Australia’s ‘Play to win’ mantra tested by Black Caps in Perth

Steve Smith (right) congratulates Adam Voges, after the Western Australian raised a Test century on his home turf.. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: After Australia racked up 2/416 in Perth last Friday, the first day of the Second Test against New Zealand, I’m sure I wasn’t the only pundit or commentator putting the line through the Black Caps.

However, consider this. Since that cracking Day 1 start, Australia didn’t win another session in the Test until maybe the afternoon session yesterday. From the morning of Day 2 until Lunch on Day 4, it was all New Zealand, and coming into today – which didn’t seem likely after Day 1 – New Zealand could still win this Test.

In truth, after conceding four hundred in a day, New Zealand should’ve been thumped in this game. Instead, some fairly silly Australian batting at the end of their first innings, and then five sessions of New Zealand cashing in on some similarly generous offerings from the Australian bowlers – Mitchell Starc aside, mostly – means that the Aussies still have some serious work if they really think they can win this Test..

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