Perth - In-form batsman Kane Williamson
carried New Zealand hopes with another fighting half-century at stumps on the
second day of the second Test at the WACA Ground on Saturday.
After Australia had declared their first
innings at 559 for nine, New Zealand were 140 for two in reply on a sedate
Williamson was unbeaten on 70, with Ross
Taylor on 26 not out, the pair having added 53 runs but the Kiwis still
trailing by 419 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Put in to bat around 40 minutes before tea,
the Kiwis lost both their openers.
Martin Guptill was trapped leg before
wicket by left-arm quick Mitchell Starc for just one when the score was six.
Tom Latham again looked solid in making 36,
but Australian captain Steve Smith was rewarded for his decision to bring
off-spinner Nathan Lyon back into the attack.
Lyon removed Latham in his first over after
tea with Smith taking a sharp catch low to his left.
Williamson again looked in total control
after scoring 140 and 59 in Brisbane, and his only moments of concern came when
his concentration appeared to waver during a short spell by all-rounder
Mitchell Marsh provoking him to play a couple of false shots.
One significant setback for Australia
during the second day was an apparent hamstring injury suffered by first
innings centurion Usman Khawaja.
The 28-year-old, who has scored centuries
in the two Tests against the Kiwis and made 121 on Friday, pulled up sharply
after chasing a ball to the boundary and immediately left the field.
He didn't return and Cricket Australia said
his injury would be assessed on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand foiled
Australian opener David Warner's bid to break more batting records when they
removed him for 253, caught in slips off paceman Trent Boult.
Australia, ahead 1-0 in the three-match
series after a 208-run win 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
However, he added just nine runs before
some much-improved bowling from Boult had him edging to Mark Craig in slips.
It was the second-highest individual score
at the ground, behind only Hayden's massive knock.
Warner faced 286 balls and was at the
crease for 409 minutes, hitting 24 boundaries and two sixes in an impressive
innings that was the highest of his career and his first double-century at Test
Warner had helped Australia notch an
opening day WACA record on Friday and posted the best Test haul in a single day
by an Australian on home soil.
He also became the first batsman to score
three Test centuries at the venue and it was his fourth successive Test century
against New Zealand.
At one stage Australia were 512 for four on
Saturday, but they collapsed after lunch with New Zealand spinner Craig (3-123)
on a hat-trick as the wickets tumbled in the chase for quick runs.
Paceman Doug Bracewell (2-81) provided a
rare moment of delight for the visitors when he took a brilliant reflex catch
off his own bowling to remove Marsh for 34.