December 29, 2019 / 12:19 AM / 24 days ago

Australia set New Zealand 488 runs to win Boxing Day test

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Ashes test match - Australia v England - MCG, Melbourne, Australia, December 30, 2017. A lone spectator sits in the stand during the fifth day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo/

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia declared their second innings closed at 168 for five before lunch on day four of the Boxing Day test on Sunday, setting New Zealand a victory target of 488 runs.

Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the opener in Perth by 296 runs.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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