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AUS Vs NZ, 1st Test: Cameron Green-Josh Hazlewood Stand, Nathan Lyon Put Australia On Top After Day 2

Australia lost two early wickets in the third innings, but still ended Day 2 (Friday, March 1, 2024) well and truly on top. At stumps, the visitors led by 217 runs and with eight wickets in hand, will be eyeing a target big enough that shuts out New Zealand in the first Test at the Basin Reserve. First it was Cameron Green (174 not out off 275 balls) and Josh Hazlewood's record 10th-wicket stand, and then Nathan Lyon's four-wicket haul that made it Australia's day. The hosts now need a special performance in the field on Day 3 to stay in contention.

New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test: Day 2 | Photo: Kerry Marshall/Photosport via AP

Australia's Usman Khawaja bats off the bowling of New Zealand's Matt Henry on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Australia's Steve Smith is bowled by New Zealand's Tim Southee on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Australia's Nathan Lyon, right, bowls to New Zealand's Tom Blundell on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Matt Henry bends backwards to avoid a delivery while batting against Australia on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell, right, throws his head back after being caught out from the bowling of Australia's Pat Cummins, left, on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Australia's Mitchell Start, right, flinches after New Zealand's Kane Williamson, left, and Will Young collide and Williamson is run out on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Australia's Mitchell Start, second left, flinches after New Zealand's Kane Williamson, left, and Will Young, right, collide and Williamson is run out on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Matt Henry covers his eyes after bowling to Australia's Cameron Green on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Matt Henry, left, fields off his own bowling in front of Australia's Josh Hazlewood on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Australia'a Cameron Green, right, celebrates scoring 150 runs against New Zealand as teammate Josh Hazlewood watches on the second day of their cricket test match in Wellington, New Zealand.

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