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Feb 22

Taylor becomes NZ leading ODI centurion

Ross Taylor becomes New Zealand’s leading one-day international centurion as his unbeaten 102 helps his side beat South Africa.

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Feb 05

Australia fall to series defeat after 24-run loss to New Zealand in third ODI

  • New Zealand 281-9; Australia 257 (from 47 overs) in Hamilton
  • Australia lose world No1 ODI ranking as New Zealand wrap up series

New Zealand have beaten Australia by 24 runs in the one-day international at Seddon Park.

Australia relinquished the Chappell-Hadlee trophy and No1 ODI ranking, with Mitchell Starc unable to save his batsmen’s blushes in the dramatic 24-run loss to New Zealand in Hamilton.

Related: New Zealand v Australia: third one-day international – as it happened

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Feb 04

New Zealand v Australia: third one-day international – as it happened

  • New Zealand win by 24 runs to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy
  • Man of the match Trent Boult recorded career-best figures of 6/33
  • Australia lose number one ODI ranking

6.14am GMT

Related: Australia fall to series defeat after 24-run loss to New Zealand in third ODI

6.02am GMT

It’s a shame this is only a three match series because either side of the wash out we’ve enjoyed two crackers.

These are evenly matched sides and that makes for nail-biting cricket. At times today New Zealand threatened to post in excess of 300 and looked incapable of making 200. Australia looked like they might win inside 30 overs but required a stirring tail-end bash just to take the game into its 47th.

5.49am GMT

It was a match that swung from one side to the other throughout the day but the Chappell-Hadlee trophy belongs to New Zealand.

5.48am GMT

Both teams have tried their hardest to hand victory to the opposition but this late intervention from Boult has been the most telling.

The dismissal of Zampa was superb and it was followed up by three dot balls to number 11 Hazlewood.

5.44am GMT

You will never see a more inspired piece of captaincy in a pressure situation. Williamson dared to place Taylor at fly slip for Boult’s first delivery at Zampa and it pays off to perfection. An angled length delivery edged straight to the veteran’s safe hands. Brilliant execution from New Zealand.

5.42am GMT

46th over: Australia 253-8 (Starc 29, Zampa 1)

Southee given responsibility to back up Boult’s breakthrough.

5.37am GMT

45th over: Australia 250-8 (Starc 28, Zampa 0)

Terrific over from Trent Boult. His country needed it and he delivered. On the mark early, then the wicket, then some serious sandshoe crushing yorkers to close it out.

5.35am GMT

Williamson has done what he had to and gone to his best bowler, Trent Boult, but the run rate is now below six r.p.o. so these batsmen don’t need to force the issue any more.

And Boult gets the breakthrough! Three line and length deliveries are followed by a quicker short ball that Cummins tries to pull but gets it high up the splice and lobs an easy catch to midwicket.

5.31am GMT

44th over: Australia 247-7 (Cummins 26, Starc 26)

For reasons best known to Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner remains in the firing line and the first delivery of the 44th over is long-ironed over the umpire’s head by Cummins for six more!

5.27am GMT

43rd over: Australia 236-7 (Cummins 17, Starc 24)

Ferguson back on and his extra pace works for Starc who gets bat on ball and pierces the gap behind point and then works him in front of square on the leg-side for another boundary.

5.24am GMT

42nd over: Australia 227-7 (Cummins 16, Starc 16)

Oof! Huge over for Australia. Starc and Cummins have decided now’s the time. They long-handled some monster hits off Santner, who for some reason decider to toss up some loopy length deliveries. Three sixes, two straight, one over square leg have set pulses racing around Seddon Park.

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41st over: Australia 207-7 (Cummins 9, Starc 3)

Neesham is given another over and he gets away with a poor one. Most deliveries are angled down the leg-side to the right-handed Cummins but a leg-bye four is the worst of the damage.

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40th over: Australia 199-7 (Cummins 8, Starc 1)

Santner, now with figures of 2/19 from eight overs, was the wrong bowler to target. Stoinis was slogging to the longest boundary on the ground, against the spin, and he joins Finch, Marsh and Head as batsmen who had opportunities to win this game for their country but couldn’t see the job through.

5.10am GMT

Yet another set batsman out caught in the deep. The pressure on Stoinis finally tells and he tries to slog Santner out of the country only to pick out Neesham on the long-on boundary. It will take something miraculous for Australia to recover from here.

5.08am GMT

39th over: Australia 198-6 (Stoinis 42, Cummins 8)

Williamson dares not give Ferguson another over, opting for the experience of Southee instead, and it pays dividends.

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38th over: Australia 196-6 (Stoinis 41, Cummins 7)

Big moment in the game as Santner returns to complete his spell. The left-arm spinner has been excellent so far but with the chase nearing its conclusion the pressure will be on.

5.01am GMT

37th over: Australia 195-6 (Stoinis 41, Cummins 6)

Big over for Australia.

NZ crowd here needs to get behind their team, should be baying for blood here… #nzvaus

4.55am GMT

36th over: Australia 180-6 (Stoinis 32, Cummins 1)

Stoinis is keeping his powder dry for now, watchful at the crease and taking the single where it’s available. Cummins is struggling to get bat to ball, eventually getting off the mark on his ninth delivery.

4.51am GMT

35th over: Australia 177-6 (Stoinis 30, Cummins 0)

The final passage of the day begins after drinks with left-armer Boult continuing over the wicket to the two right-handed batsmen. A beauty almost does for Cummins, short of a length rearing up to the batsman’s throat and it flies off the handle but safely in front of the waiting fielders.

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34th over: Australia 175-6 (Stoinis 29, Cummins 0)

Williamson going for the jugular, bringing Southee on. Both batsmen are watchful to an over of off-pace mixed seam deliveries.

BANG-BANG! Faulkner out for a duck as he edges Boult to a diving Taylor in the gully. Great plan & execution! Aus 174-6, 33 overs #NZvAUS

4.39am GMT

33rd over: Australia 174-6 (Stoinis 28, Cummins 0)

If Australia don’t win today they will only have themselves to blame. Three set batsmen have each left a lot of runs out on Seddon Park. It’s all down to Stoinis again.

4.38am GMT

You can’t believe it! For the third time this innings New Zealand go Bang! Bang! Faulkner this time the latest batsman unable to adjust to this pitch early in his innings. His hands followed a Boult delivery slanting across him and the recently placed Ross Taylor at fly slip made no mistake diving low to his right.

There’s a third-umpire review to make sure Taylor caught that cleanly, which he did, but – you know – cricket.

4.33am GMT

Right on cue! Head, like Marsh and Finch before him, throws his wicket away when set. Boult sends down a short ball, Head gets under a pull but can’t clear the short boundary and Brownlie takes a smart catch above his head in the shadow of the rope.

4.30am GMT

32nd over: Australia 172-4 (Head 53, Stoinis 26)

New Zealand taking things much more deliberately in the field now as this partnership for Australia passes 50. Ferguson is bending his back but both batsmen are now set and as we’ve seen all match runs are on offer once a batsman has adjusted to the pace of the pitch.

4.25am GMT

31st over: Australia 167-4 (Head 51, Stoinis 23)

The rub of the green again goes Australia’s way as Trent Boult is brought back into the attack.

FIFTY! Travis Head finds the boundary to bring up his fifth ODI half-century. Can he guide the Aussies to victory? #NZvAUS

4.21am GMT

30th over: Australia 159-4 (Head 47, Stoinis 23)

Noticeable increase in energy from Australia at the crease in the past two overs. Head now working runs in front of square before just about surviving a nasty Ferguson bouncer. The speedster’s follow up to Stoinis is tidy also, beating the batsman for pace but just missing the edge.

4.16am GMT

29th over: Australia 145-4 (Head 44, Stoinis 17)

Williamson continues with his bonus overs but Stoinis has had enough, after 20 balls at the crease his eye is in and the allrounder skips down the pitch and drives smartly through the covers for a boundary – the first in ages. And like Australian wickets one brings two, Stoinis taking to the sky to despatch Williamson over the sight-screen for six.

4.13am GMT

28th over: Australia 133-4 (Head 42, Stoinis 7)

A return to pace, and serious pace, with Lockie Ferguson. Can he land the sucker punch after the groundwork laid by the spinners?

4.07am GMT

27th over: Australia 130-4 (Head 41, Stoinis 5)

Another brisk, economical over from Williamson. New Zealand are really dictating terms now, strangling the life out of Australia’s middle order.

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26th over: Australia 127-4 (Head 40, Stoinis 3)

Tight from Santner again as the run-rate creeps up towards 6.5 rpo. These middle overs of spin have rocked Australia.

4.03am GMT

25th over: Australia 125-4 (Head 39, Stoinis 2)

Williamson also getting through his overs rapidly, buying his team some cheap overs against a batsmen yet to get settled and Head who’s lost his timing in recent minutes.

4.00am GMT

24th over: Australia 123-4 (Head 38, Stoinis 1)

Santner’s into his groove now, rattling through his work bowling dot after dot, refusing to allow the batsmen to rotate the strike. NZ’s premier spinner with 1/15 from his five overs so far.

Finch brain fade and Maxwell whatever-it-was mean Stoinis has to do it again #NZvAUS

3.57am GMT

23rd over: Australia 121-4 (Head 37, Stoinis 0)

A potentially game changing few overs from Santner and WIlliamson. Like Marsh before him, Finch has to take responsibility for a poor dismissal that’s allowed New Zealand back into the contest.

3.54am GMT

Bang! Bang! Just like earlier in the afternoon one brings two. Short and wide from Santner to Maxwell who gets a tiny edge that’s taken smartly by Latham standing to the stumps. The batsman uses up his team’s solitary review thinking he hadn’t touched it but snicko reveals the faintest noise and he has to go.

3.49am GMT

Aaron Finch, what are you doing? Headless chicken stuff from Australia’s captain (what was I saying about a captain’s knock?). There are runs on offer all over the place against Williamson but Finch is determined to knock his opposite number into Antarctica. He offers a half-chance to a diving Santner before holing out to Trent Boult at cow corner. So unnecessary.

3.44am GMT

20th over: Australia 110-2 (Finch 50, Head 33)

Santner looks innocuous but he’s been hard to get away. Finch eventually picks off the single he requires to reach his half-century, from 60 deliveries. *CLICHE KLAXON* – Captain’s knock in the making for Australia’s eleventeenth choice skipper.

3.41am GMT

19th over: Australia 107-2 (Finch 49, Head 31)

Finch is showing Williamson no respect at all, slapping another disdainful four through midwicket. Australia have noticeably gone after the first ball of the over in this run chase, enabling them to control the pace from the remaining deliveries. Smart tactics.

3.39am GMT

18th over: Australia 100-2 (Finch 43, Head 30)

Santner to continue after drinks, mixing up his lengths to keep Head on his toes. He slogs his way off strike but almost offers a chance to long on in the process.

3.33am GMT

17th over: Australia 97-2 (Finch 41, Head 29)

Williamson brings himself on to lob down his off-spinners and it’s an eventful over!

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16th over: Australia 86-2 (Finch 30, Head 29)

Mitchell Santner’s left-arm around the wicket spin is greeted by Travis Head with a crunching straight drive for four. Some good fielding limits further damage in an over that fails to offer any encouragement to the slower bowlers.

3.25am GMT

15th over: Australia 80-2 (Finch 29, Head 24)

Just three from Ferguson’s over as he aims for a slightly shorter length. It’s a troubling length for the batsmen because when a bowler really digs in the ball seems to hold up fractionally in the surface making back foot shots difficult to time.

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14th over: Australia 77-2 (Finch 28, Head 22)

Neesham’s second over begins badly with sweeper Brownlie fumbling on the cover boundary conceding an ugly four. It doesn’t get much better when he drops short to Finch and the Victorian slaps him like a line drive or an Andre Agassi return of serve, through mid-off with a horizontal bat. Brute force.

