Nathon Lyon and Mitchell Starc eight wickets together took the kangaroos on Day 4 of the first Test at Perth to a comprehensive 296 run win against New Zealand and take 1-0 lead in the three-match Trans-Tasman Test series.
New Zealand in both innings was brutally demolished by the Australian pace attack with Mitchell Starc picking 9-97 in the Test Match. Later, the left-arm was awarded the man of the match for his fierce bowling.
New Zealand was given a healthy task of 468 to save the Test match and had to bat almost five sessions but unfortunately, they only managed to bat one and a half session, scoring 171 with no batsman resisting at the crease. BJ Watling, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 40 and was the top-scorer for the kiwis. Australian pacers took great advantage of a crumbling pitch that offered breaks and furthermore footmarks for the spinners.
Earlier in the day, Australian Tim Paine declared the innings on a total of 217 giving ample time to his bowlers to knock the neighbors down in the absence of Josh Hazlewood, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner in second innings shared eight wickets together with veteran Southee claiming a five wicket-haul disturbing the Aussies after a great start.
On Thursday, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first with Marnus Labuschagne scoring a century, three in a trot. He was supported by Travis Head who scored a Test fifty after the first innings of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
New Zealand just like today, in their first innings, scored a low total of 166. Experienced Ross Taylor was the lone warrior and made 80 runs.
It must be noted that both the teams in their second innings were one bowler short as both their fast bowlers met injuries. New Zealand debutant Lockie Ferguson ruled out due to calf-strain and Australia Josh Hazlewood sidelined because of a hamstring injury.
The second Test will be a Boxing day match which will commence from December 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).