Third Test: Labuschagne notches his maiden double century_1

Third Test, SCG, Australia v NZ, day three, SCG

First innings: Australia 5-409

Labuschagne 210,  Paine 35

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne has hit his maiden double century as Australia builds a huge total against New Zealand in the third Test at the SCG.

Labuschagne faced a nervous 20 minutes on 199 as he shared the strike with skipper Tim Paine, without managing to get the one run needed to snare the milestone before the afternoon drinks break.

He ultimately manufactured an edged four runs off Colin de Grandhomme to break the tension and see Australia to 5-401

Travis Head battled for ten runs in an hour off 42 balls before edging a ball to the keeper off Matt Henry.

Tim Paine also eventually fell for 35 when bowled by de Grandhomme.

At the first drinks break Australian bowler Mitchell Starc told Channel Seven that he expected the pitch to conditions to favour Australia late in the match.

It is a bit slower than Melbourne in the last few Test matches," Starc said.  "But with this heat, hopefully the wicket dries out a bit and it spins but you might see a bit of reverse spin as well."
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Australia is on the verge of their most dominant home summer in history if it wins a fifth consecutive Test.

Tim Paine's side are yet to be pushed to a fifth day in any of their Test wins over Pakistan or the Black Caps this summer, winning all four in four days.

Australia have never swept aside opponents so fast so regularly before in a home season.

Since Test cricket began in 1877, they have clean-swept a summer of multiple matches nine times before but have been pushed to a fifth day in at least one of those games each time.

The only other instance that comes close is a top-end series against Bangladesh in 2003, however that was only a two-match series against the minnows played in the middle of winter.

the Aussies' 2019-20 record signifies a significant rise from the team that suffered their first ever Test series loss to India on these shores as they battled out of the ball-tampering saga.

-with AAP