Trans-Tasman Trophy, 2019-20

Australia vs New Zealand - 3rd Test

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

Date: 03 January-06 January, 2020

New Zealand 136/9

RR: 2.84 | Australia beat New Zealand by 279 runs

commentary

So that is it from this game and this series. The Kiwis will actually be relieved this is over. They have not only gone through a bad time on the field but also off the field. They though now have time to regroup and prepare for another stern test which awaits as they will be playing India in just less than a months time. The Aussies on the other, hand have dominated the home season in some manner. They can be very pleased with how things have gone for them. However, it is now time for them to take their mind off the longer format as they will be heading to India for an ODI series which will begin in a few weeks. For now though, you can follow the South Africa and England Test or the Big Bash which will begin shortly. Till then, take care and goodbye!

The Trans-Tasman trophy has been handed to Paine and now his teammates have been asked to join him to celebrate. The Australian players are pushing Labuschagne ahead and they went him to lead the side over the podium but he probably is too shy to do so and it is Cummins who goes up the stairs first and then the rest follow. They are now seen posing with the trophy. All happy faces and rightly so.

Victorious Australian skipper, Tim Paine, is jumping and running to give the interview. On the double series whitewash, Paine feels that he is very lucky to be the captain of such a team. Observes that the batting has become very consistent while the pace attack just keeps getting better and better, marvelling at the fact that in spite of Josh Hazlewood injured, there was someone stepping up. Praises Nathan Lyon for his support as well. On Australia's improvement over the last 12 months, Paine believes that they were getting 20 wickets before as well but were not scoring runs - something which has happened in this series and is happy to see the competition. Stresses that in the last 12 months, they were relying too much on too few individuals but this series has probably thrown up a few options. However, he is cautious to say that the away series coming up will be a true test of his team's character. On the contributions by the players to the bushfire victims, Paine says that the group realizes as a whole that the firefighters are doing a tremendous job in trying to save the victims, who are very unfortunate to be a part of those fires. Adds that his team is lucky to be just playing cricket and not be out there, needing to brave the dangers.

New Zealand series skipper (he was not playing this match), Kane Williamson, says that he is feeling much better in terms of health. Praises Australia for their clinical display, right from the first Test of the series which pushed New Zealand on the back foot, from where they were never able to recover. Hopes to take the learnings from this series into the future. On being asked to point the weak links, Kane says that it is not just one thing but plenty as Australia outplayed them in all departments. For starters, he says that his bowlers were not able to get wickets in clusters and then with the bat, they could not forge partnerships. Wants the individuals in his group to regroup and come back collectively as a stronger unit. Feels fantastic, he says, to see the depth in the Kiwi squad and as a captain, to have so many options. Admits that plenty of guys in his side were playing in Australia for the first time, so it was very tough, very disappointing and very frustrating. Feels that after months of terrific work before this series, they did have hopes of doing well here but sadly, it did not pan out that way.

MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH AND THE SERIES. Feels that it has been an amazing summer for him and his team - the bowlers and the batsmen, coming together as a group. On getting his maiden double Test ton in front of his family, he thanks them for their infinite support which has helped him get thus far and also thanks them for coming here to watch him play. On the reason for his success, Marnus feels that he has learnt to concentrate harder and not commit silly mistakes. On the upcoming tour to India, ML believes that it is going to be a great opportunity, IF he gets the opportunity to play there.

David Warner is now up for a chat with Kath Loughnan. Credits the team for starting the summer the way they did and then build it against Pakistan and finally end it here. Praises Nathan Lyon for the way he answered his critics. On his own ton in this Test, David says that he always maintained that he was never out of form and was hitting the ball well in the nets. Feels that the hard work just paid off and is happy to have contributed to the Jane McGrath cause. On Pattinson's catch, Warner laughs and says that he was actually comparing it to the one taken by Glenn McGrath in 2004/05. On Joe Burns' contribution, Warner admits that Joe Burns has not quite done well as per his expectations but expects him to bounce back hard, since there is the Big Bash to follow and later on, the Sheffield Shield before the tour to Bangladesh.

Kath Loughnan is interviewing Nathan Lyon. On Australia becoming the number 2 Test side, Nathan Lyon feels very happy to see the team getting back to the top slowly. On his own bowling, 'Gary' says that it is a special feeling to perform well in front of his own crowd. Feels even more special to have contributed to the Jane McGrath cause. Lyon says that there is a good gelling within the group and they want to be the number 1 side in the world but admits that there is a lot of work to be done prior to that.

