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Rain ends play early

UPDATED 11 December, 2011 5:58PM AEST | by Stu Warren at Blundstone Arena

Intermittent rain during the afternoon meant no play was possible after tea on day three of the second Vodafone Test at Hobart's Blundstone Arena on Sunday.

Intermittent rain during the afternoon meant no play was possible after tea on day three of the second Vodafone Test at Hobart's Blundstone Arena on Sunday.

Umpires made several pitch inspections during the afternoon but the decision to abandon play for the day came at 5.30pm as another shower swept across the ground.

The Australian openers, Dave Warner (47) and Phil Hughes (20), successfully negotiated the second session to see the home side through to 0-72 at tea and in a strong position to reach the victory target of 241 and claim a clean sweep of the two-Test series.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand collapsed to be dismissed for 226, their last six wickets falling for just 55 runs.

The Black Caps tail went down swinging, allowing Nathan Lyon (3-25) to clean up in quick time and join Peter Siddle (3-66) and James Pattinson (3-54) as the multiple wicket-takers for Australia.

With Ross Taylor (56) and Dean Brownlie (21) at the crease for a large part of the morning session it looked like the visitors could post a big target for Australia to chase but once wickets started to tumble they didn't stop until Lyon had Trent Boult (21) caught in the deep to close the innings.

Hughes and Warner started in cautious fashion, Hughes particularly circumspect as the Kiwi pace attack zeroed in on a perceived area of weakness around off-stump.

He survived a couple of close calls and began to flourish as the session continued, finding the boundary on three occasions with well-struck drives through the off side.

Warner was the more fluent of the pair, finding the rope eight times and scooting along to be unbeaten on 47 from 50 balls when tea was called.

Play will resume at 10am on Monday with Australia needing a further 169 runs to claim victory.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 11 December, 2011 5:55PM AEST

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