Australian middle-order batsman Adam Voges broke the most prestigious record in cricket as he moved past Sir Don Bradman’s, thought to be eternal, Test batting average 99.94 with 100 Avg. at Basin Reserve, Wellington.
Voges, 36, completed his 1000 Test runs in the first Test against New Zealand while scoring 176*. It was his 14 Test.
Voges also became the first batsman to score 500 runs without being dismissed, as Australia took a lead on New Zealand on day two of the first Test.
The veteran Aussie scored his fifth Test century, and his third in consecutive Test innings following innings of unbeaten 269 and 106against West Indies in December. On reaching 123 in the evening session, Voges claimed the record for the most Tests runs scored between dismissals.
Voges broke the 12-year-old record of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who notched up 497 runs in consecutive innings unbeaten -241, 60, 194 and 2 – from January to April 2004.
Earlier Australia wrapped up New Zealand 183 and Australia with the help of Voges (176*) and Usman Khawaja (140) century put 463 runs on the board and took 283 runs after the end of the second day.
New Zealand bowler Trent Boult and Tim Southee took two wickets each while Corey Anderson and Mark Craig took one each.
Boult broke the 168 run partnership of 168 runs between Khawaja and Voges when he trapped left-hander in front in the fifth over with the second new ball, then had a big appeal for lbw against Marsh turned down on the next delivery.
The review showed that Marsh had got a thin inside edge to the ball but he hit a catch back to Boult on the next delivery, with the left-arm sticking out his right hand on his follow through and hanging on to the ball.
Khwaja had earlier completed his fourth Test century in his six innings as Australia consolidate their first-day dominance.
Khawaja has scored 644 runs at an average of 128.80 since his recall against New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane, where he scored his maiden test century of 174.
Voges, however, made most of the amnesty when he was bowled by Doug Bracewell for seven with two deliveries left on Friday, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no-ball.
Television replays showed that the delivery was legal but due to umpire’s call – no ball- New Zealand were unable to ask for a review.
Voges, who had resumed on Saturday on seven, appeared content to shepherded the Australian innings to ensure they posted a big lead though the did show signs of aggression at anything bowled short or wide.