The Kiwis had another opportunity to show their mettle, nobody expected them to chase this down but at least they were expected to make the Aussies work hard for the wickets but that was once again not the case. They were bundled out for a mere 136 within 47.5 overs with Lyon once again bagging a fifer.

The hosts though decided not to enforce the follow-on and they played an attacking brand of cricket. Batted for around two and a half sessions before declaring. Warner's ton was the highlight and because of him and Labuschagne's half ton, the Aussies gave the visitors a huge target.

In reply, the Kiwis started off well, they had a wicket-less session on Day 2 and it gave the feeling that their battling line-up has finally arrived and they might just give Australia a run for their money but that was not the case. The Aussies bowlers were all over them on Day 3 and blew them away even before they could avoid the follow-on. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins were the tormentor-in-chief with the offie taking a fifer.

The story has been the same right from the Day 1 of this series and it continues to be the same in this Test too. Australia dominated this game right from the word go. They won the toss, elected to bat, posted a huge total on a wicket which was not that easy to score. Marnus Labuschagne was the star for them with the bat with a double ton.

To be honest this series has been a real disappointment, everybody expected it to be a cracker but New Zealand have surrendered in all the three Tests. Even in this one, let alone the margin of defeat but the manner in which they were beaten was actually embarrassing. A little less than two sessions is what they had to play out to take it into Day 5 but they failed to do that too. Except for Watling and Colin de Grandhomme no batter showed any fight. The rest just had no answers to this excellent Australian bowling attack.

The teams are seen shaking hands which means that Matt Henry won't be coming out to bat. Australia have won the Test match, they have completed the whitewash and it is another emphatic victory for them. They have blown away the visitors for the third time in a row!

47.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, OUT! CAUGHT! BJ Watling falls and that might be the end of the game as well. Yes, the players are shaking hands. That means Matt Henry is not going to come out to bat. Full and down the leg side, Watling sweeps it but hits it straight to Pat Cummins at short backward square leg. The catch is taken and that is it. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 279 RUNS AND SWEEP THE SERIES 3-0!
47.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on middle, Watling nudges it towards the leg side.
47.3
0
N Lyon to Watling, Bowls it outside off, Watling shoulders arms to this one.
47.2
0
N Lyon to BJ Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling drives it to mid off.
47.1
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling flicks it towards the leg side.

Neil Wagner comes out. Is he the last man?

46.6
0
Starc to Somerville, OUT! BOWLED! Lock, stock and barrell. That is a Mitchell Starc special. Tail-enders and fast bowlers. Special relation. Keep targetting the body and then the stumps. Give them a whiff that you are going to hurt them by banging it in. Keep pegging them on the back foot and then fire in a yorker. Right at the base of the stumps. The woodwork is shattered. 15 minutes left for the close today. Guess the game will be extended by 30 minutes if New Zealand don't get bowled out before the allotted time of Stumps.
46.5
1
M Starc to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling flicks it towards square leg for a single.
46.4
3
M Starc to Somerville, Full and outside off, Somerville drives it through point. Labuschagne chases it, slides and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
46.3
4
M Starc to Somerville, FOUR! Good shot. Short and outside off, Somerville cuts it over point for a boundary.
46.2
0
M Starc to Somerville, On a good length on off, Somerville taps it to point.
46.1
0
M Starc to Somerville, Full delivery outside off, Somerville looks to drive but misses it.
45.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, Watling blocks it well.
45.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to mid-wicket.

William Somerville is the new man in.

