Aus­tralia bowlers shine on day-night test de­but

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ADE­LAIDE: New Zealand’s pace­men struck back with two late wick­ets un­der the flood­lights at Ade­laide Oval but Aus­tralia’s bowlers shined in the sun as the in­au­gu­ral day-night test opened yes­ter­day. Bats­men had spo­ken of the pink ball with trep­i­da­tion in the leadup to the his­toric match and 12 wick­ets tum­bled in front of a fes­tive crowd of 47,441. Af­ter win­ning the toss, New Zealand squan­dered a pos­i­tive start with poor shot se­lec­tion to be dis­missed cheaply for 202 early in the twi­light of the late ses­sion of the third and fi­nal test.

Pace­men Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell swung the ball around devil­ishly to re­move Aus­tralia open­ers David Warner (1) and Joe Burns (14). But cap­tain Steve Smith (24 not out) and Adam Vo­ges (nine) dug in to guide the hosts to 54-2 at stumps un­der an inky black sky. Aus­tralia, 1-0 up in the se­ries, took the lead in nudg­ing a 138-year-old for­mat into prime­time hours so it was fit­ting that the home side held a slen­der ad­van­tage at the close. Their sat­is­fac­tion was tem­pered, how­ever, with an in­jury to pace spear­head Mitchell Starc who limped off late in the mid­dle ses­sion and never re­turned. Scans con­firmed he had suf­fered a stress frac­ture in his right foot and he will bowl no fur­ther in the test. “It’s very dis­ap­point­ing for him. He’s been on fire,” Sid­dle, who took 2-54 and cel­e­brated his 200th test wicket, told re­porters. “I think we’ve got enough bowl­ing in our lineup any­way to take the 10 more wick­ets needed so I think we’ll be fine.” Starc, who has car­ried an an­kle in­jury for months, was the pick of Aus­tralia’s bowlers with 3-24, but was in clear dis­com­fort from the first ball.

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