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Australia wrap up comfortable victory in Wellington

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Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh took two wickets apiece on day four as Australia wrapped up a convincing innings-and-52-run victory over New Zealand in Wellington.

Henry Nicholls hit a maiden Test fifty on debut for the hosts but only some late order hitting delayed the inevitable.

Spinner Lyon finished with four for 91 as New Zealand were finally dismissed for 327 shortly after lunch at the Basin Reserve.

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After captain Brendon McCullum fell to the final ball of day three it was always going to be a tough ask for the Black Caps as they resumed on 178 for four.

Reverse swing began to trouble the New Zealand batsman and Corey Anderson struggled with the ball moving away from him from around the wicket.

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But a move to over the wicket from Marsh paid immediate dividends as he got one to swing back into to Anderson to pin him lbw for a 22-ball duck. Anderson reviewed the decision but DRS showed the ball to be hitting middle and leg and he had to go.

Nicholls reached his 50 of 110 balls when he cut Lyon through the covers and an overthrown four from Josh Hazlewood brought up his milestone.

Lyon was beginning to find some prodigious spin from the footmarks outside the right-handers' off-stump and was millimetres away from bowling BJ Watling as he offered no stroke.

New Zealand v Australia - 1st Test: Day 4

And not long after Lyon got his man with a flatter delivery down the same line and with Watling fatally playing back it was through him and he was bowled for 10 to leave the hosts 214 for six.

Nicholls' resistance was ended shortly after as he played across the line to Jackson Bird and the ball cannoned off his pads into the stumps, sending him on his way for 59.

Hazlewood removed Doug Bracewell lbw shortly after the lunch interval before Tim Southee swung the bat, in particular against Lyon, hitting him for three sixes before finding the hands of Usman Khawaja at long-on for breezy 48 from 23 balls.

Mark Craig and Trent Boult also both played freely before Boult was bowled moving outside off stump by Marsh to bring the innings and the match to an end.

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