Australia 147-3 after bowling out NZ for 183 in 1st test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum wanted to celebrate his 100th consecutive test on Friday but instead it was his Australia counterpart Steve Smith on a high after day one of the first test.

Smith won a pivotal toss that helped his bowlers skittle the hosts for 183, and he then scored 71 to lead Australia to 147-3 in reply.

Australia bowled first on a green pitch at the Basin Reserve and McCullum was out for a seven-ball duck as New Zealand found itself in almost irreversible trouble at 51-5 within the first hour.

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New Zealand 183, Australia 147-3 after day 1 of 1st test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Scores at stumps Friday on the first day of the first test between New Zealand and Australia at the Basin Reserve:

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New Zealand 84-5 at lunch on day 1, 1st test vs. Australia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Celebrations of Brendon McCullum's 100th consecutive test were put on hold as he fell for a duck and New Zealand crashed to 84-5 at lunch Friday on the first day of the first test against Australia.

Australia captain Steve Smith won an influential toss, sent New Zealand in on a green pitch at the Basin Reserve, then marshaled a depleted attack to leave the home side's innings in ruins at 51-5 less than an hour after the start. (MORE)

Australia wins toss, bowls in 1st test vs. New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Australia won what seemed an influential toss and chose to bowl Friday on the first day of the first cricket test against New Zealand.

The pitch at the Basin Reserve was lushly grassed and expected to assist bowlers early on. Australia captain Steve Smith said the pitch would gradually improve for batting and it was up to his bowlers to take advantage of the conditions and make it as difficult as possible for the New Zealand batsmen. (MORE)

Bird recalled for Australia in 1st test v New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Fast bowler Jackson Bird will play his first test since 2013 for Australia in the series opener starting Friday, when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be lining up for his 100th consecutive test match.

Bird was recalled when James Pattinson was ruled out Thursday because of a shin shoreness. He joins Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle in Australia's pace attack for the match which will begin on a green pitch on which both captains have said they will bowl if they win the toss. (MORE)

Steyn in South Africa's World Twenty20 squad, Morkel out

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Fast bowler Dale Steyn was included Wednesday in South Africa's squad for the World Twenty20 despite being sidelined since late December with injury.

The only surprise in the squad list was the absence of fellow quick bowler Morne Morkel. (MORE)

England names Dawson in World Twenty20 squad

LONDON (AP) England selectors named uncapped allrounder Liam Dawson on Wednesday in their 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India.

Dawson did enough with England Lions during December practice sessions in the United Arab Emirates to convince selectors that his slow left-arm variety is their best option as a third spinner in sub-continental conditions. (MORE)

Pakistan picks uncapped Raees and Nawaz for World Twenty20

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan selected uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz on Wednesday for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Twenty20, and has dropped opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad.

Raees is a 24-year-old left-arm fast bowler and Nawaz, 21, is a left-arm spinner. Both impressed selectors in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 competition - the Pakistan Super League - being played in the United Arab Emirates. (MORE)

SAfrica beats England by 7 wickets, stays alive in series

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Centuries by openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla kept South Africa alive in the one-day series against England as the host won the third game by seven wickets on Tuesday.

Chasing England's formidable 318-8, De Kock made 135 and Amla 127 as South Africa cruised to 319-3 at SuperSport Park, the highest second-innings score in one-dayers at the ground. (MORE)

South Africa beats England by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) South Africa beat England by seven wickets in the third one-day international at SuperSport Park on Tuesday. England leads the five-match series 2-1.

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