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Australia take huge lead against New Zealand in first Test

Australia declined to enforce the follow-on despite taking a massive first innings lead on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand at Perth Stadium on Saturday. After the home side made 416 the Kiwis were dismissed for only 166 in their first innings just before lunch as Australian paceman Mitchell Starc terrorised their batsmen. Australia faced one over in their second innings before lunch and were one for none, with David Warner on one and Joe Burns yet to score. The visitors trailed by 250 runs in the first innings, but Australia didn t enforce the follow-on given the extreme heat and the absence of front line paceman Josh Hazlewood due to injury. Starc claimed 5-52 and troubled the New Zealanders with his pace and bounce. Only Ross Taylor offered meaningful resistance with 80, but he was caught at slip by Steve Smith off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Smith took three catches, including his blinder on the second day to remove Kane Williamson for 34 and end a 76-run ...

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