Australia closed in on an impressive three-nil series whitewash over Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand after Nathan Lyon secured a first innings five-fer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Replying to 454, the Black Caps were dismissed for 251 as off-spinner Lyon claimed five for 68 from 30.4 overs.
David Warner and Joe Burns then added 40 without loss before the close to take Australia’s lead to 243 with a 3-0 series victory firmly in their sights.
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Resuming on 63 without loss, New Zealand lost Tom Blundell and Jeet Raval to Lyon before Pat Cummins accounted for stand-in skipper Tom Latham on 49.
Cummins and Mitchell Starc struck and Colin De Grandhomme was run out to leave the tourists 195 for six.
Debutant Glenn Phillips offered some resistance with 52, an innings which saw him dropped twice and caught off a no-ball, but when he was bowled by Cummins the end was near.
Lyon cleaned up the tail to allow Warner and Burns, with 23 and 16 respectively in 16 overs, to build on their bowlers’ work.
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