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Day/Night Test: Australia beat New Zealand in thrilling contest by three wickets

Australia on Sunday claimed a thrilling three-wicket victory inside three days over New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in the first-ever day-night Test.

Shaun Marsh took Australia to the cusp of victory before losing his wicket on 49 and the fighting Kiwis set up a tense finish under lights by also dismissing Peter Nevill to leave the home side seven wickets down.

Peter Siddle hit the winning runs, much to the relief of the crowd, to clinch a 2-0 series win over the gallant Black Caps.

Australia won the first Brisbane Test by 208 runs and the second Perth Test was drawn.

The match was redemption for Marsh, who has struggled to hold down a place in the Australian team with inconsistent batting performances over his four years at Test level.

Wickets continued to tumble on Sunday in a fast-paced Test where the pink ball dominated the bat, and which attracted a total crowd of 123,736.

It was the first three-day Test match at the Adelaide Oval in 64 years — since the West Indies beat Australia by six wickets.

Shaun Marsh only came into the Adelaide Test as a replacement for injured number three Usman Khawaja after he was dropped during the Ashes series in England in August.

He lost his younger brother Mitch during the final session when he was caught holing out to spinner Mitchell Santner for 28, with 26 runs still needed of victory.

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