First Test day three LIVE: New Zealand chasing 369 to win after cleaning up Aussie tail

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First Test day three LIVE: New Zealand chasing 369 to win after cleaning up Aussie tail

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New Zealand still need 354 runs to get the job done here in Wellington.

Wooshka… Pat Cummins gets one to hoop back in massively. Young gets smashed on the pads – he has not picked it up at all – but it’s going down leg side. Very handy bowling there and good signs for the Aussie skipper.

New Zealand 1-15

Nathan Lyon showed in the space of one interminable over he will be very much the greatest threat to New Zealand in this chase. His second ball was short and wide but its spin and bounce was enough to coax an edge out of Tom Latham, before Kane Williamson endured a couple of nervy moments including a DRS referral for a catch behind.

The tension was raised further by a malfunctioning LED sight screen that was fixed by the eventual application of something more old-fashioned – a piece of white tarpaulin.

There are all of 38 overs left in the final session, a passage that will say much about the Black Caps’ chances of setting a new national record for a fourth innings target.

Could Lyon have a second wicket? Australia’s gone upstairs chasing another suspected nick by Kane Williamson, who’s just walked out there. Over to you, DRS.

Hard to tell just by the replay alone… but snicko shows nothing. That is not out. Wellington breathes a massive sigh of relief.

And now we’re waiting for some sight screen issues to be sorted out so Lyon can finally deliver the last two balls of this over. Both are dots.

That’s a wicket maiden for Nathan Lyon – and tea has been called.

New Zealand 1-15, trail by 353 runs

And boom – Nathan Lyon strikes.

Pretty average delivery by him, too, short and wide – but Tom Latham tries to hit it for some reason and nicks it. And Alex Carey gloves it easily. Bad, bad, bad shot. Needed to cream that if he was going to do anything. That is exactly the opposite of what New Zealand need.

New Zealand 1-15, trail by 353 runs

A couple of minor scares as alluded to earlier, but otherwise the Kiwis have avoided any early catastrophes… so far, at least.

After five overs, Tom Latham has 8 runs and Will Young has 7, and the Black Caps are inching their way in the right direction.

And here comes Nathan Lyon – he’s set to come into Australia’s attack right now.

New Zealand 0-15, trail by 353 runs

New Zealand have begun their second innings and have made a reasonable start, taking seven off Mitchell Starc’s first over.

Not that they need to keep up that pace, given they’ve got time on their side, but the runs are certainly out there if they’re good enough – and if they can dodge the dangers in Australia’s attack.

Risky shots like that swipe at Tom Latham on Josh Hazlewood, which fortunately for the Kiwis did not make contact, are not what they need.

New Zealand 0-8, trail by 360 runs

And there we have it – Mitchell Starc clean bowled by Matt Henry, who takes out his leg stump. He’s gone for 12 runs and Australia’s second innings is over.

That gives them a lead of 368 runs to win. It would be slightly more achievable for New Zealand if they took their catches – some of those drops were absolute shockers.

Glenn Phillips is clapped off the field as the teams walk off for the changeover.

Glenn Phillips’ off spin bears some resemblance to that once bowled by Virender Sehwag for India. He doesn’t look like much but gives the ball a twirl and keeps the seam in excellent position on a pitch with any sort of assistance – something the Basin has provided.

A five wicket haul is a tribute to Phillips’ self-belief and some excellent close in work by Tom Blundell, Will Young and Tim Southee all fielding in close. For Australia, the sequence is another instant of the batting lineup underperforming.

They have relied on outstanding individual batting displays in recent Tests – Travis Head in Adelaide, Steve Smith in the second innings in Brisbane and Cameron Green in the first innings here.

But without more collective performance, that well is bound to run dry sometime or another.

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