Michael Clarke century puts Australia in control over New Zealand

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After being dropped twice and bowled by a no-ball – all off the luckless
Bracewell – Clarke’s prodigious luck ran out in the first over after tea
when he top-edged a short ball from Chris Martin and was well caught by Tim
Southee at deep square-leg.

The end of Haddin and Starc’s 108-run stand should have signalled the demise
for the long-tailed Aussies, but Pattinson and Starc were able to combine
with their keeper in partnerships worth 29 and 44 respectively.

Earlier, Ponting looked to have rekindled the fire and was moving towards
triple figures before being trapped in front by a Chris Martin inswinger.

Michael Hussey never found his rhythm before falling for 15 in the morning
session, joining David Warner (three) and Phil Hughes (10) in the
disappointed left-handers club.

New Zealand’s respectable first innings total of 295 was built on a record
158-run sixth-wicket stand between Daniel Vettori (96) and Dean Brownlie (77
not out), who dug in admirably after the tourists had fallen to 96 for five
at one point on the first day.

Unheralded right-arm off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the stand-out bowler for
Australia, taking four for 66, the best Test figures by an Australian
finger-spinner at the Gabba in 80 years.

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