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Aussies and Warner punish sloppy Kiwis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016 Steve Zemek

Australia have punished New Zealand, flying to a commanding position thanks to a David Warner run-a-ball century in the second one-dayer in Canberra on Tuesday.

Australia are in the driver's seat after posting 5-378 thanks to a brilliant 119 off 115 balls from Warner, with in-form skipper Steve Smith posting 72.

It was Australia's highest ever ODI total at home and their third biggest overall.

The Black Caps were their own worst enemy with skipper Kane Williamson setting the tone when he won the toss and elected to bowl on the batting-friendly Manuka Oval pitch.

The visitors were hoping to take advantage of some early movement due to rain during the day, however Warner soon looked settled and was rarely troubled as he smashed 14 fours and one six.

Warner and Smith came together at 1-68 and put on 145 for the second wicket before Warner was snared by Colin de Grandhomme.

Travis Head repaid coach Darren Lehmann's faith to bump him up the order to No.4, making his second straight 50.

The 22-year-old was looking strong before his 57-run innings came to an end when he scooped Tim Southee to Colin Munro at backward point, throwing away yet another proming start.

Head was given a second life when was caught off the bowling of Matt Henry however it was called back because of a waist-high no ball.

New Zealand were poor in the field, with Williamson butchering an attempt to stop a Mitch Marsh boundary.

Marsh finished the innings with 55 off 34 balls, belting Matt Henry for three sixes in the final over.

New Zealand bowlers Matt Henry, Trent Boult, de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham all went for more than seven runs per over.

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