Black Caps suffer horror session

THE Black Caps have lost four wickets in the opening session of the first test against Australia at the Gabba today, limping through to 94 for four at lunch.

Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were all dismissed within the opening 24 overs of the test after a strong start by the New Zealand openers.

Guptill and McCullum put on 44 for the opening wicket before the Aucklander was caught behind by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Peter Siddle for 13.

McCullum fell 12 runs later for 34, cutting straight to David Warner at point to give debutant Mitchell Starc his first wicket in test cricket.

McCullum struck seven boundaries in an innings that lasted 51 balls.

Williamson and Tayor got New Zealand through to 78 for two and began to eye lunch before both fell shortly before the break.

Williamson was caught in close by Usman Khawaja off the bowling of off spinner Nathan Lyon for 19 after Australia crowded the bat to put pressure on the young batsman.

Taylor then become the fourth Black Cap to fall in the first session when he played onto his stumps for 14 giving James Pattinson his first test wicket.

Earlier Taylor won the toss and decided to bat.

Pattinson, Warner and Starc are all making their debuts for Australia.

McCullum gave Pattinson a first over to remember, sending three balls to the boundary. Pattinson's opening four overs went for 25 runs.


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Dean Brownlie, Reece Young, Daniel Vettori, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Chris Martin.

Australia: Phillip Hughes, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

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