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Australia is in a commanding position at stumps on day two of the opening Test of the series against New Zealand in Wellington after a remarkable day of cricket.

A total of 13 wickets fell for the day, but not before Cameron Green continued his dazzling form with the bat on Friday morning to finish a powerhouse performance unbeaten on 174. He was ably supported by Josh Hazlewood, who recorded his best score since 2016 with 22, as the pair’s 116-run partnership set a new record for a last-wicket stand by Australia in New Zealand.

The Aussies had New Zealand on the ropes at 5-29, with champion batter Kane Williamson run out for a duck in a calamitous incident, before Glenn Phillips (71) steadied the Kiwis, which were eventually bowled out for 179.

Rather than enforcing the follow-on, Australia returned to bat but that spelt trouble for Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, whose run of…

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