NZ vs Aus 2nd Test, Day 2: Australia 363 for 4 (Burns 170, Smith 138, Wagner 2-85) trail New Zealand 370 by seven runs
Day 1 of the historic Christchurch contest showcased an epic display of batting by the legendary Brendon McCullum, as the kiwi veteran wrote the first chapter in a possible romantic ending to a landmark career. Visitors Australia however, were not there to show mercy. Having lost one wicket, that of David Warner in the first outing, the Kangaroos stormed into the driving seat and by stumps on the following day, they were well and truly in command yet again, with the chance to become no.1 Test team just days away.
If Brendon McCullum’s world record Test century had grabbed the headlines of each and every cricketing group in the media, the staggering 289 run stand between Steve Smith and Joe Burns that dominated Day 2’s play was something for more classy, with all respect due to the wonderful outgoing New Zealand skipper. Even though the surface had flattened out into a batting paradise, both Burns and Smith had to put up a decent fight against the deadly bouncy and pace New Zealand bowling attack.
The second biggest highlight of the day perhaps one with the most attention was the Steve Smith Helmet incident. Neil Wagner, using his primary weapon, his trademark bouncer, struck Steve Smith’s helmet as the Aussie skipper ducked in an attempt to leave the ball. The ball struck Smith Straight on the center of the helmet, bringing the Aussie leader down to the ground head first. The medical staff stormed to the ground, as sparks of the incident that robber the late Philip Hughes of his life, ignited.
Smith though, got back up and took a single to bring Burns on strike who saw off the remaining two balls of the over. At the time Smith was struck, the all-rounder stood on 78, but by stumps he had reached his century in heroic fashion alongside Burns who too recorded yet another ton in Tests.