Aussies Build Big Lead Over NZ In Day Three Of First Test

David Warner has become the 12th Australian to pass 7000 Test runs as Australia work to set New Zealand a massive fourth-innings target in Perth.

The Aussies went to the second break on day three at 1-75, leading by 325 runs and looking to bat well into day four and ram home their advantage.

After Mitchell Starc took 5-52 with the pink ball to have New Zealand all out for 166, in reply to Australia's 416, Tim Paine opted not to enforce the follow-on.

Warner went past Don Bradman's career tally of 6996 runs en route to 19, in what would be far from his most-memorable innings of the summer.

Australian batsmen Marnus Labuschagne (left) and Joe Burns run between wickets on day 3 of the first Test match. Image: AAP

He should have been run out for 17 when Mitchell Santner marginally missed the stumps, with Warner so far out of his crease there was no use diving.

He went soon after, the pressure of just four runs in 32 balls telling as he was caught trying to pull a Tim Southee ball that wasn't there to hit.

Australia would have been in trouble had Colin de Grandhomme not dropped Marnus Labuschagne on four moments later.

The No.3 is 18 not out, with Joe Burns unbeaten alongside him on 32. The Black Caps have used up both of their reviews.

Paine's tactics for the rest of this Test will be of interest.



Labuschagne's Century Puts Australia In Control Ahead Of Day Two Of Test

Marnus Labuschagne's third straight century put Australia on top of the first Test against New Zealand in Perth, as the hosts closed day one on 4-248.

Josh Hazlewood will not bowl again due to a hamstring injury, and Australia will likely want the new ball on Sunday under lights.

Earlier, Starc's five-wicket haul was his third in seven day-night Tests, as he rammed home his status as the prince of the pink ball.

After taking four under lights on Friday, he bagged his fifth when de Grandhomme was given out controversially, caught in slips on 23.

Replays appeared to show the ball had missed his gloves before clattering into his helmet, however third umpire Marais Erasmus couldn't find enough evidence to overturn the on-field call.

Nathan Lyon also took two wickets for the Aussies, including the key scalp of Ross Taylor, caught low in the slips by Steve Smith on 80.

It ended Taylor's love affair with Perth, after hitting 290 on his last visit against Australia at the WACA.