Adelaide - Mitchell Starc ripped apart New
Zealand's middle order to put Australia on top in the historic day-night Test
before struck down by injury in Adelaide on Friday.
The new leader of Australia's pace attack
removed in-form Kane Williamson (22), skipper Brendon McCullum (4) and debutant
Mitchell Santner (31) to have the Black Caps teetering in the middle session of
the pink-ball Test before more than 40 000 fans.
But the left-arm speedster began noticeably
limping on a troublesome right ankle and was forced from the field before the
dinner break on the opening day.
Heading into the final night session of the
first Test to be played under lights, New Zealand were 173 for seven with
wicketkeeper BJ Watling on 24 and Doug Bracewell on five.
The central interest in the day-night Test
was how the newly-designed pink ball would react in night conditions under
lights, but the Kiwis were in danger of being bowled out on the first day of
the scheduled five-day third Test.
The Black Caps' innings unravelled with the
loss of three wickets in 11 balls shortly the first tea break.
Tom Latham was out attempting to cut
spinner Nathan Lyon and was caught behind by Peter Nevill for no addition to
his tea score of 50.
Ross Taylor, who amassed the highest score
of 290 by a touring batsman in Australia in last week's drawn Perth Test,
followed seven balls later.
Taylor edged Peter Siddle to Nevill for 21
and skipper Brendon McCullum's miserable scoring series continued when he was
out to an injudicious slash outside off-stump.
Starc's delivery was wide but McCullum went
after it and gave a healthy snick for Nevill's third straight catch for just four.
Starc then bowled Santner for 31, reducing
the Kiwis to 142 for six.
But Starc left the field shortly afterwards
for treatment on his right ankle. He has experienced problems with bone spurs
Mark Craig was bowled by a sharply turning
Lyon delivery nearing the dinner break for 11.
New Zealand lost the key wicket of the
in-form Williamson in the first session, after being trapped leg before wicket
Starc, who has taken over as the leader of
the Australian bowling attack after last week's retirement of Mitchell Johnson,
hit Williamson's pads with a yorker in front of the stumps with the fourth
delivery of his second over in his second spell.
Martin Guptill was the first Kiwi batsman
out when he was trapped leg-before for one in Josh Hazlewood's second over.
The Black Caps, needing a win to draw the
three-Test series after losing the Brisbane opener, opted to bat after winning
the toss in the much-anticipated Test match featuring a pink ball for the first
The Adelaide crowd was announced at 44,405
at the dinner break with more fans expected to swell the attendance in the
first evening session in 138 years of Test cricket under lights.
The day-night Test is one of cricket's rare
innovations and follows the advent of one-day internationals in the 1970s and
the glitzy Twenty20 format in the last decade.
New Zealand, unbeaten in their last seven
Test series since 2013, will have to win the historic Test to draw the series
after Australia won the Brisbane opener by 208 runs and last week's second Test
in Perth finished in a high-scoring draw.