Blackcaps v Australia: Hosts in control heading into final session

Australia have compounded New Zealand's misery as they went to lunch at 95/1 against the hapless Blackcaps on day one of the third Test at the SCG.

With Kane Williamson one of five New Zealanders forced out through injury or illness, the Blackcaps have endured a difficult opening session in Sydney.

David Warner is 45 not out after playing nicely through the offside, while Marnus Labuschagne has worked the ball neatly off his legs to be unbeaten on 28.

Joe Burns is the only man to fall for 18, edging one from Colin de Grandhomme to first slip as he lost his shape to a ball that straightened.

His wicket was the only positive moment on a tough day for New Zealand, who are already down 2-0 in the three-Test series.

Tom Latham became New Zealand's 30th Test captain before he lost the toss and was made to field first, while Glenn Phillips is making his debut.

Phillips was rushed from Auckland to Sydney on Thursday afternoon as cover, after playing a domestic Twenty20 match on Wednesday night.

Henry Nicholls is also missing through the same illness, while spinner Mitchell Santner's nightmare tour has also been ended with the flu-like virus.

Tim Southee has also been overlooked on workload concerns, while fellow quick Trent Boult is already back home in New Zealand after breaking his hand in Melbourne.

It meant allrounder de Grandhomme had to open the bowling alongside the returning Matt Henry, while spinners Todd Astle and Will Somerville have also been called in.

Out-of-form batsman Jeet Raval is New Zealand's other addition, brought in to bat at No.3 after averaging 7.3 in his past nine innings.

Australia earlier resisted the urge to blood spinner Mitchell Swepson on a wicket expected to turn.

A win in Sydney will mark their first clean sweep of a home Test summer since 2013-14 and their 10th overall.