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Warner outscores NZ in big ODI win

NZN 9/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

David Warner destroyed New Zealand and led Australia to a morale-boosting series sweep of their one-day cricket series.

After rescuing the Australian innings in Friday's dead rubber at the MCG, Warner came within one ball of becoming only the 11th batsman to carry his bat through a one-day international.

He walloped 156 from 128 balls, including 13 fours and four sixes, as Australia rallied from 4-73 to reach 8-264.

It was a gettable target but, after a comfortable 0-44 start, the Black Caps folded.

They were blasted out for 147 off 36.1 overs, with the 117-run win giving Australia the 3-0 series sweep.

It meant Warner had outscored the New Zealanders by nine runs.

Captain Steve Smith ended the match with a stunning catch at second slip to dismiss Trent Boult off the bowling of Pat Cummins for one.

While the scheduling of the one-dayers in between the South Africa and Pakistan Test series has attracted scrutiny - and Friday's poor crowd of 20,591 will fuel the criticism - Australia's domination is timely.

The home team had lost five Tests in a row before winning their last match of the South African series in Adelaide.

Dominating the one-dayers means a further confidence boost for the recast side ahead of the first Test from December 15 against Pakistan - a day-night pink-ball encounter at the Gabba.

A direct hit from bowler Trent Boult ran out Warner on the last ball of the innings, denying the in-form opener a piece of cricket history.

Damien Martyn is the only Australian among the 10 players to carry their bats through an ODI innings.

Warner's second-successive ton, also his fourth-highest ODI score, meant he equalled India's Sourav Ganguly with seven one-day tons in a calendar year.

They are joint-second behind Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record with nine.

Warner was dropped on 18, when Henry Nicholls lunged for a diving catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.

Nicholls could only get his fingertips to the difficult chance.

Had he taken the catch, Australia would have been 3-46 and in massive trouble.

As it was, Australia needed a Warner special when their first four wickets went cheaply.

Travis Head (37), Matthew Wade (14) and James Faulkner (13) had important cameos, holding up the other end as Warner continued his rampage.

While Warner was the obvious man of the match, Head also took two wickets and a great outfield catch.

Head claimed the key wicket of Martin Guptill, who top-scored with 34.

George Bailey took a sharp catch at cover to remove the opener.

Paceman Mitchell Starc bowled superbly, snaring 3-34 from 10 overs.

Australian retained the line-up who belted New Zealand three days ago in Canberra to secure the series win.

That meant Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell again missed out on the XI.

Maxwell received a team fine last week after he made comments about batting below Wade in the Victorian Sheffield Shield team.

On Thursday, Australian coach Darren Lehmann praised Maxwell for how he had handled the fallout from the controversy.

Warner was the obvious choice for man of the series as well as man of the match.

He belted 299 runs over the three games at a strike rate of 109.

Warner wore a black armband on Friday to honour his old coach Laurie Heil, who died on Thursday.

Heil mentored Warner when the Australian star was a teenager.

Smith said Australia had gained plenty from such a convincing series performance against New Zealand.

"It's very satisfying. We've played some very good one-day cricket," he said.

"It's a different form of the game (to Tests), but guys have been getting runs - and some big runs - so it's always nice to spend that kind of time in the middle.

"Obviously it's going to be different in Brisbane against the pink ball, against a quality opposition like Pakistan.

"It's been a great series for us and great for our confidence as well. Winning is a lot better than losing and it becomes a bit of a habit as well.

"Hopefully we can keep up this habit for the rest of the summer."

NZ captain Kane Williamson said Warner's MCG innings was exceptional.

Williamson bemoaned his team's performance, saying it was frustrating their batting fell away so badly.

"It's very disappointing ... we were chasing a total that was certainly gettable if we were to play well," he said.

"We were far from playing well."

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