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May 25

Doug Bracewell blames killing of pet cockatoo by dogs for drink-driving

Fast bowler drunk drove from function after panicked call from girlfriendFast bowler sentenced to 100 hours after failing breath test in MarchThe New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drin…

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

Southee given responsibility to back up Boult’s breakthrough.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Not sure about the on-screen graphics – like having a bright, enthusiastic child tugging at your coat with yet more info @GeoffLemonSport

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.

Related: Matthew Wade to captain Australian ODI side after Steve Smith injury

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Jan 29

Australia in New Zealand 2017

Fixtures, results and scorecards from Australia’s three-match one-day international tour of New Zealand.

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Jan 16

NZ win & Bangladesh land unwanted record

Bangladesh claim an unwanted world record with an improbable loss to New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington.

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Jan 13

Shakib stars as Bangladesh break records

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim share Bangladesh’s highest partnership in Test cricket against New Zealand in Wellington.

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Jan 04

Franklin signs new Middlesex deal

Ex-New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin extends his deal with Division One champions Middlesex until the end of 2018.

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Dec 09

Australia beat New Zealand to complete ODI series whitewash – as it happened

  • Australia win by 117 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • David Warner stars in Australian innings with another century

10.21am GMT

And Australia wins by 117, if you must know. The run chase only reinforces what an innings that was from Warner, who timed his run well, kept his patience, and didn’t try to hit his way out of trouble until it was time to attack at the back end of the afternoon. He held things together, with some laboured but stubborn support from George Bailey and Travis Head especially.

New Zealand looked well in the hunt early, with Tom Latham timing them well and Martin Guptill hanging about. But Latham gave up a soft dismissal, Kane Williamson missed a straight one, and Guptill gave up his wicket in lamentable fashion. With the top three gone, the rest were always likely to struggle.

Related: David Warner rescues Australia with another ton in win over New Zealand

10.14am GMT

Whooooooaaaaaa Nelly. That is it. But what a way to end it. Cummins returned for a new spell, Boult tried to glide him to third man, thought he’d got enough of it, but Smith at second slip took another blinder. Launched to his right, airborne, one hand, and plucked the catch from absolutely nowhere. Magnifique.

10.12am GMT

36th over: New Zealand 147-9 (Ferguson 4, Boult 1)

Boult off the mark! With a stylish whip to midwicket. Don’t mind if I do. Ferguson got faulkner away to fine leg as well. Definitely his zone.

10.09am GMT

35th over: New Zealand 145-9 (Ferguson 3, Boult 0)

Well, they manage to survive Mitchell Starc. He gets 3-34 from his 10 overs. A single glanced by Ferguson is the only score from the last, as Boult blocks out the last three balls with his own usual unique style of defensive play.

@GeoffLemonSport serious thoughts on why khawaja isn’t in the odi team? is it just this relatively low stakes series?

10.04am GMT

34th over: New Zealand 144-9 (Ferguson 2, Boult 0)

To be fair, even the batsmen were struggling to time it off this pitch. Southee bludgeoned a pull shot that barely got past the bowler. Ferguson fended a short ball away as awkwardly as can be, stole a single to square. Then Southee tried to swing one over cover that only went lamely up and down for a catch in the circle. But a bit of style comes along to close the over, as Ferguson uppercuts smoothly down to third man for a single.

9.59am GMT

Out, out brief candle.

9.57am GMT

33rd over: New Zealand 141-8 (Southee 3, Ferguson 0)

Smith really wants to get out of here. Starc hits Ferguson on the wristband of the glove, which then flies away to slip where Smith holds the catch. But the batsman’s hand was well off the glove at the time, so he’s spared on the DRS video. I have absolutely no idea how he just survived an over from Starc. Backed away just about every ball, poked hopelessly at most of them. How does the best bowler in the world at hitting the stumps just decide to stop hitting the stumps for an over? Maiden, any rate.

9.55am GMT

32nd over: New Zealand 141-8 (Southee 3, Ferguson 0)

Ahahahahahaha. Oh, my. Six balls in that Faulkner over, four of them Tim Southee charged. One of them he scored off, the last of the over, which he slogged mightily over midwicket for the princely sum of two runs. A Southee innings: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

9.51am GMT

31st over: New Zealand 139-8 (Southee 1)

Well, this over is eventful. Southee nicks a single. Starc is still trying to close this match out. Santner gets a full ball and flicks it beautifully away over midwicket for four. Next ball he backs away to make room, Starc follows him with a shorter bal, and it flies off the outside edge and over the bails for four more. Less beautiful. Next ball, for a second you think he has four more, as the ball flies away through fine third man. Then you realise that it has ricocheted there off the pad, before which is truck him right in front of his stumps, and he’s leg before wicket. Last rites, time for a Southee swing.

9.43am GMT

30th over: New Zealand 130-7 (Santner 7, Southee 0)

Santner, studious, watches Faulkner’s first three deliveries, then gets one nice and straight and guides it downthrough fine leg for four. Nice bit of timing. Still 135 runs short with the three wickets in hand.

9.41am GMT

29th over: New Zealand 126-7 (Santner 3, Southee 0)

Starc likes his chances of finishing off Southee, but at first the edge falls short of Wade, and the next three full balls are kept out by an unusually studious New Zealand lower-order batsman.

9.38am GMT

Nope. Scrap that. No building. Just demolition. It helps when you can call on Mitchell Starc as a captain. Munro flicks the first ball away to midwicket and gets a couple, as it was heading down leg. That must have made him think he was seeing them better than he was, because he has a lavish whoosh across the line at the next ball too. Only problem is the next ball is a far better yorker, on a slightly straighter line, and it demolishes leg stump. Poor shot, good bowling.

9.35am GMT

28th over: New Zealand 124-6 (Munro 18, Santner 3)

Smashed down the ground for four! Munro has had enough of Head, so he makes room and batters a flighted ball dead straight and high for four. Head drops short for the rest of the over, and the batsmen are able to take three singles through cover and point, shifting back to give themselves room to force the ball away. Sensible stuff. Just need to keep building like this.

9.32am GMT

27th over: New Zealand 117-6 (Munro 12, Santner 2)

Munro’s timing them alright, he just can’t beat the field. He’s gettinga bit annoyed. Two singles from Hazlewood’s over. What a disappointing slide after that good start. Maybe we could red-card New Zealand’s batsmen after their performances this series. Here’s an entertaining take on the new red-card law from Ben Pobjie, if you have a minute.

9.28am GMT

26th over: New Zealand 115-6 (Munro 11, Santner 1)

Munro unsure about how to approach Head now. Bashes a single downt he ground. Santner runs one smoothly towards point. Really can’t afford to be giving Travis Head two-run overs though.

9.27am GMT

25th over: New Zealand 113-6 (Munro 10, Santner 0)

Santner to the crease, a cool customer with the bat as he’s shown in some excellent innings in his young career, but this is a big ask in front of him today. Not impossible, given Munro’s striking power, but this pair are really the last genuine hope that New Zealand have. They would need to add the best part of the next hundred runs.

9.25am GMT

Head gets his own back, as Hazlewood bangs in short, de Grandhomme bangs away with the pull shot, and Head bangs into the ground as he runs in from deep square leg. The umpires check the replay to make sur the ball didn’t slip through his fingers and touch grass, but they decide the’re happy with the way things look, and the batsman is on his way.

9.24am GMT

24th over: New Zealand 113-5 (Munro 10, de Grandhomme 11)

That’s one way to approach it! Colin de Grandhomme take a de grand step down the pitch and launches a de grand shot over the de grand sightscreen. He sent that ball all the way de grand home. A few singles and Head’s over goes for 10.

9.20am GMT

23rd over: New Zealand 103-5 (Munro 8, de Grandhomme 3)

Hazlewood returns, and is immediately into his own form of tidiness. A couple of singles to Munro, one to de Grandhomme. So hard for a batting side to know how to approach a chase from situations like this.

9.17am GMT

22nd over: New Zealand 100-5 (Munro 6, de Grandhomme 2)

You so often see it with batsmen facing part-time spinners. They want so desperately to get on with things. In this case Watling tried to smack Head away three different times, then nailed a sweep shot for four and felt quite good about it, then tried to repeat the does and got himself out. The large frame of de Grandhomme comes out next and immediately takes a couple of runs to fine leg.

9.13am GMT

What a day this is becoming for Travis Head. Watling tried to sweep, missed, was hit while kneeling. Umpire LlllllllLlllllong I think drew the conclusion that the ball had pitched outside leg. Smith came straight up to head and asked i f he thought the ball was going straight on. Head said it was, and Smith referred. Wants to close this match out as early as possible. The review had no Hot Spot available, but Snicko showed no edge, and the tracker showed three red lights superimposed over the batsman. If he had a bike, he’d be on it. Would make the walk shorter, too. The MCG is so big.

9.09am GMT

21st over: New Zealand 94-4 (Munro 6, Watling 4)

Another absurdly tight over from Starc. One leg bye and one single. He’s bowled six overs for 22 runs today.

9.06am GMT

20th over: New Zealand 92-4 (Munro 6, Watling 3)

That’s more like it, New Zealand. Head bowling, and they work a single from every ball of his over. No muss, no fuss, and if they just did that from ehre on in, they would win quite comfortably.

Match referee teaches Smith and Williamson how to moonwalk.

9.03am GMT

19th over: New Zealand 86-4 (Munro 3, Watling 0)

Mixed bag of an over from Starc. A couple of slower balls, another attempt at the yorker, a couple that beat Munro. He utterly creams one drive, but Head at cover makes a miracle save. It ends up being a maiden.

8.58am GMT

18th over: New Zealand 86-4 (Munro 3, Watling 0)

It’s a great time for Travis Head to be bowling, with the opposition having to defend so hard. Two singles and a leg bye are all that results from the over.

8.55am GMT

17th over: New Zealand 83-4 (Munro 1)

Everything Sniffer Smith touches is turning to Aussie canary gold (and don’t you forget it). He brings back Mitch Starc, going for the kill.

8.50am GMT

16th over: New Zealand 83-3 (Nicholls 3, Munro 1)

Out comes Colin Munro, shipping the filthiest handlebar moustache you’ve ever seen. He played some wonderfully inventive innings in the World T20, but hasn’t quite gelled at ODI level. Gets off the mark with a single to cover, then Nicholls cuts two and pushes one. Brilliant bowling change, four from Head’s first over. he’ll bowl plenty more tonight!

8.47am GMT

That is some prescient shizz. Faulkner has a wicket with his last delivery, but Steve Smith drags him from the attack and asks Travis head to bowl. Commentators question why, Head sends down one ball, Guptill tries to munt it to the cover boundary but ends up lifting the shot and this time the catcher is in just the spot to leap up and reel it in. Shocking, shocking decision by the only remaining senior batsman on the night.