45.4
0
N Lyon to Astle, OUT! CAUGHT! Why would you play this shot when there are 20 minutes left for Stumps? Very very uncharacteristic from Todd Astle. Is he the same Astle who faced 95 balls for his 25 in the first innings? Brain fade. Flighted delivery outside off, Astle looks to play the slog sweep, aiming to drag it but gets a top edge. Now, initially, it looks like the ball will land in between. Short mid-wicket runs back while James Pattinson at mid on rushes to his right. He gives it a good chase, clearly indicating that he wants to go for the catch. Keeps his eyes on the ball and then dives full stretch to his right to take a stunner. Superbly done. 23 minutes left on Day 4, Australia need 3 wickets. Or 2, if Matt Henry does not bat.
45.3
0
N Lyon to Astle, Loopy delivery on off, Astle looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
45.2
0
N Lyon to Astle, Tossed up delivery on middle, Astle blocks it off the back foot.
45.1
1
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling drives it towards point for a run.
44.6
0
M Starc to Astle, On a length on off, Astle plays it to covers.
44.5
2
M Starc to Astle, Full on off, Astle plays it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
44.4
0
M Starc to Astle, Good length delivery on off, Astle blocks it off the back foot.
44.3
2
M Starc to Astle, Full delivery outside off, Astle plays it towards backward point. The batsmen get two runs.
44.2
1
M Starc to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling flicks it towards square leg for a single.
44.1
0
M Starc to Watling, Starc bowls it down the leg side, Watling looks to flick but misses it.
43.6
0
N Lyon to Astle, Fires it full and on off, Astle pushes it to mid off.
43.5
2
N Lyon to Astle, Now brings out the slog sweep, once again the timing is not that great, it goes towards deep mid-wicket for two.
43.4
0
N Lyon to Astle, Quicker and on off, Astle goes back and keeps it out.
43.3
2
N Lyon to Astle, Just over! Not sure what mind-set the Kiwis have come out to bat with. Astle has played at least 4 attacking shots in the balls he has faced till now. Comes down the track this time but does not quite get to the pitch of it. Still goes ahead with the loft. Just about clears the mid on fielder and bags two.
43.2
0
N Lyon to Astle, Slower through the air and outside off, Astle watches it carefully and makes a leave.
43.1
0
N Lyon to Astle, Floats it up on off, blocked.
42.6
2
M Labuschagne to Watling, Floated delivery on leg, Astle flicks it towards fine leg. The batsmen get two runs.
42.5
1
M Labuschagne to Astle, Tossed up delivery on leg, Astle sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
42.4
4
M Labuschagne to Astle, FOUR! Poor delivery from Labuschagne. Full toss on leg, Astle sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
42.3
0
M Labuschagne to Astle, That is a beauty! Labuschagne just bowled one Shane Warne use to. It lands outside the leg pole in the rough and then turns square. Astle goes back to defend but the outside edge is beaten.
42.2
4
M Labuschagne to Astle, FOUR! No one in the deep and a boundary! A brave shot though. This lands in the rough outside the leg pole. Astle plays the sweep shot against the turn, hits it well and bags a boundary in the mid-wicket region.
42.1
0
M Labuschagne to Astle, From around the wicket, Labuschagne bowls it full and on leg stump, Astle works it to mid-wicket.

Todd Astle is the new man in.

41.6
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, OUT! CAUGHT! Oh dear... 40 minutes to go to Stumps and Colin de Grandhomme throws is away. He cannot control himself. Loopy delivery on middle, de Grandhomme comes down the track and looks to go over the leg side. However, he does not get to the pitch of the ball. It goes off the inner half of the bat and lobs towards deep mid-wicket. There are three men stationed for the catch - deep square leg, deep mid-wicket and long on. Joe Burns gets across to his left from deep mid-wicket while long on rushes to his right. In the end, Burns calls for it and takes it comfortably. This is what happens when you want to play your natural game. Becomes very difficult to understand when to curb your instincts. Still, a pretty decent innings to conclude a difficult tour of Australia. 4 wickets as per the scorecard needed for Australia, but 3, if Matt Henry does not bat. 40 minutes left. Do they have enough time?
41.5
6
N Lyon to Grandhomme, SIX! 50 for Colin de Grandhomme! It has been a good innings from him. Flighted delivery on off, de Grandhomme comes down the track and lofts it over covers for a biggie.
41.4
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Loopy delivery on middle, de Grandhomme nudges it towards the leg side.
41.3
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery outside off, Colin shoulders arms to this one.
41.2
1
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, Watling drives it through covers for a run.
41.1
0
N Lyon to Watling, Outside off, Watling offers no shot to this one.
40.6
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Loopy delivery on middle, de Grandhomme blocks it off the front foot.
40.5
1
M Labuschagne to BJ Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling drives it through covers. The batsmen cross ends. 100 up for New Zealand.
40.4
1
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Full toss on off, de Grandhomme drives it towards covers for a run.
40.3
1
M Labuschagne to Watling, Short and outside off, Watling cuts it through point for a single.
40.2
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Flatter and on off, Watling stays back and keeps it out.
40.1
0
M Labuschagne to BJ Watling, Loopy ball and on off, Watling hits it nicely but to covers.
39.6
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery on off, de Grandhomme defends it off the front foot.
39.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, That was quick! It was darted at 101.2 KPH, however, it was down the leg side. Lyon was probably looks to bowl the quicker to hit the pads Watling who is playing on the back foot. He errs in line though. Paine too fails to collect it and the batters run three as it goes towards fine leg. Byes signaled.
39.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to mid-wicket.
39.3
1
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, de Grandhomme drives it through mid on for a single.
39.2
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Tossed up delivery on middle, de Grandhomme nudges it towards the leg side.
39.1
1
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, Watling flicks it through square leg for a single.
38.6
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Outside off, Colin offers no shot to this one.
38.5
1
M Labuschagne to Watling, Floated delivery on off, Watling punches it through covers for a single.
38.4
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
38.3
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Outside off, BJ shoulders arms to this one.
38.2
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling drives it back towards the bowler.
38.1
1
M Labuschagne to de Grandhomme, Full delivery outside off, de Grandhomme drives it through covers for a single.
37.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to mid-wicket.
37.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, BJ flicks it towards the leg side.
37.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling nudges it towards the leg side.
37.3
0
N Lyon to BJ Watling, Full delivery on middle, Watling drives it to mid on.
37.2
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, BJ defends it off the front foot.
37.1
1
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Floated delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it towards square leg for a single.
36.6
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Loopy delivery outside off, Watling does not bother to play at that.
36.5
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Tossed up on off, BJ keeps it out.
36.4
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Flighted delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
36.3
1
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Full delivery on off, Colin drives it through covers for a single.
36.2
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Short delivery on off, de Grandhomme cuts it to point.
36.1
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Colin looks to defend but misses it.

