Perth - Australia declared their first innings at 559 for nine before tea on
the second day of the second Test at the WACA Ground in Perth on
Having reached 512 for four at one stage, the home side
lost a string of cheap wickets searching for late runs, with Kiwi
spinner Mark Craig (3-123) on a hat-trick at one stage.
Zealand foiled David Warner's bid to break more batting records when
they removed him for 253 early in the day, caught in slips off the
bowling of Trent Boult.
Australia, ahead 1-0 in the three-match
series after a 208-run win at the Gabba in Brisbane, had resumed at 416
for two, with Warner on 244 and eyeing Matthew Hayden's record WACA
score of 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.
However, he added just nine runs before some much-improved bowling from Boult saw him edge the ball to Craig.
It was the second-highest individual score at the WACA, behind only Hayden's massive knock against one of cricket's minnows.
faced 286 balls and was at the crease for 409 minutes, hitting 24
boundaries and two sixes in an impressive stand that was the highest of
his career and his first double-century at Test level.
helped Australia notch an opening day WACA record on Friday and posted
the best Test haul by an Australian in a single day on home soil.
He also became the first batsman to score three Test centuries at the venue.
captain Steve Smith made no such impact, making just 27 before he aimed
a wild swing at Matt Henry (2-105) only to edge a catch to the