Marnus Labuschagne made it three Test centuries in his last three innings as Australia got the better of a hard-fought opening day of the day-night first Test against New Zealand in Perth.
The late wickets of Steve Smith, caught at leg gully off Neil Wagner, and Matthew Wade, bowled offering no shot to a Tim Southee inswinger gave the Black Caps heart at the end of the day, but Labuschagne’s unbeaten 110 means it’s Australia still on top at 248/4.
New Zealand made an early breakthrough when Colin de Grandhomme trapped Joe Burns lbw for just nine, while Wagner added the key wicket of in-form David Warner caught and bowled.
Smith looked some way short of his imperious best but toughed it out for 164 balls making 43 in a partnership of 132 with Labuschagne, who was far more fluent in reaching his century from 166 balls before seeing things through to stumps on 110* from 202 balls in more circumspect style as the persevering Kiwis made their late breakthroughs.
Travis Head made his way to 20 not out by the close.
Tall order for this current South Africa team, it’s fair to say.
Just about worked out okay we reckon.
The Indian juggernaut rolls on.
Mark Wood is an all-rounder now.
The verdict is in on Ben Stokes.
Numbers from 3 all the way up to 500,000!
Very sweary stuff from Ben Stokes.
Runs for the openers before the collapse came.
England looking to press home the advantage.
Looks like Wood *and* Archer at the Wanderers.