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Labuschagne puts Aussies in command

By The Assam Tribune

SYDNEY, Jan 3: Marnus Labuschagne hit his fourth century in just 14 Tests to guide Australia into a commanding position against virus-hit New Zealand on the opening day of the third Test in Sydney on Friday.

The rock-solid number three, last year�s leading Test scorer with 1,104 runs at 64.94, again proved the Black Caps� nemesis with his second ton of the series to continue his remarkable scoring sequence.

Supported by Steve Smith�s 28th Test half-century, Australia reached stumps at 283 for three with Labuschagne unbeaten on 130 and Matthew Wade a breezy 22 not out.

The South African-born Labuschagne has now scored four centuries in seven Test innings this southern summer against Pakistan and New Zealand.

�Terrific day,� he said. �When you bat on day one you know it can be a real prosperous day but if you get off to a shaky start it can be tough work.

�It�s all a bit of a whirlwind at the moment. I haven�t really sat down and completely thought about how amazing this summer has been for me.�

Smith, who took 39 balls to get off the mark, shared in a 156-run stand with Labuschagne before he again missed out after a lengthy stay and was caught at slip off Colin de Grandhomme for 63 off 182 balls.

David Warner fell again to the leg-side trap on the third ball after lunch when he was caught by de Grandhomme at leg gully off Neil Wagner for 45.

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings: D Warner c de Grandhomme b Wagner 45, J Burns c Taylor b de Grandhomme 18, M Labuschagne not out 130, S Smith c Taylor b de Grandhomme 63, M Wade not out 22; Extras (lb3, nb1, w1) 5. Total (3 wkts; 90 overs) 283. Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251. Bowling: Henry 21-1-68-0, de Grandhomme 18-1-63-2 , Wagner 21-6-48-1, Somerville 13-0-52-0, Astle 17-0-49-0. � AFP

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Labuschagne puts Aussies in command

SYDNEY, Jan 3: Marnus Labuschagne hit his fourth century in just 14 Tests to guide Australia into a commanding position against virus-hit New Zealand on the opening day of the third Test in Sydney on Friday.

The rock-solid number three, last year�s leading Test scorer with 1,104 runs at 64.94, again proved the Black Caps� nemesis with his second ton of the series to continue his remarkable scoring sequence.

Supported by Steve Smith�s 28th Test half-century, Australia reached stumps at 283 for three with Labuschagne unbeaten on 130 and Matthew Wade a breezy 22 not out.

The South African-born Labuschagne has now scored four centuries in seven Test innings this southern summer against Pakistan and New Zealand.

�Terrific day,� he said. �When you bat on day one you know it can be a real prosperous day but if you get off to a shaky start it can be tough work.

�It�s all a bit of a whirlwind at the moment. I haven�t really sat down and completely thought about how amazing this summer has been for me.�

Smith, who took 39 balls to get off the mark, shared in a 156-run stand with Labuschagne before he again missed out after a lengthy stay and was caught at slip off Colin de Grandhomme for 63 off 182 balls.

David Warner fell again to the leg-side trap on the third ball after lunch when he was caught by de Grandhomme at leg gully off Neil Wagner for 45.

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings: D Warner c de Grandhomme b Wagner 45, J Burns c Taylor b de Grandhomme 18, M Labuschagne not out 130, S Smith c Taylor b de Grandhomme 63, M Wade not out 22; Extras (lb3, nb1, w1) 5. Total (3 wkts; 90 overs) 283. Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251. Bowling: Henry 21-1-68-0, de Grandhomme 18-1-63-2 , Wagner 21-6-48-1, Somerville 13-0-52-0, Astle 17-0-49-0. � AFP

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