Australia finish off hapless Black Caps in four days

There were high hopes the arrival of the world No.2 on these shores would invigorate the summer after a series of lopsided matches but the Kiwis could not halt the Australian juggernaut.

It was not until the the final session of the fourth day Kane Williamson’s side, which has deservedly built a reputation of being one of the hardest sides to beat in world cricket, mustered any meaningful resistance.

Once all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was bounced out by Pat Cummins the Black Caps rolled over.

In fairness to the Kiwi tail, there was more pain than gain by sticking around as the result was beyond doubt and survival would only increase the likelihood of injury, as seen by the brutal bouncer BJ Watling received from Cummins which rose sharply off a good length into the grill of his helmet. Thankfully, Watling was not hurt.

Apart from losing a flurry of wickets on the third evening, when the course of the match had well and truly been set, this was a ruthless performance by an Australian side that has made swift progress since the travails of 12 months ago.

High and mighty: Australian bowler Pat Cummins celebrates after dismissing New Zealand batsman Colin de Grandhomme.Credit:AAP

Down a bowler for pretty much the entire game, Australia made a mockery of the assertion this is one of the strongest batting line-ups the Kiwis have brought over to this country.

Only Ross Taylor passed 50 while Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls did not look like the top 10 Test batsmen the game’s rankings system suggested they are. Opener Jeet Raval looks well out of his depth.

The Black Caps should find the conditions in Melbourne more up their alley but their confidence will be dented.


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