Australia maintain control despite Labuschagne, Head's collapse in first Test.


PERTH -- Australia centurion Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head fell in the opening session of the second day of the first Test against an undermanned New Zealand on Friday but the hosts were still in control at 337 for six at the first break. Tim Paine was unbeaten on 15 and Pat Cummins was five not out after Labuschagne (143) and Travis Head (56) went in a tough session for the luckless New Zealanders. The tourists were shorthanded with debutant paceman Lockie Ferguson, himself a replacement for injured spearhead Trent Boult, unable to bowl for the remainder of the day-night Test after damaging his calf on day one. Resuming on 248-4, Labuschagne and Head were untroubled in a 76- run partnership on a pitch that appeared to play faster than on day one to wrest control of the contest.

Head, who did not get a chance to bat in Australia's thrashing of Pakistan in Adelaide, hit 10 boundaries in his first half-century since the first Ashes Test in...

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