Tom Latham and Kane Williamson helped reduce New Zealand’s first innings deficit to 273 runs by reaching 106-1 at tea on the third day of the first Test against Australia after Adam Voges’ double-century had put the visitors in total control.
Latham was on 43, while Williamson was 17 not out at the break after Martin Guptill had been dismissed for 45 following an 81-run opening stand with Latham at the Basin Reserve.
Guptill’s downfall, however, could be considered a wasted opportunity as he had looked well set before his slog against off-spinner Nathan Lyon was caught by a diving Mitchell Marsh at extra cover.
The only other opportunity Australia’s bowlers had on a pitch that has become a good batting surface was when wicketkeeper Peter Nevill dropped Latham on 30 despite getting both hands to the nick off Marsh.
Australia were dismissed about 15 minutes before the lunch break for 562, with Voges the last man out for 239. Australia held a lead of 379 runs.
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Voges had earlier brought up his double-century by lofting Mark Craig to the mid-wicket fence for his 28th boundary shortly before the drinks break.
The late-blooming Voges, who was 35 when he made his debut in the Caribbean last June, has scored 1,267 runs in a bountiful Test career to date, boasting an average of 97.46.
The visitors resumed on Sunday on 463-6 with Voges on 176 and Peter Siddle 29 not out.
The pair added 31 runs before Doug Bracewell, who had bowled Voges for seven late on the first day only to be wrongly called for a no-ball, broke the 99-run partnership when he had Siddle caught at mid on by Corey Anderson for 49.
He then had Josh Hazlewood caught at short cover by Tim Southee for eight, before Anderson produced a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss Lyon for three.
The second match of the two-Test series is in Christchurch from Feb. 20.