8.42am GMT

15th over: New Zealand 79-2 (Guptill 34, Nicholls 0)

Williamson gone last ball of Faulkner’s over, and Guptill nearly follows from the first ball of Cummins’. Leans back for the cut shot, can’t keep it down, and Smith only just misses it at gully. Gets a single through square, and Nicholls sees out the rest of the over.

8.40am GMT

14th over: New Zealand 74-2 (Guptill 29)

The DRS can’t save Williamson – referred as much because of his importance to the team’s effort in this run chase as much as any true belief that it would be overturned. Massive breakthrough for Faulkner, who was man of the match against this team on this ground in the World Cup final of 2015. This ball is pitching well outside off stump, angling in, and Williamson tried to turn it to leg but was beaten for pace, struck high on the paid but the ball was dying off the pitch and would have struck high up his leg stump.

8.34am GMT

13th over: New Zealand 71-1 (Guptill 27, Williamson 12)

They’re getting enough deliveries to put away too. Williamson glides a single to third, Guptill glances four to fine. Then two more runs in the former method, one more run in the latter. The run rate’s a very healthy five and a half. The partnership is now worth 27.

8.31am GMT

12th over: New Zealand 63-1 (Guptill 20, Williamson 11)

They’re working the angles, this pair. Faulkner bowls straight and gets picked off for a pair of singles to leg, then gives more width and is picked off through cover for a single by Guptill, then a square-driven boundary by Williamson. The captain follows up with a sharp single after a defensive prod to end the over.

8.26am GMT

11th over: New Zealand 55-1 (Guptill 18, Williamson 5)

Williamson just waiting for the kinds of delivery that suit his purpose. Gets one that he likes from Cummins, and drives the straighter ball through long-on for four. Then he runs a single to third man, and Guptill thinks that’s such a good idea that he does likewise.

8.22am GMT

10th over: New Zealand 48-1 (Guptill 17, Williamson 0)

James Faulkner is on early in the day as well, as the Mexican Wave starts up among the now better-attended lower deck. (“We are gonna build a wave, a tremendous wave, you better believe it folks, and we’re gonna make Mexico pay for it.”) Kane Williamson is in the middle, and they’ll need all of his timing today, on this pitch that is just holding up a bit and making that part of the game difficult. KW isn’t on sttike this over though, as Guptill absorbs Faulkner including glancing him fine for four.

8.18am GMT

9th over: New Zealand 44-1 (Guptill 13)

Well, we saw Australia’s first two wickets fall to catches at square leg, and now Latham has given it up in the same way. Length ball from Cummins, and Latham just didn’t get quite far enough forward to it. Stayed back, worked it square but let it get quite big on him, so it lobbed in the air, Simple take, he played it blind rather than thinking about where his field was and where his gaps might be.

8.14am GMT

8th over: New Zealand 42-0 (Guptill 12, Latham 27)

Good battle here between Latham and Hazlewood. Guptill gets three runs to start the over, pulling the ball down the ground, after which Latham is moving around the crease, trying to drive square, then to pull, and eventually has to settle for dinking a single to leg.

8.12am GMT

7th over: New Zealand 38-0 (Guptill 9, Latham 26)

Comeback kid Patrick Cummins(back) gets the ball early for his first go, and settles into a rhythm pretty easily. A single to Latham, a brace and a single to Guptill, all deflected away on the on-side.

The Netherlands cricket team has played 3 matches in 9 months.
I reckon I’ve got another 20 years in me at this rate.

8.04am GMT

6th over: New Zealand 34-0 (Guptill 6, Latham 25)

They’re working the opening bowlers well, ticking along at more than five per over. Promising signs for the Kiwis. Latham eases a couple more to third man, flicks the run to midwicket, then Guptill faces Hazlewood for the first time today and pulls hissecond ball for a couple of runs into the expanse at long leg. Plenty of empty acres of grass out there, only two men in the deep for this early Powerplay.

8.01am GMT

5th over: New Zealand 29-0 (Guptill 4, Latham 22)

Gorgeous shot. Guptill on the back foot, leans back a little, opens the blade and so neatly punches the ball through point. Three runs as it pulls up short of the long, long, long boundary down towards Punt Road. If there’s any place in Melbourne that deserves the appellation long, long, long, it’s goddamn Punt Road.

7.54am GMT

4th over: New Zealand 19-0 (Guptill 1, Latham 15)

Four! What a shot from Latham on the straight drive. Chris Rogers, a fellow opening batsman, analyses it thus on ABC radio: that because Hazlewood had such a good line across the left-hander, Latham cut down that angle by walking forward out of his crease for that shot. That put the ball in a comfortable zone for him, and he was able to send it neatly down the ground. Then he gets a straighter ball thanks to the correction, and works it through midwicket for a couple, and later draws a wide down leg. He’s started beautifully, has Latham.

7.50am GMT

3rd over: New Zealand 12-0 (Guptill 1, Latham 9)

Whoops, there goes Starc’s radar again. When he tries to swing balls into the pads, he often sends them merrily down the leg side instead. That’s what happens twice in this over, before he gets one on the correct side of the wicket and Latham drives it cleanly, hard into the ground, and sees it fly through a packed cover field on the bounce for four. Then a flick to midwicket.

7.48am GMT

2nd over: New Zealand 5-0 (Guptill 1, Latham 4)

Here’s a turn-up – Hazlewood has started out looking even more dangerous than Starc. He’s moving the ball through the air as well, and moving it a bit off the seam, and using the angle across to make the left-handed Latham uncomfortable. All that Tom can do is glide a single from the final ball of a testing early over.

7.43am GMT

1st over: New Zealand 4-0 (Guptill 1, Latham 3)

Here we go then. Mitchell Starc is immediately tailing the ball into the right-hander. Guptill jams one out for a single, Latham times one beuatifully through midwicket for three.

7.04am GMT

Phew, that’s better. Not so bad as being told the target is Three Hundred and Infinity Lots. It still won’t be easy – this pitch has looked tricky to time shots on, and everyone struggled to some degree today except Warner. Even he had a fair few lucky moments when his big shots evaded the field, not to mention a couple of edges past the stumps. But if the New Zealand batsmen can keep their heads and build an innings, they should be able to threaten. Or it might be a night for Australia’s bowlers to earn their keep, rather than trundle down foregone-conclusion pies to be swallowed in the outfield.

You’ll be back for the second innings in about half an hour with… me, Geoff Lemon, because I was a bad person in a former life and this is the reprisal the universe has settled on. Not so bad, it could have been eating all the doughnuts in the world.

7.00am GMT

50th over: Australia 264-8 (Starc 0)

A majestic hand comes to an end from the last ball of the innings. First Warner hits his last couple of runs through point, then he drives a ball straight back to Boult, then the last ball he chips off a leading edge into the on-side, and lost sight of it. Instinct kicked in, and for a second he hesitated, wondering where it had gone, when the last ball of the innings meant he should have just been head down and sprinting. If he’d gone straight away, he would have made it, but the stutter gave Boult time to hare off after the ball, grab it in one hand, then spin around from about short cover and hurl down the non-striker’s stumps. Brilliant, fun, ridiculous stuff, exactly the kind of of thing that one-day cricket should be about, precisely because it doesn’t really matter. David Warner has played a gem for us here today.

6.55am GMT

That’s alright, he saves his magic for the second innings of a match. Faulkner fails to clear long-off after smashing Boult straight for a two and a four.

6.52am GMT

49th over: Australia 256-5 (Warner 154, Faulkner 7)

This is great bowling! Southee knows he has long square boundaries and a soft ball, so he sends down a series of cutters dug in short. The batsmen can’t get real purchase on their shots. Five singles, including another Warner top edge that doesn’t carry to the deep. Then from the last ball Warner absolutely sprints back for a second run he has no right to make! Halfway down the pitch he looked gone for all money, but in the end he made it so clearly that the umpire didn’t even go upstairs. What an athlete – in the 49th over, after batting all afternoon. This is bloody ridiculous.

6.47am GMT

48th over: Australia 249-5 (Warner 150, Faulkner 4)

Boult starts well, keeping Faulkner on strike until the third ball of the over before conceding him a single. But with Warner facing, the bowler loses his line and length. Too short first, and Warner rocks back to uppercut to third man for four. Then one angled too far down leg, and it ricochets off the pad for four leg byes.

You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him!

150 for Warner! What a shot: #AUSvNZ

6.44am GMT

47th over: Australia 240-5 (Warner 146, Faulkner 3)

One thing you can say for Warner: he still has energy at the end of a long day’s batting like this. He’s utterly sprinting back for the second runs, one from a nice pull shot to square, one from a mangled version against a slow-ball bouncer that nearly carries to long-on. Southee’s variation there was good, but his yorker was less so, and with mid-off up, Warner clouted four over the top. He also runs a couple of singles, tries to belt a wide that he can’t reach, and plays a hook so enthusiastic that he falls over and nearly lands on his stumps, from which pose he complains to the umpire that a ball aimed at his head should have been called a wide. Quite the tour de force.

6.38am GMT

46th over: Australia 229-5 (Warner 137, Faulkner 2)

It changes so quickly. New Zealand pull it back. Warner gets off strike after crossing while the ball was in the air, James Faulkner dobs a couple of runs to midwicket first ball, but Santner then bowls him two dot balls to finish the over. Now it’s New Zealand stopping this from getting away.

6.34am GMT

Santner floats one down, Wade launches a slog-sweep, and it barely carries two thirds of the way to the boundary. #MCGSoBig

6.32am GMT

45th over: Australia 226-5 (Warner 136, Wade 14)

Chest-high full toss from Ferguson. Not what you want. Less what you want when Matthew Wade carves a single from it, and brings David Warner on strike for the free hit.

He almost middled it too… #AUSvNZ

6.28am GMT

44th over: Australia 214-5 (Warner 128, Wade 11)

Warner wants to get away now. Gets strike from Wade, then carves Boult through cover but can only get two. Then a single through cover. Wade gets a couple of his own to the leg-side, then has an absurd stroke of luck. Inside edges the ball, it spins into his back leg, then back onto his stumps. He turns and dives and tries to knock it away, misses with his bat, and watches helpless as the ball bounces into middle stump. Except… the bails don’t come off. Too heavy? Not enough velocity? Who knows. But he survives. Celebrates by smearing a run over Boult’s head.

No zing #AUSvNZ

6.23am GMT

43rd over: Australia 207-5 (Warner 125, Wade 7)

Not too sure about this – Munro is going to bowl another. You can get away with one over form that sort of bowler, but surely the batsmen will think they have his measure now.

Yeah don’t bowl there #AUSvNZ

6.18am GMT

42nd over: Australia 192-5 (Warner 112, Wade 5)

What a shot! Warner gets the length he wants, switches the hands, and reverse-sweeps Santner for four. Then flicks two through the leg side.