3.17am GMT

13th over: Australia 66-2 (Finch 22, Head 17)

Ferguson continuing to steam in but Finch is picking the pace well now and the line to the left-hander Head is awry. Head gobbles up one on his pads for a leg-side four in an over worth nine. It doesn’t matter if it’s 152kph if it’s a half-volley on leg stump.

3.13am GMT

12th over: Australia 57-2 (Finch 21, Head 9)

Full-time Twitter star occasional Black Cap @JimmyNeesh into the attack with his heavy right-arm seamers. Two singles from it as everyone concerned settles into things.

3.08am GMT

11th over: Australia 55-2 (Finch 20, Head 8)

Another over from Ferguson that’s fast and on the money. Australia work three singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

3.06am GMT

10th over: Australia 52-2 (Finch 18, Head 7)

Loose over from Boult, eight from it, with Head the main beneficiary. There’s something village about how hard Head goes at some deliveries, often overbalancing. Sometimes he looks like he tries to hit the ball so hard in order to lift his feet from the ground, turn his bat into a broomstick and fly away into the Bay of Islands.

3.01am GMT

9th over: Australia 44-2 (Finch 17, Head 0)

Lockie Ferguson’s searing pace comes into the attack for the first time and anything short has Finch hopping about uncomfortably. He hits 150kph with his fifth delivery which precedes a sixth that sticks in the pitch and has Finch cutting too early, almost spooning a catch to cover.

Oh dear. S.Marsh run out for 22. He hit four boundaries off his six previous balls #NZvAUS

2.58am GMT

8th over: Australia 44-2 (Finch 17, Head 0)

Huge over for New Zealand. Shaun Marsh has to take a lot of the blame, turning slowly for a second that was only just there and curtailing an innings that was building momentum.

2.55am GMT

Bang! Bang! New Zealand roaring back into this contest. Boult just short of a length outside off, Handscomb hangs his angled bat out without moving his feet and gets a thick inside edge onto his pegs.

2.53am GMT

Runs flowing freely for Marsh and Australia now, even off Boult. He’s measured the pace of the pitch and from the crease he waits for Boult to over-pitch and punches him down the ground for four.

But hang on – is that a run out? Yes! Marsh, bit off more than he could chew with a second to the arm of Santner and a good throw and take from the keeper sees Marsh a couple of inches short of his ground.

2.50am GMT

7th over: Australia 39-0 (Finch 17, Marsh 17)

That’ll do wonders for Marsh’s confidence. Wide half-volley from Southee and the West Australian just leans into a cover drive that skips over the outfield for four.

2.46am GMT

6th over: Australia 24-0 (Finch 17, Marsh 2)

Marsh – just two from 14 deliveries – is getting bogged down out there against Boult. He’s unable to work anything from the tight top of fourth stump line and length. New Zealand recovering well from Finch’s early assault.

This venue #NZvAUS

2.42am GMT

5th over: Australia 22-0 (Finch 16, Marsh 1)

Chance! Well, a half-chance really. Finch goes for the hat-trick of lofted drives but he whacks it straight at the bowler in his follow-through. Southee jabs out a paw but the ball ricochets out before his fingers can secure the dismissal.

2.36am GMT

4th over: Australia 20-0 (Finch 15, Marsh 1)

Boult sends down the first challenging passage, testing Marsh with a hint of swing – some shaping in, mostly curving away. Marsh plays and misses outside off, gets beaten for pace on his inside edge and then almost gets trapped in front playing across the line.

2.33am GMT

3rd over: Australia 20-0 (Finch 15, Marsh 1)

The first delivery of Southee’s second over is smited with dreamy technique for six by Finch. Similar to his lofted drive over mid-off in the first over, Finch goes aerially again, but times this one much more sweetly and with barely a flourish sends the ball arcing just wide of the sight-screen. Clearly Finch knows he doesn’t need to overhit boundaries on this tight ground.

Warm day in Hamilton… #NZvAUS

2.29am GMT

2nd over: Australia 12-0 (Finch 7, Marsh 1)

Boult will share the new ball with his left-arm over the wicket deliveries. Finch nudges a single early which gives Shaun Marsh his first view from the striker’s end, and he gets off the mark in quick time courtesy of some smart running from his partner.

2.25am GMT

1st over: Australia 9-0 (Finch 5, Marsh 0)

Southee opens for the Black Caps, bowling to Australian skipper Finch. It’s a loose start with four leg-byes worked down to fine leg from the opening delivery. Three balls later and the first delivery pitched up is driven aerially through a vacant straight mid-off for a four full of intent.

2.21am GMT

Just to remind you of the match situation. The Chappell-Hadlee trophy is on the line in this, the third of a three-match series. New Zealand racked up 281 in their innings, led by Ross Taylor’s 16th ODI century, to equal Nathan Astle’s national record. James Faulkner’s intervention of 3/59 was decisive, limiting what loomed as a 300-plus score.

Seddon Park in Hamilton is a picture, it’s warm, the skies are blue and there’s a good crowd in. The pitch is true and the consensus seems to be that Australia have their noses just in front at this stage.

2.16am GMT

And who doesn’t enjoy a swarm of bees disrupting play?

Related: South Africa defy swarm of bees to beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets

2.14am GMT

Plenty of other cricket news to keep you occupied during the innings break. Not least the ICC’s emerging plans for a Test championship.

Related: ICC agrees plan for nine-team Test championship spread over two years

2.13am GMT

Thanks Sam, you had me at the Velvets and my loyalty to your updates never wavered.

What a fascinating afternoon we have in store. 281 is in the sweet spot for hard to predict run chases. Australia, without Steve Smith or David Warner to anchor their assault, will be up against it, but there’s plenty of power in that batting order if they can only make starts. New Zealand’s attack with Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson promises plenty of entertainment too.

2.04am GMT

An ebbing, flowing, topsy, turvy, roller-coastery innings there by all measures. Some wonderful early batting by Brownlie, Williamson and most significantly Ross Taylor laid the foundations for what looked like an imposing total, before Australia embarked on a major tightening exercise of their own. New Zealand owned the first 35 overs and Australia the next 14, before Santner finished with a flourish.

At the halfway point a rollicking scoring rate, a small ground and a true wicket left most thinking that 320-350 runs represented par here, and I’m inclined to retain that view. Once Broom departed, New Zealand’s middle-lower order looked bereft of ideas for ways to get off strike, and that profligacy showed. They leave about 50 runs behind, but they do so in the knowledge that they bowl to an Australian batting unit so far unproven without their major talismen. Credit must go to Ross Taylor, who played the conditions masterfully – primarily operating in boundaries and singles. Never was a soft hand seen.

1.53am GMT

50th over: New Zealand 281-9 (Boult 1, Santner 38)

Last over to be bowled by Starc, and he devastates the stumps of both Southee and Ferguson in succession. He then delivers a waist-high no ball on his hat trick delivery to Boult. They grab a single meaning Santner has a free hit. He misses a length ball completely, no run. Santner doesn’t miss next ball though, striking one crisply over extra cover for four. Important runs. Two balls to go. And another four! Santner takes a full toss – a missed yorker – and lifts him over mid wicket to the vacant boundary out there. Last ball, and Santner finishes with a six! He backs away, Starc follows him, and he splits long on and cow corner. What an excellent final three balls for Santner and New Zealand finish with 281. Some summarising thoughts to follow.

1.47am GMT

Another! Starc on a hat trick! Almost exactly the same delivery from Starc. Around the wicket, base of the stumps. Ferguson defending, couldn’t stop it. Boult to the crease.

1.46am GMT

Southee is clean bowled with a round the wicket yorker hitting the base of middle stump. Pace. Execution. Tail.

1.45am GMT

49th over: New Zealand 265-7 (Southee 10, Santner 24)

Faulkner to bowl the innings’ penultimate over. Ball two and Southee slogs one to cow corner – he gets a good hold of it and it’s going all the way until Stoinis takes the ball brilliantly well over his head running backwards…his weight is taking him over the rope so he throws the ball back in the field of play. Replays confirm outstanding fielding, but it looks like his foot hit the rope, so it’s six. A single later to Southee and Santner then finds two to deep square. He then hits a boundary between point and backward point to finish a good over for New Zealand.

1.40am GMT

48th over: New Zealand 251-7 (Southee 3, Santner 16)

Southee facing Starc and Australia appeal and review after Southee appears to play and miss. The umpire was correct, and everyone’s bemused. He then drives one wide of extra cover and gets one to long off. A yorker follows to Santner – Starc is surely the best exponent of it in the game. He can only get one. Southee mistimes one to long on for a single, and Starc repeats his earlier yorker dosage to Santner. One squeezed run to square leg. They just can’t buy a boundary.

1.36am GMT

47th over: New Zealand 247-7 (Southee 1, Santner 15)

Faulkner is in and it’s a barrage of back-of-hand slower balls. Santner gets the first away to deep cover, bringing Taylor on strike. He gets inside the line of one and it strikes his thigh pad, snaking away down fine leg for four! There’s a muted appeal that’s ignored. He tries to hit the next into Larnach Castle but only succeeds in inside edging for one. He’s eventually dismissed playing the same shot, and Southee takes one to finish the over.

1.34am GMT

Taylor, trying to accelerate proceedings, hoicks one directly to Stoinis on the square leg boundary. It would have gone for six without the sweeper there, but it was a comfortable catch. An excellent innings from the former skipper, who bludgeoned his way to a total that’s held his team’s innings together.

1.30am GMT

46th over: New Zealand 239-6 (Taylor 106, Santner 13)

Taylor got the all-important early boundary to bring up his ton, and his ensuing single brings Santner on strike. Again, he can’t get off it. Starc is bowling full yorkers just outside off and Santner has no answer. He eventually heaves one to the leg side but long on cuts it off, only one. Taylor shows him how it’s done with a sublime drive over cover for four to complete the set of six. A little better from NZ there.

1.27am GMT

Taylor’s hundred finally arrives with a welcome boundary. He slices Starc to the third man boundary and it’s too quick for the sweeper to reel in. A mainly brutal innings from Taylor who has creamed a number of balls here. He’s been slowed down as his team mates have crumbled around him, but he’s been imperious himself. A great innings to watch

1.25am GMT

45th over: New Zealand 229-6 (Taylor 97, Santner 12)

Cummins to Taylor, and it’s a single to the mid on man on the ring. He moves to 96. Santner reciprocates with another to third man – I think he wanted to slap it but was too cramped. Taylor misses a back cut that goes through to Handscomb. He’s only one hit away. He does hit the next one, but it’s a mistimed under edge to Maxwell at point – he’s deep so they take one. Cummins is mixing up slower balls and cutters here, and Santner can’t get him away on ball five. Same goes ball six. Only three from it. That’s Cummins’ spell. 1-47 from 10.

Mitchell Santner hits New Zealand’s first boundary in 12.1 overs – a six off Mitchell Starc #NZvAUS

1.21am GMT

44th over: New Zealand 226-6 (Taylor 95, Santner 11)

As with most other overs, Taylor starts with a single to third man. What can Santner do? One wonders whether the Stoinis approach of farming the strike may be a better option. Santner defends the first, no run. He then hits a textbook on drive for six! Where did that come from? Whatever the case, that’s more like it. Santner gets out of the road of the stumps and hits a Starc full toss to mid wicket for two. The next one is a very quick in-swinging yorker that Santner jams out square for one, to bring Taylor on strike. He gets a single and will start the next over on strike. A better one from New Zealand, eleven from it.

1.16am GMT

43rd over: New Zealand 215-6 (Taylor 93, Santner 2)

Taylor gets to the other end straight away, leaving Santner to negotiate Hazlewood. He’s cramped with balls just outside his chest and he’s jumping to play them. He can’t find singles from them either. He then misses a pull shot, making it three dots and a Taylor single. Hazlewood makes it four dots as Santner pushes again to backward point. Will some further pressure tell? Not here, just another dot. One run only.

