New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson defends a rising delivery , during the first cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane November 7, 2015. REUTERS/Patrick Hamilton

BRISBANE (Reuters) – New Zealand were 317 all out after lunch on the third day of the first test against Australia at the Gabba on Saturday, leaving the hosts with a 239-run first innings lead.

Kane Williamson had led New Zealand’s rearguard action with a defiant century as the tourists sought to cut as much as possible into Australia’s mammoth 556 for four declared.

The 25-year-old had made 140 when he was the final batsman to fall, a superb inswinger from Mitchell Starc (4-57) catching an inside edge which Peter Nevill claimed behind the stumps.

Australia captain Steve Smith decided not to enforce the follow-on.

After Brisbane, the series continues with next week’s second match in Perth before concluding with the first ever day/night test at the Adelaide Oval.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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