6.15am GMT

41st over: Australia 185-5 (Warner 106, Wade 4)

The next bowler is… Colin Munro? Ok then. He’s bowled nine overs in ODI cricket before in his career. Never taken a wicket. Does pretty well here! You’d barely even call it medium pace, but he manages to avoid giving the batsmen much room, and they only profit by four singles.

6.11am GMT

40th over: Australia 181-5 (Warner 104, Wade 2)

Not a bad time for Matt Wade to be coming in, he can belt a late attack. Ten overs to launch. Australia needs Warner to go big here as well, though, with Marsh and Head and Bailey already gone. Wade watches out most of Santner’s over, nets a wide, then sweeps a couple from the last ball. Into the last ten… now.

6.09am GMT

Makes it easy for the bowler! Head comes down the wicket, Santner is bowling left-arm around, the ball angles across Head and then straightens, evades his big swing, and crashes into the off bail.

6.06am GMT

39th over: Australia 178-4 (Warner 104, Head 37)

Head ducks a Southee bouncer, then finds the field with a couple of big square shots. Eventually gets away with a brace of runs to deep square leg, then a single to third man. Only four from the over, but the partnership now worth 105. The fact that Head has made only 37 of those tells you how difficult he’s finding it.

6.04am GMT

38th over: Australia 174-4 (Warner 103, Head 34)

What a ridiculous, absurd, stonking year from David Warner. He raises his seventh ODI century of the year by glancing Mitchell Santner through fine leg.

5.58am GMT

37th over: Australia 166-4 (Warner 97, Head 32)

Gee, Travis Head is struggling. Warner gives him strike from Southee’s first ball, but the junior partner smears across the line and misses one, then slogs one in the air that just bounces in front of mid-off, at which point Head goes for a single that isn’t there, and should have been run out again had the throw not misses. Shambolic stuff. Two runs from five balls that over, but Southee mucks it up with a elg-side offering from the last, and Warner calmly palys the swivel-pull for four.

5.54am GMT

36th over: Australia 160-4 (Warner 92, Head 31)

Santner is back, he’d only bowled four of his overs before this one, but his reintroduction goes alright as the batsmen collect five runs.

5.52am GMT

35th over: Australia 155-4 (Warner 88, Head 30)

Colin de Grandhomme finishes up his day’s work with 2-50, not a bad return. The last over goes for seven, including a ludicrous flat-bat smear from Warner that very nearly puts a hole through umpire Nigel Llong at the non-striker’s end.

5.43am GMT

34th over: Australia 148-4 (Warner 82, Head 29)

Another near run-out, as Head pushed wide of mid-off. They got the first sharp single, but the throw at the stumps went towards midwicket. Head switched around with a big turning circle and wanted to come back for the second, there was some slight hesitation, and had de Grandhomme’s thrown been close to the bails then Watling would have narrowly run Head out. As it is, they made it back for the second, and total five from the Ferguson over.

5.39am GMT

33rd over: Australia 143-4 (Warner 80, Head 26)

Another tidy over from de Grandhomme, a couple of singles and a two from it. He’s bowled nine of his allotment now.

5.36am GMT

32nd over: Australia 139-4 (Warner 79, Head 23)

Fortune favours the Dave. At least it does today. Warner gets width, has a big flay at it, and edges it past his off stump for four. Not content with one such ball, Boult offers width to Head as well, and that batsman clatters his cut shot to the fence at point. Better shot, same value.

Classy 50 from Buttler. Plenty wouldn’t have picked him because of his lack of red-ball cricket.

Ball is batting like a classic late call up to his club 1st XI who has been dumped down at no.10 and knows he won’t get much of a bowl.

5.32am GMT

31st over: Australia 129-4 (Warner 74, Head 18)

Ah, that one bad ball can make such a difference. De Grandhomme could have bowled a good over for three singles, but he slips one down leg, and Warner flicks it fine for four.

Tony Greig’s legacy is every commentator saying, “You’re dead right.” #ausvnz

5.28am GMT

30th over: Australia 122-4 (Warner 68, Head 17)

Boult is back, this is a big moment. The key Kiwi has bowled five overs of his ten to this point. Two or three here, a couple late in the innings? Warner calmly pushes the single first ball into the covers, then it’s back to Head’s struggle, missing the pull shot, bashing the cut to the field, half ducking and half pulling against a ball that skews away for a run to fine leg. Warner, cool as ever, waits back and taps a run to point from his first ball back on strike.

5.24am GMT

29th over: Australia 119-4 (Warner 66, Head 16)

Head still isn’t screwed on right. Goes hard at a mistimed shot and can’t score, then darts a single next ball that would have had him run out had the throw hit. Warner gives him the strike back, and Head glides a couple to third man. Five in total from the de Grandhomme over.

5.20am GMT

28th over: Australia 114-4 (Warner 64, Head 13)

Fast bowlers concede runs. It’s just kinda one of those things. Sometimes they get wickets as well, but they cost. Ferguson bowls yet another wide, then drops short and is pounded away by Head for four. Great timing. Takes the single, which gives Warner the chance to play his own pull shot, although this one is saved just inside the rope for three. Nine off the over.

5.17am GMT

27th over: Australia 105-4 (Warner 61, Head 8)

Interesting field for Head. They’ve got two fairly short covers and a point, along with a deep cover and a mid-off. Presumably it’ll be a line outside off, encourage him to play uppishly. After receiving strike from Warner, Head’s cut shot is wonderfully cut off by Guptill at point, or it would have been four. The sweeper cuts off another, keeping him to a single, then Warner chips a ball just over the head of Nicholls at short cover and profits by two.

5.11am GMT

26th over: Australia 101-4 (Warner 58, Head 7)

Ferguson is back. Warner makes use of his pace by running it to third man, Head tries to do the same with an uppercut but is nearly caught a third man. Warner gets a fuller one and pounds it through cover for four! That was a shot. Then the sensible, score-building single to follow, flicked square. If he could back up with another ton today… He’s raised the team hundred, too, by the way.

5.09am GMT

25th over: Australia 94-4 (Warner 52, Head 6)

Better over from the Australians against de Grandhomme. Head finds a couple singles via the glide and the straight push, Warner sees a tasty one whose length he likes and flogs it over mid-on. It bounces wide of the fieldsman in the deep, then scoots under him to reach the rope. Warner follows up with another single, eight from the over.

5.05am GMT

24th over: Australia 86-4 (Warner 46, Head 4)

Warner is still ticking over, a strike rate around 80, and keeping control of his part of the innings. Head glides a single to third man after receiving strike, which looks more composed than his previous efforts. Warner pulls a couple of runs from Southee’s short ball, four from the over.

5.03am GMT

23rd over: Australia 82-4 (Warner 43, Head 3)

De Grandhomme continuing the restraining order: another wide, three singles.

4.58am GMT

22nd over: Australia 78-4 (Warner 41, Head 2)

Southee back, and a cracker of an over. Some good ground fielding stops Head scoring early, then the batsman starts losing the body part that he’s named for, and swings away wildly for the last couple of balls. Makes no contact. Second maiden for Southee today, just 13 from his five overs.

4.56am GMT

21st over: Australia 78-4 (Warner 41, Head 2)

Different batsmen, same result. Warner gets a single first ball against de Grandhomme, then watches Head face four dots before finally finding a run to keep the strike. De ja vu. One big swipe that missed was enough to make Head nervous, and he backed off. Two lefties at the crease now.

I can certainly see why you’d never dream of changing this batting line-up under any circumstances for the reigning ODI player of the year.

4.51am GMT

20th over: Australia 76-4 (Warner 40, Head 1)

Williamson takes advantage of a possible quiet period to sneak some overs from… Williamson? Yep, a bit of off-spin. The Aussies get three singles from it.

4.46am GMT

19th over: Australia 73-4 (Warner 38, Head 0)

Three runs from the over, two wickets. You’ll take that. The young man Travis Head is at the crease, after an excellent 57 in Canberra, but he’ll need to do a much different job in this match, coming in before the 20th over and needing to bat through.

Mitch Marsh has been dismissed for a duck in four of his last eight innings in all formats. #AusvNZ

4.44am GMT

Two in three balls, as Marsh chops a ball down into the pitch, it bounces up behind him, and thunks into the top of middle stump. Watling leaps into the air after watching the ball on, and suddenly Australia are back in trouble.

Oh man #AUSvNZ

4.42am GMT

And the pressure tells! Bailey just never looked comfortable today, couldn’t find any timing, and it’s been a struggle of an innings. Not a huge problem with a low strike rate when you’re rebuilding, but when you get out without cashing in later it never looks good on the scorecard. A third catch in the ring on the on-side, as Bailey tried to work the medium-pacer across the line and chipped up the catch to midwicket.

4.40am GMT

18th over: Australia 70-2 (Warner 35, Bailey 23)

Another tidy over from Santner, three runs from it. Pressure builds…

4.35am GMT

17th over: Australia 68-2 (Warner 33, Bailey 22)

One of the many Colins, this one named de Grandhomme, comes on for his first over, and is milked like a Jersey cow. A brace and a single to Warner, a wide to Bailey, then Colin 1 keeps sliding leg-side-ish, bowling at the hip, and is worked away for three more singles. Seven from the over in total.

4.33am GMT

16th over: Australia 61-2 (Warner 29, Bailey 21)

Bailey is struggling here, could have chipped a return catch had Santner been quicker off the mark. Warner gets a single to follow up that run, then Bailey faces four more dots, two of them inside edges. I say he’s struggling, but they’ve raised a 50 partnership from 58 balls, so the pair is at least doing the rebuilding that Australia needed. Sometimes all you can do is battle through the bad times, as Mitch Marsh did early in his innings in Canberra before destroying the bowling by the end.

4.28am GMT

15th over: Australia 59-2 (Warner 28, Bailey 20)

Another over of heat. Warner gets away from Ferguson first ball with a single, but Bailey is pinned down until the last of the over. One ball especially is sliced away off the edge but lands safely. There’s also another high bouncer – they could be exerting even more pressure if they stopped conceding extras, the Australian bowlers.

4.25am GMT

14th over: Australia 56-2 (Warner 27, Bailey 19)

Six! Warner celebrates his let-off immediately, first ball of Santner’s over lifted over long-off to drop just behind the boundary rope. Three singles follow from the rest of the over.

I’d say about 10,000 here so far #AUSvNZ

4.20am GMT

13th over: Australia 47-2 (Warner 19, Bailey 18)

Everyone’s getting carried away with Ferguson’s pace. He can’t help bowling it, they can’t help trying to smash it. Bailey carves a square drive for a couple, then pulls a couple. He gets the single next ball, then Warner is dropped. Short ball, lots of pace, hooked at it, big top edge towards backward square. Nicholls could have been three catches from three, as he put in a fantastic sprint from deep midwicket as the ball hung in the air. But it just dripped a little too steeply on him, and I’m not sure if got fingertips to it on the dive or if it landed an inch in front. Either way, he can’t hold it, and a huge moment in the match tilts Australia’s way. Warner gets a run.

