PERTH – Australia cleaned up a hapless New Zealand under lights on the fourth day to secure a commanding 296-run victory in the first test on Sunday.
Chasing a record 468 runs, New Zealand crumbled against sustained bowling from Australia’s undermanned attack and were bowled out for 171 in a lopsided contest.
A rejuvenated Australia have won their third straight test of the home season since retaining the Ashes in England and stretched their unbeaten run in day-night matches to seven.
BJ Watling (40) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) stonewalled in a bid to stretch the test into a final day, but their dismissals triggered a swift end. Quick Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets apiece.
The tourists' chase on a deteriorating Perth Stadium pitch got off to a disastrous start when opener Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson (14) fell before the tea break.