NZ vs AUS: Cameron Green’s Century Sparks Australia’s Recovery in First Test

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NZ vs AUS: Cameron Green's Century Sparks Australia's Recovery in First Test
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All-rounder Cameron Green took charge against NZ vs AUS with a fast unbeaten century, rescuing Australia from a tough spot on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington.

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Despite some pressure from New Zealand’s seamers, Green managed to reach his second Test century just before stumps, finishing the day at 103 not out alongside tailender Josh Hazlewood.

“It feels really good,” said Green. “The pitch was quite challenging, but I’m glad I could stick it out there and contribute to our total.”

Green’s century, along with a strong final session, helped Australia gain the upper hand after being asked to bat first by New Zealand captain Tim Southee. Matt Henry took four wickets for New Zealand, while Scott Kuggeleijn claimed two.

The decision to rely on pace rather than spin, leaving out Mitch Santner, proved effective for the hosts.

New Zealand’s bowlers showed some swing but were occasionally off-target, conceding 30 runs in extras. Despite a solid start from openers Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja, Australia faced a tough period after lunch as New Zealand’s quicks struck to dismiss key batsmen.

Green, however, formed crucial partnerships with Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins, guiding Australia to a competitive total.

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