Lyon roars as Australia annihilates New Zealand to sweep the series

<pre><pre>Lyon roars as Australia annihilates New Zealand to sweep the series

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Spinner Nathan Lyon scored ten goals for the match when Australia underlined New Zealand's absolute dominance in the third test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday with 279 wins and won the series 3-0.

Australian Nathan Lyon appeals to Englishman Jos Buttler. Reuters / Paul Childs / File Photo

The hosts were absolutely unscrupulous with racket and ball throughout the series, firing New Zealand for 136 after announcing 217 after lunch for two to give the Black Caps an unlikely winning goal of 416.

New Zealand had traveled with some confidence that it could repeat the unique triumphant tourist feat from 1985 to 1986 across the Tasman Sea, but will return well beaten after an injury and illness that devastated the team.

With Captain Kane Williamson and batsman Henry Nicholls missing for a flu infection, New Zealand had no answer to the dreadful pace of Australian speed and Lyon's spin.

Lyon, aided by Paceman Mitchell Starc (3:25), cleaned up the stern on a deteriorating pitch and finished it 5: 50 to increase his 5-68 in the first innings.

After New Zealand dropped to 22: 4, Colin de Grandhomme scored a tough 52 out of 108 balls and BJ Watling 19, and on one level it looked like a fifth day was needed for the first time in the series.

But with Matt Henry, unable to strike due to a broken thumb that he contracted at the start of the game, Lyon ended the resistance under the SCG lights when he had Pat Cummins catch Watling.

"It's been a great summer for the Australian test team, and it's very special to be there to take tests at home and be very clinical with all wins, which is very impressive," said off-spinner Lyon.

"Having friends and family 10 on my home deck is very special, but every chance of putting on the baggy green is a dream come true for me."

Ross Taylor scored 22 runs for tourists to boost his career to 7,174 and overtake Stephen Fleming as New Zealand's best tester.

It was a rare glow of light for visitors and five balls after this milestone had passed. Taylor's stump was removed by a peach from a shipment of Cummins, the world's best test bowler.

"We were played out in all departments," said Williamson.

"We were good with the ball in hand, but we couldn't be good with the racket long enough … Frustrating and disappointing to come here after playing good cricket for a long time."


Previously, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne had produced more of Australia's five wins against Pakistan and New Zealand in their home summer.

Warner secured his 24th test century with an exhibition where he wasn't exposed in his home stadium for 111 when the hosts tried to quickly inflate the 263 lead they started the day with.

The opening player, just a few hundred yards from SCG, scored 154 and 335 in the first two tests of the Australian home season, but failed to break the half-century mark in five innings of the New Zealand series.

The left-hander was unlikely to repeat these failures on Monday after resuming without loss on Australia 23 on the 23rd, and reached the three-run mid-wicket milestone of 147 deliveries.

Three balls later, Labuschagne, who joined Warner after Joe Burns had been caught and bowled by Todd Astle for 40 years, passed the half-century mark in Australia's five home tests this year for the seventh time.

Australia's captain Tim Paine said after Labuschagne, who scored a first double century in the home team's first innings 454, had been caught 59 for a long time.

Warner ended Australia's five home tests with 786 runs averaging 131, while Labuschagne's glorious summer ended with 896 runs at 112, honoring both the man of the game and the man of the series.

"I'm no doubt very happy to lead this group, it's a special team," said Paine.

"Batting has become very consistent since Marnus is at the top this year and Steve (Smith) and David are back. Sometimes it is quite easy to lead this page."

Labuschagne was given a rare penalty for running on the wicket by referee Aleem Dar, but it never looked like the additional five runs added to New Zealand's first innings score of 251 would affect the result.

Edited by Peter Rutherford