Voges lifts his Test average over 100

The 36-year-old veteran batsman walked off the Basin Reserve with an unbeaten 176 and an average of 100.33 to boot as Australia reached 463 for six while holding a lead of 280.

Adam Voges now averages more than 100 in Tests. (File photo)   -  Reuters

Australia veteran Adam Voges hit a fifth career Test century to help the tourists to a 280-run lead after day two of their first Test against New Zealand. 

Voges, 36, started the day on seven and finished 176 not out as Australia ended Saturday at 463-6, in response to New Zealand's first innings total of 183. Incredibly, Voges' now avearges better than Donald Bradman. The legendary Australian ended his career with an average of 99.94 from 52 Tests, the best of all time. Voges's current average is  100.33 after 19 innings.

Voges also managed to break Sachin Tendulkar's record for most Test runs scored between dismissals. Tendulkar posted 497 consecutive runs from January to April 2004, but Voges broke the 500-mark when he reached 123 at Basin Reserve.

Luck favours Voges

But Voges should not have had the opportunity to do so having been bowled by Doug Bracewell in the final over of day one, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no-ball, deeming the Black Caps bowler had overstepped the line.

Replays showed that decision to be incorrect and the International Cricket Council said it will discuss whether to allow reviews for no-balls at the next committee meeting.

"I'm pretty sure it [the incorrect no-ball decision] did [affect us] overnight" Mascarenhas said. "That was yesterday's news and we just had to get on with it and knock him over again.

"Everything was said yesterday about that. It's one of those things, a tough one to take, but we've just got to get on with it and try and get him out again."

Voges made the most of batting-friendly conditions in Wellington and Mascarenhas admits it was a day of toil against an in-form batsman.

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