New Zealand 121 for 4 at stumps on third day after Wagner's 6 for 106 restricts lead to 135
Josh Hazlewood dismissed Brendon McCullum late in the day to reduce New Zealand to 121 for 4 in its second innings at stumps on the third day and give Australia the upper hand in the second Test in Christchurch on Monday (February 22). Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 45 with Corey Anderson on 9, with the home side needing a further 14 runs to make Australia bat again.
McCullum arrived for his farewell innings with New Zealand 72 for 3, but the man who hit the fastest ever Test century in the first innings was dismissed after making 25 off 27 deliveries to end the fairy tale. His last scoring shot was, fittingly, a six over square leg, the 107th of his Test career. But when he danced down the wicket for a repeat performance off the next ball he was caught by David Warner at midwicket.
Earlier in the New Zealand innings, James Pattinson ripped through the top order, picking up three wickets.
Martin Guptill was caught behind off Pattinson by Peter Nevill, the wicketkeeper, for nought as New Zealand tried to wipe off the deficit of 135 after dismissing Australia for 505.
Pattinson and Nevill came together again to dismiss Tom Latham, the left-hand opener, who could not build on a reasonable start and had to walk back after making 33.
Henry Nicholls could add only two runs, edging a full delivery from Pattinson through to Steven Smith at second slip.
Australia, for its part, starting the day on 363 for 4, suffered a major collapse when it lost its last five wickets for 41 runs in 12 overs. Neil Wagner scalped career-best figures of 6 for 106 in doing much of the damage.
Australia in control, as New Zealand trail by 14 runs with 6 wickets remaining, and McCullum bats his final innings pic.twitter.com/tZgMlrLLpN— ICC (@ICC) February 22, 2016
Wagner fired up New Zealand when he removed Adam Voges in the second over after lunch. Voges, who made a double-hundred in the first Test in Wellington, had looked in total control until he miscued a pull shot to Latham at square leg and was sent back for 60.
The breakthrough came as a relief to McCullum who went through seven bowlers, including himself, in the first session of the day.
From 464 for 6, Australia collapsed in a heap as Wagner polished off the Australian tail of Mitchell Marsh (18), Nevill (13), and Hazlewood (13).
Fans and players, wearing black armbands, also paused at 12.51 pm, the exact time the 2011 earthquake struck Christchurch, for a minute's silence for the 185 victims of the disaster.
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