New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will be aiming to heap even more pain on Australia when the second Test at the WACA resumes today.
NZ will start day four at six for 510, needing just 50 more runs to overhaul Australia’s first innings total of nine declared for 559.
Taylor is unbeaten on 235 after carrying his bat yesterday, and he has the chance to bring up his triple century today on a WACA deck that has largely favoured the batsmen.
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A draw remains the most likely outcome of the match, but the spectacular feats of centurions Taylor and Kane Williamson mean all three results are possible.
Australia could have almost secured victory yesterday bit in a fiery afternoon spell of seven overs, Mitchell Starc regularly bowled at more than 150km/h and created two chances that went begging.
Nathan Lyon fumbled an edge at third slip when Brendon McCullum was on five, while Taylor was on 137 when Mitch Marsh spilled a sharper catch at gully.
The hosts also had an opportunity to dismiss McCullum for five and Taylor for 107, but failed to throw down the stumps.
McCullum went on to score 27.
Williamson scored 166 in Perth but was overshadowed by NZ’s ex-skipper.
In a shining moment for Australia, paceman Mitchell Starc ensured his place in cricketing folklore.
Starc was clocked at 160.4km/h at the WACA, the fastest delivery recorded in Test history.