Australia remain in control against New Zealand


Australia remain in control of the first Test against New Zealand after limiting the hosts to 178-4 at stumps on day three.

New Zealand began the second innings on Sunday trailing Australia by 379 runs after Adam Voges hit an incredible 239 before he was caught and bowled by Mark Craig (2-153).

The veteran's dismissal meant his record-breaking unbeaten streak finally ended at 614 runs, besting Sachin Tendulkar's previous mark of 497 Test runs without being dismissed.

It also meant Voges' Test average went down at 97.46 from 19 innings, after being ahead of Donald Bradman's 99.94 before his wicket fell.

Voges had resumed on 176 and made his way past 200 mid-way through the morning session and had strong support from Peter Siddle (49). 

Siddle fell one short of a half-century after he was caught by Corey Anderson (2-79) off Doug Bracewell (2-127).

Josh Hazlewood (8) and Nathan Lyon (3) did not trouble the scorers, as Voges was the last to fall with Australia on 562.

New Zealand did well to initially dent the visitors' lead, with Tom Latham and Martin Guptill combining for 81 runs before the latter fell after he tried to hit Nathan Lyon (2-35) over the top but Mitchell Marsh (1-40) was there to take an excellent catch.

Kane Williamson was the next to go after he was caught behind following his 22 off 44 balls, before Usman Khawaja caught Latham (63) off Lyon. 

The Black Caps suffered a massive blow in the last over when Marsh had Brendon McCullum out for lbw. 

The skipper challenged the decision, but the original call was upheld.