1.12am GMT

42nd over: New Zealand 214-6 (Taylor 92, Santner 2)

Cummins keeps his lid-man to Santner, and pursues a short length. After three balls he guides one to third man, bringing Taylor on strike. What does he do? Takes a single to third man. They’ve been going at around three an over for a while now – a stunning overhaul from Australia. Santner drives the last ball handsomely but Stoinis is able to stop it at short cover by flinging himself down to the ball. Three from the over.

1.08am GMT

41st over: New Zealand 211-6 (Taylor 90, Santner 1)

It’s interesting – New Zealand pursued a strategy of consolidation through singles at three down, but they lost wickets through that period anyway. Taylor starts this over on strike to Hazlewood, and takes the single. Australia will be glad for it. Neesham (1 from 6) takes strike and he’s bowled! Santner makes his way to the centre. Two singles finish the over as Taylor enters the nineties (the score, not the era).

1.05am GMT

Another goes! Neesham is hopping at a Hazlewood ball and trying to run it down to third man. He instead gets a bottom edge into the ground, and as the ball hit the base the off-bail wobbled, and then takes a significant amount of time to dislodge. In the end it’s all that’s needed, Neesham goes for a disappointing 1 – he really struggled to find a way to score. The Black Caps are somewhat sinking here.

1.01am GMT

40th over: New Zealand 208-5 (Taylor 88, Neesham 1)

New Zealand have lost 3-29, and it’s Cummins to continue. He has a man under the lid to Neesham, who’s wafting at air outside off stump. They have a slip to him as well, so it’s a reasonably aggressive field for the 40th over of an ODI. I wonder how Taylor will play this situation – he would have been eyeing off some party time about now but will probably have to consolidate. Neesham awkwardly fends Cummins and the ball drops just in front of the man under the helmet. I think they’ve found a weakness, Australia. He tries to hook a bouncer but misses, only one from it.

12.57am GMT

39th over: New Zealand 207-5 (Taylor 87, Neesham 1)

Taylor still dropping and running, this time from the bowling of Hazlewood. Munro’s then caught by Starc, bringing Jimmy Neesham to the crease. Are New Zealand behind now? It was looking very promising for them about thirty minutes ago, but the pressure is swelling now. Taylor becomes critical.

12.55am GMT

That’s a great catch from Starc, who’s diving forward to a ball driven in the air to mid-off from Hazlewood’s bowling. The Black Caps just can’t get going in the final overs it seems, as Hazlewood picks up his first for the match. A reward for pressure there.

12.52am GMT

38th over: New Zealand 204-4 (Taylor 85, Munro 3)

Faulkner’s been Australia’s best today, and he’s doing well to continue the stemming of boundaries. New Zealand bring up 200 this over via another Taylor single. The continual fall of wickets has stopped his onslaught, though he’s still striking at better than a run a ball. Still singles only.

12.48am GMT

37th over: New Zealand 199-4 (Taylor 83, Munro 0)

Taylor gets off strike early and then Hazlewood keeps Munro on strike for the remainder of the over. He does so without conceding a run too, which momentarily halts New Zealand’s march. Hazlewood will be thankful for the respite as he’d been going at six an over up until that point.

12.44am GMT

36th over: New Zealand 198-4 (Taylor 82, Munro 0)

Broom’s warming to the task here, he flicks one behind square and gets two for it. It’s still a singles convention otherwise, which Faulkner should get credit for. There’s too much dabbing going on though, and Broom is removed on the last ball of the over. Munro now joins Taylor.

12.43am GMT

Faulkner gets his second now, as the dab undoes Broom. He’s looking to run the ball down the third man but the open face hurts him. He succeeds only in nicking it through to the stand-in keeper Handscomb, and so a new partnership must begin.

12.39am GMT

35th over: New Zealand 185-3 (Taylor 77, Broom 3)

While I’m pontificating a par score, it occurs to me that this Australian batting line up is anything but steady. Bar a major outlier of an innings from Stoinis, the rest of the top order offered very little at last start. Perhaps New Zealand believe that a solid score of 300+ will exert enough pressure to do the job here? How the Smithless, Warnerless, and Khawajaless batting group manages the chase will be pretty interesting. Cummins keeps it tight early here, at one stage trying to effect a run out via a sweeping left foot caress of the ball to the stumps. Taylor had dropped and run and there was no danger. There was another bouncer-wide from Cummins earlier, and later on he follows it with a more traditional wide down leg side. He’s around the wicket to Taylor though, which doesn’t seem to be a bad option – he’s gone a fair few balls without a boundary. Broom continues the dab-athon, before Cummins bowls another bouncer-wide, this time it was extraordinarily high over the batsman’s head (a three metre high bouncer, says TV). There’s a single to finish.

12.31am GMT

34th over: New Zealand 185-3 (Taylor 77, Broom 3)

The players return from drinks, and New Zealand will consider themselves pretty well placed heading into the final stanza of the innings. Having said that, it will only take a mistake or two to leave the Black Caps floundering, as this wicket looks an absolute beauty and anything under 310 pretty insubstantial. Faulkner takes the reins and is glided the third man to start things off, bringing the new batsman Broom in strike. He in-turn brings Taylor back on strike. We’ve not seen anything too agricultural from New Zealand yet – I wonder if there’s any reserve of power to come. I think they’ll be looking to get to forty overs, then – if there’s wickets in hand – to truly go wild in the remaining sixty balls. It’s a festival of singles here, five in total.

Not a bad day for it! @BLACKCAPS #nzvaus

12.25am GMT

33rd over: New Zealand 180-3 (Taylor 74, Broom 1)

Cummins continues and starts with a bouncer-wide, not his first today. Taylor continues his own penchant for playing with hard hands, belting one to deep cover but only for a single. Broom’s off the mark to the same region, albeit with softer hands. Taylor ticks it over and leaves Broom with the strike for the final ball, but he can’t find a run. Not the worst result for New Zealand, who will start the over with Taylor on strike.

12.21am GMT

32nd over: New Zealand 176-3 (Taylor 72, Broom 0)

The first leg is cleared here, as Brownlie delivers on my earlier, convenient prediction. It goes straight over the bowler’s head for four, as you sense the runs are about to flow. I’m going to call 340-350 as par here, the going looks very good for batsmen, without even having to do much. A good sign of a great batting wicket is the needlessness for foot movement. A single later and Australia are reviewing a caught behind! It looked like a bat-on-ground situation but snicko suggests otherwise, there is a faint edge and he’s gone! You’ll see the description below but that might hold New Zealand up a fraction. It’s Broom to the crease. A good over from Faulkner.

12.20am GMT

So Brownlie goes for a well-made 63. He was caught behind from a full Faulkner delivery, which found his bottom edge. It looked like a bat-on-ground situation but snicko suggested otherwise. A good catch from Handscomb diving forward.

12.13am GMT

31st over: New Zealand 169-2 (Taylor 70, Brownlie 58)

120 balls left for NZ and it’s Cummins first up. Taylor outside edges one early that flies to the third man boundary to set up the over well. After a single, Cummins replies with a bouncer to Brownlie that almost has him hitting the deck to evade it. He finds a single to deep square immediately afterward. Taylor gets one himself. I wonder if Brownlie will be looking to accelerate soon.

12.10am GMT

30th over: New Zealand 162-2 (Taylor 64, Brownlie 57)

They’re hitting the stumps, Australia. This time it’s Stoinis trying to take Taylor down (the best chance they’ve got, it seems) but the NZ man makes his ground after cutting one to point. Brownlie is trying to up the ante but edges another one after being beaten in flight. He gets one. He does better next time though, this time giving himself room outside leg and lofting the ball over extra cover for four to finish the over well.

12.06am GMT

29th over: New Zealand 155-2 (Taylor 62, Brownlie 55)

Starc commences his sixth over with the requisite in-out field and it’s fairly non eventful early on. Both batsmen grab a single each, Brownlie through mid wicket and Taylor – searching for a boundary – is cramped and gets one to point. Brownlie sends Taylor back to the non strikers after driving one and Finch throws down the stumps, but Taylor is well safe. Starc finishes without conceding.

12.01am GMT

28th over: New Zealand 153-2 (Taylor 61, Brownlie 51)

Taylor finds the boundary from Zampa’s first ball via a late cut, and later on Brownlie’s dropped by Stoinis – he was beaten in flight by Zampa, lunging forward and driving uppishly. The ball skewed off his bat and just over Stoinis at point, who jumped like Larry Bird to get a hand on it, but no more. He’s lucky to survive.

11.58pm GMT

27th over: New Zealand 147-2 (Taylor 56, Brownlie 50)

It’s Starc now, as Finch continues to ring the changes. He starts well – ‘well’ being defined as no boundaries conceded. There are four singles to the offside, one of which brings up Brownlie’s first ODI fifty. It comes from 65 balls – he’s anchored the innings so far.

11.52pm GMT

26th over: New Zealand 143-2 (Taylor 54, Brownlie 48)

Zampa’s reintroduced, and Taylor is eclipsing Brownlie for runs. Zampa finally errs in length, with a short one pulled to the backward square boundary for four. The following one is inside edged through mid wicket and it brings up Taylor’s fifty. It comes from 44 balls, and it’s been notable for its raw power. It’s not been one of deft singles and fine touch. As if to underscore this, Taylor completes the over by blazing an overpitched ball through cover for four.

11.49pm GMT

25th over: New Zealand 133-2 (Taylor 45, Brownlie 47)

Taylor’s almost caught Brownlie here. Cricinfo reliably informs me that he was on four when Brownlie reached 40. All of his runs, even singles, are hit firmly. He’s crunching a pull shot from Stoinis to deep mid wicket and driving one to the edge of the circle on the off side. His power allows Brownlie to play second fiddle. Stoinis then hits Brownlie on the pad and they go up in unison! The umpire says not out, and the Australians agree. He was back in his crease, feet not moving, and trying to swat the ball wide of midwicket. Replays show it was missing.

11.44pm GMT

24th over: New Zealand 130-2 (Taylor 43, Brownlie 46)

As mentioned earlier, Taylor is hitting the ball hard here. He misses out with a midwicket flick on ball one, but smashes the next behind square off the front foot. Wasn’t that wide either. He goes very hard at the next and a thick outside edge just evades Handscomb and runs away for four. He may have got a hand to it but he wasn’t a genuine chance. Cover stops another one that’s flayed from Taylor, and he settles for a single to finish.

11.41pm GMT

23rd over: New Zealand 121-2 (Taylor 34, Brownlie 46)

Stoinis, who was hammered early, is back into the attack. With six bowlers already used, I wonder if Head has been relieved of his bowling duties. Much will depend on whether Stoinis can rebound from his early, leaky start. Like Faulkner before him, he’s not conceding anything too dramatic – his length is tight and there are only three singles from the over, heading into the final ball. Brownlie chops it into the off side but can’t get a run. Only three from it, given the state of the wicket I wonder if NZ feel the pressure building.

11.37pm GMT

22nd over: New Zealand 118-2 (Taylor 32, Brownlie 45)

Taylor looks in a hurry here. He can’t find the boundary from Faulkner, but his whip to deep square leg and even his dab to third man have a hardness of hands that suggest he wants to explode. Brownlie meanwhile continues solidly, flicking one and pulling one for singles of his own. Getting the sense that this is a wonderful day for batting, so Taylor’s urgency may be justified. A small ground and a good wicket means 320-350 may be par. Boundaryless overs are very welcome too, and Faulkner’s is one. Five off the over.

11.33pm GMT

21st over: New Zealand 113-2 (Taylor 29, Brownlie 43)

Hazlewood’s going at nearly six an over as his starts, which he won’t be comfortable with. He’s still fairly straight though, and concedes singles to deep square leg early on. He’s then short and wide and Taylor cuts him hard over backward point for four. Miserly he is not. It’s actually kind of refreshing. Another single to deep square makes it seven from the over.

