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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Waugh Twins Start Kiwis' Decline and Fall

PERTH, Australia -- Mark Waugh celebrated his return to form with one of the biggest sixes hit at the WACA as Australia took control of the second cricket test against New Zealand on Friday.

The Waugh twins -- Mark and Steve -- hammered half centuries and shared a rollicking 153-run stand to take Australia to 235 for four at stumps on a rain-interrupted second day.

Persistent rain robbed 183 minutes of play either side of the lunch break, reducing play to a minimum of 59 overs.

Mark Waugh was dismissed for 86 while Steve was unbeaten on 79 with night watchman Ian Healy three not out.

Mark Waugh, in danger of losing his test place after a series of low scores, hoisted left arm spinner Daniel Vettori on to the roof of the five-story, 35-meter-tall Lillee-Marsh stand.

The shot rocketed at least 130 meters before nestling on the roof for a lost ball.

"It just happened. I wanted to be aggressive against Vettori after being at the crease for a while," Mark Waugh said of his six. "When I hit it I didn't think it was going to be that big. It just kept going."

The ball was replaced three minutes later and the fourth wicket pair continued to pummel the hapless New Zealanders, who dropped two catches to add to a series of misfields.

India was 293 for four in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings of 369 at the close of play on the third day of the first cricket test Friday.