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NZ decision to bowl collective: Neesham

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/12/2016

The Black Caps' decision to bowl first in their ill-fated second Chappell-Hadlee ODI was a collective one, according to Jimmy Neesham.

Sending Australia in to bat on a flat Manuka Oval wicket, the Kiwis were thrashed for 378 runs over the 50 overs, the third-highest in their ODI history.

Set an imposing 379 runs for victory, New Zealand got off to a solid start with a 125-run third-wicket partnership between Neesham and Kane Williamson.

But a middle-order collapse, notching just 85 runs from their last seven wickets, gave Australia a simple 116-run victory and the trophy with a game in hand.

Neesham, 26, told reporters the decision to bowl first was clearly incorrect with hindsight, but not made by skipper Williamson alone.

"We have a panel of people who put their two cents in before the toss and the general consensus was that it was a little bit tacky," Neesham said.

"The springs were going into the wicket, so we thought there might've been a little movement early on, but that didn't turn out to be the case."

The loss in Canberra makes Friday's third ODI in Melbourne a dead rubber, but Neesham insisted there was no lack of motivation within the squad.

Playing Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a chance for the side to test their mettle against the best, he said.

"The way Australia has batted, especially in their own conditions, has shown us why they're the best team in the world," Neesham said.

"We set pretty high standards in this team and it's not often you get to come over here and play the Aussies in their own backyard."

Neesham has batted up and down the order in his ODI career, but lined up at No.4 in Canberra following Ross Taylor's eye injury.

The all-rounder acknowledged Taylor had the spot under lock and key but said he was keen to nail down a berth at No.5.

"Finishing off games, it's a little harder to make a big impact on the game, and that's what you want to do," Neesham said.

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