Tour match heats up

AUSTRALIA A and New Zealand are locked in a tight contest at stumps on the second day of the Tour match at Allan Border Field, with the hosts reaching 4-187 to the visitor’s first innings total of 423.

NSW left-hander David Warner (65) and Ed Cowan (60 not out) set the tone with a 91-run opening stand while captain George Bailey chipped in with a solid 27.

Cowan and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade (10 not out) will resume at the crease on Saturday for day 3 with plenty of heavy batting required, the Aussies still 236 runs behind the set target of 424.

Earlier that morning, the home side knew they had work to do and they rallied to finish the visiting Kiwis all out for 423.

Quicks Mitchell Starc and Ben Cutting opened Australia A’s bowling attack and it didn’t take long before wickets began to fall.

Starc struck Dean Brownlie (26) before sending New Zealand captain Ross Taylor (57) home, making it two wickets in the space of three overs.

The 7th wicket in Reece Young (7) then fell after he was caught short of a run, with the home side’s bowling attack suddenly making a statement that they failed to do on day 1.

Victorian fast bowler James Pattinson then stepped in, making a sudden impact as Tim Southee (16) was clean bowled for wicket no.8 before Pattinson claimed his 4th for the match through BJ Watling.

With New Zealand 9/390 in the 29th over, the Australian squad were close but faced another hurdle through a hard-hitting batsman in Doug Bracewell.

Just like Brendon McCullum (146) on day 1, Bracewell stood tall at the crease and took charge with the bat, but it was only a matter of time before the home side would secure the final wicket before lunch.

Another NSW product, quick Mitchell Starc, secured his 3rd wicket through Kiwi Chris Martin (4), sending New Zealand all out for 423.

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