Australia hoping for a bouncy wicket and good weather at the Gabba

Australia will be looking to make quick wickets in the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba today.

New Zealand will resume on the final day at three for 142 chasing an unlikely 504 victory target, but more showers are forecast for Brisbane today.

Bad light and rain disrupted yesterday’s fourth day action, wiping out the final session and allowing just 53 overs.


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Off spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed two for 33 runs and looms as the key for Australia on a bouncy Gabba wicket.

No doubt Australia would love a repeat of Lyon’s man-of-the match effort against India last summer where he claimed 12 wickets for the Adelaide Test.

Usually considered a fast bowler’s paradise, the Gabba has been a happy hunting ground for Lyon with 20 wickets in four previous Brisbane Tests at 23.20.

But Lyon believes their fast bowling stocks led by Mitchell Starc may prove the difference on the final day – weather permitting.

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