Australia close to victory at lunch on Day 4 of 1st test

New Zealand's Corey Anderson out lbw for 0 to Australia's Mitchell Marsh on the fourth day of the first International Cricket Test match at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, Feb 15, 2016. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Australia captured three New Zealand wickets before lunch on the fourth day of the first test on Monday to move closer to an innings victory and a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Allrounder Corey Anderson was out for 0 in the sixth over of the morning, wicketkeeper B.J. Watling went for 10 and Henry Nicholls was bowled for 59 as New Zealand went to lunch at 241-7, still needing 138 runs to make Australia bat again.

Nicholls made a half century on his debut and was out half an hour before lunch as his dwindling supply of partners left little hope of New Zealand erasing the 379-run lead Australia enjoyed on the first innings, having made 562 in reply to New Zealand's 183.

Doug Bracewell was on 14 and Mark Craig, who top-scored with 41 not out in the first innings, was on nine when lunch was taken.