Khawaja and Voges Frustrate Kiwi Bowlers, Oz heading towards a Mammoth Total


Wellington: Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges have played marathon knocks on day-2 as Australia are heading towards a mammoth total against New Zealand in the first Test here at Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Resuming the day-1 score from 147/3, the visitors have scored 463 for the loss of six wickets before umpires called off the day.

Khawaja scored a magnificent 140 runs before Trent Boult sent him back to the pavilion. Khawaja, along with Voges added 168 runs for the fourth wicket.

Usman Khawaja after completing his first overseas century
Usman Khawaja after completing his first overseas century

Voges is still at the crease with an unbeaten 176 runs while Peter Siddle is batting with him who is on 29.

The 36-year-old Voges, in his 19th Test innings, saw his Test average rise to more than 100, bettering Don Bradman’s 99.94 from an 80-innings career.

Voges after completing his century
Voges after completing his century

Voges has scored centuries in his last three innings, posting 269 runs not out and an unbeaten 106 against the West Indies in December.

The combined total of 551 overtakes the previous record of 497 runs between dismissals held by Sachin Tendulkar.

For his part, since his recall to the Australian side last year Khawaja has averaged 128.80 from six innings which include four centuries.

The visitors have scored 463/6, with a massive lead of 280 runs, before the day-2 stumped