Home bowler Neil Wagner claimed his first six-wicket haul as Australia's tail folded, losing their last five wickets for 41 after lunch at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

At tea New Zealand, chasing a series-levelling win in the second and final Test, were 43-1 in their second innings with Guptill out for a duck, nicking a James Pattinson delivery on off-stump to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill. However, early demons appeared to have long gone from the wicket and Tom Latham was not out 33 with Kane Williamson on 10.

Wagner, who removed Joe Burns (170) and Steve Smith (138) late on yesterday, completed his sweep of the Australian dangermen when he had Adam Voges caught for 60 in the second over after lunch. The innings ended soon after but Australia had already batted themselves into a commanding position at the midway stage of the Test.

Voges, who had crushed New Zealand with his 239 in the first Test, looked set for another special score as he chalked up his fourth 50 to go with five centuries from 20 Test innings.

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