A BLACKCAPS side with a host of changes were asked to bowl first in the third Test against Australia at the SCG.
Tom Latham became the 30th man to captain the BLACKCAPS with regular sipper Kane Williamson ruled out with the flu, along with Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner.
Glenn Phillips was brought in to make his Test debut with Jeet Raval returning to the side to bat at number three.
Matt Henry was a further change, brought in for Tim Southee, while Will Somerville & Todd Astle were both selected for an SCG surface that traditionally takes turn.
There was success within the first hour for the visitors with Colin de Grandhomme snaffling the wicket of Joe Burns.
Neil Wagner picked up other opener David Warner following lunch, but then the familiar pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith came together and went about giving their side the advantage.
The pair put on 156 for the third wicket, Smith scoring 63 before he was undone by Colin de Grandhomme late in the day.
Labuschagne continued to torment the visiting bowlers in the final session, Australia finishing 283/3 with Labuschagne 130* and Matthew Wade 22* at stumps.
AS IT HAPPENED...
UPDATE: Kane Williamson & Henry Nicholls arrived at the SCG & having a net - a call on their fitness will be left until the toss.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 2, 2020
Glenn Phillips arrived last night & already had a net this morning.
Mitchell Santner feeling worse this morning & ruled out #AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/eLe5fdX4nK
TEAM & TOSS NEWS: Tom Latham to captain, Glenn Phillips to debut & Jeet Raval to bat 3. Matt Henry in for Southee, Will Somerville & Todd Astle both playing. Williamson, Henry Nicholls & Mitchell Santner all out with a high fever and flu. Toss lost - we’re fielding 🏏 #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/BfO3aFOgoG— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 2, 2020
MOMENT for Glenn Phillips! Henry and de Grandhomme beat the bat early on but no luck 🏏 Wagner having a crack now, how long ‘till we see spin?!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2020
🇦🇺 | https://t.co/EPIJotM8GY#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/D52n4YCtvv
LUNCH! An intriguing first session in the Sydney Test, the bowlers have stuck to the task, both spinners with a roll before lunch 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2020
🇦🇺 95/1 | https://t.co/EPIJou3K5y#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/d43zGXoLSq
TEA TIME here at the SCG with Steve Smith (42*) & Marnus Labuschagne (73*) batting the majority of the session to put Australia on the front foot. Neil Wagner with the wicket of David Warner 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2020
🇦🇺 182/2 | https://t.co/EPIJou3K5y#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/g775c5qkCI
MILESTONES for @CricketAus at the SCG 🏏 Marnus Labuschagne reaches his century off 163 balls while Steve Smith passes the 50 mark yet again...— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2020
🇦🇺 CARD | https://t.co/EPIJou3K5y#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/qlWZphQSfv
WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme is the man to break the Smith/Labuschagne partnership! That classic nagging line and length forces Smith into a shot and the edge is swallowed by Taylor at slip 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2020
🇦🇺 CARD | https://t.co/EPIJou3K5y#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/9eNQoajMSz