AUS vs NZ: Australia sweep ODI series against New Zealand in Aaron Finch farewell
AUS vs NZ: Australia beat New Zealand by 25 runs in the third one-day international on Sunday to complete a 3-0 series sweep and give captain Aaron Finch a winning farewell in his final 50-overs appearance.
As Australia overcame a bad start and posted a challenging 267-5 on a difficult wicket in Cairns, Steve Smith scored 105, his 12th ODI century.
Before being bowled out in 49.5 overs, New Zealand made 242 in their reply.
“It’s been a fun ride, like I said yesterday. I’ve loved every bit of it,” Finch, who will continue to lead Australia in Twenty20 games, said.
“Sitting around having a beer with your mates in the change room after you win a game or a series is the thing that I miss the most but we’ll definitely enjoy tonight.”
A clean sweep for the Aussie men’s team in Cairns with Steve Smith named Player of the Match and Player of the Series! #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/uS0hOpxzy4
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 11, 2022
When Australia put to bat, they lost both of their openers and stumbled to 16-2 in the sixth over.
Australia rested David Warner for the rubber match because they had already won the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy with one match remaining.
Prior to being caught behind by Trent Boult, Josh Inglis scored 10 points but was unable to take advantage of the situation.
Before bowled by Tim Southee in the 146th ODI, Finch made five runs. He concluded his one-day career with 5,406 runs, including 17 hundreds, at an average of 38.89.
With the help of Marnus Labuschagne (52) and Smith, the innings stabilised. Smith then quickly added 63 runs with Alex Carey to get Australia back into the match.
Before falling to Mitchell Santner in the 45th over while attempting to pick up speed after leading Australia above the 200-mark, Smith struck 11 fours and a six.
Cameron Green crushed two sixes in his 25 not out, and Carey’s undefeated 42 littered with unconventional shots.
In their pursuit, New Zealand had a great start, but Smith grabbed a low catch to send Devon Conway (21) back and collapse the first stand.
New Zealand fell to 112-5 despite Finn Allen’s easy 35 after captain Kane Williamson (27) run out in the 28th over.
Before Mitchell Starc picked up the final two New Zealand wickets in back-to-back deliveries to secure the victory for the hosts, they had rallied to to cameos from Jimmy Neesham (36), Glenn Phillips (47), and Mitchell Santner (30).