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New Zealand facing defeat in cricket test versus Australia

Australia leading by 250 runs in the first innings refused to enforce the follow-on, and batting the second time was 1-0 in the one over before the lunch break with David Warner on one and Joe Burns yet to score.

The New Zealand innings lasted 55.2 overs over 262 minutes while the Australian first innings consumed 10 ¼ hours and 146.2 overs

Starc controversially claimed the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme adjudged caught by on-field umpire Aleem Dar and upheld by review, for his 13th five-wicket haul in his 55th test match.

Australia's Mitchell Starc holds the ball high after taking five wickets against New Zealand during play in their cricket test in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP PhotoTrevor Collens)

De Grandhomme pulled a couple of boundaries off Starc, and two balls later, tried to fend a short pitch delivery that hit the face of the helmet before Steve Smith at second slip caught it. De Grandhomme reviewed Dar’s decision only to be upheld despite a series of inconclusive replays.

Taylor stood between New Zealand and the hosts with a 134-ball innings over 2 ½ hours hitting nine boundaries before offspinner Nathan Lyon (2-48) forced an edge and Smith at slip took his third catch.

The only other notable contribution came from skipper Kane Williamson (34) before he was brilliantly caught by Smith at second slip to end a fighting 76-run third wicket stand.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor plays a shot from Australia's Mitchell Starc during play in their cricket test in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP PhotoTrevor Collens)

Australian swing bowler Josh Hazlewood who left the field after bowling just eight balls in the New Zealand innings will not bowl again in the test after scans confirmed a strained hamstring.

New Zealand's Neil Wagner, right, reacts as Australia's Mitchell Starc takes off for a run during their cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP PhotoTrevor Collens)