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12:00 AM, December 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 15, 2019

Australia take huge lead

Australia was building a massive lead over New Zealand on the third day of the first Test at Perth Stadium on Saturday.

After the home side made 416 the Kiwis were dismissed for only 166 in their first innings as Australian paceman Mitchell Starc terrorised their batsmen in continued sweltering conditions.

The home side were 75 for one in their second innings, with Joe Burns on 32 and Marnus Labuschagne on 18 -- an overall lead of 325 with nine wickets still in hand and more than two days to play.

The Kiwis burned both their reviews early, unsuccessfully challenging not out decisions against David Warner (19) and Labuschagne. Labuschagne, who made 143 in the first innings, was dropped on four by Colin de Grandhomme after skying a short ball from Neil Wagner into the leg side.


AUSTRALIA: First innings 416 and second innings 167 for 6 (Burns 53, Labuschagne 50; Southee 4-63, Wagner 2-40)

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 166 all out (Williamson 34, Taylor 80, De Grandhomme 23; Starc 5-52, Lyon 2-48)


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