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New Zealand hit back on Day 3 but Australia still on top in 1st Test

Tim Southee 4-63 today against Australia

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.

Match Summary

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


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)



Match Details


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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