Australia humiliate Kiwis in first Test

Updated on 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.

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PTI | ByRobert Smith (AFP), Brisbane

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.

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.

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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