Australia in firm control as Kiwis battle


Australia took a firm grip on proceedings in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington reducing the hosts to 178 for four at stumps on Day three, still 201 runs adrift.

Aussie batsman Adam Voges, who was 176 not out overnight, converted his hundred into a big double century as he was last man out for 239 as the visitors amassed 562 in reply to the home team's total 183.

New Zealand's bowlers had two solid days of toil in the hot Wellington weather with Australia's tail-enders providing good support to Voges, who now averages nearly a 100 in 14 Test matches.

The Black Caps' second innings started just before lunch and they go off to a good start as openers Martin Guptill and Tom Latham put on 81 for the first wicket.

Australia's offspinner Nathan Lyon (two for 35) made the breakthrough though when had Guptill caught by Mitchell Marsh for 45 and then gabbed Latham for a well made 63.

Kane Williamson (22) was caught behind by keeper Peter Nevill off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood while skipper Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 10 just before stumps in his final Test innings in Wellington.

The Kiwis will need a monumental effort to save the match with Lyon becoming increasingly more dangerous as the surface starts to break up.