Hazlewood, Siddle spoil McCullum celebrations

Hazlewood, Siddle spoil McCullum celebrations

Hazlewood, Siddle spoil McCullum celebrations

Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle led an Australian rout after they won a crucial toss and reduced New Zealand to 84-5 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test here today.

For New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum it was a grim way to mark his 100th Test.
He was in the middle after 38 minutes, much sooner than he would have hoped, and was gone without scoring seven balls later.

Australian captain Steve Smith had no hesitation in deciding to bowl on a green-tinged wicket and was duly rewarded as his bowlers found a good length and utilised the swing and seam movement.
Siddle finished the morning session with two for six off five overs, at one stage bowling three maidens in a row, while Hazlewood had three for 25.

Hazlewood struck first in his second over, finding the edge of Tom Latham's bat to give Peter Nevill his first catch of the day behind the stumps.

Nevill also pouched Kane Williamson (16) and Henry Nicholls (8) while Martin Guptill (18) and McCullum were caught in the slips.

The Williamson dismissal was a smart piece of work by the gloveman as the New Zealand master batsman was lured into driving a full Siddle delivery without allowing for it to nip back.
The ball flew off the inside edge and down the leg side where Nevill dived full length to his left to secure the one-handed catch.

Nicholls' dismissal was more straightforward with the batsman, on debut, needlessly prodding at a ball well wide of the stumps.

New Zealand were then 51 for five in only the 12th over, leaving Corey Anderson and BJ Watling to dig in.

They remained together for 13 overs through to lunch with Anderson not out 14 and Watling on 13.