The first Test between Australia and New Zealand went underway at the Perth Stadium on Thursday, December 12. New Zealand bowlers ground across two days under the scorching sun as the Australian batters made full use of the batting-friendly conditions. Amidst the Perth heat, New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner was seen doing push-ups after the lunch break.
Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner was seen doing push-ups during the Australian innings. After Australia were bowled out for 416, Wagner was asked why he pulled off the exercise. He said that he did it just to get his body going after staying on the field for more than 100 overs.
Riding on Marnus Labuschagne’s epic 143, Australia batted for 146.2 overs (a day-and-a-half) to score 416. Neil Wagner bowled 37 overs and accounted for four wickets during the course of the Australian innings. Apart from dismissing David Warner, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon, Wagner also brought curtains to Labuschagne’s 240-ball innings of 143.
Neil Wagner eventually ended the first innings with figures of 37-7-92-4. New Zealand will now bat against the Australian pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. The ongoing Test between the two nations is the first of the 3-match Trans-Tasman Trophy Test series. Australia are the current trophy holders, having won their previous Test series 2-0 in 2016. The ongoing series also forms a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.
Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head make their way to the middle to begin day two #AUSvNZ— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 13, 2019
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