11.29pm GMT

20th over: New Zealand 106-2 (Taylor 23, Brownlie 42)

Faulkner is the third-change bowler now, ready to effect his array of cutters, back-of-hand slower balls and angry faces. There’s a leg bye off the hip to start, then Faulkner finds an edge through the vacant slip region for four. That was Taylor, who did have softish hands through the shot to be fair to him. Faulkner is much straighter than his colleagues so far, and he gets worked to fine leg on ball number five. He’s around the wicket to Brownlie now, and a ball aimed right at the top of off earns him a dot. Six off the over, Ross Taylor looking ominous.

11.25pm GMT

19th over: New Zealand 100-2 (Taylor 18, Brownlie 42)

Some rare freedom is offered by Hazlewood and Taylor’s able to take full toll in the over here. Balls two and three are short and Taylor cuts the first hard through point and pulls the second ferociously in front of square leg – both for boundaries. He’s uncharacteristically off-length here is Hazlewood – he narrowly escapes from a half volley on middle and leg, before another bit of width is smashed through the off side for the third boundary of the over.

11.21pm GMT

18th over: New Zealand 88-2 (Taylor 6, Brownlie 42)

Zampa continues to push the ball through and has further success. Brownlie tries to cut his second ball but extra bounce and pace means it catches the top edge, falling just short of point. A few more to long off and long on completes the over. Zampa has been immense in putting the screws on here, both he and Cummins have crucially arrested NZs momentum. Hazlewood to continue now…

11.15pm GMT

17th over: New Zealand 84-2 (Taylor 4, Brownlie 40)

Hazlewood comes back and gets an edge that falls short of the keeper. Taylor was cutting a full one and luckily escapes. I hear the dulcet tones of colleague Geoff Lemon coming through the commentary airwaves on Radio Sport NZ too – cheerio, mate. More dots before a rising Hazlewood delivery is fended by Taylor for a single. An angled final ball is pushed to square leg by Brownlie for another single. The armwrestle is back on. That’s drinks. Honours even, in my view.

11.11pm GMT

16th over: New Zealand 81-2 (Taylor 3, Brownlie 38)

Zampa’s full and flat and outside off stump, and he’s tough to get away. Brownlie and Taylor are able to find two and one respectively before Zampa drops short to Taylor, who cuts him beyond the ring fielder at point for two. A good throw from the boundary has him diving but he was always safe.

11.08pm GMT

15th over: New Zealand 76-2 (Taylor 0, Brownlie 36)

Good pace from Cummins elicits a thick outside edge from Brownlie down to third man for one. Williamson has just entered a slight lull himself, defending one resolutely, then running one to third man. Cummins attempts a bouncer but it’s poorly directed – well over Brownlie’s head for a wide. He drives at the next and gets another thick outside edge as it flies down to third man for one. Boundaries have dried up here, I wonder if New Zealand will try to manufacture one? [I promise I wrote that before the following ball]. Cummins then beat Williamson with bounce and seam to grab the wicket, and Taylor saw out the last ball to bring it to a close.

11.06pm GMT

There’s the wicket! Just as the boundaries had dried up Cummins gets one to seam in markedly, taking the edge of Williamson who was trying to cut one that ended up way too close to his body to do so. He’s cramped and can only feather it through to Handscomb. Great reward for Cummins.

11.01pm GMT

14th over: New Zealand 72-1 (Williamson 36, Brownlie 34)

NZ content to work further singles here as Zampa gallops back to his mark in between balls. He deceives batsmen less through spin and more through pace, conceding only two heading into the last ball. Brownlie gives himself room on the final delivery but Zampa follows him. He can only slap it for one to long-off. Another good one from Australia.

10.58pm GMT

13th over: New Zealand 69-1 (Williamson 35, Brownlie 32)

12 overs in and Australia have reverted to three boundary riders. The batsmen seem set and we’ve probably entered mid-overs singles territory already. There’s one to deep cover and a dab to third man before Williamson does well to evade a sharp Cummins bouncer. He’s dried things up here, briefly stemming the flow of boundaries earlier in his spell, and he finishes with only two from his over.

10.54pm GMT

12th over: New Zealand 67-1 (Williamson 34, Brownlie 31)

Stoinis is hooked, Zampa is on. We briefly see a crowd-held sign with the words ‘Stoinis Is A One Match Wonder’. Cricket can be desperately unforgiving, can’t it? Zampa’s on the money straight away, finding a fullish length on that off stump line that we’ve become accustomed to. Williamson can’t put away a full toss later in the over, so it’s a smattering of singles down to longs off and on. A single from every ball, in fact. Six off, nothing dramatic.

10.50pm GMT

11th over: New Zealand 61-1 (Williamson 31, Brownlie 28)

There’s a little conference between captain Finch and Cummins before this over commences, and the Australian starts well. It’s a small ground here in Hamilton, with one pronounced ‘short’ boundary square of the wicket. Where the wicket appeared slow-ish at the games start, it seems true and hard now. Cummins angles one in to Williamson’s chest, and the Black Caps’ captain moves quickly to swivel the ball square of fine leg, but it’s only a single. Four balls in and it’s better from Cummins so far, but how will he finish? A slower ball is turned for one to the now-deep midwicket boundary, and there’s a dot to finish. We see Zampa warming up here too.

Marcus Stoinis taking his sweet time winning us this game. Hurry up, man. #NZvAUS

10.45pm GMT

10th over: New Zealand 59-1 (Williamson 30, Brownlie 27)

The carnage continues early in the piece here. Stoinis inexplicably offers further width – his full ball outside off stump is flayed to the square boundary. Stoinis briefly corrects his line before the next is flicked through mid wicket. His line remains on leg, so the following ball goes through there too – this time for two runs. Like Cummins, Stoinis is both sides of the wicket here. Their bowling partnership has been poor so far.

10.42pm GMT

9th over: New Zealand 52-1 (Williamson 25, Brownlie 25)

It’s Cummins from the other end, meaning a double-change for Australia. Listening to some commentary here – some people cannot help but pronounce his name ‘Cummings’, can they? Anyway, Williamson is able to drop-kick his first ball over wide mid-on for four, dab one to third man, and then Brownlie joins the act with a sumptuous drive down the ground, albeit with minimal foot movement. Cummins is struggling here, and Brownlie takes to him again – this time with a cut shot that sails over point to the boundary. New Zealand are racing now – Cummins was all over the place there.

10.37pm GMT

8th over: New Zealand 39-1 (Williamson 20, Brownlie 17)

So it’s Stoinis into the attack now and he starts dryly; his chesty, muscling-approach securing a few dots to kick things off. He then seems to come in wider of the crease and the ball is similarly so – it means Williamson can cut behind gully to the short boundary for four. The next ball is similar though Williamson hits squarer this time – another boundary. A glide down to third man for one and a dot conclude proceedings.

10.33pm GMT

7th over: New Zealand 30-1 (Williamson 11, Brownlie 17)

Starc’s first ball offers the most marginal width but it’s all Brownlie needs. His weight is slightly forward when he cuts hard into the ground, piercing cover and backward point for four. Could Hazlewood have cut that off? Probably not. Brownlie then grabs a single before Williamson finds two more, much in the same vein as Brownlie’s initial boundary. After a slow start and the initial loss of Latham New Zealand are moving along pretty well here – I wouldn’t be surprised if Australia seek a change soon. Starc finishes with another full toss that creates a leading edge. The ball ends up between cover and mid-off, meaning another single for the Black Caps.

10.28pm GMT

6th over: New Zealand 22-1 (Williamson 8, Brownlie 12)

Hazlewood starts with a yorker, and it’s probably the sixth or seventh already for the match. He draws a few more forward defensive strokes before he’s worked through mid wicket by Williamson for three. Brownlie then plays a consummate straight drive that would have likely gone to the boundary but for the mega hands of Hazlewood, who’s able to remove the sting from the ball, so there’s only a single.

10.23pm GMT

5th over: New Zealand 18-1 (Williamson 5, Brownlie 11)

Brownlie gets off strike on ball one to bring Williamson on strike for his first one. He leaves one before he jams down on a quick one from Starc – the open face beats second slip and Hazlewood at third man, giving the captain an early boundary. He tucks the next one fine off his hip – it too looks to be heading to the boundary but Zampa scampers around to cut it off. The Australian then beats a lead-footed Brownlie outside off to finish the over.

10.19pm GMT

4th over: New Zealand 12-1 (Williamson 0, Brownlie 10)

Meanwhile Brownlie looks in great touch here. He narrowly misses out on a boundary after a scintillating square drive early in Hazlewood’s over, but Maxwell makes the diving stop. He won’t be denied the following ball though, as he whips the New South Welshman through midwicket from one on off-stump. He gets a bouncer next for his troubles, but it’s a wide. Brownlie finishes with a single to complete a pretty good over for New Zealand.

10.16pm GMT

3rd over: New Zealand 6-1 (Williamson 0, Brownlie 5)

He’s moving it, is GI Joe Mitch. He swings two past the left-handed Latham to start the over, leaving the New Zealander with no runs from his first five deliveries. He then elicits some bounce through one that hares past Latham’s chest before it balloons slightly through to Handscomb, who’s behind the stumps. As you’ll see below, the pressure somewhat told as Latham flicked one straight to Hazlewood at fine leg, meaning Australia start on top.

10.15pm GMT

Latham’s out! After an over of strangulation from Starc, Latham receives the most perfect of gifts via a half volley on leg stump. He flicks the ball freely but uppishly behind square but right in the vicinity of Josh Hazlewood, who moves forward smartly to take the catch diving forward. Starc laughs because the ball was so poor, but he’d arguably done the work beforehand. Latham will be mightily disappointed with that.

10.09pm GMT

2nd over: New Zealand 6-0 (Latham 0, Brownlie 5)

It’s Hazlewood from the other end. He starts typically before Brownlie leans on one with a bit of width with a beautiful off-drive for the first boundary of the day. Everything else is tight and narrow well-directed, as you’d expect.

10.05pm GMT

1st over: New Zealand 2-0 (Latham 0, Brownlie 1)

Starc looks like GI Joe now with a closely shaved crew cut, and I like it. It screams “I’m going to be spending at least 20 days in the field in India”. He joins a long line of Australian crew cuts for India. Warne comes to mind, can you help me with anyone else? He starts with a full-toss that swings, then a wide, before settling into a better line and length. Australia starts with two slips, as you would, and they’re bowling on a wicket that looks fairly ripe for batting. Brownlie finds his first runs via an attempted drive that catches the toe of his blade, splaying in the direction of third man. Starc then hits Latham on the pad with a very full yorker and they appeal! The umpire says not out, and the Australians don’t review. Replays appear to reveal an Australian mistake – it looked pret-ty, pret-ty close.

9.56pm GMT

Let’s reflect

As we labour, lurch and crawl our way to the end of the traditional cricketing summer, I’d love to read your thoughts on how it’s all panned out. Is Australia moving forward? Is Big Bash now its prince? Is India cricket’s king? Is history being kind to Shane Watson?

9.49pm GMT

No Heazlett

So, interesting that Heazlett misses out today. After a week of sniping between experienced players and selectors about a growing sense that the Australian team is a ‘development squad’, I wonder if the Queenslander will join the worryingly lengthening line of one-match internationals in the annals of Australian cricket. There’s a lot of time left for him, of course, but it’s to ignore the possibility in the current climate.

9.43pm GMT


New Zealand: Tom Latham, Dean Brownlie, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

9.42pm GMT

New Zealand has won the toss and elected to bat

It will be Latham and Brownlie to start things off for the Black Caps this morning, with Guptill missing out today. For Australia, Zampa comes in for Heazlett. Full teams next.

9.38pm GMT

Morning, afternoon and evening all,

Welcome to our live commentary of… *checks*… the third and final ODI between New Zealand and Australia as they bring down the curtain on another Chappell-Hadlee series. While it’s technically the third fixture, really it’s the second as Wednesday’s game in Napier was declared abandoned due to an unsafe outfield. As I understand it there were some strange scenes as the umpires checked and re-checked then double-checked on the re-check before eventually calling the match. Those machinations always feel very convoluted.

