Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood create all-time record against New Zealand in Tests

As the cricketing world zeroed in on the two-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand, little did fans anticipate the extraordinary events that would unfold on the second day of the first Test. Amidst the backdrop of a fervent encounter, two Australian cricketers, Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood, etched their names into cricket history by amassing an unprecedented ten-wicket partnership, turning the tide in Australia’s favor and setting a new record against the Kiwis.

The stage was set for drama as Australia, after taking to the field, put on an imposing total of 383 runs. The pivotal moment of the match came when Green and Hazlewood combined forces down the order, after the collapse of their predecessors, and posted a jaw-dropping 116 runs for the last stand. Their formidable partnership not only underpinned Australia’s innings but also outdid a two-decade-old record for the highest tenth wicket stand against New Zealand, previously held by Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath who stitched together a commendable partnership of 114 runs at the Gabba in 2004.

The towering Green remained unbeaten, amassing 174 runs, a score that became the fifth-highest individual total by an Australian batsman on New Zealand soil. His ally in this record-breaking endeavor, Hazlewood, contributed a gritty 22 off 62 balls, a supporting role that was crucial for the record they were about to set. This remarkable alliance between bat and ball marked not only the highest 10th wicket stand against the Kiwis but also the fourth-highest for Australia in their long and storied Test history, with only Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar ahead, after their impressive 163-run record against England in Nottingham back in 2013.

However, Australia’s dominance wasn’t just confined to this sterling partnership. The bowlers took center stage as well, wreaking havoc on the Kiwi lineup and capturing early wickets which left New Zealand staggering at a precarious 29/5. The hosts were unable to recover from this early onslaught and, despite Glenn Phillips’ defiant 71 off 70 balls, were bowled out for a paltry 179—conceding a significant lead of 204 runs.

Yet even with such a sizable deficit, the home side showed a glimmer of resilience towards the end of the day. Spearheaded by Tim Southee’s incisive bowling, New Zealand managed to dismiss Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, leaving Australia with an uncertain start to their second innings at 13/2.

As cricket aficionados around the world raise their eyebrows at the astonishing twists and turns this match has offered thus far, the spotlight remains fixated on the unprecedented accomplishment by Green and Hazlewood. The tandem’s performance has not just rewritten the record books; it has also provided an indelible high point in what promises to be an enthralling series.

Fans eagerly await to see what Day 3 will bring as the Australian side seeks to capitalize on their advantageous position. Will New Zealand’s bowlers find a way to swing the momentum back in their favor? Or will the Aussie batsmen continue to ride the wave of their initial triumph? One thing is clear: the stage is set for more thrilling cricket in the days to come.

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