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05-Jan-2020 07:08:00 GMT
Aus vs NZ - 3rd Test, Sydney, day 3

Lyon five-for gives Australia a lead of 203

Sydney: Spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets as New Zealand were dismissed for 251 in their first innings on the third day of the third Sydney Test against Australia on Sunday.

Lyon claimed five for 68 as the Black Caps conceded a 203-run innings deficit with the Australians pressing for a clean sweep of the three-Test series.

It was Lyon's first five-wicket haul in a Sydney Test.

Test debutant Glenn Phillips top scored with 52 and stand-in skipper Tom Latham hit 49.

Australia captain Tim Paine did not enforce the follow-on and his team will bat a second time in the match in a commanding position. Australia were 0 for 40 at stumps on third day, overall lead by 243-run.

Lyon on Sunday surpassed England's legendary all-rounder Ian Botham in the list for leading wicket-takers in the longest format of the game. He achieved the feat on day three of the ongoing third Test between Australia and New Zealand.

The spinner now has 385 wickets in Tests, while Botham had 383 wickets.

Lyon has now moved to the 17th spot in the list.

Brief scores:
Australia 454 (Labuschagne 215, Smith 63, Wagner 3-66, de Grandhomme 3-78) and 0 for 40 lead New Zealand 251 (Phillips 51, Latham 49, Lyon 5-68, Cummins 3-44) by 243 runs

Lyon dismissed Tom Blundell (49), Jeet Raval (31), William Somerville (0), Neil Wagner (0) and Matt Henry (3) on day three to complete his five-wicket haul.

Now, Lyon has taken a five-wicket haul against all major Test-playing nations. He has taken seven five-wicket hauls against India, three against Bangladesh and one each against New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West IndiesThis is the Australian off spinner's 17th five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game.

Lyon's efforts helped Australia to bundle out New Zealand for 251 runs in the first innings and this gave the hosts a lead of 203 runs.

Apart from Lyon, Pat Cummins scalped three wickets for Australia.In the first innings, Australia had scored 454 runs with the help of Marnus Labuschagne's maiden double ton.


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