Australia clinch thrilling victory over New Zealand in second test

Australia secured a thrilling victory over New Zealand in the second Test at Hagley Oval, completing a remarkable chase of 279 runs on the final day.

Despite a shaky start, Australia’s Alex Carey played a heroic innings under pressure, remaining unbeaten on 98 to guide his team to a three-wicket win. Mitchell Marsh’s vital contribution of 80, along with a resilient partnership of 140 runs between Carey and Marsh, propelled Australia within reach of the target.


Debutant Ben Sears rattled Australia’s lower order with crucial breakthroughs, but Carey’s composure ensured Australia’s triumph. Pat Cummins played a crucial role yet again, providing steady support to Carey and hitting the winning runs.

Australia’s victory marked a significant achievement, having chased down 279 or more runs in the fourth innings only 13 times previously. The win also sealed the series 2-0 in favor of Australia.

New Zealand, despite a spirited fightback, fell short of victory, extending their winless streak against Australia. The defeat left them disappointed, with their next opportunity to face Australia not until 2026-27.

Australia’s successful chase capped off a busy period of Test cricket, with their next Test assignment scheduled against India next summer.

The nail-biting contest at Hagley Oval showcased the resilience and determination of both teams, with Australia emerging victorious in a memorable encounter.