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Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3 Live: Australians hit back at the spirit of cricket theory


Welcome to’s live coverage of Day 3 of the first Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Australia dominated day two in Wellington, with Cameron Green (174 not out) and Josh Hazlewood adding pain to the Kiwis as they combined to form New Zealand’s highest-ever last-wicket partnership .

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After being bowled out for 383, Australia beat New Zealand for 179 — the Kiwis’ capitulation highlighted by Kane Williamson’s disastrous exit.

Australia’s perfect day was only spoiled by The ugly firings of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne just before the stumps.

The Australians resume at 2/13 with Usman Khawaja and night watchman Nathan Lyon in the crease.

Play starts at 9am AEDT. Follow below for live updates.

9:33 p.m. – End of Lyon’s cameo

Nathan Lyon’s excellent knock of 41 off 46 balls came to an end after he bowled a Matt Henry delivery to mid-wicket. Lyon failed to reach its high score of 47.

9:26 p.m. – The GOAT takes the start

Nathan Lyon gets an early start, makes all the scores and takes Australia’s lead past 250.

The night watchman has hit three boundaries in a row off Tim Southee and is on 36 off 41 balls.

8:50 a.m. – Australians fight back against the spirit of cricket warriors

Kane Williamson’s shocking exit summed up the fortunes of New Zealand, who have not beaten Australia in a Test series for 30 years.

The Kiwi skipper, in fine form after three centuries against South Africa, was off to a duck after exhausting himself while attempting an ambitious single.

Williamson’s teammate Will Young was caught watching the ball at the non-striker’s end and the pair collided at mid-field, tangling around Australian bowler Mitchell Starc as Marnus Labuschagne threw the stumps.

Williamson was stunned by the dismissal and waited outside the boundary rope after leaving the field.

It was the first time in 12 years that Williamson had been run out in Test cricket.

A fan, Farid Khan, tweeted: “Where is the cricketing spirit of Australians? Justice for Kane Williamson.

After a wave of criticism, Khan later posted: “I felt bad seeing Kane Williamson burn out after 12 years. I thought Mitch Starc got in the way, but he didn’t.

Any suggestions the Australians should have recalled Williamson were clearly unfounded. Josh Hazlewood said Williamson wouldn’t have managed to win even if Starc hadn’t got in his way.

“Marnus in particular has been outstanding the last couple of years,” Hazlewood said.

“I know he works really hard in training all the time.

“I think it would have been possible even if they hadn’t collided, to be honest.”

New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips said it was a “freak accident.”

“It was just one of those weird moments where everything came together, a perfect little storm, and unfortunately Marnus hit,” Phillips said.


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