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Australia, NZ switch focus to ODI finale

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017 Rob Forsaith

Australia's hopes of winning the ongoing one-day series were washed away in Napier, but the Chappell-Hadlee trophy will still be up for grabs in Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match series following Thursday's farcical washout at McLean Park.

The second trans-Tasman clash was called off because Napier's sodden field was deemed unsafe - almost five hours after morning drizzle cleared.

New Zealand Cricket will conduct an independent investigation into the ground's drainage, with the home side's coach Mike Hesson stunned the "ground was not even close to being fit for play".

Australia's stand-in skipper Aaron Finch was likewise furious but urged the understrength touring party to move on from the shambolic situation.

Finch's team currently hold the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, having accounted for NZ 3-0 in a recent home series. It means they will retain the silverware with victory in Hamilton on Sunday.

"It was a good opportunity to come here today and try and level the series then go to Hamilton and try to win the series," Finch said.

"We had to win two from two. Now we just have to win one from one and try to tie the series up."

Finch didn't hide his anger about Thursday's proceedings.

"You're standing around trying to get back into a series, trying to level it at one-all. It was a bit frustrating," he said.

However, the aggressive opener knows the tourists only have themselves to blame for not winning the series.

Marcus Stoinis' astonishing knock of 146 not out in Auckland rightly grabbed headlines, but it was preceded by a woeful collapse of 6-58 that seemingly ended Australia's hopes of reaching their target of 287.

"We put ourselves in that situation by batting poorly in the first game and letting them off the hook with the ball at times as well," Finch said.

"If we get our basics right, we can do that (retain the trophy)."

Hesson was also angry about the situation in Napier.

"It takes a chance away. We had to win one out of two, now we've got to win one out of one," he said.

"It's all to play for in Hamilton. We're going to be primed and ready to go, we were ready to go (in Napier)."

Opener Martin Guptill remains in doubt for Sunday's clash with a hamstring injury.

"50-50 is a pretty fair reflection of whether Martin will be available," Hesson said.

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