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Labuschagne’s Sensational Ton Provides Australia Advantage On Day 1

Aussie captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat first on the tricky Perth wicket. The two Australian in-form openers, David Warner and Joe Burns got their team off to a decent start adding 40 runs for the first wicket. New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme provided his team with the opening breakthrough in the form of Burns for a 42-ball 9. Warner was once again looking in a great touch before getting dismissed as Neil Wagner took a brilliant catch off his own bowling.

Warner scored 43 runs off 74 balls that included four boundaries. The pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith then joined hands to steady the Australian innings. Both the batters showed remarkable composure and determination to stitch an excellent partnership of 135 runs for the third wicket. Wagner once again provided New Zealand with the vital wicket of Smith as the Australia’s premier batsman recorded his third consecutive below-50 knock.

On the other end, Labuschagne was batting extremely well as he compiled his third successive Test hundred. New Zealand’s senior pacer Tim Southee then bowled a beautiful delivery that crashed into Matthew Wade’s stumps. At stumps on Day 1, Australia were 248 for 4 in 90 overs with Labuschagne batting on 110 runs that included 14 fours and 1 six and Travis Head 20 not out. For New Zealand, Wagner picked two wickets while Wagner and Grandhomme took a scalp each.

Brief Scores

Australia 248/4 (Marnus Labuschagne 110*; Neil Wagner 2-52) v New Zealand.