Australia's Nathan Lyon acknowledges the crowd after taking a five wicket haul during the third day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 5, 2020.
Australia's Nathan Lyon acknowledges the crowd after taking a five wicket haul during the third day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 5, 2020.
Photo by JEREMY NG / AFP

Sydney: Australia took a commanding 243-run lead over plucky New Zealand in the third Test here on Sunday, looking set for a clean sweep of the series.

The Australians dismissed the Black Caps for 251 to lead by 203 runs on the first innings before batting a second time in a bid to build an overwhelming total with two days remaining.

At stumps on day three, the hosts were 40 without loss with David Warner on 23 and Joe Burns not out 16, and were expected to bat on for some time on the fourth day.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon captured five for 68 to lead the Australian bowling attack, with Kiwi Test debutant Glenn Phillips top-scoring with a charmed knock of 52. Phillips, who only flew in on the eve of the Test as cover for a team weakened by a virus outbreak, was dropped twice and given a reprieve when caught off a no-ball.

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