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Aussies out to square ODI series in Napier

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017 Rob Forsaith

Australia's Marcus Stoinis plays a shot on during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and NZ at Eden Park © MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images Australia's Marcus Stoinis plays a shot on during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and NZ at Eden Park All eyes will be on Marcus Stoinis when the trans-Tasman ODI series continues in Napier on Thursday, with the visitors desperate to force a decider.

New Zealand claimed a 1-0 lead in the three-match series earlier this week at Eden Park despite a magnificent knock of 146 not out from Stoinis.

Stoinis also grabbed three wickets, including the key scalps of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.

The allrounder's astonishing innings has been the talk of both camps ahead of the second game in the three-match series.

Even Matthew Wade, who is Stoinis' skipper at Victoria, was blown away by the 27-year-old's dominant performance.

"I've probably never seen him do it with the ball and the bat in the one game, he got it together in a pretty important game," Wade said.

"We probably didn't expect Stoiny to do exactly what he did that other night, that was a phenomenal innings.

"But he's always had the power to do that. He's done it for Victoria at the top of the order. He takes his time at the start but if he gets going he'll catch up pretty quick."

Wade has returned home because of back spasms and will play no further part in the series.

That means 21-year-old Sam Heazlett will be given another chance to impress after making four on international debut at Eden Park.

The hosts are also dealing with their own injury concern. Perth-born batsman Dean Brownlie will replace hamstrung veteran Guptill at the top of the order.

"It's certainly handy to not have him in the line-up. He's a class player and he tends to get going a lot against us," Wade said.

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