12.02am GMT

Sam will be here shortly. While you wait, how about taking a slightly obscure detour through cricket history via the news of Test umpire Lou Rowan’s death at 91? Rowan was the man in charge when John Snow was accosted by a drunk fan during the 1971 Ashes Test at the SCG.

Related: Ex-Test umpire Lou Rowan, known for role in John Snow affair, dies at 91

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Feb 02

Australia and New Zealand ODI called off due to unsafe outfield in Napier

  • Second one-day international abandoned in farcical scenes at Napier
  • Fans kept in dark for hours as soggy outfield made pay unsafe

Australia’s ODI against New Zealand in Napier has ended in farcical fashion, with play abandoned because of a sodden field that both teams had deemed unsafe. The trans-Tasman match was listed to start at noon (AEDT) but that was when the covers, anchored at McLean Park throughout a dreary morning, came off for the first time.

Some five inspections of the wet field – and not a single drop of rain – followed before umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Brown eventually called the game off after having a final look at 4:30 pm. An ODI can be shortened to 20 overs per side and still constitute a game, hence why so many in the near-capacity crowd remained at the ground for the day. Some frustrated fans shouted abuse during the delays.

Related: Union hits back after Cameron White’s career labelled nothing ‘earth shattering’

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Jan 31

Sussex re-sign NZ’s Taylor for T20

Sussex re-sign New Zealand international Ross Taylor, who featured in all formats in 2016, for this summer’s T20 Blast.

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Jan 29

New Zealand v Australia: first one-day international – live!

  • Live updates from the series opener at Eden Park
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5.28am GMT

43rd over: Australia 226-9 (Stoinis 98, Hazlewood 0) *287 to win

Stoinis cuts Santner behind point for a boundary from Santner’s first ball, taking him to 96. He takes a single the next which brings Starc on strike. He just needs to get off strike but he does better than that and jams his bat down on one, gets a thick edge and takes two. He then gets off strike the following ball with a cut to the boundary rider. Stoinis takes a single before Starc holes out to mid wicket! Description below, Hazlewood is the last man and last wicket.

5.27am GMT

Australia had done so well that over, but from the final ball Starc tried to slog sweep Santner over mid wicket for six. He instead mistimes it and the ball flies comfortably to Neesham on the boundary. A shame, as something was building there. They’ve crossed too, I think, meaning Hazlewood takes the strike. He’ll be disappointed with that, Starc.

5.22am GMT

42nd over: Australia 217-8 (Stoinis 92, Starc 0) *287 to win

Huge over from Australia here! A wide, then 6, then wide, then 6, then a dot starts things off. Stoinis hit the first one over cover then the next one over mid on. He then clobbers another one straight back over his head! The equation closes! Stoinis then annihilates one to mid off and it’s dropped by Williamson! He really cracked that one, it would have been a stellar take. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s broken his hand, it was hit that hard. One from the final ball and…is this match still on?

5.18am GMT

41st over: Australia 196-8 (Stoinis 73, Starc 0) *287 to win

There were a few nerves from the New Zealand radio commentators at the start of this over as they contemplated all manner of permutations. Santner ultimately did the job, bringing the Black Caps within touching distance of a well-earned win. He’s bowled well today. It’s Starc to the crease now.

5.16am GMT

Brilliant bowling from Santner, who floated a ball high and wide to the advancing Australian, beating him comprehensively, before Latham did the rest. It was a wicket borne from pressure early in the over. He’d only conceded four singles heading into the last ball, forcing Cummins into risky business. He succumbed, bringing to a close a pretty entertaining knock.

5.12am GMT

40th over: Australia 193-7 (Stoinis 71, Cummins 35) *287 to win

A top edge to Cummins from Ferguson brings him another boundary via the keepers head. Two balls later the same man swings him lustily over mid wicket for six! Cummins continues in the same vein, and is almost caught by a superman-leaping Guptill, who almost claims a beauty with his outstretched right hand before grassing it. Would have been a classic, now just an excellent save. Cummins then nearly pierces point and cover but more brilliant fielding prevents a boundary. High quality cricket this over. Cummins is batting exceptionally well.

@sjjperry is there such a thing as a non-naked streaker?

5.06am GMT

39th over: Australia 179-7 (Stoinis 70, Cummins 22) *287 to win

Stoinis takes one to mid off before Cummins crunches one over cover for four. Williamson nearly reeled it in, but replays showed his leg touching the rope at the critical moment. Despite the miss, New Zealand have been exemplary in the field – a notable difference from Australia’s most recent opponents. Cummins takes one from the last ball.

5.03am GMT

38th over: Australia 173-7 (Stoinis 69, Cummins 17) *287 to win

Further respect shown for Ferguson, whose offerings are good enough to prevent too much damage early in the over. Stoinis then gets some luck after he canes one with a flat bat down the ground – Southee slid in on the circle to stop it, but the ball just rolled over him and continued on its way to the boundary. There was a broken bat in there too, and Stoinis retained the strike heading into Southee’s next over.

4.56am GMT

37th over: Australia 166-7 (Stoinis 63, Cummins 16) *287 to win

Williamson continues to trust Munro, whose driven handsomely over wide mid on for four from Cummins’ blade. Both batsmen then tick over the strike before Cummins again lifts Munro over mid off for another boundary. A really good shot from the Australian quick. There’s almost a mix up on the final ball, but Cummins sends Stoinis back and there’s no run added.

4.53am GMT

36th over: Australia 155-7 (Stoinis 61, Cummins 7) *287 to win

Smelling Australian blood, Williamson brings back Lockie Ferguson, who’s probably been their best today. He hurries up Cummins with typical pace early, catching his splice as he attempt to pull him. He defends the next, then leaves(!) another one. Wonder if there’s an edict from stand-in coach Langer to build an innings. If so, only Stoinis and Faulkner can lay claim to have followed orders. Cummins then edges one past the outstretched hand of Williamson for four.

4.47am GMT

35th over: Australia 149-7 (Stoinis 61, Cummins 1) *287 to win

I’m getting a cult-hero vibe from Colin Munro, his celebration was enthusiastically elaborate. His first ball to Cummins shapes away beautifully and beats the New South Welshman’s bat. He finds a run to finish the over. New Zealand are closing in.

4.45am GMT

Partnership broken! Faulkner tries to heave Munro over midwicket but misses entirely. He’s clean bowled by the ecstatic Munro, whose delivery clipped the top of off. Now seven down, the end is nigh for Australia.

4.40am GMT

34th over: Australia 146-6 (Stoinis 60, Faulkner 24) *287 to win

Santner, so economical early, is now the subject of aggression as Stoinis lifts him over the offside for two, then a single, which brings Faulkner on to strike. Santner’s still giving the ball plenty of air which is encouraging to an old spinning sympathiser, and it seems to lock Faulkner in to his crease. There’s five off the over leading into the last delivery. Stoinis tries to sweep Santner powerfully from outside the off-stump but mistimes it. He takes off for one but is promptly sent back by his partner, diving into his crease with enough time to render the whole event fairly innocuous. A good one from Santner there. Taking predictions now: can Australia run this close? 90 balls, 151 runs.

4.35am GMT

33rd over: Australia 141-6 (Stoinis 57, Faulkner 23) *287 to win

It’s Colin Munro’s military mediums now – presumably Williamson wants to soak up a few more overs before bringing back the big guns. The offerings look exceptionally palatable, but maybe that’s the point? The Australian’s seem to hedge their bets in the same way I am, as a smattering of singles and two wides greet the first part of the over. Faulkner seemed to dummy Munro into the second one – feinting toward leg before moving back inside inside it. All singles otherwise as the partnership moves to 74.

4.30am GMT

32nd over: Australia 135-6 (Stoinis 55, Faulkner 21) *287 to win

Neesham is withdrawn for Santner; Williamson probably sensed danger there. Can Santner pick up where he left off? Initially no, as Stoinis crunches his first ball for six – a diving Munro couldn’t prevent it, as the ball cannons into the rope, flat, for what some annoying people continually describe as a maximum. Stoinis has signalled his intentions. The next one goes for six too, as he pulls a rank long hop over cow corner. That’s fifty for Stoinis, and a very good one too. A few singles follow, and that’s a good one for Australia. 14 from it and Stoinis adds a half century to his first innings haul of 3-fa.

4.25am GMT

31st over: Australia 121-6 (Stoinis 42, Faulkner 20) *287 to win

Thirty overs must’ve been a target for these two. Southee’s Test length doesn’t suffice early on, as Stoinis clubs a low forehand back past the bowler for another early boundary. A single later and Faulkner’s now clearing his leg and cross-batting a ball for two down to mid wicket. It’s getting funky as they say. Fine leg comes up and mid wicket drops back for the last ball – Faulkner tries to work Southee for one or two to that newly created space, but botches the execution. No run. Seven off.

4.21am GMT

30th over: Australia 114-6 (Stoinis 37, Faulkner 18) *287 to win

Stoinis is 32 from 56 balls as the over starts, and while he’s been very solid it’s probably time he upped the ante. He does exactly that, giving himself room to pull Neesham over to cow corner for an early struck boundary. The next ball is wide but Stoinis can’t make contact. Stoinis brutalised the following delivery but can only hit long on along the ground for one. The tempo rises. Faulkner can’t get his first of the over away due to a well directed yorker, making the last ball crucial. Faulkner advances down the wicket and is able to split point and backward-point with a slash through the off side for four. A good one for Australia, they’ll need abundantly more.

4.16am GMT

29th over: Australia 105-6 (Stoinis 32, Faulkner 14) *287 to win

Southee 1-18 (5) rejoins the fray and picks up that off stump line again. It makes for an interesting contrast with typical Australian ODI bowling, which emphasises variety through slower balls, wide and straight yorkers and bouncers. Here Southee opts for either decent lengths or balls aimed at the shoulder. It speaks to the quality of the wicket. Southee wouldn’t retain these lengths unless he felt it was offering him something. He’s vindicated, as only three come from the over.

4.12am GMT

28th over: Australia 102-6 (Stoinis 29, Faulkner 14) *287 to win

Get the sense that Neesham is the guy Stoinis and Faulkner need to target. If they’re able to target anyone at all, of course. The game’s best tweeter is up to the task, conceding only two singles and a wide. Stoinis charges the fifth delivery but is tucked up like a vulnerable child – he scores zero from it. If not Neesham, then who? We’re entering wild risk territory soon…

4.08am GMT

27th over: Australia 97-6 (Stoinis 28, Faulkner 11) *287 to win

New Zealand have engineered themselves into the ultimate position here. They’re comfortable bowling tight to defensive fields, safe in the knowledge that Australia’s task is now such that major risks will need to be taken to bridge the almost insurmountable gap that’s been created. To that end, Boult further develops his relationship with fourth stump, and both Faulkner and Stoinis can only conjure one single. They have to move pretty soon, you’d think.

4.04am GMT

26th over: Australia 96-6 (Stoinis 28, Faulkner 10) *287 to win

We’re beyond the halfway point now. As the over commences, Australia need 193 and only have four wickets. Probably in greatest comeback of all time territory – which I say to highlight New Zealand’s ascendancy more than anything else. Neesham is tighter here, only conceding two to add some respectability to his loose start last over.

3.59am GMT

25th over: Australia 94-6 (Stoinis 27, Faulkner 9) *287 to win

Pace is Australia’s friend, as both Stoinis and Faulkner punch balls for a few singles to start the reintroduced Boult’s over. Faulkner’s then reaching to manipulate a ball through cover but it’s of the slower variety – it means Faulkner’s through his shot and it rolls down to fine leg. There’s at least a run off every ball before Boult beats Stoinis outside off stump with one that just tails away. Seven overs without a wicket – is this a rescue? RRQ now 7.72.

