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Brisbane weather stalls Australia's progress

Brisbane weather stalls Australia's progress
November 8, 2015
BRISBANE - Australia took a big step towards victory when they removed dangerman Kane Williamson just before tea on the fourth day of the first test against New Zealand on Sunday but the Brisbane weather prevented any further progress. Williamson's departure for 59 helped to reduce New Zealand to 142 for three at the break -- 361 runs in arrears -- but a rain storm wiped out the final session and ensured the match would go into a fifth day. Ross Taylor, who has made 20 not out, and New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum (4) will resume on Monday looking to bat out the final day and save the test. Australia declared their second innings closed on 264-4 before the start of play on Sunday but home hopes of a quick win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series fell foul of a combination of the weather and obdurate Black Caps batting. New Zealand's victory target of 504 was always a highly improbable goal but anything looked possible while first-innings centurion Williamson remained at the crease. The 25-year-old, who scored 140 in the first innings, looked to be heading comfortably for the break when Nathan Lyon took his second wicket to make what could be a crucial breakthough. Williamson attempted a pull shot but the spinner's delivery turned to hit his thigh and the third umpire confirmed the lbw decision on review. Lyon earlier broke a 54-run partnership between Williamson and Martin Guptill when the opener got a thick edge which skipper Steve Smith caught in the slips. "I thought we bowled really well after lunch today, give New Zealand credit they made us work hard," Australia coach Darren Lehmann told Channel Nine. "Couple of key wickets for Nathan Lyon there so not a bad day. We'd like to have a bit more cricket but you can't control the weather." Guptill's 23 came from 133 balls in 186 minutes and he had missed catches from Joe Burns and Lyon before lunch to thank for lasting that long. The other opener, Tom Latham, was the first batsman to fall, making 29 from 71 balls before being trapped lbw by a Mitchell Starc yorker with 44 runs on the board. The breakthrough came minutes before drizzle and bad light brought up an early and extended lunch break. Mitchell Johnson's first five overs were maidens and it was not until the final ball of his sixth that he finally conceded runs when Guptill clipped three off his pads through midwicket. The hosts made 556 for four declared in their first innings before dismissing New Zealand for 317 on day three at the Gabba.   SCOREBOARD
Australia   1st innings 556 for 4 decl (U. Khawaja 174, D. Warner 163, A. Voges 83no, J. Burns 71) 
New Zealand 1st innings 317            (K. Williamson 140; M. Starc 4-57)                          
Australia 2nd innings (Overnight: 264-4)
J. Burns                       c Taylor b Craig                   129 
D. Warner                      c Boult b Craig                    116 
U. Khawaja                     not out                            9   
S. Smith                       c Williamson b Boult               1   
M. Marsh                       c B. McCullum b Craig              2   
A. Voges                       not out                            1   
Extras                         (lb-1 nb-4 w-1)                    6   
Total                          (for 4 wickets declared, 42 overs) 264 
Fall of wickets: 1-237 D. Warner,2-254 J. Burns,3-258 S. Smith,4-263 M. Marsh
Did not bat: P. Nevill, M. Johnson, M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon
T. Boult                       8 - 0 - 61 - 1                         
D. Bracewell                   11 - 1 - 63 - 0(nb-4)                  
J. Neesham                     9 - 0 - 61 - 0(w-1)                    
M. Craig                       14 - 0 - 78 - 3                        
New Zealand 2nd innings (Target: 504 runs)
T. Latham                      lbw b Starc                        29  
M. Guptill                     c Smith b Lyon                     23  
K. Williamson                  lbw b Lyon                         59  
R. Taylor                      not out                            20  
B. McCullum                    not out                            4   
Extras                         (b-3 lb-3 w-1)                     7   
Total                          (for 3 wickets, 53 overs)          142 
Fall of wickets: 1-44 T. Latham,2-98 M. Guptill,3-136 K. Williamson
To bat: J. Neesham, B. Watling, M. Craig, D. Bracewell, T. Southee, T. Boult
M. Starc                       13 - 4 - 24 - 1                        
M. Johnson                     13 - 5 - 42 - 0(w-1)                   
J. Hazlewood                   10 - 3 - 24 - 0                        
M. Marsh                       6 - 3 - 13 - 0                         
N. Lyon                        11 - 0 - 33 - 2                        
Umpire: Richard Illingworth                                           
Umpire: Nigel Llong                                                   
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                              
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama -Reuters