4.16am GMT

12th over: Australia 41-2 (Warner 18, Bailey 13)

Mitchell Santner on now, left-arm spin. He’s been very tidy in some monster totals so far: 1-47 in Canberra, 0-40 in Sydney. Only three singles from his first over.

Smith’s ODI ducks now trending longer. His first 3 flatlined at 2 balls each, today’s was 7 balls. Definitely showing more patience. #AusvNZ

4.12am GMT

11th over: Australia 38-2 (Warner 17, Bailey 11)

Ferguson! He’s bowling absolute heat. Was that entire over delivered at more than 150 kmh? Most of it certainly was. An eventful over, too, with Warner very nearly chopping on again as he did in Sydney. Warner has to spin around and bat it away from his stumps after it banged hard into the ground. They fly past the batsman thereafter, including one wide bouncer called for the height. Then the last ball ruins the perfect pace, Ferguson dishing up a slower ball that Warner is wise to and belts dead stright past mid-off for four.

4.07am GMT

10th over: Australia 31-2 (Warner 12, Bailey 10)

Thwock. Risk-reward from Warner lands on reward this time. He gets a decent ball from Boult, not a half-volley, on a good length, but Warner is able to lean back and lift it over wide mid-off, the ball taking off with a pogo spring towards the rope. Gets off strike with a single to leg, then Bailey gets a not-so-good shorter ball and cracks the pull shot for four.

4.02am GMT

9th over: Australia 22-2 (Warner 7, Bailey 6)

Lachie Ferguson on for his first run – the Calder Cannons half-forward flanker, as he was described during Game 1. Bailey is getting frustrated: after an initial no-ball from Ferguson, Bailey slogs with all he’s got at the free hit, and just toes it to the fieldsman at midwicket. Then he cracks a pull shot straight to square leg, then he’s beaten through to Watling behind the stumps. No runs off the bat that over, and the score is a mini-Richie.

George Bailey’s new batting stance is not so much “out of the box”, more “forgot my box”. #ausvnz

3.59am GMT

8th over: Australia 21-2 (Warner 7, Bailey 6)

Boult being pretty tidy as well, although the line of his bouncers still needs some work. He kept bowling the slower ones down leg in Canberra, and today he’s going high and wide down leg with the quicker one. Two singles are teh other scores from the over, Bailey keeping strike from the last ball.

3.57am GMT

7th over: Australia 18-2 (Warner 6, Bailey 5)

New Zealand bowling beautifully this morning. Southee just working away outside Bailey’s off stump, has him playing and missing, has him on the wander, but the need to balance caution wins out and Bailey sees out a maiden.

3.51am GMT

6th over: Australia 18-2 (Warner 6, Bailey 5)

Bailey trying to get the measure of Boult after Warner gets off strike with a leg bye. George watches a few balls go by, blocks some towards cover. The last of the over is short enough to be cut for three.

I will not be told what to eat by a pyramid

3.46am GMT

5th over: Australia 14-2 (Warner 6, Bailey 2)

Some good ground fielding as well from the Kiwis, as Warner first pulls Southee behind square, then carves him on the cut shot toward point, but is foiled on both occasions. Warner finally gets a single from the fifth ball, and Butt-First Bailey shows him how easily it’s done by flicking his own first delivery through midwicket for two.

3.43am GMT

4th over: Australia 11-2 (Warner 5)

No 55 average for Smith today! He’s only made one duck in that period since being recalled to the ODI team, but he adds another today. Boult does the business again, the off-side stacked with catchers, and the over bombing away at an off-stump line, but he jags the last ball in to target the body, and Smith shifts across the stumps to try to flick it away fine. He doesn’t get onto it properly, pops it away in the air, and Nicholls again is at square leg to intercept.

3.38am GMT

3rd over: Australia 10-1 (Warner 5, Smith 0)

Southee follows up with another peach of an over. Rips the first ball past the outside edge as it jags, which unsettles Warner, then the batsman is flailing at the next two balls outside the off stump. Misses. Warner finally gets the last ball away with that slapping cover drive that he lays so well, but it wasn’t a bad ball, and could just as easily have got him out.

3.36am GMT

2nd over: Australia 6-1 (Warner 1, Smith 0)

Wicket maiden for Boult with his first over. Some start. Smith in the middle early, but he averages 55.88 since being recalled to the team in October 2014.

3.32am GMT

Great bowling – Trent Boult comes left-arm over, sits one just outside Finch’s off stump, then swings it in. Kane Williamson has left cover open for Finch, so the batsman aims a booming drive in that direction. The tailing ball takes the inside half of the bat and squirts to square leg, where Nicholls holds the simple catch.

“Finch’s place in this team further in peril,” says Gerard Whateley on ABC radio, but I’m not too sure that’s fair. He’s one of those players who becomes unfashionable about one innings after he’s dominated a game. Was fantastic in Sri Lanka mid-year.

3.28am GMT

1st over: Australia 6-0 (Warner 1, Finch 3)

Not a great start from Southee, sends down a couple of wides as he tries to find his range. Warner bunts a sprint-single into the leg-side, then Finch flicks three through square leg. Lots of space out there, #MCGsobig, and there’ll be runs aplenty if the batsmen use their placement.

Great to see @theagesport journo @Jesse_Hogan back at the MCG ahead of today’s third ODI! #AUSvNZ

3.19am GMT

Normally I would put a tweet at the end of a post, but this deserves a post of one’s own.

18% of New Zealand’s team are called Colin. #AUSvNZ

3.17am GMT

Bad news for New Zealand again – another run chase, another requirement to constrain this in-form batting line-up. Bad news for Glenn Maxwell, who has been left out again, meaning he’s missed Victoria’s Shield game for the privilege of carrying drinks and sub-fielding for a week. Bad news for Jimmy Neesham, who is out with the arm he injured in the Canberra game. Henry Nicholls replaces him in the top order. Lachie Ferguson replaces Matt Henry in a seam-bowling swap. Australia is unchanged. These are the news.


3.09am GMT

Cry me a river. Find me a rainbow. Send me an email. That number again is, or the tweetbox is @GeoffLemonSport.

3.04am GMT

Hello fronds! Fern you for joining me, plant yourselves in a chair. No, please don’t leave, let stalk about it. I may have soiled my reputation, but your absence will be a gap that I can’t chlorophyll.

The sun is out in Melbourne, incidentally, after a very glum and cold grey morning that resembled a slab of wet slate. Not promising, and I’m not going to lie, Yarra Park was not exactly packed with eager punters flocking to catch the third game of this wildly popular Chappell-Hadlee series. But a few are making their way into the ground now, and the day looks more promising.

1.50am GMT

Geoff will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s an interesting take on the whole Glenn Maxwell saga from Sam Perry:

Related: Glenn Maxwell public criticism: disproportionate or good leadership? | Sam Perry

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Dec 09

David Warner rescues Australia with another ton in win over New Zealand

  • Australia 264- 8; New Zealand 147 (36.1 overs) | Australia win by 117 runs
  • Warner’s 156 from 128 balls helps Australia seal series whitewash

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

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

Related: Australia beat New Zealand to complete ODI series whitewash – as it happened

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Dec 06

Australia beat New Zealand by 116 runs in second ODI – as it happened

11.47am GMT

Related: David Warner’s imperious century helps Australia to ODI win over New Zealand

11.35am GMT

Man of the match is David Warner after his big ton this afternoon. “It was a fantastic wicket, it always is here at Manuka,” he says to Mark Nicholas. “The other day I played a bit of a lazy stroke but today I knuckled down and it was a good wicket to do it on.”

It was his sixth ODI ton this year. “It was the format that I thought wasn’t my greatest,” he reflects. Well, it is right now.

Related: Sport picture of the day: fire skies over the Manuka Oval

Related: David Warner’s imperious century helps Australia to ODI win over New Zealand

11.24am GMT

That’ll do it. The man who made the match-winning ton takes the catch at cover, to a top edge won by the bowler Faulkner to get him a second wicket. A good comeback from him after a challenging start this evening. And with that, Australia have won back the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Back with the presentation and some final thoughts in a couple of minutes.

11.20am GMT

47th over: New Zealand 262-9 (Watling 17, Boult 2) Target 379. Can Hazlewood finish this off? He deserves a third. Urgh, he can’t. This is grim. Please let this not go the distance.

11.19am GMT

46th over: New Zealand 255-9 (Watling 11, Boult 1) Target 379. It’ll be 4-for-41 for Cummins, unable to remove Boult despite his best efforts. Block-hole bouncers, well-executed slower balls; but all kept out, one way or another. He even gets a single to the last ball, retaining the strike. Fair play to him. No one in Australia is tweeting about this game anymore. We’re the only people left. You, dear reader, and me. You and me.

11.14am GMT

Henry’s had a crack at putting it over midwicket and it is an admirable effort, but it can’t get it beyond James Faulkner patrolling the boundary out there. Nicely taken. A fourth to Cummins. Thrilled for him. He gets five balls at Trent Boult for a five-for. On the evidence of watching this (lovely) man bat over the years, I’m backing the bowler.

11.12am GMT

45th over: New Zealand 254-8 (Watling 11, Henry 7) Target 379. Don’t judge me for this being quick. There’s a wicket to deal with in the future. This is like Back to the Future and I have a copy of Gray’s Sports Almanac. Starc kept bowling yorkers and they kept avoiding the stumps. That’s the main take out, the over worth four.

11.08am GMT

44th over: New Zealand 250-8 (Watling 10, Henry 4) Target 379. Slogs and inside edges and plays and misses. All told, Cummins unlucky not to have his fourth and even fifth. He has an over to go, so provided Starc doesn’t finish it off himself a five-for is still on the shelf for him and that really would be an excellent story.

Casting forward, this might be significant leading into the Pakistan Test series. Having watched Yasir close up in England this winter I can assure you he’s an absolute treat.

Yasir Shah has got a back injury during bowling in a practise session,hs been advised two days rest by the docs,wont play the warm up game.

11.04am GMT

43rd over: New Zealand 246-8 (Watling 9, Henry 1) Target 379. Starc. Watling. Henry. Dot. Single. Dot. Dot. Single. Dot. Was it as good for you as it was for me? Time to make it stop, fellas. Two in a hurry. Thanks. 9173 people at Manuka tonight. Probably a fraction down, but there was rain about earlier.

11.02am GMT

42nd over: New Zealand 244-8 (Watling 8, Henry 0) Target 379. Almost feels a waste to write a post on one ball alone? It’s nearly a chop on, Watling getting on it very late. Anyway, let’s make it worth your while. This song came up today on twitter due to the fact that I came to the office this morning on the back of a motor bike. Well, it was a motor scooter. But anyway. Sydney? Back of a bike? Looking for Alibrandi? Yeah, worked better in my head than it did on twitter. Have this anyway.

