Paine hails Aussies for huge win over Kiwis

Australia hammered New Zealand by 247 runs in the second Test at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday to take take an unassaible 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber. An elated skipper Tim Paine lauded the effort of his team beside praising the wicket as recently, a Sheffield Shield game was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch.

Speaking after the match, the Aussie skipper said: "The win was very pleasing. I thought the way we went about this Test from the moment we lost the toss was outstanding. Our batters did well on day 1, applied themselves and made it easy for us (Travis Head and himself) on day 2. I thought (James) Pattinson bowled really well, (Pat) Cummins was superb in the first innings. The bowlers are sharing the load. We are playing well, there's no doubt about that."

"We need consistency, we need guys stepping up, we can't rely on only a few and that's what we have started to do, and that's excellent," he added.