3.55am GMT

24th over: Australia 88-6 (Stoinis 23, Faulkner 7) *287 to win

So Santner gets a rest as the straight and upright Neesham is introduced. I would have thought Santner’s economy might have necessitated a continuation of his services. Anyway, Neesham concedes consecutive singles before Stoinis top edges a pull over Latham for four. They’re definitely adopting a short-ball approach to Stoinis, who’s dealt with it pretty well thus far. Neesham attacks there again but it’s a wide, and another short one is in the perfect zone for a Stoinis pull shot. It hurtles past mid wicket and long on for four, signalling Australia’s best over of the innings. Twelve off.

3.51am GMT

23rd over: Australia 76-6 (Stoinis 14, Faulkner 5) *287 to win

Further consolidation for Australia through a leg bye, bouncer evasion, and a couple of singles down to the boundary. Ferguson is still bowling with great heat, and was lucky to avoid a wide for one that screamed over Stoinis’ shoulder. It will be Neesham now from the other end as we near the official halfway mark of the innings.

3.48am GMT

22nd over: Australia 73-6 (Stoinis 13, Faulkner 4) *287 to win

Santner’s through again quickly in a relatively non-eventful set of six. Singles to long leg tell the story, as it’s all looking very economical for the Black Caps.

3.45am GMT

21st over: Australia 70-6 (Stoinis 12, Faulkner 1) *287 to win

Great opportunity for Ferguson to polish up his figures here. Both Faulkner and Stoinis are still fending and prodding and pushing their way through the over. There’s a grand total of two runs, both singles – one behind square and one to mid wicket.

3.40am GMT

20th over: Australia 68-6 (Stoinis 10, Faulkner 1) *287 to win

First maiden of the innings, delivered by Santner. Faulkner is treading water for Australia here, who obviously stand no chance without batting deep into the innings. The Taswegian does strike me as the likeliest prospect to engineer an Australian recovery, but there feels to be a pattern to this capitulation.

3.38am GMT

19th over: Australia 68-6 (Stoinis 10, Faulkner 1) *287 to win

Heazlett goes, Ferguson’s wonderful spell continues and Faulkner grabs a single after sighting the first couple.

3.35am GMT

Now Heazlett’s gone! He’s back and across trying to punch Ferguson through the off-side but he’s well beaten for pace by the NZ quick, who’s bowling exceptionally well. Heazlett nicks through to Latham to complete a pretty disappointing innings, it must be said. Another nothing shot from a member of the Aussie top order.

3.32am GMT

18th over: Australia 66-5 (Stoinis 10, Heazlett 4) *287 to win

Did you have a drink? I barely caught up there. Five wickets in 17 overs will do nothing to assuage the view that Smith and Warner really do hold the key to Australia’s batting.

#PredictViz is putting up a 100-run for NZ from this position (Aus 58-5, need 287 to win) #NZvAUS

3.26am GMT

17th over: Australia 60-5 (Stoinis 5, Heazlett 3) *287 to win

Stoinis is upright, chesty, powerful and correct here. A quintessential athletic cricketing prototype at first glance. He does, I should add, appear to be better equipped to handle Ferguson, who’s targeting his bench-pressed chest regularly. Stoinis is chewing up deliveries, but at this stage he has to. How responsible! He tucks one around the corner for two, and almost chops one on to finish the over. He survives, and it’s time for a drink.

3.24am GMT

16th over: Australia 58-5 (Stoinis 3, Heazlett 3) *287 to win

Santner’s doing his best Travis Head impersonation (probably the other way around, to be fair), and Heazlett is struggling to get off strike. Stoinis found a single earlier in the piece but that’s it. The squeeze is well and truly on for these two.

3.20am GMT

15th over: Australia 57-5 (Stoinis 3, Heazlett 2) *287 to win

The Ferguson thunderbolts continue as Eden Park raises its non-existent roof. There’s a leg gully, but the barrel-chested Stoinis negotiates Ferguson pretty well. He flays him down to third man to get himself off-strike, and that’s all she wrote for the over

3.18am GMT

14th over: Australia 56-5 (Stoinis 1, Heazlett 2) *287 to win

Santner races through this one, and two singles come from it. Has there been two less experienced Australian players batting together in an international fixture? If ever there was a test of Australian depth, it’s now.

3.15am GMT

13th over: Australia 54-5 (Stoinis 0, Heazlett 2) *287 to win

So Australia lose five wickets in 13 overs, it’s incredible stuff. Ferguson was very quick this over, and got his reward. He’s up around 150km/hr – fairly frightening stuff. Stoinis is now to the crease.

3.13am GMT

Australia in all sorts now. Ferguson has Maxwell merely fending well outside his body, and he gets a regulation outside edge through to Latham. He’d been climbing all over Maxwell with pace up until that point, so you’d have to say it’s well deserved. Pretty incredible scenes here – you can just feel the recriminations bubbling.

3.10am GMT

12th over: Australia 44-4 (Maxwell 16, Heazlett 1) *287 to win

Replays showing that Marsh just played ‘all around that’. A more accurate way to put it is that he played for zero spin. He left a major gap between bat and pad, and the ball spun through. In short, he disrespected Santner’s revs. And now it’s the rawest of raw debutants, Sam Heazlett, to the crease. A wonderful over from Santner, and New Zealand are well on their way.

3.07am GMT

Spin does the job! Now Marsh departs, stumped by Latham and completely beaten by spin and flight by the new bowler, Santner. He advanced down the deck and looked to work the left-armer with the spin through mid wicket. Santner’s angle may have done for him though, as the ball spins inside the bat for Latham to complete the stumping.

3.04am GMT

11th over: Australia 48-3 (Maxwell 16, Marsh 16) *287 to win

NZs gunslinger, Lachie Ferguson, is now into the attack and hits that mid-140s pace straight away. It looks reasonably straight at this stage, and Maxwell’s able to lean into one and grab a single to wide mid-on. Marsh does similarly to third man before Ferguson beats Maxwell with an absolute ripsnorter (is that a Rugby League term?). He has Maxwell hopping as the ball rears up past his chin and hurtles through to Latham. Great wheels, as they say. Three off.

3.00am GMT

10th over: Australia 45-3 (Maxwell 15, Marsh 14) *287 to win

NZ are fielding well here – Maxwell tries to slash Boult through cover point but De Grandhomme dives full stretch to prevent a run. It was one of those stops that engenders full and physical demonstrations of praise from his team mates – about four of them ran over to pat him on various parts of his body. Maxwell defies my earlier comment by producing a textbook on-drive for four, followed by a couple off his pads to complete the over.

2.55am GMT

9th over: Australia 36-3 (Maxwell 6, Marsh 14) *287 to win

It can’t ever be a conventional boundary for Maxwell. This time he’s jump-pulling Southee behind square for four. He doesn’t turn with the ball as most do when playing the shot – he almost turns himself further side on upon playing the shot. He finds another single and Marsh is happy to see it out from there.

2.52am GMT

8th over: Australia 36-3 (Maxwell 6, Marsh 14) *287 to win

So the ICCs number one ODI bowler, Boult, is miserly here for the majority of the over, keeping Marsh largely defending for the most part. Marsh then manages to work him around his hip and it’s too fine for the man at short fine leg, and it’s four. Marsh then edges one ala Handscomb but gets a little more on it – it flies over first slip for another boundary. A win to Australia, but one more mistake would render them almost kaput.

2.48am GMT

7th over: Australia 27-3 (Maxwell 5, Marsh 6) *287 to win

After Handscomb’s dismissal Maxwell, the new batsman, is obviously off the mark with a swivel-pull boundary that just evades keeper Latham at 18-3. A single later and Marsh is gracefully pushing one past the bowler to the mid-off boundary. Two Australian batting enigmas with a lot of work to do now.

2.45am GMT

Now Handscomb goes! He’s back and across to an away-swinging Southee delivery and offering half a shot well away from his body. He succeeds only in nicking the ball via the corner toe of his bat through to Latham. The umpire says not out but a review proves otherwise. Interestingly nothing registered on hot spot, but RTS gives Handscomb away. It was probably a little full to be running down to third man.

2.42am GMT

6th over: Australia 18-2 (Handscomb 7, Marsh 2) *287 to win

Handscomb’s characteristically back in his crease here, all long sleeves and popped collar and neat, deliberate methodology. Just noting the Aussie guernsey doesn’t have buttons over the neck, instead it’s a zip. Handscomb’s is all the way up, Marsh’s the opposite. These things are important. Boult, who despite his two wickets has probably been bowling two lengths, is slashed over point for a boundary early on by Handscomb. He then takes another single to third man.

2.38am GMT

5th over: Australia 10-2 (Handscomb 1, Marsh 1) *287 to win

A couple of angled bats and balls run down to third man sees out Southee’s over, as Australia look to consolidate. This is Handscomb’s first real test as an ODI batsman, and Shaun Marsh’s first match in Australian colours for a while. Intriguing times – the first for a while, it must be said.

2.35am GMT

4th over: Australia 10-2 (Handscomb 0, Marsh 1) *287 to win

Well, what an over. Eden Park is rocking here with two dismissals and a near-run out. Head’s shot was the shot of a man perhaps used to fast, true wickets he could trust. As Geoff mentioned earlier this track isn’t quite that. He was severely unbalanced through the stroke, and now Australia is in trouble. Marsh and Handscomb to enact a little rescue here.

2.33am GMT

And another one! An extremely ordinary dismissal for the South Australian. Boult again offers him a bit of width but his feet are absolutely nowhere. He maneuvers his bat in a laboured arc and slices the ball high and long enough to Colin Munro on the third man boundary. There would have been a metre and a half between bat and head there (in both senses). Huge blow to Australia.

2.29am GMT

Finch is gone! He’s trying to heave a decent delivery from Boult away through square leg and Neesham takes a hot chance at chest height. Opportunity missed for Finch, and NZ has the early impetus they probably needed.

2.27am GMT

3rd over: Australia 9-0 (Head 5, Finch 4) *287 to win

Head fully capitalises on a ball just fractionally short from Southee, and he’s able to rock back and pull him forcefully over mid wicket for a one-bounce four. That sets up Head’s over nicely, but Southee’s able to correct his length and keep the South Australian in check for the over’s remainder. NZ have a Stephen Fleming-Damien Martyn-esque field here, with a fully stacked point region, including a man about 10 metres from Head’s bat.

2.23am GMT

2nd over: Australia 5-0 (Head 1, Finch 4) *287 to win

Boult offers width and Finch doesn’t hesitate; he flays the bat at it and gains a couple over cover-point. He clutches his left hamstring straight away , it looks like he’s done it as a result of the actual stroke, not when setting off for the run. He takes another single to gain himself a rest. Later on in the over Head similarly tries to flay Boult but only succeeds in an underedge. The next ball is hit crisply enough to manufacture a misfield and a single ensues.

2.18am GMT

1st over: Australia 1-0 (Head 0, Finch 1) *287 to win

Southee starts us off and elicits away-movement straight away. He’s got two slips and a gully and holds that good length-fourth stump line initially. Commentators are noting the relative inexperience of this Australian line-up. It’s hard not to be fractionally intrigued by it – not least due to the selectorial preference to anoint untested youth. Can the likes of Heazlett and Stoinis deliver today? Finch meanwhile gets off the mark with a bunted single to mid-wicket and Head absorbs the remainder for no run.

2.14am GMT

Should be a decent chase

Hello all and welcome to Australia’s second innings chase of New Zealand’s 286. Big thanks to Geoff for his first innings descriptions, erudite and compelling as per usual. Judging by his comments, NZs total appears pretty competitive. This new-look Australian side are away from home for the first time in a while, on a ground they’ve recently struggled on, at the end of an arduously long stretch of games. As ever, the early exchanges will be telling.

1.58am GMT

A substantial score, if not the massive one that looked on the cards when NZ was purring along early. This pitch might not be that simple to bat on, the slower bowlers and changes of pace seemed to go alright here today. And Australia has a new-look batting line-up: no Steve Smith, no David Warner, no Usman Khawaja. The recalled Aaron Finch will open with the still fairly new Travis Head, Shaun Marsh is another recall at 3, Handscomb has only played a couple of games, as has Stoinis, and Heazlett down at 7 hasn’t even played for Queensland before.