Marnus Labuschagne is back on. 1-0-3-0 so far.

35.6
1
N Lyon to de Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, Colin drives it through mid on for a run.
35.5
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Floated delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it towards the leg side.
35.4
4
N Lyon to Grandhomme, FOUR! Terrific shot. Loopy delivery on middle, de Grandhomme comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
35.3
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it to mid-wicket.
35.2
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Tossed up delivery on middle, Colin nudges it towards the leg side.
35.1
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Floated delivery on middle, de Grandhomme looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Nathan Lyon is back on. 10-4-30-2 are his figures so far.

34.6
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, Watling defends it off the back foot.
34.5
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling drives it to covers.
34.4
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Bowls a bouncer outside leg, Watling ducks under it.
34.3
2
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
34.2
1
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Length delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it through square leg for a run.
34.1
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, On a good length on off, de Grandhomme defends it off the back foot.
33.6
1
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Short delivery on middle, de Grandhomme pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
33.5
1
M Labuschagne to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling nudges it towards square leg for a run.
33.4
0
M Labuschagne to Watling, Outside off, Watling shoulders arms to this one.
33.3
1
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Floated delivery on off, de Grandhomme lofts it over covers for a run.
33.2
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Tossed up delivery on middle, Colin blocks it well.
33.1
0
M Labuschagne to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery on off, de Grandhomme blocks it off the front foot.

Marnus Labuschagne is into the attack.

32.6
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
32.5
1
Pat Cummins to de Grandhomme, Short delivery on middle, de Grandhomme pulls it through square leg for a run.
32.4
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, On a good length on off, de Grandhomme blocks it well.
32.3
2
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Length delivery on middle, Colin lofts it over mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
32.2
4
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, FOUR! Cracking shot. Full and outside off, de Grandhomme drives it through covers for a boundary.
32.1
2
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Full delivery outside off, de Grandhomme drives it uppishly towards covers where Wade goes for the catch but it goes over him. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen get two runs.
31.6
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a length and outside off, BJ plays it to point.
31.5
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Short delivery down the leg side, Watling looks to go after it but misses it.
31.4
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
31.3
2
J Pattinson to Watling, Full delivery on middle, Watling flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
31.2
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling taps it to point.
31.1
1
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, On a length on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
30.6
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Good length delivery on off, Watling blocks it well.
30.5
1
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Length delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it through square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
30.4
1
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a length on off, Watling plays it towards covers for a run.
30.3
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Length delivery on off, BJ punches it to point.
30.2
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Just misses the stumps! Almost a replica of his first innings dismissal. Only that one was a touch wider outside off. This is on a good length on off, Watling looks to tap but there is extra bounce on that one. The ball takes the inside edge but misses the off stump and goes towards the leg side.
30.1
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Bowls a bouncer outside leg, Watling ducks under it.

Pat Cummins is back on. 8-3-15-1 are his figures so far.

29.6
0
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, On a length on middle, de Grandhomme tucks it towards mid-wicket.
29.5
0
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, Bowls it down the leg side, Colin looks to flick but misses it.
29.4
0
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, Full delivery on off, de Grandhomme drives it to covers.
29.3
0
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, Good length delivery on off, de Grandhomme defends it off the back foot.
29.2
0
J Pattinson to Grandhomme, On a good length on middle, Colin blocks it off the back foot.
29.1
0
J Pattinson to de Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, de Grandhomme drives it to mid on.

