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Mitchell Starc bowled incisively on Day 3

Mitchell Starc bowled incisively on Day 3

The downward slide

The slide continues for the tourists. Despite getting beaten a few times, Taylor looked in decent touch for a while. However, he made a poor judgment, looking to pull Starc, with the short delivery not bouncing as much as he expected it to. He could only eke out an under-edge to the 'keeper.

To make matters worse, Lyon prised Latham out LBW. The southpaw went back to a delivery that was pushed and was trapped in front. Initially, not given but after some deliberation, Paine decided to opt for the review. And it turned out to be successful.

NZ in more trouble...

New Zealand - 2 for 31, still needing 437 for an unlikely win. The scoreboard just capsulises the dominance of Australia in the ongoing Perth Test against New Zealand.

When New Zealand's openers - Jeet Raval and Tom Latham - walked out to bat in the first session of Day 4, the duo had an uphill task ahead of them. Raval has been in poor form, and also his tendency to get caught in the crease not exactly helping his cause on a Perth track offering some bounce.

In the 7th over, Mitchell Starc got one to climb awkwardly by hitting a crack and Raval could only spoon an easy catch to the gully fielder. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand mainstay, followed his team-mate back to the hut, inside-edging Nathan Lyon's first delivery of the day to FSL. The delivery pitched on the rough and kicked off the surface to leave Williamson in trouble. Ross Taylor and Latham then took the side to the break.

Raval and poor form

Raval's poor form continues. He once again got caught in the crease and paid the price for it. There was also some variable bounce as Starc got it to climb awkwardly, with Raval spooning a catch to gully.

New Zealand require 468!

Australia have declared at 217 for 9 with Southee taking five wickets in an innings for the first time in Australia! He would be a happy man. However, Australia have set a massive target of 468, and on a pitch where there is evidence of variable bounce. New Zealand also have to bat a couple of sessions under lights, if they want to save the Test.

Eight down

Wagner has bagged his third wicket of the innings! Pat Cummins is strangled down leg. Not the best delivery Wagner has bowled in the Test but he would gladly take it.

Wade then pulled de Grandhomme to the fielder stationed at midwicket. It was a half-tracker and Wade could have smashed it into the stands, but had no timing on the shot.

No fifty plus score for Smith!

Kausthub @kaustats Steve Smith for the first time in his entire career fails to score a fifty in three consecutive test matches. His last three tests:- 43, 16 v New Zealand 36 v Pakistan 4 v Pakistan #AUSvNZ 12:19 PM • Dec 12, 2019

Build up:

After getting bowled out for just 166 in the first innings in Perth, New Zealand needed a lift, something that would keep them going. Southee and Wagner did exactly that as the duo bowled with vigour and also picked up wickets to give the visitors something to cheer about. The fielding also was sharp.

However, Australia are 417 in front and seem set to go 1-0 up in the series. On Day 4, the home side would look to add useful runs and then declare. The key for New Zealand would be the final session, with the pink ball expected to dart around under lights.

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