Australia v New Zealand Test series: Record-breaking Voges puts Australia in driving seat

This time last year Adam Voges appeared destined never to wear the baggy green. On Saturday night he had a Test average over 100, higher than the greatest of them all – Sir Donald Bradman.

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Australia tightens grip in first Test

The wickets fell for New Zealand in the second innings of the first Test against Australia as the Black Caps trail by 201 runs heading into day four.

The West Australian would be the first to admit he does not hold a candle to the Don but that is the exalted company Voges is keeping, at least statistically, after his latest Test century. As it stands, Voges's Test average is 100.33.

There are some who would still question Voges' Test credentials after his lean Ashes series but there can be no doubting his thirst for runs.

Australia are making huge strides towards the No.1 Test ranking thanks to Voges' unbeaten 175 and another imperious ton by Usman Khawaja (140).

Steve Smith's side are in complete control of the first Test after another day of dominance in the New Zealand capital, this time with the bat. They finished at 6-463, a lead of 280.


The Australians have the Black Caps right where they want them but, under Brendon McCullum, they have prided themselves on being a very difficult team to beat.

Finishing this Kiwi XI off will not be as straightforward as it appears, particularly on a Basin Reserve wicket which has lost all its green and, in in keeping with recent history, morphed into a batsman's paradise.

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Doubts: Adam Voges is still concerned about the pink ball Photo: Getty Images

Australia lost two wickets in the space of three deliveries - both against the second new ball - but only one other in the first five hours of play. Taking New Zealand's second 10 wickets should prove much harder than their first 10.

That said, the Black Caps need something special to salvage this Test though extraordinary things have happened at this ground in the last two years.

Kane Williamson and Kumar Sangakkara struck double centuries here last year, and 11 months earlier McCullum became the first Kiwi to break the 300-barrier in Tests.