Australia purify brush series, retrieve tip mark in Test rankings

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Steve Smith and Adam Voges directed Australia by to a extensive Test array feat over New Zealand on Wednesday that takes a tourists behind to a tip of a Test universe rankings.

After thrashing New Zealand in a initial Test by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington final week, Australia hermetic a second compare by 7 wickets shortly after lunch on a fifth and final day during Hagley Oval.

It was their seventh win in 11 games underneath Smith’s captaincy.

The compare was New Zealand captain McCullum’s 101st and final Test.

The 34-year-old now heads into general retirement yet will still play on a remunerative Twenty20 circuit.

Smith finished a compare on 53 not out, his 16th Test half century and follows adult his 138 in a initial innings.

Voges strike a winning runs, a range by a covers to pierce to 10 and take a visitors to 201 for three.

Australia had looked like achieving their feat aim when they reached 169 for dual during a scheduled lunch mangle before Joe Burns (65) was bowled by Trent Boult in a additional 4 overs offering by a umpires.

Voges and Smith afterwards opted to see out feat after a break.


Usman Khawaja (45) was a usually other wicket to tumble in a initial event on Wednesday when he was good hold by Brendon McCullum during initial trip off Tim Southee.

Australia had usually indispensable to pull a compare during Hagley Oval to retake a tip ranking in Test cricket from India.

Burns resumed on 27 and Khawaja on 19 with Australia 70 for one after being set 201 runs to win a compare carrying discharged a hosts in their second innings for 335 after tea on Tuesday.

Knowing they had a oppulance of time to measure a serve 131 required, conjunction Burns nor Khawaja took any nonessential risks in a initial session, yet Smith and Burns did boost a run rate after a left hander departed.

Neil Wagner, who took a career best 6-106 in a initial innings with brief pitched tactics, resorted to it again on Wednesday yet a left armer frequency threatened on a peaceful representation and in prohibited conditions.