SYDNEY, Jan 5: Australia took a commanding 243-run lead over plucky New Zealand in the third Test in Sydney on Sunday, looking set for a clean sweep of the series.
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of New Zealand’s Ross Taylor on day three of the 3rd Test in Sydney on Sunday. – AP/PTI
The Australians dismissed the Black Caps for 251 to lead by 203 runs on the first innings before batting a second time in a bid to build an overwhelming total with two days remaining.
At stumps on day three, the hosts were 40 without loss with David Warner on 23 and Joe Burns not out 16, and were expected to bat on for some time on the fourth day.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon captured five for 68 to lead the Australian bowling attack, with Kiwi Test debutant Glenn Phillips top-scoring with a charmed knock of 52.
“We’re in a very good position here,” said Lyon, who has now taken a career 385 Test wickets.
“A lot of work to do in the morning and we have to see what lead we the batsmen want to get to.
“It is pretty special to play here in front of your home crowd, in front of your family and friends. Nice to go up on the honours board.”
Phillips, who only flew in on the eve of the Test as cover for a team weakened by a virus outbreak, was dropped twice and given a reprieve when caught off a no-ball.
Lyon put down the two caught-and-bowled chances when Phillips was on two and 17.
The Kiwi batsman dodged another bullet on 28 when he was caught by Travis Head at deep midwicket only to be recalled when James Pattinson was found to have over-stepped for a no-ball.
Phillips hit a cracking pull shot off Pat Cummins to raise his debut half-century before Cummins got him two balls later, ripping through his defences to take off-stump for 52.
Australia 1st innings: 454
New Zealand 1st innings (overnight 63-0): T Latham c Starc b Cummins 49, T Blundell b Lyon 34, J Raval lbw Lyon 31, R Taylor lbw Cummins 22, G Phillips b Cummins 52, BJ Watling b Starc 9, C de Grandhomme run out (Wade/Paine) 20, T Astle not out 25, W Somerville b Lyon 0, N Wagner b Lyon 0, M Henry st Paine b Lyon 3
Extras: (B-1, LB-4, NB-1) 6
Total: (all out in 95.4 overs) 251
Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-117, 3-117, 4-145, 5-163, 6-195, 7-235, 8-237, 9-237, 10-251
Bowling: Starc 21-1-57-1, Cummins 22-6-44-3, Pattinson 16-3-58-0, Lyon 30.4-10-68-5, Labuschagne 4-0-8-0, Head 2-0-1-0
Australia 2nd innings: D Warner not out 23, J Burns not out 16.
Extras: (LB-1) 1
Total: (for no loss in 16 overs) 40
Bowling: Henry 5-2-11-0, de Grandhomme 3-1-9-0, Wagner 4-1-12-0, Somerville 4-0-7-0. – AFP