Australia seized on a contentious challenge decision to grab a narrow innings lead over New Zealand on a drama-charged second day of the day-night third Test at the Adelaide Oval today.
Australia benefitted from the major talking point of the second day — how Nathan Lyon survived a review in which ‘Hot Spot’ revealed a mark on the back of his bat before he had scored.
The review was churned over for minutes before the TV umpire Nigel Llong decided there was not enough to go on despite the Hot Spot evidence to give Lyon out, caught off spinner Mitchell Santner, with Australia reeling at 118 for eight and trailing the Kiwis by 84 runs.
Lyon walked three-quarters of the way off the ground believing he was out before he returned to continue batting and join in a record Australian trans-Tasman series 74-run ninth-wicket stand with Peter Nevill.
Lyon was eventually out for 34 to lay the platform for the Australians to profit from their good fortune to take an innings lead with incapacitated Mitchell Starc smashing two massive sixes off spinner Mark Craig.