Australia Takes Control in Wellington with Green’s Heroic 174

Australia dominated the first test in Wellington, dismissing New Zealand for 179 after Cameron Green’s remarkable unbeaten 174 guided them to 383. Despite opting not to enforce the follow-on, Australia extended their lead to 217, with New Zealand struggling at 13-2. Green’s defiant partnership with Josh Hazlewood frustrated New Zealand’s hopes, while Glenn Phillips’s aggressive 71 was the lone resistance. The second test in Christchurch commences on March 8.