Australia are in a strong position as of now and well fancy their chances of going a game up in the series © Getty Images
Australia are in a strong position as of now and well fancy their chances of going a game up in the series © Getty Images

Oceania giants Australia clash off against fellow neighbours New Zealand in the Day 4 of the first of the two-match Test series in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2015-16 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday. Australia, who were unsure of how would they fair in the series, are in a strong position as of now and well fancy their chances of going a game up in the series, as they are just four wickets short of the opening win. New Zealand, however, would have to come up with a stellar and miraculous performance to fancy any chance of saving the Test or swinging it in their favour. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st Test at Wellington

It was Voges, though, who ensured Australia had a firm grip on the match. He resumed the third day on 176 and added a further 63 before his marathon 504 minutes in the middle ended caught and bowled by Mark Craig. He had scored 614 runs since his previous dismissal, in the pink-ball Test against New Zealand at Adelaide in November, easily bettering the record of 497 runs between dismissals set by India’s Sachin Tendulkar in 2004, reported AFP. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st Test at Wellington, Day 4

It also left Voges’ Test average at 97.46 from 19 innings, after being ahead of Don Bradman’s all-time record of 99.94 before his wicket fell. His double century also ensured a record first-innings lead for Australia against New Zealand in an innings where six Australians failed to reach double figures. Latham and Guptill saw off the new ball but just as they looked comfortable, Guptill tried to smack off-spinner Lyon out of the ground and was caught by Marsh, added AFP.