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Steven Smith scores 12th century in Australia vs New Zealand 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 4 at Perth

Steven Smith will look to take Australia to a safe situation.

Steven Smith has carried on his good run of form into this match © Getty Images
Steven Smith has carried on his good run of form into this match © Getty Images

Australia skipper Steven Smith has completed hi 12th Test century in Australia vs New Zealand 2015-16, second Test, Day Four at Perth. Smith came in at a time when Australia had lost an early wicket after Tim Southee got rid of Joe Burns for a duck. Usman Khawaja is the batsman, who generally comes in at No. 3, but Smith walked in at his place as Khawaja suffered an injury earlier in the match.  He has put over 150 runs for the third wicket with Adam Voges, who is again looking set for a huge score. Australia will look to bat out till stumps and get a huge lead and think of declaration on Day Five. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd Test at Perth

Smith had a good tour of England in Ashes 2015, where he slammed his career best score of 215. He did not get much of an opportunity to bat in the first Test at Brisbane as David Warner, Joe Burns and Khawaja hit tons. He has performed well, just when his team needed. Voges too looks set to get yet another century to his name. Australia’s lead is now past 140 and will feel safe if they get a lead of 300, just to be safe. With one more match to play in the series, they will hope that they can go into the game with a 1-0 lead. Live cricket updates: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd Test at Perth, Day 4

Earlier Ross Taylor had scored a career best score of 290 to help New Zealand to 624 and establish a lead of 65. Taylor on his way broke many records including the third highest run-scorer by a New Zealand batsman in Tests. However it was Australia, who won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 559 for 9 in the first innings courtesy of a double ton from Warner and a century from Usman Khawaja.

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