12/9/2016 1:47:51 PM

Warner sets up Australia's series sweep

Warner sets up Australia

 

MELBOURNE: David Warner and Mitchell Starc starred as Australia swept the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy One-day International (ODI) series with a 117-run win over New Zealand in Melbourne on Friday.

Warner smashed 156 off 128 balls in Australia's 264 for eight and then Starc claimed three for 34 to help dismiss the Black Caps for 147 in 36.1 overs.

It completed three big wins over New Zealand in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne for Australia to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Opener Warner's red-hot form has continued, with the pugnacious left-hander smashing his seventh ODI century of the year.

Warner rescued Australia after they were reduced to 73-4 by New Zealand's seamers early on a chilly summer's day.

Having already scored the most ODI tons in a year by an Australian, Warner drew level with the seven tallied by India's Sourav Ganguly in 2000.

Sachin Tendulkar, who made nine in 1998, is the only player to have scored more.

Warner, who hit a match-winning 115 in Canberra on Tuesday, was dismissed with the last ball of the innings, run out by paceman Trent Boult after having blasted 13 fours and four sixes to fire up a modest home crowd.

Boult grabbed 3-49, including the prized wicket of captain Steven Smith for a duck, while all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner took two wickets apiece.

Power-hitting Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was fined by his team mates last week after publicly criticising wicketkeeper and Victoria state captain Matthew Wade, was again omitted from the side.

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