Australia marches towards their third victory:
Previously, Australia had scored 454 runs in the first innings, with Marnus Labuschagne finally achieving his maiden Test double-ton after closely missing on the opportunity in his previous 5 matches. Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner took 3 wickets each while Todd Astle claimed 2. Matt Henry secured the wicket of Travis Head and William Somerville also took 1 wicket for New Zealand.
Day 2 ended with New Zealand looking strong at 63/0 with Tom Latham and Tom Blundell still standing on the crease.
Australia vs New Zealand, Nathan Lyon stars as the visitors bundle out on 251:
New Zealand was unable to keep up their sound start from the end of Day 2 to Day 3’s first session. Tom Blundell fell to Nathan Lyon after scoring 34 runs from 105 deliveries, while New Zealand’s skipper, in the absence of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham missed his half-century by just one run. Tom Latham finished his innings on 49 runs from 133 balls.
Debutant Glenn Phillips scored his maiden half-century, finishing his innings on 52 runs from 115 deliveries before getting bowled by Pat Cummins. Glenn Phillips remained the top-scorer from New Zealand’s side after they lost all their wickets on 251 runs, with Australia still ahead by 203 runs.
Fifty and out!
— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2020
Nathan Lyon was the architect of New Zealand’s demise in the first innings with his 17th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Nathan Lyon bowled 30.4 overs and claimed 5 wickets for 68 runs. Patt Cummins claimed 3 wickets, while Mitchell Starc secured 1.
Australia came to bat for their second innings and have scored 40 runs without a loss of wicket in 16 overs. David Warner and Joe Burns are the batsmen on the crease and will resume their batting on Day 4 with Australia leading by 243 runs.