James Pattinson is back on. 4-2-5-0 are his figures so far.

28.6
0
M Starc to Watling, Full delivery on middle, Watling drives it towards mid on.
28.5
0
M Starc to Watling, Good length delivery outside off, BJ shoulders arms to this one.
28.4
0
M Starc to Watling, Outside off, Watling offers no shot to this one.
28.3
0
M Starc to Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling plays it to covers.
28.2
0
M Starc to Watling, On a good length on middle, BJ defends it out.
28.1
0
M Starc to Watling, Good length delivery on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
27.6
0
N Lyon to de Grandhomme, Full delivery on off, de Grandhomme drives it towards mid on.
27.5
4
N Lyon to Grandhomme, FOUR! Another boundary for Colin. Loopy delivery outside off, de Grandhomme lofts it over covers for a boundary.
27.4
4
N Lyon to Grandhomme, FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery on off, de Grandhomme drives it through mid off for a boundary.
27.3
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Floated delivery on middle, de Grandhomme looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
27.2
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Tossed up delivery on middle, de Grandhomme defends it off the front foot.
27.1
1
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling plays it towards covers for a single.
26.6
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, Colin drives it towards mid on.
26.5
4
M Starc to Grandhomme, FOUR! Bowls a yorker on off, de Grandhomme digs it out and plays it towards third man for a boundary.
26.4
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, BEATEN AGAIN! Beauty of a delivery! On a good length and just outside off, de Grandhomme looks to drive but misses it. It missed the off stump by a whisker.
26.3
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, de Grandhomme looks to cut but misses it.
26.2
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, Full delivery down the leg side, Colin looks to flick but misses it.
26.1
0
M Starc to de Grandhomme, On a good length on off, de Grandhomme looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards second slip on one bounce.
25.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
25.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on middle, Watling keeps it out.
25.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, Watling defends it off the front foot.
25.3
1
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Short again on middle, Colin pulls it through square leg for a single.
25.2
2
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Short delivery on middle, de Grandhomme comes forward and pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
25.1
2
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery on middle, de Grandhomme comes down the track and looks to flick but gets it off the inner half of the bat. It goes through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
24.6
0
M Starc to Watling, Just short but an awesome stop by Smith! It is on a length and around middle, it straightens. Watling is squared up as he tries to defend. It goes off the outside edge and lands short of Smith who dives to his right and makes a one-handed stop.
24.5
0
M Starc to Watling, On a length and this time closer to the off pole, Watling plays it late and onto the ground.
24.4
0
M Starc to Watling, Outside off, it is left alone.
24.3
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, On the pads, CdG looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
24.2
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, OHHHH! That has just about kissed the off pole. That is a lucky leave to be honest. You might have heard only about two, one good and the other bad but this is a new one, a lucky leave. It lands outside off and comes in with the around the wicket angle. Colin does not cover his off stump and makes a leave. Luckily for him it goes just past it.
24.1
0
M Starc to Grandhomme, Good length delivery on off, de Grandhomme blocks it off the back foot.

Mitchell Starc is back on. 4-1-8-2 are his figures so far.

23.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, On middle, BJ keeps it out.
23.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
23.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on middle, BJ nudges it towards the leg side.
23.3
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot.
23.2
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling defends it out.
23.1
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
22.6
1
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling flicks it through square leg for a run.
22.5
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a good length on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
22.4
0
Pat Cummins to BJ Watling, Full again on off, Watling drives it towards covers where Pattinson makes a fine stop.
22.3
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling drives it to covers.
22.2
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Bowls a bouncer outside leg, Watling ducks under it.
22.1
3
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, de Grandhomme drives it through mid on. Starc chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
21.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, BJ keeps it out.
21.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
21.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot.
21.3
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on off, BJ punches it towards the off side.
21.2
1
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Flighted delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it towards mid on for a single.
21.1
0
N Lyon to Grandhomme, Tossed up delivery on off, de Grandhomme defends it off the front foot.
20.6
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, BEATEN! Top bowling from Cummins. Good length delivery outside off, Watling looks to defend but misses it.
20.5
1
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
20.4
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Length delivery on middle, Colin flicks it to mid-wicket.
20.3
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, BEATEN! Excellent bowling from Cummins. On a good length and outside off, de Grandhomme looks to defend but misses it.
20.2
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Full delivery on off, de Grandhomme drives it towards point.
20.1
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Good length delivery on off, Colin blocks it off the back foot.
19.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling defends it off the back foot.
19.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling defends it towards the off side.
19.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on off, Watling plays it towards the off side.
19.3
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on off, BJ defends it off the front foot.
19.2
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling nudges it towards the leg side.
19.1
0
N Lyon to Watling, Flighted delivery on off, Watling defends it off the back foot.
18.6
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Colin looks to defend but misses it.
18.5
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, Full delivery on middle, de Grandhomme plays it to mid on.
18.4
0
Pat Cummins to Grandhomme, On a good length on middle, de Grandhomme defends it off the back foot.

