New Zealand hit back on Day 3 but Australia still on top in 1st Test
New Zealand hit back on the third day, after being bowled out for just 166 in their first innings, by reducing Australia to 167-6 at the close; however, Australia are still on top in the 1st Test, with a lead of 417 runs with 4 wickets remaining in their second innings.
Australia 416 - (146.2 Ovs) - (Marnus Labuschagne 143, Travis Head 53, Steve Smith 43, David Warner 43; Tim Southee 4-93, Neil Wagner 4-92) and 167-6 - (57 Ovs) - (Joe Burns 53, Marnus Labuschagne 50; Tim Southee 4-63, Neil Wagner 2-40)
New Zealand – 166 (55.2 Ovs) - (Ross Taylor 80; Mitchell Starc 5-52, Nathan Lyon 2-48)
At the Close of Play on Day 3 – Australia lead New Zealand by 417 runs with 4 wickets remaining
An excellent finish to the day for New Zealand as they take four wickets in the final 10 overs to leave Australia 167/6 at stumps.— ICC (@ICC) December 14, 2019
Australia still in the driving seat though. They lead by 417 runs going into the fourth day.#AUSvNZ SCORECARD ?? https://t.co/lywZNrst6O pic.twitter.com/7bopPiIVQC
New Zealand added only 57 runs to their overnight score of 109-5 and were bowled out for 166. Ross Taylor top scored with 80 and Mitchell Starc 5-52 and Nathan Lyon 2-48 the main wicket takers for Australia.
However, the Blackcaps hit back and if they can keep Australia to a lead of below 400 tomorrow, then they might believe that may be able to even win this Test match; but that would be extremely unlikely considering the Australia bowling attack (even withouth the injured Hazlewood)
Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Lockie Ferguson
Start Time: 05:00
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Officials: Aleem Dar, Nigel Llong, Marais Erasmus, Paul Wilson, Richard Richardson
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