Nathan Lyon sent a scare through the Australian camp after suffering a nasty injury to his bowling hand – and insult was certainly added to injury. Follow all the action live!
Lyon had already removed Tom Blundell before the opener could add to his overnight score, though even then relied on an element of luck to do so.
Lyon bowled him between his legs with the turn set to take it away from the stumps, before a deflection of the inside of his back thigh turned it on to the pegs.
Lyon was Australia’s most threatening weapon, with the pitch offering turn.
But a slow deck helped blunt the quicks’ effectiveness and for a time Jeet Raval and Tom Latham threatened to frustrate the hosts for a long period.
Raval, called back in to the side after being dropped, only because of illness to others, was himself crook yesterday but showed resilience to post a bright 31 before Lyon trapped him lbw.
Two balls later a lapse in concentration from Latham saw him fall a single run short of a half century, chipping to Mitchell Starc at mid-on from the bowling of Pat Cummins.
It could have been better still for Lyon who put down a simple caught and bowled to Glenn Phillips, and needed treatment on a ripped, bloody thumb nail after the ball cannoned out of his grasp.
Debutant Glenn Phillips (3) and veteran Ross Taylor (17) will resume after the break with New Zealand three wickets down and still 317 runs behind, but showing a taste for the fight in the dying days of what has been a wretched tour for them.