Cameron Green century steers Australia to 279/9 vs New Zealand on Day 1 | Cricket News

Feb29,2024



New Delhi: cameron green He scored a remarkable second Test century, taking Australia to a total of 279-9 by the end of the opening day of the first Test in Wellington on Thursday.
Struggling initially at 89–4 after being sent in to bat in the Basin Reserve, Green took charge of the recovery effort along with Mitchell Marsh, who contributed 40 runs.
Showing resilience, the 24-year-old Green brought up his century in the last over, hitting his 16th boundary and ending the day unbeaten on 103, with Josh Hazlewood still to score.
“Obviously it feels really good, mainly with where we were as a team,” Green said.
“It was a pretty tough wicket there… someone just needed to bat, so glad it was me. It was good to hang on, and hopefully put a semi-competitive total on the board.”
Batting at number four, Green struggled after New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry took the crucial wickets of Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja and Marsh and finished with 4-43 on a Green pitch.
Henry dismissed Smith for 31 before lunch, bowled Khawaja for 33 after the break, then dismissed Marsh and Nathan Lyon for five.
Scott Kuggeleijn, who was reinstated to the team, also took two wickets, dismissing out-of-form Marnus Labuschagne for one and Alex Carey for 10.
Black Caps rising star Will O'Rourke, who took nine wickets on his debut this month, added two more wickets in the form of Travis Head (1) and Mitchell Starc (9).
Green said that the wicket will be very helpful for the Australian fast bowlers on Friday also.
“It's close enough, I think they're on top,” he said.
“They have a quality batting line-up and we will have to bowl well tomorrow.”
Marsh and Green provided the main resistance with a partnership of 67 runs from 77 balls.
Marsh said of Green, “We're all very proud of him, perhaps even more so of the way he played his innings. He looked composed from the first ball.”
“It was a great inning to get us back in the game.”
After winning the toss, Tim Southee And New Zealand's fast bowlers were disappointed with Smith and Khawaja as they added 61 runs before Henry got the breakthrough.
Smith promoted to open for second consecutive Test after retirement david warnerLasted 71 balls and hit four fours.
Henry induced him to play back the ball which took a hit and edged out, with wicketkeeper Tom Blundell taking a sharp diving catch in front of first slip.
Labuschagne departed after a defensive innings, finding a thick outside edge to Daryl Mitchell at slip off Kuggeleijn, followed by Khawaja and Head in quick succession.
Henry's inswinger uprooted Khawaja's stumps, before Head went past O'Rourke but the ball went to Blundell.
Marsh hit six fours and a six, before Henry bowled again after tea, Australia's Twenty20 captain attempting a pull shot which went into Blundell's gloves.
Carey was out after scoring 10 runs, before O'Rourke had Starc caught at second slip.
Pat Cummins was LBW by spinner Rachin Ravindra and Henry took his fourth wicket while Lyon was also caught behind the wicket.
“Cam Green had a great inning today, but overall we did a good job,” Henry said.
“Hopefully we can finish the job tomorrow morning.
“We applied enough pressure for a long time, but this is Test cricket and things can change like that.”
New Zealand are looking for a first Test win over Australia since 2011 and come into the two-match series on the back of a 2-0 win against South Africa this month.
(With inputs from AFP)



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