2nd Test: Alex Carey’s heroics lead Australia to series sweep against New Zealand | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Australia pulled off a remarkable victory against New Zealand in a thrilling finale to the second Test match in Christchurch on Monday, clinching the series 2-0 with a stunning three-wicket win before tea on the fourth day.
Chasing a challenging target of 279, Australia encountered early setbacks with New Zealand’s skipper Tim Southee dismissing Travis Head, leaving the visitors reeling at 80/5.However, Alex Carey‘s sensational unbeaten knock of 98, coupled with Mitchell Marsh‘s resilient 80, turned the tide in Australia’s favor.
The duo forged a crucial partnership of 140 runs for the sixth wicket, silencing the home crowd and edging closer to the target. Despite a late resurgence from New Zealand’s Ben Sears, who claimed two quick wickets, Carey and captain Pat Cummins (32) steered Australia to victory, finishing on 281/7.
Southee, playing his 100th Test match, provided New Zealand with an early breakthrough by dismissing Head. However, a missed catch by Rachin Ravindra proved pivotal, allowing Marsh to continue his innings.

Carey showcased remarkable composure, surviving close calls through reviews, while Marsh battled through challenges before falling to Sears. Cummins played a vital role in supporting Carey, ensuring Australia’s triumph.
The New Zealand bowlers displayed determination but struggled to break through Australia’s resilience. Despite their efforts, Carey’s determined innings and Cummins’ leadership propelled Australia to their sixth win in seven Tests over the Australasian summer.
While Carey narrowly missed out on a century, his contribution proved decisive in Australia’s victory, securing their position above New Zealand in the World Test Championships standings. The win further solidifies Australia’s dominance over their closest rivals, highlighting their prowess in Test cricket.
(With inputs from Reuters)


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