Labuschagne, Lyon help Australia to whitewash New Zealand

Australia have won all the five Test matches in their home summer. They had completed clean sweep against Pakistan before whitewashing New Zealand.

Australia have knocked down New Zealand in the third and final Test of three-match series. Marnus Labuschagne’s memorable match and series gave Australia a 3-0 series victory over New Zealand. Labuschagne was equally supported by spinner Nathan Lyon with his twins five wicket hauls at Sydney Cricket Ground helped Australia to complete second clean sweep in a row of their home summer.

After beating New Zealand by 279 runs at the SCG in the final game, the Australians bowled the Kiwis for just 136 in reply to a massive target of 416 on day four. Lyon claimed five for to complete his 10 wicket-haul for the match. The left arm quick Mitchell Starc picked up with 3 wickets for 25. Labuschagne, after scoring 215 in the first innings, added another 59 runs.

Warner scored his 24th Test hundred on day four. He was looking good between the wickets and finished his innings of an unbeaten 111 from 159 balls. Warner ended home summer with most runs as an opener in a five match Australia cricket summer. He finished it with impressive tally of 786 runs at an average of 131.

While Labuschagne, who has been having golden period with bat, finished the series and summer on memorable note. He went on to cross 50+ score for seven times in eight innings in the summer. His campaign ended with 896 runs at 112 which is also the most by an Australian batsman in five Test games of a summer.

Australian bowlers were not far behind the batsman as Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins all had a fantastic time at home soil against Pakistan and New Zealand. They all contributed with ball in this 5-0 Australia’s journey.

After displaying excellence with bat, Labuschagne was named both Man of the Match and Man of the Series.


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