Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 10:50
Australia Beats New Zealand By 7 Wickets In 2nd Test



Australia has beaten New Zealand by seven wickets to wrap up a 2-0 sweep of the series and move to the summit of the ICC's Test rankings.

The Test side has returned to No 1 in the world for the first time since 2014 after beating New Zealand by seven wickets in Christchurch today. Steve Smith’s men made short work of the 201 second innings target to take the series 2-0 and reclaim the world No 1 ranking.

The No 1 ranking comes with a $1 million prize from the ICC and the ICC Test Championship mace.

Man of the match Joe Burns followed up his first innings 170 to play a sheet anchor roles in Australia’s second innings. His 65 (162 balls, nine fours) today has further enhanced his credentials after the first innings ton that cemented his place in the side.

Usman Khawaja made a typically breezy 45 (66 balls, six fours) and Smith himself powered the side home with an unbeaten 52 (46 balls, four fours and a six).

New Zealand, 1st Innings 370 (Brendon McCullum 145, Corey Anderson 72, B.J. Watling 58; Nathan Lyon 3-61, Jackson Bird 2-66, James Pattinson 2-81, Josh Hazlewood 2-98).

Australia, 1st Innings 505 (Joe Burns 170, Steve Smith 138, Adam Voges 60; Neil Wagner 6-106, Trent Boult 2-108).

New Zealand, 2nd Innings 335 (Kane Williamson 97, Matt Henry 66, B.J. Watling 46, Corey Anderson 40; Jackson Bird 5-59, James Pattinson 4-77).

Australia, 2nd Innings 201-3 (Joe Burns 65, Steve Smith 53 not out, Usman Khawaja 45; Tim Southee 1-30).



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