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STEVE Smith has won his first Test match as captain on home soil as Australia crushed New Zealand by 208 runs at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Black Caps went into the final day on 3-142, chasing an unlikely 504 runs for victory, but lost their remaining seven wickets in an extended session before lunch as the Aussies went 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

Skipper Brendon McCullum provided a stumbling block for Smith and his bowlers with a typically attacking innings.

But just as he appeared likely to notch up a deserved century, he was controversially given out by umpire Nigel Llong on 80.

BJ Watling had already used up the last of the visitors' two reviews, which meant that McCullum had to walk when Llong raised his finger to an appeal for a catch to Smith in the slips off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh.

Replays showed the New Zealander had not edged the ball and it had, in fact, come off his pad.

That was the beginning of the end as Doug Bracewell departed next ball and the Kiwis lost four wickets for seven runs.

An entertaining 46-run last-wicket stand between Mark Craig and Trent Boult, held the Aussies up, but victory was secured before lunch when Boult was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc (2-69).

Nathan Lyon also claimed three wickets as the Australians head for Perth and the second Test beginning Friday with a 1-0 lead.



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