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Black Caps eye face-saving ODI win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016
BJ Watling of New Zealand bats during game one of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images BJ Watling of New Zealand bats during game one of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling is ready to play his part as the Black Caps look for a face-saving win in the third Chappell-Hadlee one-day international against Australia in Melbourne on Friday.

The New Zealanders are playing for pride after losing the first ODI in Sydney by 68 runs and the second in Canberra on Tuesday by 116.

With the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy certain to change hands, Watling says the Black Caps have a simple goal ahead of Friday's final match.

"We just want to get better, we want to improve on those last two performances," he said.

"I think we can improve in most aspects. We haven't been at our best with the ball - we obviously didn't finish well the other day, and that's something we'll definitely look to improve on."

New Zealand were punished for an ill-fated decision to bowl in Canberra after winning the toss, the Australians relentless in reaching 378-5.

David Warner belted his sixth ODI century in making 119 runs off 115 balls, Australia finishing with a flourish in blasting 176 runs off the last 15 overs.

They were particularly ruthless on Matt Henry, Mitch Marsh smashing three consecutive sixes off the right-armer in the final over.

Henry went for 91 without reward off his 10 overs, Trent Boult finishing with 1-80, Colin de Grandhomme 1-74 off nine and Tim Southee 2-63.

The Australian effort was a step up from an already impressive performance in the first ODI, where skipper Steve Smith's 164 led the way to 324-8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"It hasn't been the greatest," Watling said of the Kiwi bowling.

"They've put us under pressure, they've run really well between the wickets.

"Their senior players have stepped up. Smith and Warner are leading from the front, and the boys have chipped in around them with the bat."

New Zealand's fielding has also been sub par, and Watling says they'll be looking to make big improvements there at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"That's my job as a keeper, to make sure the boys are fizzed, and trying to do the job.

"That's something we can definitely control and we'll have to do that tomorrow."

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