Christchurch: New Zealand have struggled on day-3 of the second Test match here at Hagley Oval after Australian opener Joe Burns and skipper Steve Smith played marathon knocks which led the visitors to a mammoth 505 run first innings total.
Trailing a 135-run first innings lead, the hosts have struggled and scored 121 for the loss of four wickets till the umpires called off day-3 here on Monday.
Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson are at the crease with 45 and 9 runs to their names respectively.
However, it was the last time when Kiwis skipper Brendon McCullum batted in the longest format of the game. He scored 25 runs in his last Test innings before Josh Hazlewood bagged his precious wicket.
Previously, the Kangaroos had trailed a 370-run first innings total by the hosts and they managed to score 505 runs.
Burns and Smith were the hero of their innings as they scored centuries and added 289 runs for the third wicket.
Burns scored 170 runs while Smith made 138 runs. Adam Voges also played a vital knock by scoring 60 runs.
Neil Wagner was the hero in the bowling department as he bagged six wickets.
Before the start of the day-3 play, everyone in the ground has observe a minute of silence on the fifth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.