Warner man of the se­ries as Aus­tralia beat New Zealand

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MEL­BOURNE:

Opener David Warner smashed his sec­ond straight hun­dred and Mitchell Starc bowled lethal re­verse swing to spear­head Aus­tralia to a third em­phatic win over New Zealand in the Chap­pell-Hadlee Tro­phy in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day. The Aus­tralian vice-captain was run out on the last ball of the in­nings for 156 off 128 balls-more than half of his team’s 264 for eight to­tal-with 13 fours and four sixes. It fol­lows Warner’s 119 off 115 balls against the Black Caps in Can­berra on Tues­day. Starc then led Aus­tralia to a se­ries clean sweep help­ing to skit­tle New Zealand for 147 off 36.1 overs to re­claim the Chap­pell-Hadlee Tro­phy.

Starc bowled Henry Ni­cholls and Colin Munro with un­playable york­ers and then trapped Mitchell Sant­ner leg be­fore wicket with re­verse swing to fin­ish with three for 34. Warner, with 299 runs at 99.66 from the three matches, was named man of the match and man of the se­ries af­ter rais­ing his 11th ODI cen­tury and sev­enth for the year. Only In­dian great Sachin Ten­dulkar, with nine in 1998, has hit more ODI cen­turies in a cal­en­dar year. “It’s a team per­for­mance,” Warner said. “Credit to the bowlers for com­ing out and ex­e­cut­ing the plans.

“Our bats­men had to re­lay the mes­sage and they did ex­tremely well.” Warner was the dif­fer­ence af­ter New Zealand had made early in­roads into the Aus­tralian bat­ting. He was in­volved in part­ner­ships with Ge­orge Bai­ley (62) and Travis Head (105) which helped Aus­tralia fight back from 11 for two and 73 for four. Warner gave a tough chance on 18 when he pulled Lockie Fer­gu­son to deep mid-wicket, where a div­ing Ni­cholls couldn’t take a dif­fi­cult low catch. Then Aus­tralia’s bowlers fin­ished off the job with Starc in deadly form and sup­ported by pace­man Pat Cum­mins, medium-pacer James Faulkner and part­time spin­ner Travis Head, all with two wick­ets. Cum­mins claimed the wicket of opener Tom Latham for 28, snapped up by Faulkner at back­ward square leg.Faulkner got the prized wicket of Kane Wil­liamson, leg be­fore wicket for 13 with the New Zealand skip­per los­ing a re­view in the process.

Martin Gup­till chased a wide de­liv­ery from Head, and Bai­ley snapped up a leap­ing catch at short cover for 34 off 40 balls. Eleven balls later Starc bowled new­comer Ni­cholls with a wicked lateswing­ing yorker for three to re­duce the Black Caps to 83 for four in the 17th over. Starc then ripped through the de­fenses of Colin Munro and trapped Sant­ner leg be­fore wicket to wreck the Black Caps hopes. Captain Steve Smith sealed the vic­tory with an­other stunning one-handed flying catch at slip to dis­miss Trent Boult off Cum­mins.

“The catch wasn’t a bad one. It was a nice way to fin­ish,” Smith said. “We have put up a pretty com­plete per­for­mance in all three games. We needed to im­prove af­ter (los­ing 5-0 to) South Africa. “It’s very sat­is­fy­ing. We’ve played some very good one-day cricket, guys have been get­ting some big runs.” The Black Caps be­gan strongly and dis­missed Aaron Finch and Smith cheaply be­fore Bai­ley re­vived the in­nings with Warner. — AFP

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