New Zealand 183 and 178 for 4 (Latham 63) trail Australia 562 (Voges 239, Khawaja 140) by 201 runs
Australia have struck some crucial blow late on day 3 to left New Zealand alarming after a day which belong to Adam Voges who completed his second double century. Tom Latham scored an important half century to help New Zealand reduce the deficit to 201 runs by reaching 178 for 4 at the end of day’s play on day 3.
Though Latham scored half century but he was not able to carry his inning forward and could only manage 63 runs while Mark Nicholls was unbeaten on 31 at the stumps. Latham had one lucky escape when Peter Nevill dropped him off Marsh despite getting both hands to it. Martin Guptill was dismissed for 45 after adding 81 runs for the first wicket with Tom Latham at Reserve Basin in Wellington. Guptill wasted the opportunity to score big and made full use of the start he got. He played a rash shot against Nathan Lyon to be caught at extra cover by Mitchell Marsh. Latham and Kane Williamson added 40 runs for the second wicket and the partnership was broken when Williamson edged Josh Hazlewood to Nevill. Latham was the third wicket to depart and became Lyon’s second victim.
Brendon McCullum came into bat for the last time in Reserve Basin, Wellington and his fans all over the world would have hoped to watch their hero steady the host’s sinking ship. However, that was not to be and Mitchell Marsh wrapped up New Zealand’s skipper in front. Despite, reviewing the decision McCullum had to depart and that was the last play of the day.
Earlier in the day, Australia was bowled out for 562 runs, 15 minutes before the lunch break. Australia held the lead of 379 runs and Voges was the last man out for 239. The visitors resumed on Sunday on 463-6 with Voges on 176 and Peter Siddle 29 not out. The pair added 31 runs before Doug Bracewell, who had bowled Voges for seven late on the first day only to be wrongly called for a no-ball, broke the 99-run partnership when he had Siddle caught at mid-on by Corey Anderson for 49. He then had Josh Hazlewood caught at short cover by Tim Southee for eight, before Anderson produced a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss Lyon for three. The second match of the two-test series is in Christchurch from Feb. 20.