Ball on top on first day of historic day-night Test

After the first two Tests of the Trans-Tasman series were criticised as boring batsman-friendly matches played on flat decks, day one of the third pink-ball Test in Adelaide was a riveting affair.

There's no doubt it has livened up a series that was only meandering along previously, and so far the pink ball experiment has proven to be a huge success.

The crowd was a good indication that the day-night pink ball Test will stay, with a record day-one Adelaide attendance of 47,441.

The match was evenly poised at stumps, with Australia 2-54 in reply to New Zealand's 202 all-out.

That was in stark contrast to day one of the previous two Tests in Brisbane and Perth, where the hosts dominated with the willow on pitches which gave the batsmen a significant advantage.

The Aussies will still back themselves to get close to New Zealand's score in the first two sessions today, after negotiating a tricky evening session for the loss of two wickets last night.

Captain Steve Smith (24) and Adam Voges (nine) are the not-out batsmen.

The Black Caps would be delighted that openers David Warner (one) and Joe Burns (14) are no longer there.

The New Zealanders were particularly thrilled to remove Warner, who had scored 555 runs for the series going into last night's innings.

He flashed hard at a good out-swinging delivery from Trent Boult and was well caught by fellow quick Tim Southee in the slips.

Burns toughed out 41 deliveries before playing a backward defensive shot onto his stumps off the bowling of Doug Bracewell.

Earlier, Australian left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc was the hero, taking 3-24.

He took the key wickets of the in-form Kane Williamson (22), captain Brendon McCullum (four) and debutant Mitchell Santner, who made a classy 31 including seven boundaries.

But Starc's joy was dampened, leaving the ground for hospital shortly after he bowled Santner with a good length, quick and swinging delivery.

He looked in considerable pain, succumbing to ongoing bone spurs in his right ankle.

One of the other heroes for Australia in a strong bowling performance was recalled paceman Peter Siddle.

Siddle had the packed house chanting his name after Bracewell chipped a shot to Burns at mid-wicket - Siddle's 200th Test wicket.

He became the 15th Australian to notch up 200 scalps at Test level, and the third Victorian to achieve the feat behind Shane Warne and Merv Hughes.



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