Australia dealt with the tricky conditions in Wellington as they reached 147-3 at stumps on day one of the opening Test against New Zealand on Friday.
Hosts New Zealand were dismantled after being sent into bat at the Basin Reserve, bowled out for just 183 inside 48 overs.
Recovering from a shaky start, after openers Joe Burns (0) and David Warner (5) were dismissed by Tim Southee (2-22) , Usman Khawaja and captain Steve Smith helped the Australians to a strong position at the close of play courtesy of a 126-run stand.
Smith posted 71 runs before he was caught and bowled by Mark Craig (1-31), while Khawaja (57) and Adam Voges (7) made it to stumps unbeaten, trailing the Black Caps by 36 runs, despite the latter surviving a huge shout after he left a Doug Bracewell delivery onto his stumps only for the field umpire to call it a no ball, with replays proving otherwise.
Smith won the toss and sent the hosts into bat on a green wicket which the home batsmen struggled to deal with from the first ball.
Five wickets fell in the first session as Josh Hazlewood (4-42) and Peter Siddle (3-37) tore through the Kiwi line-up.
A steadying 40-run partnership between Corey Anderson (38) and top-scorer Craig (41 not out), who would then team up well with Trent Boult (24), spared New Zealand's blushes.
Australia made early inroads via Hazlewood, who claimed the wicket of opener Tom Lathan (6) with just his second ball and then a threatening Martin Guptill (18) in the sixth over.
Guptill was looking in ominous form with three boundaries off 18 balls but once Hazlewood found his length, he got a thick outside edge on the ball, directing it straight to Smith for an easy catch.
Kane Williamson bettered Guptill's boundary rate with four fours off 18 balls, but was two short of his total when a Siddle ball took a thick inside edge and drew a brilliant catch from Peter Nevill, leaving the Kiwis 44-3.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum stepped out to the crease to huge applause from the home crowd but he was sent packing after just seven balls as Hazlewood picked up his third wicket of the session, sending the Kiwi skipper off for a duck.
Test debutant Henry Nicholls was dismissed for eight by Siddle with the last ball before drinks as he was caught behind by Nevill.
BJ Watling (17), Bracewell (5) and Southee (0) all went cheap, but Craig batting at nine proved a stubborn wicket and would hold his until the last ball.