Innings defeat awaits New Zealand despite improved batting performance
New Zealand 183 & 178-4 (Latham 63) v
Australia 562 (Voges 239)
First Test, Wellington, day three
Late wickets in the day halted New Zealand’s progress with the bat and were restricted to 178 for four still trailing Australia by 201 runs with six wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the first Test in Wellington.
Australia started the day at 463 for six with a lead of 280 runs over New Zealand. Peter Siddle (49) brought the 300-run lead for Australia with a boundary off Trent Boult (2-101) in the 136th over.
The 99-run stand between Adam Voges (239) and Siddle came to an end, when the latter was dismissed by Doug Bracewell (2-127) with one-run short of a deserving half-century.
Josh Hazlewood (8) started the innings with a couple of boundaries, but he fell in Bracewell's next over after being caught at cover.
Voges reached his second double century in the last three innings with a boundary off Mark Craig (2-153) and Australia went past the 500-run mark as well.
He added 24 runs with Nathan Lyon (3) and another 30 runs with Jackson Bird (3 not out) before was finally dismissed for 239. Australia were bowled for 562 after managing a whopping 379-run first innings lead over New Zealand.
All the New Zealand bowlers except Kane Williamson (0-8) managed two wickets apiece.
The New Zealand openers successfully negated the one-over bowled before lunch without losing any wicket.
In the eighth over, Martin Guptill (45) smashed three consecutive boundaries off Siddle (0-30) while Tom Latham (63) brought the 50-run opening stand in the 13th over.
Latham had a reprieve when he was dropped by Peter Nevill off Mitchell Marsh (0-34) in the 17th over. He was on 31 at that moment.
Just when the duo were coasting away with the game, Lyon (2-35) deceived Guptill and he was caught brilliantly by Marsh (1-40).
Kane Williamson (22) added 25 runs with Latham to take New Zealand to tea at 106 for one.
Australia started the post tea session with a lot of discipline conceding just 15 runs in the first seven overs and the pressure eventually took a toll on Williamson after he edged one to Nevill off Josh Hazlewood (1-42) while Latham reached his fifty off 113 deliveries.
After a 36-run stand with Henry Nicholls (31 not out) for the third wicket, Latham finally holed out to mid off to give Lyon his second wicket.
Brendon McCullum (10) made one final walk with the bat in Wellington. However, there was no fairy-tale ending for McCullum as he was trapped lbw by Marsh off the final over in the day. He decided to take a review but the ball was the hitting the middle and leg.
New Zealand ended the day at 178 for four still trailing Australia by 201 runs.
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