Blackcaps v Australia: New Zealand crushed in third test to fall to series sweep

New Zealand have fallen to another heavy test defeat to Australia, going down by 279 runs in the final match of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Australians dismantled the Blackcaps for 136 on Monday, as the tourists fell well short of their chase of 416 on day four.

Nathan Lyon claimed five wickets in the second innings to make it 10 scalps for the match, after David Warner scored a second-innings century.

Batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner also starred again, as the latter scored his third century of the summer.

It allowed Australia to declare at 2-217, setting New Zealand an unlikely 416 to win.

Warner was busy between the wickets as he finished unbeaten on 111 from 159 balls, taking his tally for the summer to 786 runs at 131.

It is the most by an opener in a five-test Australian summer, as he cover drove as well on day four in Sydney as he did in his century to start the test season against Pakistan in Brisbane in November.

Meanwhile Labuschagne's 59 marked his seventh score above 50 in eight innings in a breakthrough summer.

It came came after his first-innings 215, while his 896 runs at 112 in this campaign are also the most by an Australian in a five-test summer.

The pair's only blemish came late in the innings when they were both picked up in the same over for running down the pitch and in the danger zone.

They were penalised with five runs added to New Zealand's first innings score.

But when Starc removed Tom Blundell and Tom Latham in the first five overs and Lyon followed it up with two straight wicket maidens, it was clear it would matter little.

Lyon and Pattinson both took screamers in the rout.

Diving at point, Lyon caught Blundell to start the rot.

Pattinson then ran 15m and dived to remove Todd Astle off Lyon.

Such was New Zealand's struggle, only Colin de Grandhomme (52) and Ross Taylor (22) scored more than 20.

It ended meekly when Starc clean bowled Will Somerville with a yorker 15 minutes before scheduled stumps and Lyon had BJ Watling caught in close to finish the job.