Colin de Grandhomme is the next batsman in.

18.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Taylor, OUT! TIMBER! That is as good as a delivery you can bowl. Absolute gem! Taylor was shell-shocked. He walks back looking at the big screen and probably wondering what wrong he did but he could have done nothing there. Cummins just continuously shows why he is the best going around with such deliveries. He goes wide of the crease and angles it into the middle pole. It is slightly fuller in length. Taylor looks to push at it, he plays the original trajectory but the ball pitches and moves outward. Beats the outside edge and hits the stump behind. Taylor departs almost immediately after he breaks the record of the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in Tests. Half the side back in the hut for the Kiwis.
18.2
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, On the fuller side, Taylor strokes it to mid off.
18.1
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
17.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, Watling blocks it well.
17.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on middle, Watling keeps it out.
17.4
3
N Lyon to Taylor, Excellent stop by Joe Burns. Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor comes down the track and lofts it over mid on. Burns chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs. Ross Taylor is now the leading run-scorer in Tests for New Zealand.
17.3
0
N Lyon to Taylor, Floated delivery on middle, Taylor blocks it off the front foot.
17.2
2
N Lyon to Taylor, Full delivery on off, Taylor drives it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
17.1
0
N Lyon to Taylor, Tossed up delivery on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
16.6
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, BJ keeps it out.
16.5
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling defends it off the back foot.
16.4
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Length delivery on middle, Watling flicks it towards short leg.
16.3
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling nudges it towards mid-wicket.
16.2
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, Watling defends it out.
16.1
0
Pat Cummins to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.

15.6
4
N Lyon to Taylor, FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery on off, Taylor lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
15.5
1
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on middle, Watling flicks it towards square leg for a run.
15.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Loopy delivery on off, Watling keeps it out.
15.3
0
N Lyon to Watling, Floated delivery on middle, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
15.2
0
N Lyon to Watling, Tossed up delivery on off, Watling plays it towards the off side.
15.1
1
N Lyon to Taylor, Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.

We are back for the final session of Day 4 and could probably be the final session of the match too. The Australian players are out in the middle. Ross Taylor and BJ Watling will resume their innings for the visitors. Nathan Lyon will start the proceedings for the final session of Day 4.

... Day 4, Session 3 ...

What a session for Australia! First they scored some quick runs and declared and then have blown away the top order of the Kiwis! They are all over the visitors at the moment and are surely sensing a victory today itself. Starc and Lyon have been tormentors-in-chief. Starc took two at the start and Lyon took the other two. New Zealand though have their best batter, Ross Taylor out there and he is partnered by Watling. Both need to fight it out and at least take this game in Day 5. Can they do so? We will find out in a bit.

14.6
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a length on middle, Watling tucks it to mid-wicket. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 4!
14.5
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, BJ defends it out.
14.4
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
14.3
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Good length delivery on middle, BJ defends it towards mid-wicket.
14.2
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Full delivery on off, Watling drives it to covers.
14.1
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling defends it off the front foot.
13.6
0
N Lyon to Taylor, Loopy delivery on off, Taylor blocks it well.
13.5
2
N Lyon to Taylor, Tossed up delivery on off, Taylor drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
13.4
2
N Lyon to Taylor, Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor sweeps it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
13.3
0
N Lyon to Taylor, NOT OUT! It is a bump ball! The ball bounces just ahead of the shoe. This is tossed up outside off, Taylor looks to sweep but gets an inside edge, it hits the boot and lobs up. Paine takes it moving forward. An appeal, a confident one from the Aussies. The umpires get together and then take it upstairs. The SOFT SIGNAL IS NOT OUT. It stays that way as it has bounced in front of the boot.

