Third test: Australia takes control of New Zealand after Nathan Lyon takes five
SYDNEY: Australia took a dominant lead of 243 races over brave New Zealand in the third Test in Sydney on Sunday, looking for a clean sweep of the series.
The Australians discarded the Black Caps by 251 to lead 203 runs in the first innings before hitting for the second time in an attempt to build an overwhelming total with two days remaining.
On the stumps on the third day, the hosts were 40 without loss, with David Warner at 23 and Joe Burns without 16, and they were expected to continue for some time on the fourth day.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon He captured five to 68 to lead the Australian bowling attack, with Kiwi debutante Test Glenn Phillips with a high score of 52.
Phillips, who only arrived on the eve of the Test as a cover for a team weakened by a virus outbreak, was dropped twice and was given a break when he was caught by a no-ball.
Lyon scored both chances of catching and bowling 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 removed when it was discovered that James Pattinson had surpassed a no-ball.
Phillips hit with a rotary pull Pat cummins to lift his debut half a century before Cummins got him two balls later, breaking his defenses to take off the stump by 52.
Lyon knocked down Will Somerville and Neil Wagner for the ducks and fast bowler Matt Henry came out batting despite breaking his left hand at the beginning of the game.
Henry stepped away from the path of a pair of rays of Mitchell Starc aimed at his body before being knocked out of Lyon's bowling to finish the New Zealand entrances.
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 Test in Melbourne.
The Black Caps lost three wickets in the intermediate session with the experienced Ross Taylor beating Cummins by 22 in the second after lunch.
Taylor follows 20 runs away from becoming the New Zealand hitter with the highest test scores, behind Stephen Fleming (7,172).
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling cut a great Starc delivery on his stumps by nine of 30 balls to put his team under more pressure.
Colin de Grandhomme was unnecessarily exhausted by 20, taking Matthew Wade's shot 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 as the first game in the first test at Perth, hit number three positively before reaching the leg before wicket Lyon for 31 of 58 balls.
Tom Latham was out two balls later on the next time of Cummins, made by a more complete and direct delivery to Starc halfway.
The new captain, a substitute for Kane Williamson, who was marginalized, was denied a deserved half a century with 49 on his 133-ball vigil.
Blundell fell on the fifth day of the day, knocked down by Lyon by 34.
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.