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This is the good/embarrassing cricket news, and an indication of why New Zealand has such an awful test record against Australia.
The opening stand of 81 by Martin Guptill and Tom Latham at the Basin Reserve yesterday is the best New Zealand has managed against Australia since 1993, when Mark Greatbatch and John Wright put on 111 in Wellington.
While Australia's innings have invariably got off to a flyer, New Zealand have been dire. A passing parade of openers put New Zealand into an immediate tail spin time and time again.
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The vast majority of these men have come and gone with no fanfare, leaving a trail of averages in the mid to low 20s. In some ways, Martin Guptill's dismissal in the second innings of the current test said it all. Just as things looked promising, he got out to a swipe across the line.
In the context of this game, a partnership of 81 on a batter's wicket was nowhere near good enough.