Good Morning folks! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 3 of the first of the three-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba in Brisbane, this is Rishad D’Souza along with Vishal Mehra and we will be bringing you all the live updates from this game. The match as it stands after Day Three is heavily stacked in favour of the hosts Australia at their fortress Gabba. Australia went to stumps on Day Three with a lead of over 500 and the declaration is imminent. LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane

The play at the Gabba in Brisbane has been suspended for the fourth day, with New Zealand reaching 142 for 3 in chase of 504 in this opening Test of their three-match series. Kane Williamson batted bravely, but it is up to Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor — the two experienced campaigners — to keep fighting the Australian bowlers. See you tomorrow!

Live Cricket Score: NZ 142/3 | Batting: Brendon McCullum4(5), Ross Taylor 20(24): Start of play delayed as rain clouds loom over The Gabba

 

 

Live Cricket Score: NZ 142/3 | Batting: Brendon McCullum4(5), Ross Taylor 20(24): TEA Nathan Lyon has brought Australian 7 wickets closer to a comprehensive victory over New Zealand after picking Guptill and Williamson in quick time just before tea New Zealand need more 362 runs to win with 7 wickets remaining in hand. Tea Report HERE

Live Cricket Score: NZ 131/3 | Batting:  Brendon McCullum(0), Ross Taylor 16(24): OUT!! Kane Williamson Nathan Lyon Strikes on the brink of tea. Kane Williamson was looking good before Nathan Lyon struck him just above the knee roll for a lbw. Brendon McCullum come on as New Zealand will not want to give another wicket into tea.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 119/2 | Batting:  Kane Williamson 51(57), Ross Taylor 9(9): Kane Williamson makes his 2nd fifty of the match. Williamson had made a ton in the first innings for NZ. Taylor is looking positive sweeping Lyon. This is Williamson is 16th Test fifty Both the players will be looking to stay on the crease as they near tea.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 98/2 | Batting:  Kane Williamson 38(39), Ross Taylor 0(3): OUT!! MARTIN GUPTILL Nathan Lyon picks up Martin Guptill just as NZ were looking to settle in for good. Guptill has survived and played the whole day. Ross Taylor come in to bat with being on a pair. Taylor must have a good outing if NZ were to even draw this match from here on.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 93/1 | Batting: Martin Guptill  23(124), Kane Williamson 38(39): Both Williamson and Guptill have survived close calls as Australia look to pick wickets with the danger of rain looming around. Nathan Lyon has looked the more potent bowler. Exacting good spin and bounce from the wicket. Starc will want to rattle a few NZ wickets before tea. New Zealand need more 411 runs to win the match.Williamson is nearing another fifty.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 81/1 | Batting: Martin Guptill  20(103), Kane Williamson 30(32): Williamson looks good to get another fifty playing delicately. Williamson also had luck on his side with lobbing up a simple catch at short leg with no fielder place. Nathan Lyon has been bowling with accuracy and getting little spin. Guptill is looking compact and calm. Guptill survive a close lbw call of Lyon

Live Cricket Score: NZ 70/1 | Batting: Martin Guptill 18 (72), Kane Williamson 21(17):Kane Williamson has looked as impressive as he was in the first innings. Williamson and Guptill have weathered the storm until now as Mitchell Starc comes into the attack replace Mitchell Johnson. Guptill is yet to hit a single boundary with Williamson already putting  2 into the fence. Nathan Lyon is on for Hazlewood.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 48/1 | Batting: Martin Guptill 16 (72), Kane Williamson 1(1): PLAY STARTS after an early lunch. Josh Hazlewood and Co will look to pick up wickets in a hurry as the weather is most likely to be stormy. Just before the rain interrupted play Latham got out to Starc on a very slow made 29.New Zealand require another 456 runs with 9 wickets remaining.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 48/1 | Batting: Martin Guptill 16 (66), Kane Williamson 1(1): New Zealand are dealt with a major blow at the start of their second innings when Latham is trapped leg-before wicket off the bowling of Starc, with the Black Caps losing their first wicket with 44 on board. The ever consistent Kane Williamson, who had scored a flamboyant 140 in the first innings, walks out to bat. And its lunch on Day 4, with the overcast skies giving way to a heavy spell of rain. OUT! Tom Latham lbw Mitchell Starc 29 (71)

Live Cricket Score: NZ 41/0 | Batting: Martin Guptill 10 (54), Tom Latham 29 (66): The Black Caps have had their moments of nervousness in the first 20 overs so far, but Latham seems to be able to get the strokes flowing, moving close to the 30s by now.

Live Cricket Score: NZ 19/0 | Batting: Martin Guptill 3 (37), Tom Latham 14 (41): Australia have declared overnight and Australia are probing with the new ball. Latham has looked solid with the new ball and Guptill is looking circumspect. Looks like an early breakthrough is imminent. New Zealand have to bat out six sessions. Hard task on hand but if the opening partnership bats out the first hour there will be some hope for the Kiwis.

New Zealand will have to really dig in deep if they are to make something of this match but as it stands at present a defeat looks inevitable for them. Big innings will be required from the likes of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham and Brendon McCullum. Ross Taylor who looked rather ungainly in his first innings endeavour will have to redeem himself. Australia on the other hand will look to wrap this up on the Fourth Day itself on a spicy Gabba track. Australia vs New Zealand 2015, Free Live Cricket Streaming Online on Star Sports, 1st Test at Brisbane, Day 4

Teams:

Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling (wk),  Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 1st Test at Brisbane