Sunday 11 December 2011 

Hobart Test Wide Open Heading Into Fourth Day

Hobart Test Wide Open Heading Into Fourth Day
Hobart Test Wide Open Heading Into Fourth Day
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New Zealand 150 & 226 (Taylor 56, Lyon 3-25) v
Australia 136 & 72-0 (Warner 47no)
Second Test, Hobart, day three
| | Day Two

Australia fought back on day three of the second and final Test against New Zealand in Hobart as the match remained in the balance rapidly heading towards its conclusion.

Having conceded a first innings lead, Australia dismissed New Zealand for 226 as Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon took three wickets and set 241 to win they closed on a healthy 72 without loss.

Ross Taylor (56) and Kane Williamson (34) began the day strongly, extending their fourth-wicket partnership to 66 before Australia bowled themselves back into the contest.

Siddle had Williamson caught by Ricky Ponting and Pattinson had Taylor caught by Michael Clarke before both men grabbed another wicket apiece to remove Reece Young (9) and Dean Brownlie (21).

Off-spinner Lyon then bowled Doug Bracewell for four and had both Tim Southee and Trent Boult caught by Michael Hussey for 13 and 21 respectively.

Set a challenging target, Australia started confidently with Phil Hughes making 20 in 64 balls and David Warner racing to 47 not out in 50 balls, hitting eight fours.

Australia lead the series 1-0 after a nine-wicket win in the opening match in Brisbane.

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