Bonjour! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the first of the three-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba in Brisbane, this is Ayush Gupta and Vishal Mehra and we would be bringing you all the live updates from this game. Australia begin their cricketing summer campaign with a high-profile Test series against the Kiwis as they square of in a Trans-Tasmanian rivalry and would also play for the Trans-Tasman Trophy 2015-16. Australia, who are currently placed second in the ICC Test Rankings table would look to get off to a good start in the series, while New Zealand too would come up with a similar mindset. So, what’s in the store? Catch all the updates here. LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 389/2 in 88 overs; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 102(133, Steven Smith 41(54): STUMPS ON DAY 1 Khawaja and Smith carried Australia to end of day play without any more casualties at Australia  beautifully placed at 389/2. David Warner scored a smashing 163 to make sure that Australia are well placed for the Test match.Tim Southee and Jimmy Neeshan were the only New Zealand bowlers to pick wickets. Mark Craig got some purchase of the pitch only to be thrashed around.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 381/2 in 85.1 overs; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 101(120), Steven Smith 34 (44): HUNDRED USMAN KHAWAJA SCORES HIS FIRST TEST TON against New Zealand. Playing only his 10th Test match for Australia. Smith is looking in great form hitting boundaries at will and playing steadily for the close of play. Brendon McCullum has kept the field in and is waiting for the batsman to make a mistake.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 352/2 in 80 overs; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 81(105), Steven Smith 25 (34): Khawaja and Smith are playing steadily till the close of play. Brendon McCullum has kept aggressive field in order for the Australian batsman to commit a mistake.Khawaja will want to carry the bat till the close of play. NEW BALL has been taken by McCullum

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 336/2 in 75 overs; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 74(93), Steven Smith 16(12): Steven Smith has scored most of his runs in fours with Khawaja look solid as a rock on the other end.Trent Boult has come in to bowl to Steven Smith who is a bit slow to start off. Brendon McCullum has brought in all the fielders in the circle for Smith.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 311/2 in 70.4 overs; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 65(77), Steven Smith 6(2): OUT!!! David Warner goes 163 as Neesham strikes.Warner was looking to score big. Captain Steven Smith come in and hits four in his second ball. A brilliant catch by Ross Taylor.  

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 302/1 in 69 overs; BATTING: David Warner 157 (220),Usman Khawaja 65(77): Warner and Khawaja are batting rock solid. Khawaja survived a close run out call after sloppy running.Southee and Neesham are tyring their best to pick up wickets. Khawaja is trying to match Warner in scoring boundaries.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 289/1 in 66.2 overs; BATTING: David Warner 153 (212),Usman Khawaja 57(69): David Warner brings up his 150 after having a perfect batting day. Khawaja (57) has looked well settled at scoring at a brisk rate. McCullum has resorted to Kane Williamson to do the part-time bowling work. Jimmy Neesham into the attack for Bracewell.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 264/1 in 61.5 overs; BATTING: David Warner 134 (195),Usman Khawaja 50(60): Usman Khawaja scores his third half century in Test after playing his first Test in 2013. Khawaja has hit quite a few sixes of Craig.Warner is looking to carry on his innings to make a prolific 150+

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 253/1 in 59.3 overs; BATTING: David Warner 130 (188),Usman Khawaja 42(52): Khawaja is playing quick hitting boundaries and sixes at will. Khawaja nears his 3rd Test half century.Warner is playing fluent making runs all around. Ball is bouncing once a while with Bracewell bowling short pitched to Warner.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 225/1 in 55 overs; BATTING: David Warner 115 (169),Usman Khawaja 31(43): PLAY RESUMES FOR POST TEA SESSION. Warner and Khawaja will look to pile on misery on the New Zealand bowlers. McCullum will look to pick up 2-3 wickets before the end of play.Craig and Bracewell open the bowling for NZ.Tim Southee has picked the only wicket of the day.  

