Australia was 154-3 in reply to New Zealand's 295 at the end of the second day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was on 67 when bad light brought an early end to the day's play. Skipper Michael Clarke was not out 28.
Earlier, Daniel Vettori threw away his wicket just four runs short of his seventh test century, triggering a Black Caps collapse from 254-5 to 295 all out.
At one stage New Zealand had Australia 25-2 but the home side recovered to be in a stronger position at stumps on day two.