New Zealand dismissed Australia for 231 off 74.3 overs in their first innings on the opening day of the second and final cricket test in Hamilton today.
Captain Daniel Vettori, 4-36 off 19.3 overs and young paceman Tim Southee, 4-61 off 19, did the damage for New Zealand on the pair’s home ground at Seddon Park, with Vettori celebrating his 100th test in style.
Having opted to bat first, the tourists lost their final seven wickets for 59 after they were 172 for three at one stage.
Opener Simon Katich topscored with 88 for Australia before Vettori removed him to a bat-pad catch just before the tea break.
Vettori also chipped in with the key run out of Australian captain Ricky Ponting who was on 22 via a direct hit from mid-off.
Southee removed Brad Haddin and Marcus North with consecutive balls, albeit in two different overs, while New Zealand captain Vettori got Mitchell Johnson to edge a catch to Tim McIntosh in close during the over between as the Australians fell to 200-8.
Ryan Harris, in his first test innings, survived Southee’s hat-trick ball, whipping a full ball off middle stump for a boundary.
Australian opener Simon Katich fell 12 runs short of a century as New Zealand’s bowlers took control during the middle session.
Katich, playing his 50th test, was dismissed by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori for 88 just before tea as Australia reached 180 for five off 58 overs, after captain Ricky Ponting won the toss.