Khawaja ton dominates for Australia


WELLINGTON: Usman Khawaja continued his domination of New Zealand bowling with another century as Australia went to lunch on day two of the first Test in Wellington on Saturday at 238-3.

Australia held a first innings lead of 55 with seven wickets in hand after New Zealand were rolled for 183. Khawaja was 115 not out in the third consecutive Test in which he has scored a century against New Zealand.

Adam Voges put his reprieve from an umpiring blunder late on the first day behind him as he moved to 40. Australia resumed the day at 147-3 and added 91 runs in the morning session with Khawaja progressing from his overnight 57 in a near chanceless innings.

There were two strong leg-before-wicket shouts by spinner Mark Craig against the left-hander but both were rejected. The first, when he was in the 90s, was dismissed with the ball drifting down leg side and the second, which New Zealand reviewed, showed the ball would have grazed the outside of leg stump and the not-out decision remained.

Between the two appeals, Khawaja pulled Craig to the square-leg boundary for four to reach his century and celebrated by kissing the badge on his helmet before saluting the crowd with his bat.

AFP

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