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Australia humiliate Kiwis in first Test

PTI | ByRobert Smith (AFP), Brisbane
Nov 21, 2004 01:59 PM IST

New Zealand collapsed to an innings and 156-run defeat, demoralised by the Aussie innings lead and routed by hosts' inspired bowling.

New Zealand collapsed to an innings and 156-run defeat in the first Test in Brisbane on Sunday, demoralised by a crushing Australian innings lead and routed by the world champions' inspired bowling.

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The Kiwis, on top after the first two days, never recovered after Australia surged back from 128 for four chasing 353 to score 585 and seize a decisive 232-run innings lead.

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Man-of-the-match Michael Clarke (141) and Adam Gilchrist (126) shared in a record 216-run partnership for the sixth wicket and tailenders Glenn McGrath (61) and Jason Gillespie (54) posted Test-best scores in a 114-run last-wicket stand to wrest control from the Kiwis.

New Zealand were routed with Nathan Astle top scoring with 17 in their lowest innings in a Test in Australia.

New Zealand's previous lowest Test innings was 121 in Perth in 1980-81.

Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Shane Warne captured 4-15 off 10.2 overs to take his world record tally to 549.

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