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CRICKET

1st Cricket Test: Australia Beat New Zealand By 172 Runs In First Test

Nathan Lyon Spun Australia to a 172-run win over New Zealand in the first cricket test, taking six wickets as the hosts collapsed to 196 all out.

The home side crumbled on the fourth morning in Wellington, losing their last seven wickets for 70 runs, with four of them falling to off-spinner Lyon.

He finished with innings figures of 6 for 65 off 27 overs, giving him 10 for 108 for the match.

The 36-year-old capitalised on spin-friendly basin reserve conditions and some meek batting from New Zealand, who began the day on 111 for 3 and needing 258 more runs to secure an unlikely victory.

Green was named man of the match for his career-high unbeaten 174 in the first innings.

The second and final test starts in the Christchurch on Friday.