Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3 live: Kiwi spinner sparks dramatic Aussie collapse

Welcome to’s live coverage of Day 3 of the first Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Australia dominated the second day in Wellington, with Cameron Green (174 not out) and Josh Hazlewood piling on the pain for the Kiwis as they combined for the highest last-wicket partnership ever in New Zealand.

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After being bowled out for 383, Australia ripped through New Zealand for 179 — the Kiwi capitulation highlighted by Kane Williamson’s disastrous run-out.

The home side then repaid the favour, knocking Australia over for just 164 in its second dig to leave New Zealand chasing a hefty 369 for victory.

Follow below for live updates.

1.34pm – Anything Phillips can do

Offspinner Glenn Phillips’ five wicket haul in Australia’s second innings must have been warmly welcomed by one Aussie, Nathan Lyon.

And it hasn’t taken long for the Australian spinner to have an impact, tempting Tom Latham into a false stroke that he edged behind to Alex Carey as New Zealand’s first wicket falls.

1.05pm – Spinner stars, fielding slammed

The Kiwis have rolled Australia for just 164, taking 6/37 to close the innings as little-known spinner Glenn Phillips proved the star of the show.

In just his sixth Test match, the offspinner finished with 5/45 in an unexpected cameo to limit Australia to its sixth lowest Test total in New Zealand.

It could have been much better if not for some poor catching in the field and the Kiwis still need a daunting 369 runs for victory.

But South African born Phillips, 27, was the man of the moment, even poking a little fun at his own celebrations.

“It’s an absolute dream come true,” he said on Fox Cricket during the innings break. “I never thought I’d have home conditions to get a five-for.

“It’s a pretty surrreal moment

“I’ve got a six-year-old, any celebration a six-year-old girl would do is probably me. The way the crowd went up was just an unbelievable moment.”

12.27pm – Spinner the star of the day

Off-spinner Glenn Phillips may have missed a hat-trick opportunity, but he got over that by adding the scalps of Alex Carey and Cameron Green to his growing collection.

Pat Cummins has just been dropped twice in the deep from Phillips’ bowling, but the 27-year-old still has the outstanding figures of 5/39 from 13 overs in just his sixth Test match.

“He’s brought everyone to life,” a Kiwi commentator gushed on Fox Cricket.

“Glenn Phillips has brought this entire Test to life. You can feel it.”

While the Aussies have slumped to 8/147 in this second innings, they have taken their overall lead past 350 runs with Cummins and Mitch Starc at the crease.

11.59am – Hat-trick chance!

Kiwi spinner Glenn Phillips dismissed Travis Head and Mitch Marsh in successive balls, the latter gone for a golden duck.

With the crowd absolutely buzzing as the hosts tried to battle back into the contest, Phillips’ potential hat-trick ball to Alex Carey was far too wide as the Aussie skipper survived.

10.26am – Khawaja stumped

Usman Khawja’s stoic knock of 28 off 69 balls is over after he was bamboozled by part-time spinner Glenn Phillips and stumped in a sharp piece of wicketkeeping by Tom Blundell.

Australia are 4/81 and lead by 285.

9.56am – Khawaja’s protest back in spotlight

Opener Usman Khawaja has been caught up in a number of incidents over the summer over his desire to raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

His intentions were denied by the ICC in Australia and the situation arose again in Wellington when he cracked his bat on Saturday morning and asked for a replacement.

The bat brought out by 12th man Matt Renshaw had a sticker of a dove on it, which Khawaja had to peel off at the crease before resuming his innings.

The dove sticker has been banned by the ICC as it’s deemed a political protest.

9.33am – Lyon’s cameo ends

Nathan Lyon’s excellent knock of 41 off 46 balls has come to an end after he flicked a Matt Henry delivery to mid-wicket. Lyon fell short of his highest Test score of 47.

9.26am – The GOAT tees off

Nathan Lyon is teeing off early, doing all the scoring and taking Australia’s lead beyond 250.

The nightwatchman hit three boundaries in a row off Tim Southee and is on 36 off 41 balls.

8.50am – Aussies hit back at spirit of cricket warriors

Kane Williamson’s shocking run-out summed up the fortunes of New Zealand, who haven’t beaten Australia in a Test series in 30 years.

The Kiwi skipper, in red-hot form coming off three centuries against South Africa, was gone for a duck after he ran himself out attempting an ambitious single.

Williamson’s teammate Will Young was caught ballwatching at the nonstrikers’ end and the pair collided mid pitch, becoming tangled around Aussie bowler Mitchell Starc as Marnus Labuschagne threw down the stumps.

Williamson was stunned by the dismissal and waited outside the boundary rope after trudging off the field.

It was the first time in 12 years Williamson had been run out in Test cricket.

One fan, Farid Khan, tweeted: “Where’s the spirit of cricket from the Australians? Justice for Kane Williamson.”

After an onslaught of criticism, Khan later posted: “Just felt bad looking at Kane Williamson getting run out after 12 years. Thought Mitch Starc got in the way, but he didn’t.”

Any suggestions the Australians should have recalled Williamson were clearly unfounded.

Josh Hazlewood said Williamson wouldn’t have made his ground even if Starc wasn’t in the way.

“Marnus in particular has just been outstanding the last couple of years,” Hazlewood said.

“I know he works super hard at training all the time.

“I think it would have been out even if they didn’t collide to be honest.”

New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips said the incident was a “freak accident”.

“It was just one of those freak moments where everything brought together, a little perfect storm, and unfortunately Marnus hit,” said Phillips.


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