Now then! This seems to be another wicket for the Aussies. They have appealed for a catch. The umpires have a chat and then take it upstairs. They are going upstairs to check if it is a bump ball or has he hit it directly on his boot. The SOFT SIGNAL IS NOT OUT!

13.2
0
N Lyon to Taylor, Tossed up delivery on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
13.1
0
N Lyon to Taylor, Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
12.6
0
J Pattinson to Watling, On a good length on off, Watling defends it off the back foot.
12.5
0
J Pattinson to Watling, Full delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to mid-wicket.
12.4
1
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it towards square leg for a run.
12.3
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Length delivery on off, Taylor plays it to point.
12.2
0
J Pattinson to R Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
12.1
0
J Pattinson to R Taylor, On a good length on off, Taylor defends it towards mid on.
11.6
0
N Lyon to Watling, Another one on middle, Watling works it to mid-wicket. End of another successful over for Lyon.
11.5
0
N Lyon to Watling, On middle, defended.
11.4
0
N Lyon to Watling, Almost another! Flatter and outside off, it skids through. Watling goes back and tries to defend but does so inside the line. It goes off the outside edge but lands short of the fielder at first slip.

BJ Watling walks out to bat next.

11.3
0
N Lyon to Phillips, OUT! There is something on Hot Spot and Glenn Phillips now has to take the long walk back. Lyon adds two more to his fifer from the first innings. Phillips bags a duck in the second innings of his career. The first ball of this over plays a big part in the dismissal. That one turned back in sharply and hit the pads. This one lands in a similar area and goes on with the arm. GP goes back and defends inside the line. The ball seems to have gone off something to Paine who takes a very good catch. An appeal, the umpire waits and then raises the finger. Glenn, just like Taylor indicates that he has not edged it and reviews. Replays though show the on-field call is once again right. Also, New Zealand have lost both their reviews now.

Glenn Phillips reviews now! He has been given out caught behind and he signals the 'T'.

11.2
0
N Lyon to Phillips, Tossed up delivery on middle, Phillips defends it off the front foot.
11.1
0
N Lyon to G Phillips, Flighted delivery on off, Phillips looks to defend off the back foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
10.6
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a good length on off, Ross blocks it off the back foot.
10.5
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a length on off, Taylor plays it to point.
10.4
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Ross keeps it out.
10.3
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor tucks it to mid-wicket.
10.2
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a good length on middle, Taylor keeps it out.
10.1
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor blocks it well.
9.6
0
N Lyon to Phillips, Flighted delivery on middle, Phillips defends it off the back foot.

Glenn Phillips is the new man in.

9.5
0
N Lyon to Raval, OUT! There is a slight spike on Snicko and Raval has to take the long walk back. It might be the faintest of edges and hence, Raval may not have felt it. Lyon strikes in his first over itself and he gets rid of Raval again. A lovely delivery this. He tosses it up outside off, gets it to drift back into the batter. It lands and then turns away. Raval lunges and tries to defend but due to the turn, the outside edge is taken. A huge shout and up goes the finger. Raval stands his ground, he then indicates to Taylor that he feels he did not hit it and then takes the review. Time for the replays and it shows the on-field call is the right one. Another low score for Raval and New Zealand slip further.

Do Australia have another? Aleem Dar has raised his finger for an appeal for caught behind. Raval though reviews as he feels he has not hit it.

9.4
0
N Lyon to Raval, Loopy delivery on off, Raval defends it off the back foot.
9.3
0
N Lyon to Raval, Floated delivery on middle, Raval blocks it off the back foot.
9.2
0
N Lyon to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval defends it off the front foot.
9.1
0
N Lyon to Raval, Tossed up delivery on off, Raval defends it off the back foot.

Nathan Lyon is on! He took fifer in the first innings and he would once again be expected to play a pivotal role here.

8.6
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor blocks it off the back foot.
8.5
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it to mid-wicket.
8.4
4
J Pattinson to Taylor, FOUR! Good length delivery on off, Taylor looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes between first slip and gully towards third man for a boundary.
8.3
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a good length on middle, Taylor defends it to mid-wicket.
8.2
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, On a length and outside off, Taylor taps it to point.
8.1
0
J Pattinson to Taylor, Length delivery on off, Taylor punches it to covers.

James Pattinson is into the attack.

