Third test Day 2: New Zealand openers resist after Labuschagne hits double ton
SYDNEY Marnus Labuschagne He scored an inaugural double century to take Australia to 454 before the New Zealand openers resisted the attack at home to achieve 63 without loss on the second day of the third Test on Saturday.
Tom Latham, standing as captain of the sick. Kane Williamson , had not come out at the end of the game with 26 Tom Blundell Unbeaten at 34 but tourists know they still have to climb a mountain if they want to avoid a 3-0 series sweep.
Labuschagne is a big part of the reason for that and a hot sunny day in the Sydney Cricket Ground It belonged to the unstoppable 25-year-old, who has enjoyed a golden summer in the Australian home season.
He had a nervous break 20 minutes below the double century mark, but his four and nineteen years surpassed him and earned him a great ovation from the crowd.
He finally set off for 215, caught and thrown by spinner Todd Astle, and left the field to another big ovation after scoring 837 runs at an average of 119.57 in five home tests this season.
Labuschagne faced 363 deliveries in magnificent tickets that seemed to have put Australia on the way to another victory to add to the victories they enjoyed in Perth and Melbourne.
It was a good day personally but, more importantly, a good day for Australia, said Labuschagne.
They defended themselves, as expected, but we will do the job and hope to get the victory.
New Zealand did a short job after leaving Labuschagne to say goodbye to the hosts and bring tea before their openers faced the pacemakers again in the form of Australia.
The Black Caps have accumulated only a score in excess of 200 runs in their previous four innings in the series, but Latham and Blundell saw the attack and made their way to the stumps.
It was nice to show up and show that fight today, Astle said. It will be a difficult question, but that's what this group is about. We will continue working.
There were concerns that the high temperatures forecasted for Saturday could worsen the emergence of forest fires in Australia and that the acrid smoke that covered Sydney on several occasions in recent weeks could return.
However, Labuschagne resumed his entries in 130 under blue skies and soon exceeded 150 for the third time in his last seven innings.
With Australia completely dominating the five home games this year, their fans have had a lovely little drama to enjoy, so it was perhaps understandable that they would make the most of Labuschagne's progress throughout the 190s.
Being in the 190s is a bit different from being in the 90s, you're just trying to avoid doing something stupid, Labuschagne added.
The crowd kept waiting for four overs with Labuschagne caught in 199 and there were good-hearted boos for the captain Tim Paine when he scored a single in the final ball of one to keep the blow for the next.
New Zealand went to the field to deny him the single and it worked for seven deliveries until he hit a Colin de Grandhomme delivery and got a thick edge that sent the ball running to the limit.