AUSvsNZ: Labuschagne slams ton, Australia dominate Day 1 at SCGJanuary 3, 2020
- 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 283/3 with Labuschagne unbeaten on 130 and Matthew Wade a breezy 22 not out.
- The Black Caps went into the Sydney Test without skipper and star batsman Kane Williamson, who has been ill in the lead-up. Batsman Henry Nicholls and spinner Mitchell Santner were other illness withdrawals while Southee lost his place to leg-spinner Todd Astle.