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Australia Move Close To India In World Test Championship After Triumphic Win Over New Zealand
Nathan Lyon wrap up things at Sydney by picking up five-wicket haul as Australia land the final blow to New Zealand securing a 279 runs victory.
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- January 06, 2020 15:57 IST
Australia Move Close To India In World Test Championship Points Table After Triumphic Win Over New Zealand
New Delhi: Nathan Lyon wrap up things at Sydney by picking up five-wicket haul as Australia land the final blow to New Zealand securing a 279 runs victory. With this win, Australia has come very close to India in World Test Championship points table, who at one point looked untouchable.
India currently is the topper at the points table, with 360 points in 3 series and have destroyed every opposition that came in their path. But now after beating New Zealand 3-0, the Australian’s have further closed the gap. And now, one series here and there and anything can happen.
Ausies batted well in second innings, declaring at 217 for two after lunch to hand the Black Caps an unlikely victory target of 416.
It was always going to be a difficult chase for the Kiwis as Nathan Lyon, along with Mitchell Starc’s 3-25, blew away New Zealand on a pitch which kept deteriorating with each over.
The Australian captain, Tim Paine praised his teams batting performance saying that he is very lucky to have Steve Smith and David Warner and now Marnus Labuschagne who are performing consistently.
He also appreciated the bowling department saying, “In the bowling department, we had Hazlewood injured but Pattinson came in to do the task. Pretty simple task for me at times, to be honest. I think we can still get better, there were moments in this series as well when we were not out best. We are really pleased with the progress we have made in the last 12 months but we know have some big series coming up. It has’t been a great few weeks for our country. What our goal as a team is to give the Australians some entertainment. But our thoughts go out to them and firefighters are doing a great job.”
After this win, Australia are now at 296 points on the World Championship Table and are very close to India, which is leading the table with 360 points.
The captain of the New Zealand team, Kane Williamson, who had to miss this match because of flu, credited the Australian side for being utterly dominant right throughout the match.
Williamson said, “Credit to the Australian team. They were clinical but they put us under pressure session after session. So much to learn from this experience. We have a bit of time off, so a bit of regrouping. We were outplayed in all departments. We were good with the ball in hand but with the bat we couldn’t be good for long enough. A number of things to work on and improve upon. For a number of guys, it’s the first time here and you must appreciate it because you won’t get this experience anywhere else. We need to move on quickly because the international schedule comes thick and fast.”
India will be playing their next test series against New Zealand in February.
(Inputs from News Agencies)
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