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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 March, 2005, 04:34 GMT
Australia ease to nine-wicket win
First Test, Christchurch, day four: Australia 432 & 135-1 beat New Zealand 433 & 131 by nine wickets

Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting

The 29th five-wicket haul of Shane Warne's Test career helped Australia to a nine-wicket win over New Zealand in Christchurch with a day to spare.

New Zealand began the day at 9-0, leading by 10 runs overall, but slumped to 131 all out in just 50 overs.

Australia, requiring a mere 133 to win, raced home in barely 31 overs, with Justin Langer unbeaten on 72.

Warne, the leading wicket-taker in Tests, took 5-39 to go past the 1,000 wickets mark in first-class cricket.

The rot set in for New Zealand when Stephen Fleming fell lbw to Glenn McGrath for 17 in the 11th over.

Craig Cumming lasted for more than an hour but had scored just six when Jason Gillespie had him lbw.

And it was 34-3 when Lou Vincent became the third man dismissed lbw, as Gillespie struck again.

Shane Warne claimed five wickets
Warne's blitz set Australia an easy run target

Nathan Astle and Hamish Marshall set about steadying the ship and appeared to be doing just that when Astle, who had earlier broken through the 4,000 Test runs mark, played on to Michael Kasprowicz for 21 to leave New Zealand 71-4.

On the stroke of lunch, Warne struck for the Aussies as Craig McMillan popped up an easy catch for Simon Katich and the Kiwis were reeling on 78-5 at the break.

Things got even worse for the Black Caps after the interval.

Marshall (22) was bowled by Warne and after a brief respite led by Brendon McCullum - New Zealand's top-scorer with 24 - the last four wickets fell for just 10 runs.

In all, seven batsmen had been dismissed lbw to match a Test record.

In their run chase, Australia only lost Matthew Hayden for 15.

Langer struck 12 fours and one six in his rapid-fire innings and Ricky Ponting added a no-nonsense unbeaten 47.

The second Test of three gets under way in Wellington on Friday.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, Michael Kasprowicz.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Craig Cumming, Hamish Marshall, Lou Vincent, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Chris Martin, Iain O'Brien.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan; David Shepherd, England.

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