Aussie bowlers in for the kill against hapless Kiwis

Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson reacts after dismissing New Zealand captain New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (left) for 6 at the Gabba yesterday. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt.
Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson reacts after dismissing New Zealand captain New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (left) for 6 at the Gabba yesterday. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt. DAVE HUNT

AUSTRALIA was in a dominant position after day two of the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, the tourists in a stack of trouble at 5-157 in reply to the hosts' 4-556 (dec).

The Black Caps look long odds to reach 357 to avoid the follow-on.

The Aussies resumed at 2-389, and skipper Steve Smith was the first to go for 48, clean bowled by a cracking inswinger from Trent Boult.

There was little joy after that, however, Usman Khawaja finally dismissed for 174 attempting quick runs before the declaration came with his dismissal.

The visitors got off to a steady start in their chase with Martin Guptill (23) and Tom Latham (47) combining for a 56-run first-wicket partnership.

Guptill fell pushing at a Josh Hazlewood delivery which was well taken by David Warner in the slips.

Latham and Kane Williamson then looked set for a much-needed big partnership, before Latham played a poor shot to Mitchell Starc, spooning a ball to Nathan Lyon in the gully.

That made it 2-102, and that one lapse in concentration started a horror 4-16 collapse from just 26 balls.

Experienced pair Ross Taylor (0) and Brendon McCullum (6) were sent packing by Mitchell Johnson, and Starc added to the carnage when he ripped a trademark yorker through James Neesham (3).

BJ Watling (14 not out) then steadied the ship alongside the reliable Williamson (55 not out).

New Zealand was dealt a further blow with paceman Tim Southee (1-70) leaving the field for scans due to a disc injury in his back. It was doubtful whether he would return in this Test.



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