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Australia on top despite Kane Williamson's unbeaten 70

Perth: In-form batsman Kane Williamson carried New Zealand hopes with another fighting half-century at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

 NZ's Kane Williamson avoids a bouncer on Saturday. Pic/AFP
NZ's Kane Williamson avoids a bouncer on Saturday. Pic/AFP

After Australia had declared their first innings at 559 for nine, New Zealand were 140 for two in reply on an easy-going pitch.

Williamson was unbeaten on 70, with Ross Taylor on 26 not out, the pair having added 53 runs but the Kiwis still trailing by 419 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Brief scores
Australia 559-9 decl (D Warner 253, U Khawaja 121; M Craig 3-123) lead NZ 140-2 (K Williamson 70*, T Latham 36; M Starc 1-17) by 419 runs

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