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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia Limits Kiwis to 217 As Players Strike Edges Near


PERTH, Australia -- An outstanding fielding display gave Australia the edge as it dismissed New Zealand for a modest 217 on Thursday but events in the second test were overshadowed by a growing threat of a players' strike.

Mark Taylor's side put aside thoughts of a possible 11-day strike next month to hold a succession of difficult chances and further deflate the struggling tourists on the opening day at the WACA.

At close, Australia was 32 for one, still 185 runs in arrears, after Taylor was trapped leg before wicket for two by left-arm pace bowler Shayne O'Connor without playing a shot.

Taylor and Australia's other first-class cricketers are to vote on whether to authorize the players' union to call a strike in pursuit of a pay claim. Details of the ballot were made public Thursday

It was an eventful day for Taylor, who walked to the wicket under floodlights after officials reacted to the deteriorating light by switching them on for the last session.

It was the first time a test match has been played under lights following a decision by cricket's world governing body earlier this year to allow the practice.


Pakistan recorded its biggest ever victory over the West Indies on Thursday, prevailing by an innings and 19 runs in the first of the three test series.

Pakistan bowled out the tourists for 211 in their second innings on the fourth day of the test.

Leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed once again mesmerized the Caribbean batting lineup, finishing with career-best match figures of 10 for 106.

Meanwhile, in Mohali, India, the home side was 91 for no wicket in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 369 at the close on the second day of the first test.