Smith sets ODI record with Aussies on top

  • Smith sets ODI record with Aussies on top

Smith sets ODI record with Aussies on top

New Zealand have a chance to strike a blow to the heart of Australia's pride during their one-day series but coach Mike Hesson insists they'll be content just to get one over on "big brother".

December 3 (ANI): Ahead of the three-match Chappell-Hadlee ODI series against Australia starting at the SCG from tomorrow, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has said that his side would focus on playing their best, and insisted they can beat anyone if they succeed in doing so.

New South Wales wicket-keeper Peter Nevill says his recent form doesn't justify selection for the Australian team as he hasn't scored enough runs. Smith equalled Ricky Ponting's 164.

Smith underlined his man-of-the-match qualities with two decisive catches in the Black Caps innings.

Steve Smith joined David Warner and the skipper who went on to score a big ton was lucky to survive a Trent Boult appeal on 12, had New Zealand reviewed replays showed he would have been given out.

"It was a different sort of knock than what I'm used to playing - hopefully, in the games to come, I can have a few extra batters around me at the end and have a bit of a hit".

"I think certainly at this stage over the last couple of years Canberra has proved its support for more high level cricket in the ACT and at Manuka Oval", Miller said.

"It's nice to get my highest score at my home ground and post a huge total".

Record-breaker Smith salutes the crowd after his superb 164
Smith sets ODI record with Aussies on top

In response, New Zealand never got ahead of the game and despite a brilliant century from opener Martin Guptill, they fell short and will have to win the remaining two games to not just win the series but also retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which they are now in possession of.

However, Guptill was caught at the second attempt by substitute Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket at the end of the 33rd over with 140 still needed - and Australia went on to end a run of five successive one-day defeats. "Guptill's was fantastic hundred-one of his better hundreds-and gave us a chance", Williamson said.

"I think we were good in patches, and not so good in some, which left us a tall total to chase".

Jimmy Neesham put on 92 for the third wicket with Guptill before he holed out to Hazlewood off Mitchell Starc. However, the Black Caps will have Colin deGrandhome, who had an impressive outing in his maiden Test series last month against Pakistan.

Travis Head picked up where Smith left off - reaching 52 and more importantly, helping Australia to 324.

Smith joined David Warner and the pair put the early setback behind them before a dream moment for Lockie Ferguson ended the stand, Warner chopping on to give him a wicket in his first over in worldwide cricket.

With the Black Caps looking to defend the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy they retained early this year at home, Williamson said New Zealand would assess the pitch on Sunday before making a final decision on their XI.