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Labuschagne hits century for hosts

News Desk : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2020-01-04 10:49:11 AM     ||     Updated: 2020-01-15 2:54:14 PM

Marnus Labuschagne scored a century as Australia started strongly against New Zealand on the first day of the third and final Test in Sydney.

Labuschagne hit 130 - his fourth century in five Tests - as Australia reached 283-3 at stumps at the SCG.

He and Steve Smith, who made 63, shared a 156-run partnership as New Zealand toiled in the field.

Both teams wore black armbands in tribute to those affected by widespread bushfires in Australia.

New Zealand have a depleted side with captain Kane Williamson, fellow batsmen Henry Nicholls and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner all missing with illness, while pace bowler Trent Boult has returned home with a fractured hand.

There was a minute's applause before the Test began to honour Australia's firefighters.