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Australia vs New Zealand third ODI: David Warner outscores NZ in big win

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Roger Vaughan
David Warner of Australia celebrates making a century during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground. © Quinn Rooney/Getty Images David Warner of Australia celebrates making a century during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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.

David Warner of Australia reacts after scoring 100 runs during the third One Day International between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG in Melbourne. © Julian Smith/AAP Image David Warner of Australia reacts after scoring 100 runs during the third One Day International between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG in Melbourne. 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.

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.

Aaron Finch from the field. © Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Aaron Finch from the field. 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.

Steven Smith of Australia catches Trent Boult of New Zealand during the third One Day International between Australia and New Zealand. © AAP Image Steven Smith of Australia catches Trent Boult of New Zealand during the third One Day International between Australia and New Zealand. 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.

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