ANY hopes New Zealand may have harboured of salvaging a draw against Australia in the first Test disappeared with the wickets of skipper Brendon McCullum and star batsman Kane Williamson in the final session in Wellington.
Starting their second innings a mammoth 379 runs behind after Australia, the home side was 4-178 stumps, with bad weather looming as the only possible saviour.
While Usman Khawaja's 140 was a significant contribution, much of the credit for Australia's dominant position was due to the outstanding, if somewhat lucky, 239 by Adam Voges.
Given not out when he was on seven late on day one, a decision replays showed was incorrect, the West Australian was finally dismissed just before lunch on day three, caught and bowled by Mark Craig.
It was the 36-year-old's second Test double century inside three months, following his unbeaten 269 against the West Indies in Hobart in December.
After reaching the milestone, and running out of partners, he looked to increase the scoring rate, quickly moving past captain Steve Smith's 215 as the highest overseas score by an Australian Test batsman this century.
Only Doug Walters (250) and Greg Chappell (247no) have made higher Test scores among Australians in New Zealand, while Voges joins that pair, as well as Don Bradman, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting in an exclusive club of six men in Baggy Green to own two or more scores of 230-plus.
His marathon effort at the Basin Reserve lasted 503 minutes, and saw him set a new record of 614 runs between dismissals.
The previous mark of 497 had been set by Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar in 2004, a streak that included a memorable double century in Steve Waugh's final Test at the SCG, as well as a brilliant 194 not out against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Michael Clarke previously held the Australian record, having scored 489 consecutive runs without being dismissed, courtesy of back-to-back double hundreds against South Africa during the golden period of his career in 2012.
Voges, who only made his debut against the West Indies last May, said he was trying to make the most of every minute playing for Australia.
"It took me a long time to get to Test cricket and I just want to try and make every innings count, so I'm hungry to keep scoring runs and get as many as possible," Voges said before play.
"I'm loving playing cricket at the moment and hopefully it continues for a bit longer yet."
Meanwhile New Zealand cricket officials were seeking advice on any damage to the ground in Christchurch - ahead of the second Test due to start on Saturday - after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the city.
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