First Test day three LIVE: Lyon falls short of maiden Test half century as Australia extend lead

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First Test day three LIVE: Lyon falls short of maiden Test half century as Australia extend lead


Finally, Nathan Lyon is out for 41 off 46 balls after an entertaining innings.

The tailender clips one off his pads and is well caught by Young just in front of square on the leg side.

Matt Henry has his first wicket as first innings centurion Cam Green makes his way to the middle.

Khawaja is on nine. Lyon has made 77 per cent of Australia’s runs in this innings so far.

Australia 3-53, lead by 257 runs

Nathan Lyon was on song in Wellington. Credit: Getty

Nathan Lyon is just freeing the arms and hitting everything behind point. He’s managed three boundaries in three balls off Tim Southee, all past the slips.

Lyon has 36 of Australia’s 46 runs. That’s 78 per cent of the team’s runs in this innings. Who would’ve thought?

Fans show their support for Neil Wagner of New Zealand during day three.

Fans show their support for Neil Wagner of New Zealand during day three. Credit: Getty

Lyon gets the first boundary of the day with an edge over the slips to get the Aussies up to 2-22.

“Chew for chwenty chew” as Richie Benaud would say.

The tailender picks up a few more runs into the leg side.

A graphic on the coverage shows Nathan Lyon has the most runs of any Test cricketer (1477 runs at 12.62) without making a half century. His best is 47 from 128 Tests.

Southee drops short and Lyon clubs him for four runs into the leg side. Is today his day?

Australia 2-30, lead by 234 runs

Nathan Lyon at the top of the list.

Nathan Lyon at the top of the list. Credit: Fox

Tim Southee (who picked up 2-5 off four overs yesterday) starts us off today and gets one to swing back into Khawaja who clips one off his pads for a single.

Lyon gets his first runs of the morning with a streaky outside edge. Nice early movement away from the right–hander for Southee who would love to catch the outside edge of Lyon’s bat here.

Matt Henry is starting up at the other end and getting into his groove. The Kiwis will be aiming for a fuller length this morning. No use dropping short to the likes of Khawaja and Lyon.

Khawaja walks at Henry and blocks one for a single. Something different there. A good contest is brewing.

Australia 2-18

It’s a rare sight for Nathan Lyon to be the leading run-scorer in an Australian innings but that’s what we’re seeing in Wellington as players make their way to the middle. Lyon resumes on six, while Khawaja is on five.

Lyon was dropped on the last ball of the day yesterday by Tim Southee in the slips. An absolute sitter than went down.

A tricky first hour awaits the Australians. If they get through that relatively unscathed, the game is there for the taking.

Usman Khawaja bats on day two.

Usman Khawaja bats on day two. Credit: AP

Take a dash of Mark Waugh and Matthew Elliott’s collision, add a pinch of Lance Klusener and Allan Donald’s World Cup run out. Mix it with a healthy helping of New Zealand self-doubt, and you have the recipe for something truly shambolic.

That something is what befell Kane Williamson and the Black Caps at Basin Reserve, in a moment of madness so chaotic that his run out should be added to one of those internet lists of contemporary photographs that resemble Renaissance paintings.

New Zealand Kiwis Kane Williamson is run out against Australia.

New Zealand Kiwis Kane Williamson is run out against Australia.Credit: Twitter

It’s an overcast and fairly windy morning in Wellington, with Australia looking to build a lead beyond the reach of New Zealand after the loss of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the brief period before stumps last night.

The hosts are remaining hopeful that the pitch will get better for batting as it often does. Glenn Phillips sounded a bit Bazball in his attitude to a fourth innings chase.

“If it flattens out and becomes nice to bat on, and there’s plenty of time left in the game, I think we’d still have a good go at chasing 350-400,” Phillips said.

“It’s a real new-ball wicket, so if we can take a couple of poles and keep Aussie on the back foot in the morning, then you never know.”

Usman Khawaja before play on day three.

Usman Khawaja before play on day three. Credit: Getty

Jason Gillespie was more than happy to see the Australian 10th-wicket partnership record against New Zealand broken by Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood – but the wait for a reprise of his memorable “Happy Gilmore” celebration goes on.

At the Gabba in 2004, Gillespie put on 115 with Glenn McGrath against the Black Caps, and the author of one of cricket’s more unique celebratory moments was watching on TV as Green and Hazlewood set a new mark at the Basin Reserve to help give Australia a stranglehold on the Test.

However, he balanced his joy at what he was watching with a sense of mystification as to why others had not followed suit by riding their bat like a horse when reaching a milestone.

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Jason Gillespie’s famous “Happy Gilmore” celebration in 2004 after his 10th-wicket partnership with Glenn McGrath.

Jason Gillespie’s famous “Happy Gilmore” celebration in 2004 after his 10th-wicket partnership with Glenn McGrath.Credit: Channel Nine

Morning cricket fans.

Welcome to day three of our live coverage of the opening Test between Australia and New Zealand in Wellington.

What a day yesterday was. Loads of wickets and a remarkable Cameron Green century.

Australia lead New Zealand by 217 runs with eight wickets remaining in their second innings but had a shaky finish to the day, finishing on 2-13 at stumps.

Without stating the obvious, the Kiwis will need to roll through Australia if they’re any chance of victory in this Test. Can’t imagine batting will get any easier as the match goes on.

Ball one is at 9am AEDT.

Cam Green raises the bat after reaching 150.

Cam Green raises the bat after reaching 150. Credit: AP

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