Australia v New Zealand: third Test, day two – live!

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Morning everyone. Just as it was yesterday, there is a cloud hanging over this Test, and across the country, as Australia wakes up to a truly harrowing weather forecast for the day ahead. Of course, it is going to be impossible to concentrate entirely on the cricket as news comes in from Victoria and New South Wales, but I’ll try my best to keep things as normal as possible on here, for what it’s worth.

When play does resume at the SCG it’ll be with Australia in a predicably commanding position after winning the toss yesterday and tucking in against the discombublated New Zealanders. Marnus Labuschagne will walk out on 130 – his fourth ton in five Tests – with Matt Wade looking to go big by his side, scampering to 22 from 30 balls last night before the close. This could get huge and quick.

The best the Black Caps can do is dry up the scoring, as they were able to with some success on the second morning at Perth and Melbourne. Despite the misadventure this tour has been, they have broadly kept their act together with the ball – especially Neil Wagner. Not much more can be asked of the southpaw.

Right, I’ll leave it there for the moment. As I said off the top, this is going to be a terrible day and there’s no avoiding it. If you want to talk about that, the cricket or anything else, feel free to drop me a line or ping me a message on twitter.

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