New Zealand vs. Australia: Winners and Losers from 1st Test

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New Zealand vs. Australia: Winners and Losers from 1st Test
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Australia celebrate a wicket early on Day 4 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Australia took a giant stride toward top spot in the ICC Test rankings with a comprehensive victory over hosts New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington.

The tourists bowled out their trans-Tasman rivals for 327 on Day 4 at the Basin Reserve to win by an innings and 52 runs.

With just one Test left to play on the tour, Australia cannot lose the series against their neighbours. 

However, Steve Smith's side also know anything but a defeat in the second match—which gets underway on Saturday in Christchurch—will see them overtake India as the leading Test nation in the world.

Here Bleacher Report has picked out the winners and losers from the opening Test.

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