New Zealand leave Australian shores frustrated again after ODI series defeat

  • Black Caps’ last win over Australia in any format came in 2011
  • Kiwis fail to score a single half-century in 3-0 series loss

A despondent New Zealand face a period of introspection on home soil after a stinging white-ball series loss against Australia rocked the Black Caps’ confidence ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Australia’s 25-run victory in the third ODI in Cairns on Sunday completed a 3-0 series sweep after New Zealand squandered winning positions in the first two matches. New Zealand’s last win over Australia in any format was back in 2011, when they grabbed a seven-run win in a Hobart Test.

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Australia hold nerve as Finch signs off with series sweep over New Zealand

  • Third ODI: Australia, 265-7, beat New Zealand, 242, by 23 runs
  • Captain Aaron Finch retires from one-day internationals

It came down to the final over but Australia ensured their captain, Aaron Finch, retired from 50-over cricket with a series sweep over New Zealand as the hosts held on to win the third and final one-day international by 25 runs.

In his 146th and last ODI for his country, Finch’s side set the Black Caps 268 to win at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns after Steve Smith anchored their innings with 105 runs off 131 balls, his 12th ODI century.

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