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Lyon roars as Australia beats NZ to sweep series

Nathan Lyon captured five for 50 and 10 match wickets as Australia crushed New Zealand by 279 runs yesterday, capping a golden domestic summer as it swept the three-test series.

The off-spinner led the powerful Australian bowling attack to dismiss the Kiwis for 136 and seal another heavy win over the Black Caps after similar victories in Perth and Melbourne. Australia has been unbeatable this season, winning all five tests at home — two against Pakistan and three against New Zealand — after retaining the Ashes by drawing the series 2-2 in England. “It’s been a great summer for the Australian test side,” Lyon said. Australia declared its second innings at 217-2 with David Warner scoring an unbeaten century, leaving the Black Caps with a revised 416-run target in the fourth innings on a wearing Sydney pitch. But the Kiwis buckled under the pressure of Australia’s bowling, with Mitchell Starc taking 3-25 to support the wiles of Lyon.


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