Guptill and Williamson did the early work for New Zealand today, Neesham kept things together through the middle, Broom played a brilliant solo hand to stop the end falling apart, and Boult applied the icing. Stoinis got his first international wickets and finished with three, Cummins got two but was expensive, while the other four bowlers picked up one wicket each.

1.50am GMT

50th over: New Zealand 286-9 (Ferguson 3, Boult 16)

Six! Trent Boult backs away, slaps at Cummins, and the bowler’s velocity is enough to see the ball carry third man. He clunks a pull way for a single, Ferguson drives one into the covers with less fuss. Boult then uses his patented version of backing away, sliding across the crease to get room and then crashing another one over midwicket for four more. Misses out on the fifth ball, very full, but collects the last ball of the innings, a basenall line drive down through long off for a final four. A burst of 16 from 7 balls from Boult right at the close, and honestly he could be batting ahead of Southee in terms of general usefulness.

1.45am GMT

49th over: New Zealand 270-9 (Ferguson 2, Boult 1)

NZ’s Last Stand. Boult at the crease, always entertaining. Lashes a single last ball of the over to keep the strike.

1.44am GMT

The Faulkner wrist-spin slower ball gets another victim, and Neil Broom’s fine innings comes to an end. Drags across the line after charging, looking for a boundary anywhere in any fashion, but it drops short at long-on and is held.

1.41am GMT

48th over: New Zealand 267-8 (Broom 72, Ferguson 1)

Whooshka. Broom is beaten by Cummins on the cut shot first ball, but the second is Slotto Lotto. Straight ball, short enough to get under, and Broom lifts it way over backward square into the stand for six. Takes a single, trusts Ferguson with the strike, and Ferguson doesn’t let him down – unruffled by a bouncer that whistles past his ear, then cuts a single next ball. Broom does the same at the end of the over to keep the bowling.

1.38am GMT

47th over: New Zealand 258-8 (Broom 64, Ferguson 0)

Starc finishes his 10 overs with 1 for 59, after a wide and another lofted cover drive for four by Broom. He’s going so well today. There’s a leg bye, Lachie Ferguson keeps out the last two balls, and Broom turns down a single from the last.

1.35am GMT

46th over: New Zealand 252-8 (Broom 60, Ferguson 0)

Two wickets and seven runs from the over, the latter largely thanks to another Handscomb mistake when he misreads Cummins’ slower ball, and it bounces in front of him but skips through for four byes.

1.33am GMT

Classic idiocy from Southee, for the millionth time in New Zealand colours. Has four and a bit overs to bat, needing to support a player who is striking the ball beautifully, and instead goes for a glory shot trying to ramp six over third man. Predictably, the word ‘over’ does not in this case apply.

1.31am GMT

Top work in the deep. Santner, the left-hander, slashes into the off side, and Maxwell runs a good distance to take a tumbling catch.

1.28am GMT

45th over: New Zealand 245-6 (Broom 57, Santner 7)

Well, it’s been a very important knock for New Zealand. Broom starts the over with a brutal lofted cover drive – and it is against Starc, so presumably Cummins will be the other death bowler. That boundary raises the 50 in style. The next is more fortunate but less dramatic. After a couple of dots, Broom pre-empts a short ball. He goes back in his crease, inverts the blade, and uppercuts high down to third man. Hazlewood is there, he’s airborne, he snares a ludicrous one-hander, but he comes down with the heel of his boot clipping the boundary rope. So a catch and a key dismissal becomes a six and extra momentum. All action: before that Australia used their DRS review on an lbw appeal that was going well down leg. The ball after, there’s another wide, 23 extras now. A single to close, and a dozen from the over.

1.21am GMT

44th over: New Zealand 233-6 (Broom 46, Santner 7)

Jeremy Coney is in full lyrical-wax mode on the radio about Neil Broom seeing off Josh Hazlewood. “He just needs to stay in for this over, and then play his shots and run like a hairy little velocipede.” Broom might need some of that waxing himself, by the sounds. A single from Santner first ball, skewed through the covers, then Broom is spooked by one that rips past his gloves, blocks out a couple, then is beaten again. He glides a single fromt he last after a couple of aborted attempts at the shot, and keeps the strike.

1.18am GMT

43rd over: New Zealand 231-6 (Broom 45, Santner 6)

Starc will have two overs left after this one. Will he wait until the end to use them? It’s a better over for NZ, they get the four singles but Broom is also able to slash a boundary over point. Runs, vital vital runs.

1.13am GMT

42nd over: New Zealand 223-6 (Broom 39, Santner 4)

1.08am GMT

41st over: New Zealand 219-6 (Broom 37, Santner 2)

Plenty of pressure on Neil Broom, the 33-year-old who has just come back into the side on the back of his domestic form, with Santner still trying to play himself in. Broom gets a couple from Starc behind point, then keeps out a yorker to run another single, but Santner takes until the last ball of the over to get a run, inside edged to long leg.

1.05am GMT

40th over: New Zealand 215-6 (Broom 34, Santner 1)

Hazlewood, another tight over. Gives up a leg-side wide, but aside from that only three singles. New Zealand can’t over-attack now, they don’t have a lot of batting to come. Southee and Boult can clout, but you wouldn’t want to give them more than a couple of overs.

12.59am GMT

39th over: New Zealand 211-6 (Broom 32, Santner 0)

Starc back for his sixth over, and it’s a good one. Just one run from it, as Broom turns over the strike early, but the new man Santner is stuck against Starc’s accurate bowling.

12.57am GMT

38th over: New Zealand 210-6 (Broom 31)

I said wickets in hand, not catches in hand. broom starts the over beautifully by advancing to Hazlewood and driving a ball so straight that it smashes the electronic sightscreen. They have adelay to fix the rainbow pattern that are now standing out against the black screen. Then glides a single, Neesham clubs a couple wide of long-on. But then he goes for one cross-bat too many, and the high top edge is held in the deep.

12.51am GMT

37th over: New Zealand 201-5 (Broom 24, Neesham 46)

Four runs from Faulkner’s over – Neesham starts well with a brace, but struggles to get the strike turning over thereafter. Still, they’ll be starting the last 10 overs with more than 200 on the board, and are well set to push home that advantage if they can keep wickets in hand a bit longer. Santner is a fine finisher, did a great job here against Australia in 2016.

12.45am GMT

36th over: New Zealand 197-5 (Broom 23, Neesham 43)

There’s a wicket, for a moment, but then it’s overturned. Short ball missed on the pull. Handscomb scarcely appeals for a catch, though he should ask for anything after the day he’s had, but umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge decides to throw him a bone. Broom challenges, and snicko shows no movement of the audio-tracking line as the ball passes bat. He lives. Escapes scrutiny via an STTM, then Neesham decides to celebrate the prrive on Broom’s behalf with a hefty pull shot for four, then another clouted through long-on. Hazlewood goes for some runs. Unheard of.

Not out! Nothing on snicko #NZvAUS

12.38am GMT

35th over: New Zealand 187-5 (Broom 22, Neesham 34)

Faulkner helping turn the screws, just two from his over as he mixes slower balls with regular pace.

12.35am GMT

34th over: New Zealand 185-5 (Broom 21, Neesham 33)

The Aussies mean business now. Hazlewood is back, and is right back into his groove. No looseners here. Neesham scrambles a single from the inside edge, and that’s the only score from the over as Broom is trapped on strike.

12.29am GMT

33rd over: New Zealand 184-5 (Broom 21, Neesham 32)

Fair effort from Stoinis to bowl 10 overs straight through, he’ll be sore tomorrow. Another Victorian teammate of Finch, so I suppose today’s captain knows his bowler’s capabilities. Now Finch asks James Faulkner to come back on, and Broom takes full advantage of his loosener, enough width, and the late cut goes to the rope. The next is more on point, and point is where it goes via an edge. Neesham though gets confused by the slower balls, and it takes him four deliveries to next find a run.

12.25am GMT

32nd over: New Zealand 178-5 (Broom 16, Neesham 31)

Stoinis finishes his 10 with 3 for 49, which I suspect he would have taken if you’d offered it to him at the start of the day. Broom is doing his part well, tugging singles where on offer, then placing another square leg shot better for two. Neesham does the same to deep midwicket. Everything must go (to the leg side).

12.21am GMT

31st over: New Zealand 171-5 (Broom 12, Neesham 28)

Dropped! A relatively straightforward one, Marsh diving across at slip as Neesham drives off the edge, done by Cummins’ pace. They get a run, add three more singles thereafter.

Handscomb proving to be a seamless replacement for Wade behind the stumps. #NZvAUS

12.16am GMT

30th over: New Zealand 167-5 (Broom 10, Neesham 26)

Stoinis will probably just bowl out here. Ninth over. Broom goes straight to the field twice, then uppercuts in his effort to find a run. Neesham takes a break from composing hilarious tweets to crash another ball straight down the ground for four, then finds a run to farm the strike.

12.13am GMT

29th over: New Zealand 161-5 (Broom 9, Neesham 21)

Cummins back to hurry up the batsmen. Neesham copped an unpleasant blow to his arm during the series just past in December. The batsmen each get a single, hopping and deflected behind the wicket. The Neesham goes for a big pull shot and top-edges four. Over Handscomb again, add that to the tally of balls he’s seen fly by. Then inside edged for four more, just past the stumps this time. One over, two batting errors, 10 runs. What even is luck?

735 – Martin Guptill has now scored more ODI runs than any other batsman at Eden Park (735). Record.

12.06am GMT

28th over: New Zealand 151-5 (Broom 8, Neesham 12)

Stoinis finishes his eight, five singles as Neesham gets busy with three of them.

12.03am GMT

27th over: New Zealand 146-5 (Broom 6, Neesham 9)

A boundary! What is that? It’s been a while. Head floats one up, Neesham just straight-bats it down the ground for four. See? Simples. A few singles and that’s an eight-run over.

12.01am GMT

26th over: New Zealand 138-5 (Broom 4, Neesham 3)

Jimmy James Jiminy Jimmles Jamesons Neesham was batting up at No4 during the Chappell-Hadlee in Australia, but he’s back down at 7 today. Gets off the mark with a glance, Broom reciprocates, Neesham goes squarer for two runs. 7 overs, 3 for 31 for the Stoyne.

11.58pm GMT

And well, that is an utter bin fire of a dismissal. Stoinis gets three, just a length ball, Munro slaps at it, wants to clear the infield but just skews it to the temporary Australian captain at mid-on. Plonk. The sound of something dropping into a toilet bowl.

11.56pm GMT

25th over: New Zealand 134-4 (Broom 3, Munro 2)

Dropped! Was he? I think Handscomb has put Munro down, yes, a big nick there too fast for the keeper. Head’s off-break turned away from the left-hander. Handscomb might have actually missed Guptill earlier as well, that run that came off the keeper’s pad looked in retrospect like it might have been nicked as well. Let me reprise my comment from earlier about what we’d be saying if Wade had done the same. Fill-in keepers still aren’t the answer, it seems. As with every other time someone has asked the question. We’ll see how Latham goes. Another tidy over, anyway.

11.52pm GMT

24th over: New Zealand 132-4 (Broom 2, Munro 1)

Colin Munro in next, who played a good cameo this season for the Sydney Sixers in the BBL. He’s off the mark with a flick off the pads.

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11.49pm GMT

Two in two. The big pair are gone, and it’s down to New Zealand’s lesser lights. Stoinis has got his pace up into the mid 130s, I was being mildly satirical in describing his bowling before. He’s turned in some fine shifts in the Big Bash the last two seasons. Today he gets one to nip back a touch, Guptill is slow coming forward, and it slips through the gate to take out his stumps.

