Watch- Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood's bizarre mix-up leaves umpires and Tim Southee in confusion on Day 2

Updated - 01 Mar 2024, 12:06 PM

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Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood created history on the second day of the ongoing Test match against New Zealand. Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood formed a partnership of more than 100 runs for the final wicket in Australia’s first innings.

The visiting team resumed the second day’s play with an overnight score of 277-9 in Wellington. The New Zealand bowlers failed to pick up the last wicket early in the day, allowing the batting duo of Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood to stretch Australia’s score to 383.

Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood Involved In Bizarre Mix-up

During the opening session of Day 2, a comical incident unfolded involving Green and Hazlewood, leaving the umpires baffled. Hazlewood played a shot towards mid-wicket off Matt Henry’s delivery. The two batters assumed two runs were possible on the occasion.

However, Green, who was watching the ball, bizarrely sent back Hazlewood before completing a single. The two batters halted mid-pitch and turned around, even though the ball was heading towards the boundary. Consequently, no runs were awarded to the Aussies.

Josh Hazlewood quickly moved for a single while Green hesitated, confused. Although they did cross, neither completed the run as Green signaled Hazlewood to return, aiming to retain strike for the upcoming over. As a result, it was marked as a dot ball.

“It’s like they almost ran a 2. Like 1.5. But it’s a dot. Let’s just pretend it never happened,” exclaimed one of the commentators.

Green and Hazlewood were smiling, but the umpires were confused, sparking a prolonged sideline discussion. New Zealand skipper Tim Southee intervened and had a word with the officials, seeking clarification amid the unfolding uncertainty on the pitch.

Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood Add Record-Breaking 116 Partnership

Cameron Green surpassed the 150-run milestone in international cricket. The all-rounder finished with an unbeaten 174. Josh Hazlewood supported from the other end, contributing 22 runs from 62 deliveries before succumbing to Matt Henry’s five-wicket feat.

Hazlewood and Green added a record-breaking partnership of 116 runs, marking the highest 10th-wicket stand against New Zealand and the fourth-highest in Australian Test history. This notable stand ranks 16th among all-time last-wicket partnerships in Tests.

Blackcaps Struggle Against Australian Pace Bowlers On Day 2

In response, the Blackcaps faced a challenging start with the bat during the second session. Australia’s pace bowlers swiftly claimed wickets, including those of Tom Latham and Rachin Ravindra, while Kane Williamson was run out without adding any runs to his tally.

The home team lost five wickets for just 29 runs on the board. All-rounder Glenn Phillips and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell added an 84-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Nathan Lyon broke the stand by dismissing Blundell, who scored 33 runs off 43 balls.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell(w), Glenn Phillips, Matt Henry, Tim Southee(c), Scott Kuggeleijn, William Rourke

Australia (Playing XI): Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Also read: “I was struggling down my end” – Cameron Green credits Mitchell Marsh for brilliant ton against New Zealand

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