Australia on cusp of series sweep

Australia is on the cusp of a series sweep against New Zealand following taking the honours on day four of their Second Test being played in Christchurch on Tuesday.

At stumps Australia is 1 for 70 in their second innings, trailing New Zealand by a further 131-runs with nine wickets remaining.

Opener and first innings century maker Joe Burns (27 not out) as well as Usman Khawaja (19 not out) will resume at the crease on the final day of the second and final test at Hagley Oval looking to lead the tourists to victory.

Should Australia, who already lead the two-test series 1-0 get the runs needed on the final day they will not only win the Trans-Tasman Series but they will regain the world number one ranking in the traditional format of the game.

New Zealand resumed on 4 for 121 in their second innings, still trailing the tourists by 14-runs and lead by Kane Williamson (97) as well as tailenders Mark Henry (66) and BJ Watling (46) the home side posted a reasonable score of 335 all out.

That gave the Black Caps an overall lead of 201-runs but Australia took advantage of the wicket as they piled on the runs in the final session, with the only disappointment being the dismissal of opener David Warner (22) who was dismissed by quick Neil Wagner.

New Zealand 370 all-out

Brendon McCullum 145 (79)

CJ Anderson 72 (66)

Nathan Lyon 3 for 61 (10 overs)

Australia 505 all-out

Joe Burns 170 (321)

Steve Smith 138 (241)

Neil Wagner 6 for 106 (32.1 overs)

New Zealand 335 all-out

Kane Williamson 97 (210)

Mark Henry 66 (93)

Jackson Bird 5 for 59 (17.1 overs)

Australia 1 for 70

Joe Burns 27 not out (66)

Usman Khawaja 19 not out (23)

Neil Wagner 1 for 13 (six overs)

(Photo Source: Zimbio)

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