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Cricket news - Australia extend dominance in attritional session

Joe Burns started solidly in Australia's second innings.

Joe Burns started solidly in Australia's second innings.

Despite losing David Warner early, Australia continued to hold a vice-like grip on the proceedings on Day 3 of the pink ball Test versus New Zealand. The home side reached 75/1 in the second innings at the break, in front by a substantial 325 runs.

With a first innings lead of 250 in the bank and Australia opting to bat again, David Warner and Joe Burns set out to bat positively and swell the lead. However, New Zealand's pace trio - Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee - bowled with discipline and plugged the run-scoring opportunities. Burns crunched the occasional flick and drive, but for large periods of the session, New Zealand were able to keep the lid on the scoring rate.

New Zealand also came close to picking up the scalp of Warner. In the 10th over, de Grandhomme got enough lift on his short ball to trouble the southpaw and the ball seemed to have taken the glove on its way to the slip cordon. The on-field decision was not out and New Zealand placed their belief in the review. However, RTS suggested there was no edge and Warner continued. The southpaw also reached the milestone of 7000 Test runs during the course of his brief innings.

Eventually, in the 18th over, New Zealand got the reward for their discipline with Warner mistiming a pull to the fielder positioned at mid on. Marnus Labuschagne, who joined Burns in the middle, could have been dislodged too, but despite a valiant effort from de Grandhomme at mid-wicket, he couldn't hold on to a chance off Wagner. Burns and Labuschagne then steered the side to the break.

Earlier, 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. New Zealand's hopes of getting close to Australia's first innings total rested on the shoulders of Ross Taylor and BJ Watling. 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. 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. 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.

The track is showing signs of wear and tear and it would take a herculean effort for New Zealand to escape with a draw.

Brief scores: Australia 416 (Marnus Labuschagne 143, Travis Head 56; Neil Wagner 4-92, Tim Southee 4-93) and 75/1 (Joe Burns 32*; Tim Southee 1-22) lead New Zealand166 (Ross Taylor 80; Mitchell Starc 5-52) by 325 runs

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