Cricket

NZ 209-1 at tea on day 3, 3rd test vs. South Africa

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Controversy over South Africa's treatment of the ball arose in the third cricket test in New Zealand on Monday as a record 126-run partnership between Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson guided the home side to 209-1 at tea on day three.

Williamson was 80 not out and Raval 75 not out, having batted New Zealand within 105 runs of South Africa's total of 314 with nine first innings wickets still in hand.

A day of milestones was partly overshadowed by an incident midway through the second session when Australian umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford ordered the ball to be changed after 58.1 overs. Their decision marked a rare occasion in which a ball is changed at the behest of the umpires, rather than the fielding team.

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