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Boult hits career high as NZ nabs ODI win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/02/2017 Angelo Risso

When you're hot, you're hot.

New Zealand paceman Trent Boult notched career-best ODI figures as his side reclaimed the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in Hamilton on Sunday.

Leading the Black Caps' bowling attack as Australia chased down a target of 282, Boult notched 33-6, including a maiden, as the world champions were limited to 257.

But it was Boult's removal of No.4 Travis Head that proved key, tempting the Australian into hitting straight to Dean Brownlie at deep square leg on 53.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch admitted post-match that his and Head's failure to make more of their half-centuries was the difference between the sides.

Boult also snared the wicket of Pat Cummins for 27 before the speedster and fellow tail-ender Mitchell Starc could mount a genuine resistance.

The 27-year-old Rotorua native said the recipe to his Seddon Park success was no more than keeping things simple and enjoying a little luck.

"You go through that many games, trying to bowl certain deliveries, and you think you'll get a wicket with this ball but you don't," Boult said.

"But then days you just run in and bowl and it just seems to happen, and (this) is one of those days.

"Not just myself, but everyone bowled with a plan and purpose."

The 2-0 Chappell-Hadlee series win marks a quick turnaround for the Kiwis, who lost the trophy in a whitewash on Australian soil in December.

Boult said it felt satisfying to earn revenge on home soil, having struggled with dry Australian conditions and wickets.

Australia may have been missing a number of stars, including Steve Smith and David Warner, but the victories demonstrated the side's quick growth.

They'll now look to take that form into their matches against the touring South Africans in February and March, before this year's Champions Trophy.

"That's what we want to see, to keep improving, and there's some big stuff coming up but a lot of work time to carry on," Boult said.

"What we're bringing to the fore at the moment, the way we're playing, it's been very good of late here at home."

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