Black Caps collapse, Aussies take first test

New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra leaves the field after being dismissed by Australia during day four...
New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra leaves the field after being dismissed by Australia during day four of the First Test at Wellington's Basin Reserve. Photo: Reuters
Australia have claimed the first test after wrapping up New Zealand’s innings with ease at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The Black Caps began day four on 111-3, trailing by 258 in their bid for an improbable victory, and they were dismissed for 196 as Australia won by 172 runs on Sunday. 

The 369-run target represented a record chase for the hosts and their slim hopes were all but extinguished in the seventh over of the morning.

Having resumed on 56 not out, Rachin Ravindra got himself out cutting Nathan Lyon, and three balls later an inside edge saw Tom Blundell depart for a duck.

Lyon’s next over essentially sealed the result, trapping first-innings top-scorer Glenn Phillips deep in his crease for 1.

That completed the offspinner’s 24th five-wicket bag and confirmed the Black Caps had for the second test in a row erred in opting for four seamers over a frontline spinner.

A couple of those seamers added some quick runs, Scott Kuggeleijn scoring 26 and Matt Henry 14, while at the opposite end Daryl Mitchell (38) played a lone fighting hand.

Lyon soon completed a 10-wicket haul for the test as the tourists sealed the match in a dominant first session.

New Zealand were made to pay for a shocking second day in which they allowed Australia a record 10th-wicket stand before collapsing to 29-5 in their reply.

Player of the match Cameron Green’s unbeaten 174 was the decisive innings in the test, helping Australia to the only total that exceeded 200 on a challenging pitch.

New Zealand are still without a home test victory over Australia since 1993, having beaten their transtasman neighbours only once in their last 32 meetings.

The Black Caps will have a few days to find answers before the second and final test starts at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.