HAMILTON: Simon Katich hit his 10th Test century as Australia dominated the third day of the second Test against New Zealand here today.
The opener shared productive stands with Shane Watson (65) and Mike Hussey (67) as the tourists ended the day on 333-4, a lead of 300. Although muted in the morning session, Katich (106) cut loose after lunch, reaching his century before he was caught behind off Brett Arnel (2-43). Michael Clarke and Marcus North were unbeaten both on 42. The fifth-wicket pair put on 86 in the final session.
The day began slowly for Australia as Katich adopted a cautious strategy. Shane Watson brought up his half century with a four off Tim Southee. However, the seamer earned his revenge when Watson top-edged to BJ Watling at deep square leg, leaving Australia at 85-1.
Watling was involved in Ponting's dismissal six runs later when the Australia captain clipped Southee to short mid-wicket. However, Katich and Hussey steadied the innings pushing the total beyond 200. Katich brought up his hundred with a wonderful drive outside off stump off the hapless Martin.
Hussey had looked set for three figures but fell short when he edged a Southee delivery to Brendon McCullum. And Katich's 279-ball vigil ended soon after in an almost identical fashion, only this time off Arnel.