Nathan Lyon got his 17th five-wicket train in tests when New Zealand was bundled for 251 in the first innings on the third day of the Sydney Test.
Australia then extended its lead to 243 races. David Warner (23 *) and Joe Burns (16 *) ended the day with 40/0. In the 16 overs they fought against, both openers were unmoved, as the visiting bowlers made no breakthrough.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand, which started the first session at 63/0, lost Tom Blundell (34) early when Lyon prepared him for his first wicket of the game.
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Skipper Tom Latham then shared a 49-run stand for the second wicket with Jeet Raval, and when it looked like the visitors had stabilized the inning, they both went in quick succession to give Australia the edge. While Raval was caught in the front by Lyon on 31st and failed to use a review, Pat Cummins released Latham on 49th, who gave Mitchell Starc a regular catch in the middle of the year.
Ross Taylor, who initially looked good and countered with limits until lunch break, was eventually picked up by Cummins for 22 at the start of the second session. Australia lost its second rating when it came to BJ Watling’s wicket but soon picked it up cheaply.
Colin de Grandhomme (20) gave debutant Glenn Phillips a little company and sewed a 32-run stand on the sixth wicket before he ran out at the end of the striker.
Seven of New Zealand’s eight best batsmen were in double digits, but less than fifty with the exception of Phillips.
Phillips, who was lucky for beginners, was twice bowled by Lyon on his way to his first half-century. At the age of 28, he was also dismissed by James Pattinson. After Cummins showered him with an inswinger, he finally lost his luck.
Lyon then made sure the last three gates did no harm, adding only 16 more runs to New Zealand’s modest total.