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 222/1 in 54 overs; BATTING: David Warner 113 (165),Usman Khawaja 30(41): Australia look strong going into tea on day 1.David scored a wonderful century to power Australia through 200. Burns got dismissed after making a 71 . Warner is now supported by Usman Khawaja who is looking nice en-route his half century. Tea Report LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 217 /1 in 52 overs; BATTING: David Warner 109 (161),Usman Khawaja 29(33): Warner and Khawaja are playing for tea. Warner after a fiery ton is now just playing everything with the straight bat. Mark Craig has been getting good purchase of the pitch every now and then.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 207 /1 in 47 overs; BATTING: David Warner 101 (141),Usman Khawaja 27(25): David Warner crosses his 13th Test century after coming back from an injury. Khawaja is providing good support.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 201 /1 in 46.4 overs; BATTING: David Warner 99 (139),Usman Khawaja 23(19): Australia crosses 200 as David Warner still on 99. Khawaja is scoring quick and keeping the scoreboard ticking. Craig is getting bounce and zip of the wicket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 190 /1 in 44 overs; BATTING: David Warner 96 (134),Usman Khawaja 15 (11): Warner is just a hit away from his 13th Test ton. Australia is nearing 200 runs. Khawaja is looking good with the bat hitting fluent boundaries. Warner in the last over survived a run out chance with McCullum missing the stumps by a long margin.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 161 /1 in 39 overs; BATTING: David Warner 81 (111),Usman Khawaja 0 (1): OUT !! JOE BURNS goes for a well made 71 as Tim Southee strikes. In comes Usman Khawaja. David Warner wants to carry on this good batting form .Mark Craig back in the  attack replacing Neesham.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 152/0 in 36 overs; BATTING: David Warner 77 (106), Joe Burns 69 (109) : Australian team look solid with the team crossing 150 runs. Warner and Burns also complete a partnership of 150 runs there 1st 150 runs partnership. Doug Bracewell into the attack replacing Southee.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 134/0 in 33 overs; BATTING: David Warner 65 (96), Joe Burns 62 (103) : With both openers crossing half century Australia will look to get a big total in order to not bat again in the game. Tim Southee has been the most dangerous bowler post lunch keeping the bowl right up in the block hole. Australian batsmen have hit a boundary or two in every alternative over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 118/0 in 29 overs; BATTING: David Warner 64 (86), Joe Burns 50 (87) : Joe Burns make a half century  as New Zealand bowlers toil hard to pick wickets.Boult and Southee wait on for any movement from the pitch.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 103/0 in 25 overs; BATTING: David Warner 55 (76), Joe Burns 45 (81) : David Warner and Joe Burns look to perfect their starts by scoring hundreds. Kane Williamson start the bowling for New Zealand with Trent Boult on the other end looking to dismantle NZ batsman.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 100/0 ; BATTING: David Warner 54 (74), Joe Burns 43 (77) LUNCH!!!! Steady and solid gameplay performance by the Australian openers as they go into the break with Australia in full command, while the New Zealand bowlers have completely failed to strike with the ball so far, as Warners scores his 20th Test half-century. Will the post-lunch session tell a different story? Until then, read the lunch report here.



LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 74/0; BATTING: David Warner 39 (60), Joe Burns 34 (60) As the opening 50-run stand is up between the two openers, Australia survive another scare in the form of David Warner as a leg-before appeal was turned down and even the DRS denied New Zealand to get the opening breakthrough. Overall, it all seems good for Australia at present.







LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 49/0; BATTING: David Warner 32 (48), Joe Burns 16 (42) With 15 overs gone, New Zealand have introduced spin into the attack, but have failed to get a breakthorugh, merely wasting the quality of the new ball as both the openers continue to bat sensibly.





LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 30/0; BATTING: David Warner 24 (35), Joe Burns 5 (25) It’s all of a sudden like blazing guns from the bat of David Warner, who seems to be punishing anything coming in the way and smashing boundaries all over the park.



LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 3/0; BATTING: David Warner 2 (14), Joe Burns 0 (16) A slow start by the Australian openers as the New Zealand bowlers inb the form of Trent Boult and Tim Southee have been bowling tight, while Joe Burns Survived an early scare.







Toss: Australia (Bat)





































Australia lost as many as five cricketers post the Ashes 2015 in England, and they are on a rebuilding phase. They would be captained by Steven Smith, and this will be the first full series for Australia under the captaincy of the 26-year-old. Australia would definitely like to get off to a fresh start following the 2-1 Ashes loss a couple of months back. Talking about the records, New Zealand have not won a Test for more than 20 years at the Gabba. PREVIEW: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane


Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling (wk),  Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane