Newest Batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne and off-spinner Nathan Lyon delivered outstanding performances as Australia completed a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand with a comprehensive victory in the third and final Test played in Sydney on Monday.
The match started with the Australian captain Tim Paine winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision proved to be a correct one as Marnus Labuschagne maiden double century helped the home side post 454 runs in their first innings.
Joe Burns and David Warner failed to capitalize on their good start. Warner scored 45 runs off 80 balls with the help of three fours, whereas Burns could only score 18 runs.
Marnus Labuschagne continued his excellent form in the final game of the series. He added crucial partnerships with Steven Smith and Tim Paine to help Australia post a big score on the board. Labuschagne smashed 215 runs off 363 balls with the help of 19 fours and one six, whereas Smith also chipped in with 63 runs off 182 balls with the help of four boundaries.
For New Zealand, Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner was the pick of the bowler as he claimed three wickets and conceded 66 runs in 33.1 overs.
Marnus Labuschagne smashed his maiden double to see Australia register 279-run win over New Zealand in the third and final game played at Sydney
In reply, New Zealand were going strongly and reached 117 for the loss of two wickets, but a major collapse saw them get dismissed for 256 runs in 95.4 overs. Glenn Phillips played well and finished with the top-score of 52 runs off 115 balls with the help of six fours and one six. Captain Tom Latham failed to get a big score and perished after scoring 49 off 133 balls.
For Australia, off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the star of the show as he claimed five wickets and conceded 68 runs in 30.4 overs.
In the second innings, Australia looked positive from the start and declared their innings at 217 for 2 after 55 overs. Opener David Warner smashed his 24th ton in Test cricket for Australia and finished the innings with the top score of 111 off 159 balls with the help of nine boundaries, whereas Burns scored valuable 40 off 79 balls. Marnus Labuschagne delivered another excellent contribution with the bat and scored 59 runs off 74 balls with the help of three fours.
For New Zealand, Pacer Matt Henry and Leg-spinner Todd Astle bowled well and claimed one wicket each.
Chasing 416 runs on a weary pitch was never going to be an easy task, and so it proved to be as the New Zealand were bowled out for 136 runs in 47.5 overs.
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme fought valiantly and finished the innings with the top score of 52 off 68 balls, whereas Ross Taylor scored 22 runs off 42 balls with the help of two boundaries.
For Australia, Marnus Labuschagne was named man of the match for his contributions with bat. With 549 runs in 6 innings, Marnus Labuschagne was named man of the series for Australia.