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New Zealand beats Australia to clinch ODI series and farewell Brendon McCullum from 50-over cricket

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Brendon McCullum of the Black Caps hits the ball high and Ish Sodhi of the Black Caps dismissed during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Australia at Seddon Park. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Brendon McCullum of the Black Caps hits the ball high and Ish Sodhi of the Black Caps dismissed during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Australia at Seddon Park.

New Zealand has claimed the three-match ODI series 2-1 after beating Australia by 55 runs in Hamilton to give Brendon McCullum a fitting send-off from 50-over cricket.

Set a target of 247 to win, Australia was unable to string enough meaningful partnerships together as they were dismissed for 191 on Monday night.

Usman Khawaja top-scored with 44 at the top of the order and Mitchell Marsh (41) briefly looked set to peat his heroics of two days ago, but economical Black Caps bowling ultimately proved the difference.

There was controversy in Marsh's dismissal as he hit a ball into his foot and straight back to Matt Henry (3 for 60) for the return catch.

Replays showed the dismissal was a correct one, but Henry's half-hearted appeal prompted a long discussion between the umpires, who seemingly reviewed it after replays were shown on the stadium's big screen.

Ultimately the correct decision was made, and Australia's tail could not wag the team out of trouble. John Hastings skied a catch to deep square leg for 6, before an excellent Martin Guptill catch saw Matthew Wade fall for 17.

McCullum then had some joy in the field, taking a superb forward-diving catch in the slips to dismiss Adam Zampa for 2, before Scott Boland was run out soon after to wrap up a New Zealand series win.

In his last ODI for the Black Caps, McCullum came out to a guard of honour and handshake from rival captain Steve Smith to open New Zealand's innings, and proceeded to smash a signature rambunctious knock of 47 off 27 balls.

His innings included six boundaries and three sixes, taking him to exactly 200 sixes in his ODI career - only Chris Gayle, Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi have more.

New Zealand's opening stand was 84 before McCullum skied a catch to Hastings (2 for 42) to bring his 50-over career to an end - he will wrap up his five-day tenure at the conclusion of the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Fellow opener Martin Guptill made 59 off 61, while Grant Elliott hit a controlled 50 off 62.

But the Kiwis would have been disappointed their total was not higher after a good start, as Australia's bowlers tightened their grip in the death overs.

Marsh, fresh after his heroics with the bat in the second ODI, starred with the ball to claim 3 for 34 in six overs. Boland (2 for 59) and Josh Hazlewood (2 for 45) chipped in with two each.

New Zealand was 5 for 223 with 10 overs left to bowl, before Luke Ronchi, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne and Ish Sodhi all falling for single figures in five-wicket collapse for 23 runs.

The two-match Test series commences in Wellington on February 12.

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