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3rd Test, Sydney, January 03 - 06, 2020, ICC World Test Championship
454 & 217/2d
(T:416) 256 & 136

Australia won by 279 runs

Player Of The Match
215 & 59
Player Of The Series
549 runs • 2 wkts
NZ 2nd Innings
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The winning Australian side pose with the trophy. And that brings us to the end of this Australian summer. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Thanks to everyone for joining us. See you soon.

"I am very lucky to captain this group," Tim Paine says. "Batting has become very consistent with Marnus leading this year and Steve and David back. In the bowling department, we had Hazlewood injured but Pattinson came in to do the task. Pretty simple task for me at times, to be honest. I think we can still get better, there were moments in this series as well when we were not out best. We are really pleased with the progress we have made in the last 12 months but we know have some big series coming up. It has't been a great few weeks for our country. What our goal as a team is to give the Australians some entertainment. But our thoughts go out to them and firefighters are doing a great job."

"Credit to the Australian team," Kane Williamson says. "They were clinical but they put us under pressure session after session. So much to learn from this experience. We have a bit of time off, so a bit of regrouping. We were outplayed in all departments. We were good with the ball in hand but with the bat we couldn't be good for long enough. A number of things to work on and improve upon. For a number of guys, it's the first time here and you must appreciate it because you won't get this experience anywhere else. We need to move on quickly because the international schedule comes thick and fast"

Marnus Labuschagne is both Man of the Match and Man of the Series. "It's been an amazing summer," he says. "It's so special to share these moments with your family who have been part of your journey. It's hard to put it on one thing but my level of concentration and not doing any silly things. A lot of gum but it's working, so why change. I just love the journey and it's been wonderful being part of this Australian team."

Rahul: "Am I missing out on something? Hadn't NZ scored 251 and not 256 in the 1st innings with Aus having the option to enforce the follow on?" -- They were awarded five penalty runs after Warner was found running on the dangerous area during Australia's second innings.

"It's great how we started the summer, and then two Tests against Pakistan and now here," Warner says. "I am so happy for Lyon, who got on the honours' board here. You always know what you are capable of doing, I kept hitting it well in the nets but it wasn't coming out on the field. Excited to contribute. Burns' time will come, he would be more hungry after this."

"A great summer, winning all the games comprehensively," Lyon says. "Big cheers to our batters who ensured the bowlers always got enough rest. Pretty special to take ten in front of my family and friends. We want to be the best team in the world, we need to do a lot of work for that but we are heading in the right direction."

5.50pm A victory by 279 runs for Australia, no Test this Australian summer went to the fifth day. A double-ton for Labuschagne who had an amazing summer, a ten-for for Lyon. And for the numbers geeks, New Zealand's 251 (256) in the first innings here is the lowest top total for a touring side in a three or more Test series in Australia. Thanks to Andrew McGlashan and S Rajesh for that stat.

Lyon to Watling, OUT

five in the innings, ten in the game. Nathan Lyon gets the main man. They are congratulating each other, so Henry isn't coming out to bat despite having his arm guard on in the dressing room. Was a length ball outside off, Watling went across and swept it behind square but failed to keep it down and Cummins made no mistake

BJ Watling c Cummins b Lyon 19 (150m 108b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.59
Lyon to Watling, no run

length ball around off and middle, tucked away towards square leg

Lyon to Watling, no run

tossed up wide outside off, Watling was looking to come forward, almost gets off-balance. In the end, decides to leave it alone while managing to keep his back foot ground

Lyon to Watling, no run

fuller outside off, pushes it towards mid-off

Lyon to Watling, no run

fuller on the stumps, defends it on the leg side. Doesn't take the single

Lyon looking for his fifth

end of over 478 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 136/8CRR: 2.89 
BJ Watling19 (103)
Mitchell Starc 9-3-25-3
Nathan Lyon 16-4-50-4

Meanwhile, Shane Warne is auctioning his baggy green to raise funds for bushfire relief. More here.

Starc to Somerville, OUT

middle stump has been knocked out! A reverse-swinging yorker, right on the money. Too good for Somerville who cannot get his bat down on it

William Somerville b Starc 7 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140
Starc to Watling, 1 run

length ball on middle and leg, tucked away behind square leg

Starc to Somerville, 3 runs

fuller and wider this time, driven through point, Labuschagne with the chase to keep it to three

Raja: "In an Era where almost every off-spinner (excep swann) was reported for illegal action, Lyon deserves extra praise for what he has achieved with a clean action. Shows that you don't have to bowl doosra to get wickets."

Starc to Somerville, FOUR runs

short of length outside off, cuts it over the point area, off the mark with a four

James B: "Absolutely pure nonsense from Pattinson. Can't believe my eyes. No business catching that. "

Starc to Somerville, no run

length ball outside off, pushes it towards cover

Starc to Somerville, no run

length ball in the channel, pushes at it away from the body, beaten


end of over 461 run • 1 wicket
NZ: 128/7CRR: 2.78 
BJ Watling18 (102)
William Somerville0 (0)
Nathan Lyon 16-4-50-4
Mitchell Starc 8-3-17-2
Lyon to Watling, no run

length ball outside off, comes forward and blocks

Lyon to Watling, no run

length ball on middle and leg, tucked away towards short fine leg

Lyon to Astle, OUT

a brilliant catch by Pattinson. Tossed up outside off, Astle goes for the slog sweep, ends up top-edging it to the right of mid-off, Pattinson runs in, puts in the dive to his right and takes it with both hands. Burns too was running backward from cover but he was never going to reach there.

Todd Astle c Pattinson b Lyon 17 (17m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 94.44
Lyon to Astle, no run

length ball around off, looks to defend on the back foot but it spins past the bat to hit him on the thigh

Lyon to Astle, no run

length ball around off, goes back and defends

Lyon to Watling, 1 run

fuller and wider outside off, pushes it towards deep-backward point

Phil D: "Cricket is the only sport where anyone would be described as playing with 'Icarian hubris'. One more reason to love it."

end of over 455 runs
NZ: 127/6CRR: 2.82 
Todd Astle17 (15)
BJ Watling17 (99)
Mitchell Starc 8-3-17-2
Nathan Lyon 15-4-49-3

Harry Smith: "@Craig. But with 1 less days play, can you have shorter series with more back to back tests? My issue with 4 days is what if it rains for 1 of those days?"

Starc to Astle, no run

fuller outside off again, steered towards cover-point

Starc to Astle, 2 runs

goes for the yorker but misses his mark. Steered behind point for two more

Starc to Astle, no run

length ball around off, stays back and defends

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