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SESSION SUMMARY – 150 runs, 30.1 overs and 7 wickets. An eventful end to a pretty engrossing day of Test cricket! Australia started the day on the front foot and they continue to be in charge of the proceedings at the end of the day. Starting the day with the score of 279, Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood extended their partnership, heaping further pressure on the hosts. Green, in particular, continued his fine form from the previous day, reaching a remarkable 150 with astute support from Hazlewood. Their stand of 116 runs for the 10th wicket, the highest in Tests against New Zealand, took Australia to 383. The visitors were able to take the momentum into their bowling effort as their pacers put on an absolute clinic of seam bowling. After Tea, they were put under pressure as Glenn Phillips and Tom Blundell looked to counter-attack their way out of trouble. Nathan Lyon was brought in to break the flourishing stand and he did the job by cleaning up the Kiwi lower order. As a result, Australia took a massive first-innings lead of 204 runs. With the bat, it was a shaky start for the visitors, losing Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne early. Sent in as the nightwatch man, Nathan Lyon survived a scare on the last ball which meant that Australia went into stumps with only two wickets down and a lead of 217 runs.


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