11.46pm GMT

23rd over: New Zealand 129-3 (Guptill 61, Broom 1)

Perhaps Neil Broom will be better at the sweep. Though perhaps he’d bristle at that joke. I don’t know, I don’t have a handle on him. Maybe he likes deadpan humour, or he’d just brush it off. He gets his first run through midwicket.

11.44pm GMT

That patience fails. Head is bowling around the wicket, lots of angle, Taylor tries a powerful sweep shot, and only under-edges the ball into his stumps.

11.42pm GMT

22nd over: New Zealand 126-2 (Guptill 60, Taylor 15)

Stoinis, another to the extras tally with a bouncer called wide for height. Three singles aside from that. The slow-down continues through the middle overs. The patience period.

11.40pm GMT

21st over: New Zealand 122-2 (Guptill 59, Taylor 13)

A single and a brace from Head’s over, Australia starting to turn the screws. The run rate is dipping below six an over, not bad, but after their fast start the batsmen might feel some frustration.

11.37pm GMT

20th over: New Zealand 119-2 (Guptill 57, Taylor 12)

Run-out chance from the Stoinis over? How about three? Maxwell is fielding sharply at backward point, but not throwing sharply. Twice he throws at the striker’s end, once at the non-striker’s. Two are attempted runs that are abandoned, one is a single taken. All three are thrown to Ross Taylor’s end, and all three would have been close with a direct hit. Three singles from the over.

11.33pm GMT

19th over: New Zealand 116-2 (Guptill 56, Taylor 10)

Travis Head on for his first bowl, not Maxwell, as discussed down the page. Left-arm batsman who bowls off-spin with the right. Head bowls a wide down leg side, trying to spear past Guptill’s pad, then Handscomb concedes four more runs in the form of byes, distracted by Guptill coming across in an attempted scoop shot, and the ball sneaks through the keeper’s legs. I wonder what we’d be saying about Matthew Wade if he’d had a day like this behind the stumps? There’s another single that ricochets off Handscomb’s pad after that, and another wide from Head, before Taylor breaks the trend by sweeping off the bat. Australia have conceded 19 extras in 116 runs.

11.27pm GMT

18th over: New Zealand 107-2 (Guptill 55, Taylor 8)

Only four runs from the Stoinis over, including a fast-run two to Guptill’s back-foot push through point. If not for the five wides, Stoinis would have 1 for 13 from three.

11.25pm GMT

17th over: New Zealand 103-2 (Guptill 52, Taylor 7)

Starc bowling his fifth, Guptill not entirely at ease even with 50 next to his name. Gets off strike streakily after a few balls with an imprecise bash into the covers. Ross Taylor faces up, the man who received that 160 km/h ball from Starc at the Waca ground in Perth last season. This time he’s flaying the second ball he faces square for four to raise the team century.

11.15pm GMT

16th over: New Zealand 98-2 (Guptill 51, Taylor 3)

Guptill’s last few ODI innings against Australia: 90, 31, 59, 114, 45, 34, 50*. He employs the classic STTM (single to third man) for the milestone, then Stoinis celebrates by bashing a bouncer over Handscomb yet again for five wides. Taylor gets off the mark with his own STTM, Guptill nudges to return strike, then Taylor clips square for two runs.

Will Maxi get a bowl with Finch being captain today? #NZvAUS #ChappellHadlee

11.09pm GMT

15th over: New Zealand 88-2 (Guptill 49, Taylor 0)

Mitchell Starc immediately back on, Finch wanting to attack and get another of New Zealand’s gun batsmen. But the new man Taylor isn’t on strike, and Guptill soaks up five balls before finding a single. I wonder if that was deliberate to frustrate the Australians? He didn’t look overly keen to score.

11.05pm GMT

14th over: New Zealand 87-2 (Guptill 48)

Soft dismissal, and Stoinis gets his first international wicket. The NZ skipper just looking for a single towards midwicket, gets an inside edge into the thigh pad, and it loops up to Maxwell at gully who then tries to throw down the stumps just in case. It had been a nondescript over for NZ before that, four comfortable singles taken as they gauged Stoinis’ moderate medium pace. But his seeming innocuousness does the job from the final ball.

Maxwell tries to dismiss Williamson twice. #Maxwellball

11.01pm GMT

13th over: New Zealand 83-1 (Guptill 46, Williamson 22)

Guptill misses out on another possible boundary via a leg glance, instead only harvesting a leg bye from the pad. but when Williamson gives him back the strike via an STTM glide, Faulkner drops one short outside his off stump and Guptill pounds it away for four. A couple more singles make the over a profitable one for 8 runs.

10.56pm GMT

12th over: New Zealand 75-1 (Guptill 41, Williamson 20)

Cummins carrying on, still bowling fast, but Guptill is accustomed to and has decided to take advantage. Waits for the shorter ball, then uppercuts that over Peter Handscomb for four! He’s watched a lot of balls go past and over him, has the fill-in keeper.

10.53pm GMT

11th over: New Zealand 69-1 (Guptill 36, Williamson 19)

James Faulkner on, could be hard to hit with his changes of pace. So it proves, a couple of singles, then Williamson mistimes a lash over point that could very nearly have been caught. Gets four streaky runs.

10.50pm GMT

10th over: New Zealand 62-1 (Guptill 35, Williamson 13)

That is proper loose fast-bowling garbage from Cummins. Sends down a bouncer, likes the look of it, tries an even shorter one, and it soars over Guptill and wide of Handscomb for five wides. Love it. Guptill had already pulled two runs through square leg, then he guesses the extra ball will be short as well and pastes it through midwicket for four! Excellent first 10 overs for New Zealand.

10.44pm GMT

9th over: New Zealand 51-1 (Guptill 29, Williamson 13)

Guptill is getting of strike with ease today. He’s so often disappointing against Australia, but has started to learn how to make runs against them in his last six or seven starts. In ODI cricket at least, never in Tests where his overall record is also pretty dire. Williamson defends a couple, then finds his first boundary with a pull through fine leg, as Hazlewood gave him the line to work with. There’s the 50 up within the first 10 overs.

10.39pm GMT

8th over: New Zealand 46-1 (Guptill 28, Williamson 9)

Williamson getting a few wake-up calls from Cummins. One that crashes into his thigh for a leg bye, later a bouncer that zips past his helmet. This is good stuff. Williamson tugs a couple of runs through midwicket, then he tries to glide and very nearly directs the ball into his own stumps. This is a good contest, and the Australian bowlers are well in it early, make no mistake. You just get the feeling that if NZ can weather the storm, there’ll be plenty of chances to profit later.

10.35pm GMT

7th over: New Zealand 42-1 (Guptill 27, Williamson 7)

Williamson knows that Hazlewood spells danger, I think, and just wants to see him off early. Leaves a couple, blocks a couple, and in the end a single from the last ball via a leg glance is the only profit for New Zealand.

10.30pm GMT

6th over: New Zealand 41-1 (Guptill 27, Williamson 6)

Cummins on early for Hazlewood, to give him a chance at this relatively fresh pitch. Fair enough. The speedster works away on off stump, Williamson blocking the first couple before again using the escape shot of a nudge to midwicket. Guptill? Well, he’s motoring. Gets one too straight, glances through fine leg for another four. The run rate is nudging 7.

10.27pm GMT

5th over: New Zealand 36-1 (Guptill 23, Williamson 5)

Guptill doesn’t quite nail his drive, Cummins doesn’t nail his save at mid-off. The result is four runs. Plenty of chat from Starc, suggests Bryan Waddle on the radio airwaves. “The gum is fresh in the mouth, you see,” deadpans his partner Jeremy Coney. “It has a springy quality, forcing the jaws apart.” The bowler has more to talk about after Guptill is dropped by Handscomb! High over his head, big top edge, and he very nearly parried that for six as it clipped his gloves and bounced down to long stop for four. Then four more as Guptill gives everything he has to this last ball, lashing it over cover. Top shot to follow a… less top one. An even dozen from the over.

10.23pm GMT

4th over: New Zealand 24-1 (Guptill 11, Williamson 5)

Williamson looks first-rate today. Casually glances another couple of runs, this time from Hazlewood, who is attacking the stumps for both players. Guptill is being unusually circumspect, but eventually the levee breaks and he comes down the pitch to bash Hazlewood over cover for four. Disrespectful, tsk tsk. Hazlewood comes back by nailing Guptill on the pad, but the appeal is declined and the Australians don’t review. Maybe high, maybe leg side? Close.

10.17pm GMT

3rd over: New Zealand 15-1 (Guptill 6, Williamson 2)

Williamson comes out with one ball to face, taps it through midwicket for a couple. The early blow that Finch was hoping for when he put New Zealand in. But, Guptill was the one who towelled the Aussies up here last year.

10.14pm GMT

Not a great dismissal, but the bowler will take it. Latham has just driven Starc gorgeously through cover for four, but when Starc loses his line down leg side, Latham chases it and gloves it through to the stand-in keeper, who registers his first international dismissal.

10.11pm GMT

2nd over: New Zealand 9-0 (Guptill 6, Latham 3)

Hazlewood, starting marginally shorter than Starc, but still pitching up enough. That perfect awkward length that he settles into so easily. Gee he’s become an outstanding bowler in the last year, even if he was very good already. Draws a genuine edge from Latham, and unlucky for it to cost him a run given there are two slips in thanks to Aaron Finch, but the edge goes just past them. That’s the ball after Guptill has edged one through gully. The right and left combo not fazing Hazlewood. Fazlewood? Four singles from the over.

10.06pm GMT

1st over: New Zealand 5-0 (Guptill 4, Latham 1)

Mitchell Starc opening the bowling, as you’d expect with 125 ODI wickets to his name. He’s the only Mitchell in this side, which will not sit well, but he’ll be comforted by a couple incoming Mitchells for the Test squad via Swepson and Marsh. There is a Marsh in this side as well, to maintain that quota – Shaun is back in the side today given that Warner, Smith, and Khawaja are all off resting or preparing for India. Guptill is tested with the first two balls, both straight at the stumps, but he keeps them out. No swing as yet. Guptill’s third straight ball is turned through midwicket, nice outfield today and they’re back for three runs on the throw from the deep. Latham, the left-hander, drives one through cover, which is always his best spot. Guptill gets another to midwicket, and that did move a bit.

9.56pm GMT

New Zealand
Latham +

S. Marsh
Handscomb +

9.51pm GMT

He might not have time to be overwhelmed, Aaron Finch. “I only found out about 10 minutes ago,” he says of becoming captain. He plans to bat first to see if his quicks can get anything out of this wicket first up, which Bryan Waddle on Radio Sport NZ says is very hard and looks like an excellent batting track. Kane Williamson says he would likely have bowled for the same reason. Not sure about that though, Australia won the toss in an ODI this time last year and sent NZ in, and the locals made over 300 before bowling Australia out for less than half that. From memory I think it was Australia’s shortest ever ODI innings? 24.2 overs, yes it was.

It’s 22 degrees over in Auckland, and tipped to be 38 in Melbourne where I’m writing this from. I’ll be taking refuge at the second and third games in person to help with that radio call and send you back the odd missive. It seems like a very sound travel plan when one eyes the forecasts.

9.45pm GMT

Yes, you read that right. Matthew Wade had been named for the tour, but has had to withdraw with back spasms. So Finch, who was out of the side and the squad for the entire last series that Australia played, is not only back in the squad and back in the XI but in charge of this team for the first time. He has captained Australia’s T20 side before, and led the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, so he shouldn’t be overwhelmed.

9.40pm GMT

Good morning! Also evening, afternoon, supper, dawn, dusk, noon, nocturne and diurne, and BFG Witching Hour. The summer of cricket isn’t over yet. We’ve already had one Chappell-Hadlee series this season, back in early December in Australia, and now it’s time for the other half of that contest in New Zealand’s home territory. Auckland today, Napier on Thursday, and Hamilton on Sunday, all of those days in New Zealand local time.

4.50am GMT

Geoff will be here shortly. Before he gets here, a bit of team news in case you missed it.

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