10.58am GMT

It is going to be a huge win for Australia very soon here. Pat Cummins has a third, a return he has deserved with some solid fast bowling in conditions where it isn’t always easy to bowl quick. On this occasion Southee is trying to pull, but he can’t get into position in time, a top edge to midwicket the outcome. Pace and bounce.

10.56am GMT

41st over: New Zealand 238-7 (Watling 2, Southee 2) Target 379. To the last ball of the Starc over Southee is off the mark with a flick of the wrists that would have also seen his stumps removed had he not made contact. We’re not far away now.

10.53am GMT

Oh yeah, that’s Mitchell Starc 101. Santner tries to make room to the wrong delivery, an on-target yorker. So it’s the very familiar clatter of stumps that Starc generates basically much every time he plays for Australia, regardless of format or any other variable.

10.50am GMT

40th over: New Zealand 234-6 (Santner 1, Watling 1) Target 379. Cummins much better tonight. The first ball to Watling is a bouncer on his helmet badge. Scary-quick. A single each all they’re able to find in the successful over. Final power play begins now, meaning a fifth man can be stationed outside the ring. And New Zealand require 15 an over to win. Draw your own conclusions.

10.47am GMT

Cummins’ slower ball gets him a second wicket. Effective on Sunday towards the end, and again here in Canberra winning an error from Williamson, who finally gives it away after a long shift tonight in a chase they were never really in. Warner takes the catch at cover. He tried to flay it over the ring from slightly short of a length, but went straight to the afternoon’s century-maker.

10.43am GMT

39th over: New Zealand 232-5 (Williamson 80, Santner 0) Target 379. Before the wicket Bailey jumped high at short cover but can’t reach the Williamson lofted drive, running away for four. This inspires a flourish from Michael Clarke on the TV saying that George Bailey has the smallest hands going around, “kiddie hand.” He’s pretty keen on it as his colleagues guffaw in the background. After the wicket Starc tries to skittle the new man Santner with an inswinging yorker, but it is just off target and a wide. Alas, a successful over for Australia. Can they finish them off in a hurry here?

10.40am GMT

Starc just does enough from around the wicket, off the seam, to win de Grandhomme’s edge. They go through the motions a bit, but it was a very good catch from Wade moving a decent stretch to his right.

10.36am GMT

38th over: New Zealand 222-4 (Williamson 75, de Grandhomme 10) Target 379. Maybe strike that last comment. Williamson is still having a dip, up for the task of padding Faulkner over his shoulder to the rope for four. Then smashing him next ball across the line. Pretty much off the front foot too. That’s bloody hard to pull off. 13 from it, one of their better overs tonight.

10.34am GMT

37th over: New Zealand 209-4 (Williamson 62, de Grandhomme 10) Target 379. Cummins back on and it’s a tidy over too, making it hard for Williamson to get off strike early in the over close to his body. Both batsmen find twos, but only to third man. Easy for all involved. This runs the risk of being a pretty ordinary finish. You know the type.

10.30am GMT

36th over: New Zealand 204-4 (Williamson 59, de Grandhomme 8) Target 379. Looked like it was going to be another rubbish over, Williamson twice picking out fieldsman in the ring. But when he got off strike, de Grandhomme saw fit to get off the mark with a line drive over midwicket. Two more spill to third man when he’s forced to play closer to his body to end the over. Oh, and that’s the 200 up. Which only leaves 179 in 14 overs. Only.

10.26am GMT

35th over: New Zealand 195-4 (Williamson 58, de Grandhomme 0) Target 379. Hazlewood still has the ability to get something from this track, hitting the seam and beating de Grandhomme outside the off-stump. Next up: he’s bringing one back. He’s such a gun. Two wickets already tonight, would be surprised he doesn’t end up with another couple before he’s done. Oh! Beaten again outside off-stump to end the over; that looked like swing more than seam. Gifted cricketer. One from it, meaning the Kiwis need in excess of two runs a ball.

Goop/OBO crossover. Not going to miss that. Thanks, Charlie.

@melindafarrell Martin Gooptil is of course Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite cricketer.

10.22am GMT

34th over: New Zealand 194-3 (Williamson 57, de Grandhomme 0) Target 379. Faulkner completes the successful over, Williamson adding three more with Colly de G yet to face a ball.

Tubby pronounces ‘de Grandhomme’ like he’s doing a cross promotion for Grand Designs. #AusvNZ

10.18am GMT

Miscued high in the beautiful Canberra night sky, Mitch Marsh makes no mistake running around from the long-on rope to complete the catch, Munro’s brief stay and any vague hope that the Black Caps may have had from here. Slower ball I fancy. Much like Cummins’ late scalps on Sunday, wicket will do Faulkner’s confidence the world of good.

10.16am GMT

33rd over: New Zealand 190-3 (Williamson 53, Munro 11) Target 379. They’ll have a drink following this Hazlewood over. Only five from it, including a boundary that’s through about third slip. Four dots in the over more to the point. Fine bowling from Hazlewood, but a bit underwhelming from the visitors at this stage. It’s now 11 an over they need with 17 left.

Another of these. I promise the last.

Canberra, you’re not so bad #ausvnz

10.11am GMT

32nd over: New Zealand 185-3 (Williamson 52, Munro 7) Target 379. Munro doesn’t have time to play himself in, nor play and miss as he did to the penultimate Faulkner delivery. But he made up for it with style, launching the final ball over long-off for six of the best. He barely followed through there – that’s wonderful timing, not a short straight boundary at Manuka either.

Meanwhile in India… fair bit going on here.

When you go for a haircut and find @Athersmike having a facial! #seenitallnow! @SkyCricket

10.07am GMT

Just when it was worth doing few equations Jimmy has thrown it away. It was a fine hand from the all-rounder, especially after copping that bad blow to the arm, but he badly mistimes the final ball of the Hazlewood over, taken by Starc inside the ring at midoff when taking to flog it through midwicket. After eight runs came from the over too including another blistering Neesham pull. Ah well. For those keeping a scorecard (surely no one uses the OBO for that, but if they do), the stand was worth 125.

10.00am GMT

30th over: New Zealand 169-2 (Williamson 50, Neesham 67) Target 379. A lot of faith shown in Travis Head tonight. He’s just skipped through his seventh over, and six of those haven’t included boundaries. Indeed, he’s conceded just the one across the two spells. The five singles here are around the wagon wheel, the penultimate getting Williamson to fifty. Far from the best he’s played for his country, but he’s still there. 57 balls to the milestone. They need 210 from 20 overs. Which, you know, isn’t completely out of the ordinary in the T20 game. I know I’m grasping a bit, but while these two are there, etc etc.

Williamson has not scored a single run through cover in this innings. His favourite area has been mid on where he’s scored 12 runs #AUSvNZ

9.57am GMT

29th over: New Zealand 164-2 (Williamson 48, Neesham 64) Target 379. Remember the other night when my wifi dropped out and I swore at my modem and said my therapist would be angry at me about that? Well, this time my wifi dropped out and I didn’t lose it. I think that’s called ‘growth’. Meanwhile, Starc’s over went for five while I was getting the show back on the road. No boundaries, no dramas. Good return to the attack from the talisman.

9.54am GMT

28th over: New Zealand 158-2 (Williamson 44, Neesham 62) Target 379. Neesham will be grateful for Head’s reintroduction after the blow the previous over. The part-time offie was very effective in his first stint, but sheds nine from his first over back including a Nesham pull shot through midwicket. Well hit. He’s got a ton on the shelf here. Oh, and this is now his highest ODI score, neglected to mention that when he past 57 in the previous over. Now need more than ten an over, the required rate just ticking over.

9.47am GMT

27th over: New Zealand 149-2 (Williamson 40, Neesham 57) Target 379. It’s a different game when Starc has it. Neesham was happy enough taking Marsh on, but when Starc hits him on the elbow/forearm with 147kph he immediately calls for medical assistance. To be fair to the man, he’s barely grimaced. He must be in serious pain, that’s hit him flush, as they say. And here Neesham is, sucking a bit of water back as the physio does his thing trying to see if he can continue. Starc, predictably, sledged him after the incident. It’s what they do. I think he told him that he’s shit, if I can lip-read. I’m sure he’ll be grateful for your thoughts. It’s quite a lengthy delay, but he’s going to stay out there with his arm sporting a compression bandage and plenty of tape.

9.41am GMT

26th over: New Zealand 147-2 (Williamson 39, Neesham 56) Target 379. Boom, boom! Neesham has fifty after stroking Marsh on the up for a really nice cover boundary, then pulling him over deep backward square leg taking on Finch back there and clearing him! Six runs. Impressive batting from everyone’s favourite twitter cricketer. The half-century took 60 balls to gather. Has to go on with it, and big time. Huge time. You know what I mean.

Russ Jackson has popped his head in (now without wisdom teeth) on the twitter debate to reinforce that Deano needs to be in our Nobody Likes Us XI. And we have a bid for Greg Dyer > Timmy Z. The latter can bowl leggies too, so maybe that works.

9.35am GMT

25th over: New Zealand 134-2 (Williamson 38, Neesham 44) Target 379. Just what the captain wanted, no boundaries off Starc upon coming back into the attack. Four from it as Neesham has to watch Starc very carefully as he tails back into his stumps from over the wicket. At nearly 150kph as well. Half way there, the Black Caps livin’ on the proverbial prayer.

9.34am GMT

24th over: New Zealand 130-2 (Williamson 35, Neesham 43) Target 379. Four consecutive overs with boundaries would usually suggest Australia may need to make a change, but with nearly 10 an over to play with it’s under control. Decent old clobber from Neesham here through midwicket, that’s the way to pull a ball from outside the off stump. Fair play to Neesham, who needs a decent series after spending more time out of the NZ side than in it of late. Looks like Starc is back on.

9.29am GMT

23nd over: New Zealand 124-2 (Williamson 35, Neesham 37) Target 379. Right, so this won’t be doing Faulkner a lot of good here. Overlooked for the series opener. Got a gong today when Adam Zampa really hadn’t deserved to be dropped. He’s cut hard by Williamson to begin his fourth over then Neesham tries to take him on, but it is an inside edge to the rope now. No one will remember that when looking at the scorecard after play. Admirably, he beats Williamson with the final ball of the over, I think that might have been a little leg-cutter. Has plenty of tricks to draw from when it gets tough, Faulkner, that’s for sure.

A few more names for our outcast team. Doc Brown says Siddons and Deano. Fair and fair. Adam Powell goes with Mo Matthews. Not sure about that, had a decent crack did The Dude. Simon Collins selects Matty Elliott. I dig this. Soobes says Nathan Hauritz. He’s in. Love ya, Haurie.

9.24am GMT

22nd over: New Zealand 114-2 (Williamson 30, Neesham 32) Target 379. Mitch Marsh into the attack from the Manuka Shops End. Or as I prefer the Public Bar End, or the Timmy’s Chinese End. Good joint, Canberra. Promise.

