3 Dec 2011

Black Caps trail at the Gabba

8:36 pm on 3 December 2011

Australia holds the advantage after three days of the opening cricket Test against New Zealand in Brisbane - the hosts lead by 122 runs at the Gabba.

The Black Caps bowled Australia out after tea in their first innings for 427 with captain Michael Clarke top-scoring with 139 and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin reaching 80.

The Australians then removed New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum, caught behind by Ricky Ponting for one off the bowling of James Pattinson as the tourists put on 10 runs before stumps.

Martin Guptill's on seven and nightwatchman Doug Bracewell yet to score.

All five remaining Australian wickets fell after tea, Clarke making it to the break but out soon after for his 17th Test century - the skipper caught out on the fourth ball after tea, picking out Tim Southee in the deep for Chris Martin's second wicket of the day and his third of the match.

Then bowler Peter Siddle only lasted five balls before he was caught for a duck off Dan Vettori, also the second wicket of the day for the former skipper.

James Pattinson fell next for 12 and Haddin finally followed for 80, caught by Martin off the bowling of part-timer Martin Guptill.

Spinner Nathan Lyon's was the final wicket, caught by Dean Brownlee for Southee's second wicket of the match.

Mitchell Starc was 32 not out.

Australian batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey fell before lunch, Ponting lbw for 78 to Chris Martin and Hussey caught by Jesse Ryder at short leg for 15 off Dan Vettori.