Last Update on: December 12th, 2019 at 09:13 pm
New Zealand pack leader Tim Southee bowled a beauty to get rid of Australia’s southpaw batsman Matthew Wade. The left-hander had a brain fade moment as he decided to leave the ball. It was the first ball of the 83rd over when Southee decided to bowl from round the wicket with the new ball. The right-arm pacer was able to get the ball to jag back into the left-hander.
Southee had beaten the bat on numerous occasions on the opening day of the pink-ball Test at Perth. However, the veteran pacer was finally rewarded for his good show. It was a crucial wicket for New Zealand before the end of the day’s play.
Southee got the ball to move back in.
Meanwhile, Australia ended the day’s play on 248-4 after Tim Paine decided to bat first. Australia’s rookie batsman Marnus Labuschagne batted at the top of his game to bring his third consecutive century. The right-hander also became the third Australian batter to score three straight centuries while batting at number three.
It has been a great year for the right-hander and he has also completed 1000 Test runs. Labuschagne has thus far scored 939 runs in 10 Test matches he has played in 2019 at an average of 72.23. The right-hander has scored five half-centuries and three centuries in this year.
On the other hand, David Warner was looking good for a big score but his knock was ended by a superb catch from Neil Wagner. The southpaw pacer dived to his right to take a blinder. Furthermore, Steven Smith could not get going as he meandered to 43 runs off 164 balls.
Neil Wagner scalped two wickets whereas Tim Southee and Colin Grandhomme took a wicket apiece. New Zealand also suffered a bad blow as Lockie Ferguson suffered a calf injury and could only bowl 11 overs.
Here is the peach from Tim Southee which left Matthew Wade bamboozled:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 12, 2019