showed his de­sire to get in on the WACA run-fest, which has seen 1,441 scored on the first four days.

He raced to his half cen­tury in 57 balls and, af­ter be­ing dropped by New Zealand wick­et­keeper

BJ Watling on 96, reached his 12th test cen­tury with a four be­hind point, the 13th of his in­nings.

Vo­ges, who hit a cen­tury on de­but against West Indies ear­lier this year, scored at a more pedes­trian pace and reached the mile­stone with his 15th bound­ary in the penul­ti­mate over of the day. — Reuters

Perth: Aus­tralia’s Steve Smith plays a shot against New Zealand dur­ing their cricket test match in Perth, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. — AP

PERTH: New Zealand’s Ross Tay­lor raises his bat as he leaves the field af­ter be­ing dis­missed for 290 runs on day four of the sec­ond cricket Test match be­tween Aus­tralia and New Zealand in Perth yes­ter­day. — AFP

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