Lyon breaks SCG's Aussie spin drought

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Nathan Lyon's five-wicket Test haul at the SCG maintained Australia's dominance over New Zealand

Nathan Lyon became the first Australian spinner in a decade to take a five-wicket haul at the SCG as Australia charged towards completing a perfect summer against New Zealand.

Lyon claimed figures of 5-68 as Australia rolled the Black Caps for 251 on Sunday's third day of the third Test, before going to stumps at 0-40 with an overall lead of 243 runs.

The offspinner's haul gave him the best figures by an Australian tweaker on the traditionally spin-friendly ground since Nathan Hauritz in 2010.

On a pitch that offered plenty for Lyon but not as much for the quicks, he drew turn and bounce out of the rough, with the prospect of a fourth innings up his sleeve in coming days.

"I don't mind if it's slow if there is something else.

"There's a bit of bounce, obviously spin as well, and there's starting to be some variable bounce.

"It's quite special to go up on the honours board and take five wickets at your home, in front of your family and friends."

With the series win already sealed, Australia can whitewash an entire Test summer for just the 10th time on Monday or Tuesday.

Such has been their dominance that Sunday marked the fifth-straight time they had built a first-innings lead of more than 200, going back to the opening Test at the Gabba against Pakistan.

It wasn't their most-dominant day but the Aussies had still landed an emphatic blow by the time David Warner went to stumps on 23no and Joe Burns 16.

Lyon was central to that.

He bowled opener Tom Blundell on 34 and trapped Jeet Raval lbw for 31.

He bowled Will Somerville and Neil Wagner for ducks, before Matt Henry was stumped to a ball he blocked and Tim Paine whipped the bails off quickly.

Lyon could have had six had he taken his chances, dropping debutant Glenn Phillips twice off his own bowling.

It's an ominous sign for the Black Caps, with Lyon likely to have additional rough to bowl at in the second innings, with left-arm quicks Wagner and Mitchell Starc creating even more footmarks.

"I don't know if it's going to spin, if it hits the rough, or go straight," Lyon said.

"So my job is to bowl consistent lines and length and make sure I'm challenging these guys' defence.

"If I don't know (what will happen), I can guarantee the batters don't."

Pat Cummins also bagged 3-44 for Australia as he finally removed Phillips for 52, with the rookie living a charmed life after also being caught off a James Pattinson no-ball.

The world's top-ranked bowler had earlier claimed the scalps of Ross Taylor and stand-in captain Tom Latham, with the latter caught at mid-on for 49.

New Zealand were their own worst enemy at times, with Colin de Grandhomme run out for 20 when he took on Matthew Wade's arm attempting a second.

It summed up their afternoon, as a 63-run opening stand couldn't stop them being bowled out for less than 260 for the fifth-consecutive time on the tour.