He was very good the other night in Sydney. Has all these slower balls, and lands them more often than not. To begin tonight singles are taken by both incumbent batsmen before Williamson swats him across the line through midwicket. That’ll annoy him, but it is what NZ need to do from here – take a few risks. Get Australia thinking about it. Seven from the over.

9.20am GMT

21st over: New Zealand 107-2 (Williamson 24, Neesham 31) Target 379. A profitable over for Neesham, taking Faulkner for one brace then another, the out to deep cover and the next midwicket. Then picks the slower ball, which is the penultimate delivery, slapping it over midwicket for four. That’ll do.

More Canberra being pretty, this shot from Pete Lalor in the press box. #nofilter

Pretty spectacular sunset in Canberra. No filters!

9.15am GMT

20th over: New Zealand 99-2 (Williamson 24, Neesham 23) Target 379. Williamson down the track to Head, but doesn’t get enough of it for a boundary. Later in the over he picks out the sweeper, and between times get a glove on a ball that would otherwise have been called a wide. So notwithstanding to nice shots off Faulkner, he’s just not going that well. And with the required run rate already about 9.5, it’s looking a pretty lousy couple ahead of hours for the Black Caps. Five off it, Head half way through his overs for 17. Very handy.

Here we go, that Canberra sky glam shot I was talking about.

Canberra turning it on for #AUSvNZ

9.11am GMT

19th over: New Zealand 94-2 (Williamson 21, Neesham 21) Target 379. For the second time in two Faulkner overs Williamson uses his feet to go down the ground, this time to long-on for a boundary. Maybe after missing out on the first game they sense a bit of vulnerability in the Tasmanian all-rounder? Or maybe he just can’t get the Head off-spin away. Either way, it’s seven from it and that’s an improvement.

Spinners comparison:

Santner – avg. speed 53.4mph, avg. turn 3.2°
Head – avg. speed 56.2mph, avg. turn 1.9°#AUSvNZ

9.09am GMT

18th over: New Zealand 87-2 (Williamson 19, Neesham 16) Target 379. Head really has this middle overs thing under control. Around the wicket to Williamson, and right on the mark. Just one from it. This is a wonderful spell, only 12 from his four overs. They would have been happy to have shed even seven an over from him. The required rate is already north of nine an over now. Canberra’s sky giving some lovely colour shots here… I’ll dig one out for you.

9.04am GMT

17th over: New Zealand 86-2 (Williamson 18, Neesham 16) Target 379. Cummins given a spell after a quite effective five over stint. James Faulkner into the attack for the first time this evening, and in this series. Williamson enjoys the change and drop in pace presumably, able to lean into a full ball and pop it right back over the bowler’s head for six bits. With four other singles taken, that’s their first decent over for a bit. And they’ll have a drink. You should too. We all should.

Glorious shot, that! #AUSvNZ

9.01am GMT

16th over: New Zealand 76-2 (Williamson 8, Neesham 16) Target 379. Three overs, no ball going for more than a single as far as Trav Head is concerned. Another quick set of six, four singles only, all broadly down the ground. Glenn Maxwell must be privately hating this a bit. This is what he’s meant to do for a living.

8.58am GMT

15th over: New Zealand 72-2 (Williamson 6, Neesham 14) Target 379. Cummins pushing through another, his fifth on the bounce. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but in a way it feels noteworthy. He hasn’t got much rhythm truth be told, but neither has Williamson who picks out the field on three occasions when he should have done better. Needs fluency, urgently. Only one off it in the end. No good.

Here comes Dan Norcross, our beloved BBC pal, with some timely additions. Morning, Norky.

@adamzwar @collinsadam @BQPtex @guardian Fawad Alam, Jesse Ryder, Nick Compton, Umar Akmal, Michael Beer.

8.53am GMT

14th over: New Zealand 71-2 (Williamson 6, Neesham 13) Target 379. Head doing a good job for his captain here, darting through his over in about 90 seconds and only conceding three singles in the process. So that’s seven from his two. With a monster chase ahead of the Black Caps it’s the overs like that which hurt from the notional sixth bowler.

A couple more entries to the Zwar XI: Michael Clarke and Brad Hodge. Let’s push hard here, team. We’ve got it in us. We need a couple of quicks.

Who should join the Unwanted XI? So far we have Clarke, Maxwell, Pietersen, Hodge, Zoehrer, Krejza… bring it home.

8.51am GMT

13th over: New Zealand 68-2 (Williamson 5, Neesham 11) Target 379. First boundary in a while for Neesham when punching Cummins through extra cover, striking at the top of the bounce. Nice stroke through a packed field. A misdirected high bouncer called a wide as well. The extra pace does inspire a false stroke through, Neesham through the air at point; but there’s no man on the circle. Six from it.

Manuka looking a treat tonight. Time for a Test Match? They’re getting one the summer after next. About time. Gorgeous joint. Can you tell I lived around the corner for five years?

8.46am GMT

12th over: New Zealand 62-2 (Williamson 5, Neesham 6) Target 379. Travis Head given a little jam roll in the absence of the usual leggie Adam Zampa. Anyone get to the bottom of why he isn’t bowling today? A bit of the old rotation policy or is – as Donald Trump would say – something else going on? I can’t believe I just quoted that. Sorry. Four from the over, by the way, all singles. No shame in that. If anything a tad short. But hard to get him away.

8.44am GMT

11th over: New Zealand 58-2 (Williamson 3, Neesham 4) Target 379. That was nearly something very special, Pat Cummins in the follow-through picking up, turning, throwing in one swift move. He misses, but gee. It’s not far. Neesham would have been gone my metres. With the field out, five are milked without much risk. The visitors will need to do plenty of that to consolidate over the next little while.

8.41am GMT

10th over: New Zealand 53-2 (Williamson 1, Neesham 1) Target 379. Hazlewood going around for a fifth, as he did the other night after two relatively early wickets. Remains the hardest of the Australian bowlers to get away in this final over of the power play. A lovely little maiden to Neesham, forced to play throughout with the exception of a well-directed bouncer, which he elects to get underneath of.

One of Australia’s favourite on-screen sons Adam Zwar has been having a natter on twitter about players potentially moving countries – or creating a new country – to play international cricket after getting in strife at home. You know the drill, the idea KP could play for South Africa or someone else altogether. Now the chat that Maxwell might be in strife at home. Who else over the years? Players who just didn’t… fit in. Who could play for our fictional country? Timmy Zoehrer is, of course, behind the stumps. Jason Krejzy the tweaker. Help us out.

8.36am GMT

9th over: New Zealand 53-2 (Williamson 1, Neesham 1) Target 379. Excellent over from Cummins, way up on the radar as well nearing 150 clicks. Neesham is the new man and off the mark with a single. The replays of that little hand signal Smith gave Cummins is very clear, Cummins following instructions first up. Sometimes, as skipper, it just works. It was Wade’s 100th ODI dismissal as well.

Cummins didn’t mean to move that ball away, but I’m sure he’s glad it did #ausvnz

8.31am GMT

Steve Smith will love that, directing Pat Cummins to go with the cross-seam via a little hand signal. The bowler follows the instruction, and from just short of a length wins the error from Guptill who edges behind. Clutch wicket both in the context of the game and also Cummins’ comeback to the Australian XI. He’s thrilled, and fair enough.

8.29am GMT

8th over: New Zealand 52-1 (Guptill 45, Williamson 1) Target 379. Hazlewood on for another. He’s good here, giving Williamson very little – one goes away, the other back in. The third is nearly chopped on; that’s close. Excellent over from the Australian opener.

8.26am GMT

7th over: New Zealand 51-1 (Guptill 44, Williamson 1) Target 379. The 50 is up after Pat Cummins initial foray goes about as well as it did in Sydney the other night. He fancies his chances in this match-up, smashing him through mid-off second ball. He does it again next ball and his bat appears broken. But he’s holding onto it for now, I think? He keeps trying to take Cummins on down the ground but no more runs come down there, just one to fine leg to end the over and retain the strike. The young quick was more effective when back of a length the other night. Would do well to shift his length to Guptill pretty quickly.

8.22am GMT

6th over: New Zealand 42-1 (Guptill 35, Williamson 1) Target 379. Nearly complete disaster for NZ there. Last ball of the over there’s confusion, the throw should have been to the ‘keeper’s end but has ended up with the bowler Hazlewood. It would have been Williamson walking had the Australians got that right. Smith saves four overthrows after a belated throw down to Wade misses the mark. All happening, as the great WM Lawry would say.

8.16am GMT

Did he just take a bit of pace from that? Either way, Latham is prematurely through the shot, a push into the on-side gone wrong, ballooning back to the bowler in his follow though. Against the run of play too. And here comes the skipper.

8.15am GMT

5th over: New Zealand 40-0 (Guptill 34, Latham 4) Target 379. Starc’s not at his best tonight, on Latham’s pads who takes three. Good for the confidence. But then Guptill gets another boundary, less convincing this time straight down the ground but it’s enough in the power play.

8.13am GMT

4th over: New Zealand 32-0 (Guptill 29, Latham 1) Target 379. Another wide. Not a great start from Hazlewood, who was so good on Sunday in Sydney. He’s quickly in the groove… that’s until Guptill slots a blinding cut shot to the fence. His second in that region already. Cop that.

Michael Clarke getting grilled on the telly for how many huge successful run chases he’s been on the wrong side of. It’s a fair point, from a quick glance at the screen it looks like Australia got taken down eight of the top ten on that list. Tonight would be the second highest of all time, in case you were wondering. The biggest: ten years ago at The Wanderers. Good evening to Mick Lewis if you’re reading on.

8.07am GMT

3rd over: New Zealand 24-0 (Guptill 23, Latham 0) Target 379. Starc’s last ball of the over is the most eventful, whizzing past Tom Latham’s grill. He’s taking a far more conservative approach to the task, watching Starc once Guptill gives him a bit of the strike. A wide in there too from Starc, if you’re wondering how the other run came.

Manuka is the sort of joint where this can happy, by the way. India were eaaaasily on their way to 349 in January for victory this year, 1-for-277 with 13 overs to go. Before losing 9-for-46. That was a fun night in the the nation’s capital.

8.01am GMT

2nd over: New Zealand 22-0 (Guptill 22, Latham 0) Target 379. Martyyyyyy! He’s 22 before Latham is off the mark. A searing square drive high in his stance hits the advertising board in barely a second. Next up: he flicks Big Josh Hazlewood a solid 90 metres over the midwicket fence. You need forearms like Ricky Ponting to pull of tricks like. How’s this bloke’s form?

SIX! Guptill has raced to 21* off 9 balls…

Latham yet to score #AUSvNZ

7.55am GMT

1st over: New Zealand 11-0 (Guptill 11, Latham 0) Target 379. Decent shout from Mitch Starc second up, was going onto the stumps but one of those where it is quite hard to tell if it was inside edge of pad first. Smith makes the right call, as it was edge first. To the two balls that follow Guptill strokes picture-perfect cover drives the rope, the second of which is on the up and everything. Another three to the same region follows after that. Eventful start. The Black Caps are ahead of the run rate. Not sure how long we’ll be able to say that for, so let’s embrace the contest.

