Travis Head second Test hundred in the first innings and two early wickets by the bowlers before the stumps on Day 2 have put Australia in a dominant position against New Zealand in the second Test in Melbourne.
Travis 114 along with skipper Tim Paine’s (79) had a crucial 150-run stand for the fifth wicket and has powered Australia to a big score of 467 as they were dismissed just after Tea leaving New Zealand to follow the first innings total to keep the series alive.
It was a hard day for the visiting bowlers as Neil Wagner, on a long bowling spell was the pick of the bowlers, finishing on 4-83. Senior Kiwi quick Tim Southee claimed 3-103.
New Zealand again were put under pressure upfront as Pat Cummins added to New Zealand’s burdens by taking debutant Tom Blundell’s edge for 15 preceding Kane Williamson top-edged while trying to pull a far outside off stump delivery. Kane felt to James Pattinson for nine.
Kiwis could have been in big trouble if Ross Taylor went for a review and it got overturned as he was given out lbw against James Pattinson later in the day. New Zealand were 2-44 at stumps with Tom Latham and Taylor sitting on 9 and 2 respectively.