Tim Paine: We're starting to spread the load

Updated: Dec 30, 2019, 08:06 IST | AFP | Melbourne

Australia skipper Tim hails teamwork as hosts crush New Zealand by 247 runs

Australian players celebrate their 247-run win over New Zealand at the MCG yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Australian players celebrate their 247-run win over New Zealand at the MCG yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Melbourne: Captain Tim Paine pointed to teamwork on Sunday as the crucial factor in Australia winning all four home Tests so far this summer—and all inside four days.

After crushing Pakistan twice, they have now done the same to New Zealand, wrapping up their three-Test series against the Black Caps with a 247-run thrashing in Melbourne.

A first-innings Travis Head century, 85 from Steve Smith and 79 by Paine took the game away from the visitors after Australia lost the toss and were put into bat. Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon then led the attack in dismissing New Zealand twice. "I think it shows that we're starting to spread the load," he said.

'Got firepower'
"When we work together as a team and build pressure—one day it's going to be Pat [Cummins], the next day it's Nathan [Lyon], then James Pattinson, another day it's Mitchell Starc. If we keep building pressure as a team we've got some absolute firepower."

Siddle announces retirement
Meanwhile, veteran Australian bowler Peter Siddle, 35, announced his international retirement after a 67-Test career. Siddle went to the Australian dressing room at the MCG to tell his teammates personally.

All Blacks Barrett kicked out of MCG

New Zealand rugby fans reacted furiously Sunday after All Blacks star Jordie Barrett was reportedly kicked out of the Melbourne Cricket Ground by security staff during the Black Caps' second Test against Australia. Victoria state police said two New Zealanders were removed from the stadium during day three of the second Test on Saturday and banned for 24 hours over their behaviour. The New Zealand Herald named one of them as Barrett and claimed he was led away after members of the group he was with "skulled two beers".

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