Cricket: Morrison rocks Australia

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Australia 139 v New Zealand 0-0

AUSTRALIA collapsed to be all out for 139 in the their first innings after failing to add to their overnight total as the second day of the final Test against New Zealand began in Auckland yesterday.

Danny Morrison added another wicket to his five of the previous day to finish with figures of 6 for 37 when he bowled Craig McDermott in the first over of the day. Allan Border's decision to bat gave New Zealand's bowlers the chance to exploit movement on the Eden Park wicket. Morrison lead the way as New Zealand demolished the Australian batting line-up. Only Steve Waugh and Merv Hughes, who shared a 53-run partnership, offered any resistance of note.

The first day started ominously for New Zealand, with David Boon and Mark Taylor batting adding 38 runs in the first hour before Australia lost six wickets for 10 runs. Five minutes after lunch the tourists were 48 for 6.

Boon and Taylor fell leg-before within the space of three balls and Morrison and Willie Watson induced edges from Justin Langer and Damien Martyn. Border was then victim to a bizarre dismissal. A Morrison delivery beat him comprehensively, brushing his off stump on the way through to the wicketkeeper, Tony Blain.

The bails remained on, but the umpire, Chris King, raised his finger, indicating Border had managed to get bat to the ball. Morrison said later he felt Border had edged the ball, but he agreed television replays appeared to show the 'woody' sound was probably the ball touching his off stump.

Waugh (41) struck seven fours before he was caught in the gully by Andrew Jones off the bowling of Watson. Hughes, after lofting four fours and a six, was caught on the boundary after scoring 33.

(Second day: Australia won toss)

AUSTRALIA - First Innings cont

(overnight: 139-9)

S K Warne not out 3

C J McDermott b Morrison 6

Extras (lb7 nb6) 13

Total 139

Fall: 1-38 2-38 3-39 4-39 5-43 6-48 7-101 8-121


Bowling: Morrison 18.4-5-37-6; Su'a 14-3-27-0; Watson 19-9-47-3; Patel 4-0-21-1.

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings

J G Wright not out 0

M J Greatbatch not out 0

Total (for 0) 0

To bat: A H Jones, * M D Crowe, K R Rutherford, C Z Harris, T A Blain, D N Patel, D K Morrison, M L Su'a, W Watson.

Bruce Reid made an impressive comeback in a one-day match against England A yesterday in his quest to earn a place in the Australian tour party for the Ashes this summer. Reid, sidelined for three months after a shoulder operation, took the new ball for a Western Australian XI in Perth, his 10 overs costing 26 runs. Graham Thorpe scored 44 and Paul Prichard 42 as England A won the match by five wickets.