Phillips lives a lovely life while Kiwis fight against Australia

Sydney, January 5 (AFP) Newcomer Glenn Phillips lived a lovely life while New Zealand kept his first innings flashing against Australia in the third Test in Sydney on Sunday.

Phillips, who only entered as a cover on the eve of the Test with the team affected by a virus outbreak, was dropped twice and was given a break when he was caught by a ball.

Phillips took full advantage of his good fortune to go to undefeated tea on 30 with Todd Astle No. 10 in New Zealand 210 by six in response to Australia's 454 on the third day.

It was the longest entry in a disastrous series lost to the Kiwis, improving the 71 envelopes they faced in the second inning of the second Melbourne test.

Spinner Nathan Lyon scored two opportunities caught and thrown when Phillips was in two and 17.

The Kiwi batter dodged another bullet on the 28th when he was caught by Travis Head in the middle of the deep field only to be remembered when it was discovered that James Pattinson had stomped on a ball.

The Blackcaps lost three wickets in the intermediate session with the experienced Ross Taylor in the second after lunch before the wicket against Pat Cummins by 22.

Taylor is 20 runs away from becoming the New Zealand hitter with the highest test score behind Stephen Fleming (7,172).

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling, with a reputation for long stays in the fold, cut a large installment of Mitchell Starc on his stumps by nine of 30 balls to further pressure his team.

Colin de Grandhomme was unnecessarily unnecessarily for 20 facing Matthew Wade's pitch from the depths to wicketkeeper Tim Paine while trying a second run.

Lyon grabbed two key wickets in the morning session, eliminated Melbourne Centurion Test Tom Blundell and remembered Jeet Raval.

Raval, who was eliminated after two twin batting failures in Perth's first test, hit number three positively.

But his tickets came to an end when he was defeated by Lyon and was caught in the leg before the wicket by 31 of 58 balls.

Tom Latham was out two balls later on the next time of Cummins, made by a more complete delivery of the slower surface and directly hitting Mitchell Starc midway.

The new patron, substitute for Kane Williamson, who was marginalized, was denied a deserved half century with 49 in his vigil of 133 balls.

Blundell fell on the fifth of the day over the Lyon bowling by 34.

Blundell tried to play with his back foot just to fail with the ball coming out of his left leg and into the stumps.

The Sydney Test is played in the context of one of Australia's most devastating forest fire seasons, with at least 24 people losing their lives in fires across the country, even on the outskirts of Sydney. The game will be suspended in the match at the discretion of the referee, in case the smoke significantly affects air quality or visibility, but the sky above the ground has remained largely clear until now. AFP SSC SSC

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