7.6
0
Pat Cummins to Raval, Bowls a bouncer, Raval does well to duck under it.
7.5
4
Pat Cummins to Raval, FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Raval pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
7.4
2
Pat Cummins to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
7.3
0
Pat Cummins to Raval, On a good length on off, Raval defends it off the back foot.
7.2
2
Pat Cummins to Raval, Full delivery on middle, Raval drives it through mid on. The batsmen pick up a couple.
7.1
0
Pat Cummins to Raval, Outside off, Raval shoulders arms to this one.
6.6
1
M Starc to Raval, Short delivery on middle, Raval pulls it through square leg for a single.
6.5
0
M Starc to Raval, Bowls it down the leg side, Raval looks to go after it but misses it.
6.4
0
M Starc to Raval, Bowls a yorker on middle, Raval does well to dig it out.
6.3
1
M Starc to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
6.2
0
M Starc to Taylor, Short delivery outside off, Taylor looks to pull but misses it.
6.1
0
M Starc to Taylor, On a length on off, Taylor plays it to covers.
5.6
1
Pat Cummins to Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
5.5
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, Short again on leg, Taylor looks to pull but misses it and gets it off the glove. It goes towards the keeper on one bounce.
5.4
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, Short delivery on leg, Taylor looks to pull but misses it and gets hit on the thigh pad.
5.3
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Ross blocks it off the back foot.
5.2
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, Full delivery on middle, Taylor drives it towards mid on.
5.1
0
Pat Cummins to Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it to square leg.
4.6
2
M Starc to Raval, On a good length on off, Raval looks to push but gets an outside edge. It goes through point. The batsmen get two runs.
4.5
1
M Starc to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run.
4.4
0
M Starc to Taylor, On a good length on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.

Ross Taylor is the new batsman in.

4.3
0
Starc to Latham, OUT! Umpire's call as that is just about clipping the leg pole. We saw Williamson been given a similar decision in the last Test and this time it is Latham. Tom can really consider himself unlucky here. Most of the times, that wouldn't have been given. Australia won't care though. This is angled into the pads, Latham looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal and up goes the finger. Latham reviews after a chat with his partner. Replays roll in and it shows the outer part of the ball to be clipping the leg stump. Latham walks back but does not take a review along. Big wicket as he could really play a gritty innings. New Zealand in big trouble here.

Review time! Latham has been given out LBW and he has reviewed. It seems to be going down leg.

4.2
0
M Starc to Latham, On a good length on leg, Latham looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
4.1
1
M Starc to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval flicks it through square leg for a single.
3.6
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Full delivery on middle, Latham defends it towards mid on.
3.5
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Tom defends it off the front foot.
3.4
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, Full delivery on off, Latham drives it to mid off.
3.3
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, On a length on off, Latham taps it to point.
3.2
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Full delivery on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on.
3.1
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham blocks it off the back foot.
2.6
0
M Starc to Raval, On a good length on off, Raval blocks it off the back foot.

Jeet Raval is the next batsman in.

2.5
0
M Starc to Blundell, OUT! TAKEN! Number one goes down! Starc provides the breakthrough but you have to credit Nathan Lyon in this wicket. That is an amazing catch by the offie. It is fuller and outside off, Blundell creams the square drive towards point. Lyon there dives to his right and takes it with two hands outstretched. The ball was almost past him, that is an outstanding effort. Blundell walks back for a low score and an early wicket for Australia.
2.4
0
M Starc to Blundell, Outside off, Blundell lets it go.
2.3
0
M Starc to Blundell, Good length delivery outside off, Blundell leaves it alone.
2.2
0
M Starc to Blundell, Outside off, Blundell does not bother to play at that.
2.1
0
M Starc to Blundell, On a length on off, Blundell taps it towards point.
1.6
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, Outside off, Latham shoulders arms to this one.
1.5
0
Pat Cummins to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to duck under it.
1.4
1
Pat Cummins to Blundell, Full delivery on middle, Blundell flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
1.3
0
Pat Cummins to Blundell, Another length delivery on middle, blocked.
1.2
0
Pat Cummins to Blundell, Back of a length and on middle, it is kept out.
1.1
0
Pat Cummins to Blundell, Shorter and on middle, Blundell works it to mid-wicket.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
M Starc to Tom Blundell, Direct hit and Blundell could have been a goner! Full delivery on off, Blundell drives it towards covers. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it. The batsmen take a single.
0.5
1
M Starc to Latham, Short and outside off, Latham slaps it towards covers for a run.
0.4
0
M Starc to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham keeps it out.
0.3
0
M Starc to Latham, On a good length on off, Latham defends it off the back foot.
0.2
0
M Starc to Latham, Outside off, Latham offers no shot to this one.
0.1
0
M Starc to Latham, Starc starts with a good length delivery outside off, Latham shoulders arms to this one.