CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja had Australia in sight of victory and the top test ranking on Tuesday after an absorbing fourth day marked by stubborn resistance from New Zealand and umpire abuse by the tourists.
With Burns on 27 and Khawaja 19, Australia was 70 for 1 at stumps in the second test, requiring a further 131 to sweep the series 2-0 and return to world No. 1.
Jackson Bird, with his first five-wicket test haul, and James Pattinson combined to end the New Zealand second innings at 335, giving Australia a 201-run target.
David Warner, who has struggled on New Zealand surfaces, was the Australian wicket to fall, caught behind for 22.