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Starc tore through the New Zealand batting order

Starc tore through the New Zealand batting order

Another close decision

Warner has been given not out. New Zealand took the review for a caught behind decision but to no avail. It was a short ball, climbed awkwardly, and the snicko suggested a flatline, as it made its way to the slip cordon. So, the decision stays. These close decisions can get really hard for a third umpire.

#7Cricket @7Cricket 7,000 Test runs for David Warner ???? #AUSvNZ 08:05 AM • Dec 12, 2019

7000 Test runs!

Warner has steered Southee behind square on the off-side for a boundary to get to 7000 Test runs. The man is back in top form and looks set to accumulate a lot more Test runs!

Marnus is a good leggie too...

Mitchell Starc picked up a five-wicket haul while the rest of the bowlers chipped in with wickets to ensure New Zealand were bundled out for just 166, still trailing by 251 at Lunch on Day 3 of the Perth Test. Australia, however, didn't enforce the follow-on and decided to bat again.

New Zealand's hopes of getting close to Australia's first innings total rested on the shoulders of Ross Taylor and BJ Watling. Just that at the start of the day, Taylor had a terrible mix-up with Watling, but the latter survived as Tim Paine couldn't collect the ball cleanly. Unfortunately for Watling, he couldn't take advantage of the reprieve, chopping one onto the stumps off Pat Cummins.

Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme cracked a couple of pulls and looked in good touch. However, after playing a gutsy innings, Taylor fell to Nathan Lyon for 80, with the off-spinner picking up the scalp via the straighter-one. Starc followed it up by sending de Grandhomme back to the hut with a brute of a bumper to pick up his fifth wicket of the innings. De Grandhomme took the review, believing that it hadn't taken the glove on its way to the slip cordon. The third umpire, though, upheld the decision as the evidence was inconclusive.

Marnus Labuschagne made one more incision to leave New Zealand nine down by cleaning up Mitchell Santner with a peach of a leg-break that castled the all-rounder. Lyon then provided the finishing touches by removing Tim Southee. With Australia missing out on the services of the injured Josh Hazlewood, the home side aptly decided to bat again

#7Cricket @7Cricket Labuschagne strikes! Right through the gate #AUSvNZ 06:46 AM • Dec 12, 2019

Bharath Ramaraj @Fancricket12 Marnus is also one of the better wrist spinners going around! #AUSvNZ 06:44 AM • Dec 12, 2019

Starc takes five

Brute of a bouncer from Starc and on a quick pitch! De Grandhomme didn't have much of an idea as he gloves it to the slip. The left-armer, with the angle, dug one short, that climbs awkwardly on de Grandhomme, the right-hander was done in by the pace as he edges one. Starc also followed the batsman. The all-rounder took the review, but the TV umpire felt the evidence was inconclusive and upheld the decision. It felt as if it had taken the glove. Another five-for for Starc.

Taylor too falls

Oh, more bad news for New Zealand. Taylor, the set batsman, has been dismissed for 80. A gritty hand as he had to paddle through a very tricky phase yesterday. Lyon with the wicket. It was the floater that went straight on to produce the edge.

Cummins hunts down Watling

BJ Watling has a tendency to play with a slightly angled bat and that has cost him his wicket in Perth. He ekes out an inside edge off Pat Cummins and onto the stumps. New Zealand played on some slow decks versus England and that is costing them against Australia in Perth. Huge wicket for Australia as Watling can bat for long.

Paine misses a sitter

Not a good Test for Paine. He has now missed an easy run out chance, as Watling escapes. It was driven by Taylor towards covers and there was no second run. Taylor, however, wanted to pinch another run, leading to a terrible mix up. Lyon fired in a good throw too, only for it to be fluffed by Paine, with Watling nowhere in the picture. Watling survives...

A few cracks?

cricket.com.au @cricketcomau The pitch ahead of day three! #AUSvNZ 04:09 AM • Dec 12, 2019

Build Up:

Pink ball. Some pace and bounce. Batting under the lights. When Raval and Latham walked out to bat for New Zealand in the final session of Day 2 of the Perth Test, the duo knew they had a tough task on their hands. Not surprisingly, Starc tore through the New Zealand batting unit and picked up four wickets.

And to cap off a near-perfect day for the home side, Steve Smith plucked a stunning catch in the slip cordon to send New Zealand's mainstay Kane Williamson back to the hut. However, Australia won't have the services of Hazlewood for the rest of the Test as he was laid low by a hamstring injury in his second over.

Earlier, after Marnus Labuschagne and Head were dismissed, the lower order had added quick runs to push Australia's score past 400. Can Ross Taylor lead a fightback for New Zealand? All the action in a few minutes...

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