Oh I forgot something. My plea. For you to talk to me. You know the good bit about my email It gives away that I will write for anyone who’ll pay me. For real. You give me cash, I’ll give you words. As for @collinsadam, it’s much like this: a stream of questionable consciousness. But it’s another place you can drop your hot takes on me. I want everything you’ve got.

7.49am GMT

Stop me, oh, stop me..

… stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.

7.33am GMT

Not exactly the result the visitors were looking for when they sent Australia in to bat earlier today. But this is a very high-scoring ground, as we saw when India and Australia both made 300-plus batting here in January this year. If New Zealand’s big guns can get firing, namely Guptill and Williamson in the top order, they won’t be automatically out of the contest.

Warner played the core innings today, rather than the brutal fast-scoring type, with Smith providing similar support. From there, it was the late explosion from Head and Marsh that took this from a decent total at just over 300 to a massive one closer to 400.

7.24am GMT

50th over: Australia 378-5 (Marsh 76, Bailey 0)

Six! After Marsh drives two from Henry’s first ball, he gets one outside off stump and drives it over straight long-on.

7.19am GMT

49th over: Australia 357-5 (Marsh 55, Bailey 0)

Who among us ever doubted Mitchell Marsh? He gets a brace of twos into the on side, then raises his fifty with a monster six, baseball style over midwicket as Boult gave him just enough room to get under it. Wade was then dismissed, and Bailey had the last ball bounce off his pad into the keeper’s area.

7.15am GMT

Straight ball, Wade across the line, loses his off stump, and Boult doesn’t even react.

7.12am GMT

48th over: Australia 346-4 (Marsh 44, Wade 11)

Marsh goes again! Gets a low full toss angling in at the stumps from de Grandhomme, and Marsh has already cleared the front leg to go through the line and this time put it over long-on. The bowler slips up with a higher full toss pulled by Marsh for a run, and it’s another no-ball for height. Wade gets a slow bouncer for the free hit and absolutely pounds it into the crowd on the leg side. This is carnage now.

7.09am GMT

47th over: Australia 332-4 (Marsh 37, Wade 5)

Like an old car, Marsh has taken a good long while to warm up but now he’s starting to purr. Plays the simple swing through the line against Henry, clears the straight boundary easily. Hands the strike to Wade next ball, who belts four over midwicket.

7.02am GMT

46th over: Australia 319-4 (Marsh 29)

Well, he raised his half-century from 29 balls in that over, then walked down the wicket to flog Southee with a pull shot through square for four. But from the last ball Travis Head reaches wide and steers the square drive in the air to backward point, and has to go. Wade another batsman ahead of Bailey.

6.58am GMT

45th over: Australia 309-3 (Head 49, Marsh 27)

Boult in his second-last as well, and Head just cracks him straight over the umpire’s hat for four runs. Hands the strike to Marsh, and he so nearly holes out at long-on, but Neesham’s attempted catch misses by a couple of inches and the ball carries for six!

6.53am GMT

44th over: Australia 289-3 (Head 44, Marsh 14)

Southee bowling his second-last over, and he’s not helped when Williamson’s dive can’t stop Head’s drive down the ground. Four there, some singles and twos make nine from the over. How far past 300 can they go?

6.51am GMT

43rd over: Australia 280-3 (Head 38, Marsh 11)

Marsh looks absolutely woeful here. He’s played some good longer ODI innings the last year or so, but when he’s called on to come out and accelerate immediately, he just doesn’t seem to have it at the moment. He almost runs himself out twice in the Boult over, while Head almost runs himself out from the far end trying to get Marsh off strike. In between times, Marsh can barely lay bat on ball, missing or belting it straight to the field.

@GeoffLemonSport probably doesn’t help that he looks woefully out of form.

@GeoffLemonSport people keep saving that he is a great talent. Here’s my take – he’s not that good

@GeoffLemonSport You know who would be perfect to have come in at that point?

6.44am GMT

42nd over: Australia 275-3 (Head 36, Marsh 8)

Head still slogging away. Toe-ends Southee just over mid-on for four. Misses the next swipe, and the next ball is too wide to play. Singles from there on in.

6.37am GMT

41st over: Australia 266-3 (Head 30, Marsh 6)

Head is really just going the old-fashioned slog now. Matt Henry returns, Head greets the first ball by kneeling and belting across the line. It goes high and straight off the top edge, and Neesham makes a mess of it coming across from long-off and can’t save the four.

6.28am GMT

40th over: Australia 252-3 (Head 24, Marsh 0)

Another demotion for Bailey – I wonder if he’s calling the shots in the dressing room, or if this was a pre-existing plan. Smith couldn’t have made the decision from out in the middle. And it’s strange given that Bailey is such a good finisher and Marsh can take a while to get going.

6.22am GMT

Gets a bit of width, Smith, and flays at it without really getting his feet into position. An awkward shot, the kind that looks like it might give him a side strain from heaving so hard at the ball. It takes the outside half of the bat and skies all the ay out to deep backward point to be held.

6.21am GMT

39th over: Australia 248-2 (Smith 72, Head 21)

Travis Head is away! First ball he backs away from de Grandhomme and forehands him over mid-off for four. Then the bowler dials the length up a bit, and Head drops to one knee to wallop the half-volley over deep midwicket for six. Two singles later, Head backs away again, de Grandhomme tries to follow him with the yorker, but Head gets outside its line and drills it dead straight down the ground for four more. The over goes for 16.

6.17am GMT

38th over: Australia 232-2 (Smith 72, Head 6)

Smith gets a leg bye, Head plays a hockey flick to the on side for three. Trent Boult back, but after they trade two more singles, the main bowler falls for the Henry trap. He digs in short twice in a row, and Smith helps both those balls away towards fine leg for four. One off the bat, one off the body, but it doesn’t really matter when you’ve got that line to work with.

6.11am GMT

37th over: Australia 218-2 (Smith 67, Head 2)

Travis Head has been promoted ahead of George Bailey – Simon Katich on ABC Grandstand is suggesting that this would be to preserve a left-hand and right-hand batting combination and continue unsettling the bowlers. It works, as de Grandhomme gives Head enough room to run a single to third man and get off the mark, then bowls a wide past the legs of the right-handed Smith. Four singles and the extra from the over in the end.

6.07am GMT

The big hundred won’t come today. Warner slaps de Grandhomme through the covers, but Williamson is there to lean across to his right and haul in a very low catch. Warner waits a moment while the umpires confirm that it’s clean, but that doesn’t take long. Fine innings from the opener in his best ever ODI year.

6.04am GMT

36th over: Australia 213-1 (Warner 119, Smith 65)

Looks like the Warner Show may be gearing up for its big season finale. Six, as he swats at Boult across the line and gets a big top edge over the midwicket boundary. Then Boult fires in a high full toss at the pads and Warner just has to turn it around the corner for four through fine leg.

6.01am GMT

35th over: Australia 202-1 (Warner 108, Smith 65)

Ouch. Smith is clobbered by de Grandhomme – he’s not the fastest in the New Zealand team, but any speed still hurts when it cops you square in the bowl of Burger Rings. The umpires take the chance for a drinks break – like Jesus, Smith’s pain will alleviate the suffering of his fellow man.

5.54am GMT

34th over: Australia 192-1 (Warner 107, Smith 56)

Out! But not out. A couple of singles, then Southee beat Smith’s inside edge. The umpire gave him, Smith referred immediately, and the lack of Hot Spot, Snicko, or any deflection saw the third umpire discard the decision. That’s when the system works as intended.

5.50am GMT

33rd over: Australia 181-1 (Warner 102, Smith 50)

Back into accumulation mode with five singles all round the wicket from the de Grandhomme over, and Smith raises his minor milestone after making a huge hundred last time out. New Zealand are sick of him already.

5.47am GMT

32nd over: Australia 176-1 (Warner 100, Smith 47)

A few nervous moments for Warner on 99, but he finally gets the rushed single off Southee from the third ball. Going at a 100 strike rate too, and he has plenty of time left to make this a big one. He’s determined to do so by the looks of things, as he blocks out the rest of the Southee over and attempts to reset his concentration.

5.42am GMT

31st over: Australia 174-1 (Warner 99, Smith 46)

Williamson hasn’t been very imaginative with his bowlers today. Everyone has been bowling long spells with few changes. Jimmy Neesham comes on for his first over in the match, and gets towelled up. Smith gets his favourite ball on the pads to flick for four, nearly gets another through point but for a diving save on the rope, then takes a single allowing Warner to belt a four and a one down the ground. Welcome to the crease.

5.36am GMT

30th over: Australia 162-1 (Warner 94, Smith 39)

Colin de Grandhomme is in that fine tradition of broad-shouldered, heavy-footed New Zealand medium pacers who could easily bunker down in a rugby front row. Muscles a ball down outside Warner’s off stump that takes the outside edge, but the lack of a slip means that it donates Warner a couple of runs. He recovers from that mis-hit with a perfect cover drive for four.

5.32am GMT

29th over: Australia 154-1 (Warner 87, Smith 38)

Santner finishes up his 10 overs with 1-47, a good spell that could have been a great one bar a couple of bigger overs. Only four singles from this one, and it’ll be up to the seamers from this point in.

5.30am GMT

28th over: Australia 150-1 (Warner 85, Smith 36)

They’re not having much luck on the boundary, New Zealand. Another Warner boundary, this time from a glance, and Henry getting across can’t save de Grandhomme the runs. Warner is abruptly threatening to make yet another ODI century this year.

5.26am GMT

27th over: Australia 142-1 (Warner 79, Smith 34)

Another boundary from the normally tidy Santner, as Boult can’t keep his foot off the rope sliding to stop Smith’s cut shot. A scattering of singles, too.

Looking forward to meeting my new team mates mentioned by the commentary team. Michael Santner sounds like a good bloke

5.23am GMT

26th over: Australia 135-1 (Warner 77, Smith 29)

Dumb bowling from Henry. He’s beaten the bat several times today pitching it up at pace, but he goes short at Warner twice, and Warner smacks both of them via the pull shot for four.

5.20am GMT

25th over: Australia 126-1 (Warner 68, Smith 29)

Four! David Warner is getting his timing back. Gives Santner the charge and drives sweetly down the ground, before flicking a run square.

5.17am GMT

24th over: Australia 121-1 (Warner 63, Smith 29)

Henry is back, Williamson searching for a wicket, and he could have had it first ball as Warner tried to pound the bowler aerially down to long-off, but only just cleared the man in the circle. Couple of runs. Smith is the one who finds the boundary as he gets a ball that is just a touch short, but enough for him in his current form to crash it through midwicket. The 50 partnership between these two comes up.

