Western Australia 216 and 0 for 14 trail New South Wales 298 (Maddinson 116, Patterson 60, Agar 6-110, Behrendorff 4-83) by 68 runs
Ashton Agar collected a career-best 6 for 110 as Western Australia fought back on the second day against New South Wales at the SCG.
After Western Australia were dismissed for 216 on day one, New South Wales had moved along to 4 for 250 before Agar sparked a lower-order collapse on a dry pitch that has suited spinners right from the start.
Nic Maddinson anchored the New South Wales' innings with 116 and combined with Kurtis Patterson for a 126-run stand that ended when Patterson was bowled by Jason Behrendorff for 60. Behrendorff also got rid of Maddinson and finished with 4 for 83, but it was Agar who then destroyed the lower order, having dismissed both openers as well.
Agar claimed Moises Henriques for 41, which began a mini-collapse of 6 for 48 as New South Wales were dismissed for 298. It meant an 82-run lead for the New South Wales, but given the state of the pitch and the turn on offer, they could still face a difficult chase in the fourth innings.
By stumps Western Australia were 0 for 14 in their second innings, with openers Cameron Bancroft on 6 and Jon Wells on 8.