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Warner saves Aussies with another ODI ton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

David Warner has rescued Australia with his fourth-highest one day international score in the dead rubber against New Zealand.

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.

Warner was out for 156 and Australia made 8-264 after they had slumped to 4-73.

Had Warner not been dismissed, he would have become only the 11th player to carry his bat through an ODI innings.

Just one Australian, Damien Martyn, has achieved the feat.

While Warner missed out on joining that select club, he equals India's Sourav Ganguly with seven one-day tons in a 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.

After opener Aaron Finch fell for three, New Zealand's leg-side trap claimed a massive scalp when in-form captain Steve Smith was dismissed for a duck.

Nicholls caught Finch and Smith at a shallow square leg off the bowling of Boult.

That left Australia in early strife at 2-11, before George Bailey and Warner tried to steady the innings.

But two balls after Colin de Grandhomme dismissed Bailey for 23 in the 19th over, Mitchell Marsh was left cursing his luck.

His defensive shot back-spun and dropped onto the stumps for a second-ball duck.

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

His 128-ball innings featured 13 fours and four sixes.

Boult took 3-49, while Mitchell Santner and de Grandhomme took two wickets apiece.

Australia retained the line-up who belted New Zealand earlier this week in Canberra to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.

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.

Lehmann added Maxwell was a chance to come into the side, but was 12th man instead for his home one dayer.

New Zealand made two changes for Friday's day-nighter, with Jimmy Neesham missing out after a Marsh delivery hit him in the arm during the Canberra match.

Matt Henry sat out the match, with Ferguson and Nicholls taking their places.

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