McGrath triggers Kiwi flop

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Australia crushed New Zealand by an innings and 156 runs in the first Test at the Gabba yesterday to retain the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

Australia crushed New Zealand by an innings and 156 runs in the first Test at the Gabba yesterday to retain the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

Trailing by 232 runs after the home side had amassed 585, the Kiwis were skittled for 76 in their second innings on the fourth day. The margin of defeat was New Zealand's second worst in all Tests against Australia and 76 was their lowest score in Australia. Only two batsmen reached double figures.

Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie had earlier starred with the bat, completing their first Test fifties. Labelled a "bunny" throughout his career, McGrath hit a career-best 61, the third highest score by a No 11 in Test cricket. McGrath then ripped through the top order with three early wickets. Shane Warne wiped out the tail with 4 for 15 from 10.2 overs.

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