5.16am GMT

23rd over: Australia 112-1 (Warner 59, Smith 24)

Just three runs to Warner from Santner’s first two balls, then the bowler manages to sit on Smith for the rest of the over. No mean feat.

5.11am GMT

22nd over: Australia 109-1 (Warner 56, Smith 24)

Smith just playing everything to the leg side here. He goes three times against de Grandhomme, first for a couple, then for two singles. Warner, conversely, is waiting behind the ball and steering his two singles to off.

5.08am GMT

21st over: Australia 103-1 (Warner 54, Smith 20)

Classic middle overs stuff here, spinner bowling, five singles worked around the ground. The hundred is up, and Smith is effortlessly to 20.

See you at the #WBBL02 opening weekend for great family fun – fireworks, player appearances, face painting and more!

5.06am GMT

20th over: Australia 98-1 (Warner 52, Smith 17)

Colin de Grandhomme, the only cricketer in the world who may legally be called The Big Man, comes on with his tricky medium pace. He’s immediately into a line right on the stumps, which Smith doesn’t mind because he’s so strong off his pads. Gets a single there, Warner goes to cover, then Smith repeats his earlier shot.

4.59am GMT

19th over: Australia 95-1 (Warner 51, Smith 15)

Again, not a totally convincing shot, but Warner drags away the sweep shot along the ground from Mitchell Santner’s spin, and gets it fine enough to make the boundary rope. He gets a single to the same area, then Smith cuts a couple and gets another run on a misfield when he hits down the ground. Nine from the over in total, a better one for Australia.

4.55am GMT

18th over: Australia 86-1 (Warner 46, Smith 11)

Becoming an interesting arm wrestle, this. Australia’s two most dangerous batsmen are at the crease, meaning they could launch at any moment. But New Zealand have kept them to less than five runs per over so far. Warner is getting a bit frustrated, as Southee is making it hard for him to score. Warner doesn’t want to get out to another rash shot, so he’s trying to stay composed, but he’s a bit discomfited at the same time. Just the two singles once more.

4.50am GMT

17th over: Australia 84-1 (Warner 45, Smith 10)

Another over worth just a couple of runs as the Aussies see off Santner before the drinks break. In the Sheffield Shield, Victoria are closing in on Tasmania’s first innings, currently 149 for 7 responding to 203. New South Wales was bowled out for 259, Nic Maddinson making 80, with South Australia 59 for 1 in reply. And Queensland are yet to resume, on 333 for 6 against WA, with Usman Khawaja unbeaten on a big hundred.

4.46am GMT

16th over: Australia 82-1 (Warner 44, Smith 9)

Southee’s finding his range now. Starting to move the ball around a bit outside the off stump, and Smith acknowledges the quality. Watches most of the over without attempting to score, before tapping a single into the covers from the last ball.

4.42am GMT

15th over: Australia 80-1 (Warner 43, Smith 8)

They’re batting cautiously against Santner: it goes to show how much respect he’s gained in his short international career. Four singles from the over, as he mixes up his flight, and the batsman wait back and just try to pick him off.

4.40am GMT

14th over: Australia 76-1 (Warner 41, Smith 6)

This chap Smith is in reasonable touch, hey? Gets a ball on his stumps from Southee and whip-drives it beautifully through long-on for four.

4.35am GMT

13th over: Australia 70-1 (Warner 40, Smith 1)

Well, Finch was dropped by Watling from the first ball of Santner’s over, gloving a ball down the leg side on the sweep, then was bowled playing the same shot two balls later. Might need a tune-up in the nets there. Sniffer Smith is now the man in the middle.

4.32am GMT

The spinner gets the breakthrough. Bit of a golden arm for NZ, and that’s the case today. He floats one towards leg stump, Finch is trying to sweep towards backward square, but he’s done in flight and misses it utterly. Loses leg.

4.30am GMT

12th over: Australia 67-0 (Warner 39, Finch 19)

Tim Southee finally on, but not much effect to begin with. Four singles, then his last ball is a touch wide and Warner cracks it through backward point for four. Classic Warner stroke.

4.25am GMT

11th over: Australia 59-0 (Warner 33, Finch 17)

Skipper Kane Williamson invoking the Santner clause, bringing his left-arm spinner on to bowl. Around the wicket to the left-handed Warner, and there’s a shabby bit of fielding at backward point second ball that lets an uninspiring cut shot dribble its way down to the boundary like nursing-home pudding. That shot was more viscous than vicious. Like too much of such a gelatine treat though, Santner then blocks Warner up. Three dots, then a single from the last.

4.21am GMT

10th over: Australia 54-0 (Warner 28, Finch 17)

Boult still attacking the pads, Warner gets another leg bye. Finch gets a single down the ground, Warner pulls one, then Finch cuts a couple. Working the New Zealand spearhead without undue alarm.

4.18am GMT

9th over: Australia 49-0 (Warner 27, Finch 14)

Henry, the Ninth. Over, that is. He’s having a very frustrating day. First Warner slaps him over backward point for a couple of runs. Then the umpire nails his bouncer for a wide. Then another good ball rips past Finch’s outside edge, before the next ball takes it and flies just wide of slip. Add another wide bouncer to that, then a near-lbw that concedes two leg byes to fine leg. Nine from the over.

4.13am GMT

8th over: Australia 40-0 (Warner 24, Finch 12)

Boult manages to wind things back with a quiet over. Couple of singles, a leg bye, and an lbw shout against Finch that they nearly refer to DRS, but decide against.

4.09am GMT

7th over: Australia 37-0 (Warner 22, Finch 12)

Finch gets given strike from the first ball, then is tied down for a couple more by Henry’s line on off stump. Eventually he finds a single, and Warner says thanks a lot. Belts a pull shot that nearly cleans up Kumar Dharmasena at square leg, but the umpire curves his upper body out of the way as though he’s just hit the cleanest free kick of the season.

4.03am GMT

6th over: Australia 30-0 (Warner 16, Finch 11)

Boult dishes up a horror ball, not too short but very wide with the left-hander’s angle, and Finch takes full advantage, slapping the cut shot for four. Two singles and a leg bye already make this a profitable over, then Boult slides the last ball just down leg. Wide. Has to bowl it again, and bowls fuller and wide. Finch has had enough waiting, and belts it just over cover for four more.

3.57am GMT

5th over: Australia 18-0 (Warner 14, Finch 3)

Oh, what a ball. Matt Henry rips one off the seam as Warner gropes down a leg-stump line. A bit of movement would have seen it crash into middle, but it jags further, beats the edge and the off stump.

@GeoffLemonSport I think MySpace Matt needs to add something to his story – after all, they were probably the only two people on MySpace..

3.53am GMT

4th over: Australia 13-0 (Warner 9, Finch 3)

Ludicrous wide called by the ump, as Warner walks well outside his off stump, and Boult bowls a ball that misses leg stump by an inch, and would have cannoned into Warner’s pad in his original stance. I totally disagree with this idea that the batsman gets to decide the line of the legal delivery by where he moves just before it is released.

3.49am GMT

3rd over: Australia 11-0 (Warner 8, Finch 3)

Henry to Finch, who doesn’t want any trouble. “Pick up the gun,” says Henry, but Finch is just crabbing across his stumps and blocking a couple out. He gets off strike with a straight drive in the end, then Warner pushes three, before Finch is rammed on the pad by one that flies away into the cordon. Henry has the speedometer cranked up.

3.47am GMT

2nd over: Australia 7-0 (Warner 5, Finch 2)

Missed! Finch gets off strike with a single, then Warner pushes hard at Boult outside the off stump and edges just wide of Neesham at second slip. I think that ball brushed his fingertips as the fieldsman flung himself wide to his left. Couldn’t do more than touch it away to the boundary though.

@GeoffLemonSport I’m new to ‘toss mind games’ – do we genuinely think Smith wanted to bat? Or is this a case of just saying so to psych opp?

3.39am GMT

1st over: Australia 2-0 (Warner 1, Finch 1)

David Warner often starts a Test innings with a couple of boundaries in the first over, but here he only manages a single after negotiating a few Matt Henry fast deliveries. Aaron Finch was bowled first ball by Henry in the last match, but he manages to squeeze a single through the covers this time around. Circumspect start.

3.34am GMT

Phil Withall is currently leading the confession stakes.

“For some years I kept half a banana in my freezer. It was a very special banana, removed from the Y fronts of the punk legend Captain Sensible at a gig in Sheffield and, with a cry of ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the fruit of my loins’, thrown to the masses.

3.33am GMT


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3.24am GMT

Steve Smith happy with that, as he says he would have batted anyway. There’s some moisture in the pitch and some rain around, so the Kiwis are happier chasing in case there’s a score revision later via Duckworth-Lewis.

They have one change as well, Tim Southee in for Lachie Ferguson.

3.20am GMT

Oh, here is a good one from Matt Harris. A little help, please?

“Hi Geoff, welcome to sunny Canberra. I’m slaving away a few kilometres from Manuka, wishing I was instead drinking a terrible coffee while waiting for the rain to clear.

3.15am GMT

Looks like James Faulkner has come in to replace Adam Zampa, so that’s left-arm seam-up and slower balls to replace right-arm leg-spin. Guess that’s to do with the pitch here, which might grip and assist Faulkner’s style. And no Glenn Maxwell:

Related: Glenn Maxwell again misses out on ODI selection for Australia

3.15am GMT

“You asked for it,” warns a mysterious correspondent called Newcastle Person. “I once spent some months away in a Scandinavian country in the winter, and fell in love with a woman so much I still have a strand of her hair wound around an object at home.” I hope Durham Person never finds out.

2.57am GMT

Hello, gang. You can call me Kool. We don’t quite have a toss yet, as a slight rain shower at Manuka Oval has forced a delay. That also means we don’t have teams yet. But we do have each other. You can email me ( or tweet me (@GeoffLemonSport) and tell me a tale about you. How did you meet your spouse? Have you ever bought a lobster? What year did you fall in love with a construction worker who you never found the courage to speak to? I want your intoxicated 3am confessional stories that you won’t remember telling. Let’s go.

9.47pm GMT

Geoff will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s a quick reminder of how Australia went one up in the three-match series at the weekend:

Related: Australia cruise to first ODI win as captain Steve Smith sets more records

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Dec 06

David Warner’s imperious century helps Australia to ODI win over New Zealand

  • Australia 378-5 | New Zealand 262 (from 47.2 overs)
  • Australia win by 116 runs and claim unassailable 2-0 series lead

A David Warner century powered Australia to a 116-run one-day win over New Zealand in Canberra, the home side regaining the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in the process. After Australia set a mammoth target of 379, the Black Caps were never really in the hunt with Warner’s brilliant 119 off 115 balls the difference.

Related: Australia beat New Zealand by 116 runs in second ODI – as it happened

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Dec 06

Sport picture of the day: fire skies over the Manuka Oval

Australia’s Pat Cummins fields near the boundary during the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Manuka Oval in Canberra

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