Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has called for greater commitment from his batsmen after another poor show from the top-order gave Australia a six-wicket win in the one-day international in Hamilton yesterday. There was just one half century in the New Zealand innings - a 63 from Ross Taylor - as they were bowled out for 245 in 46.2 overs. That target did not trouble Australia, who now lead the five-match Chappell-Hadlee series 2-1. Brad Haddin smashed 110 and Ricky Ponting added 69 as the tourists won with 16 balls to spare. For the Black Caps, Scott Styris (41) and Gareth Hopkins (45) ensured they got beyond the 200-run mark, but there were three knocks in the 20s as the New Zealand batsmen failed to consolidate on solid starts. "I suppose it's just taking ownership of your innings and realising that 20s and 30s and even 50s and 60s aren't good enough against Australia," said Vettori. "You need guys to kick on. You need those big partnerships and you can't consistently lose wickets.
"We put a bit too much pressure on ourselves with losing wickets and I suppose put too much pressure on Scott [Styris] and Gareth [Hopkins] to pick up the slack then be aggressive near the end. "It was a total that was 40 or 50 runs short and we couldn't put any pressure on Australia because of it," Vettori added. For a while, any sort of decent target looked unlikely as the dismissals of Peter Ingram (five), Brendon McCullum (23) and Martin Guptill (21) left the hosts struggling on 55 for three after 11 overs. And the stability brought by Taylor, Styris and Hopkins was all undone in a batting powerplay which saw Styris, Vettori (zero), Hopkins and Tim Southee (one) all dismissed. This left Mitchell Johnson (three for 41) to end the New Zealand innings by taking Shane Bond's wicket. Haddin and Ponting then put on a 151-run second-wicket stand for Australia after the early loss of Shane Watson (15). From there the visitors cruised to a comfortable victory.
Styris conceded 43 runs off his 7.2 overs, while Michael Mason managed one wicket for 68 off 10 overs as the home side's bowlers found themselves overwhelmed. Ponting, the Australia captain, was delighted with his team's performance and described it as the best of the tour so far. "It was a very convincing win," he said. "We did it pretty easy. We've been looking for this performance the entire series and we've played our best game to date. The momentum, if there is any to be taken out of this game, is obviously with us. "If we start strongly [in the next match] on Thursday hopefully the momentum continues for us there." Haddin, the man of the match, was the first Australian to score a century in the series and felt he had proved a point to his captain. "It felt good," he said. "Ricky has challenged us over the last couple of days for someone to go on and get three figures. All the boys at the top have been in pretty good form, but we needed one of our top four to really come out and get a hundred. So it was good to spend some time out there with Rick." Ponting added: "It's what we've been asking our top order t0 deliver. "I said to the boys this morning, 'I know that if someone in our top order gets 80 plus or 100 that we're going to get well over 300 every time we bat with the nature of these grounds over here'. "It was a more commanding performance and Brad's obviously played a massive role in us winning." Meanwhile, Australia have called up George Bailey to join the one-day squad after Michael Clarke, the vice-captain, returned home to Sydney for personal reasons on the eve of yesterday's game. email@example.com
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum b Bollinger 23 Peter Ingram c Haddin b Harris 5 Martin Guptill c White b Johnson 21 Ross Taylor c Hussey b Watson 62 Neil Broom c Watson b Johnson 24 Scott Styris c Harris b Watson 41 Gareth Hopkins c Watson b Harris 45 Daniel Vettori run out (Ponting) 0 Shane Bond c Haddin b Johnson 11 Tim Southee b Harris 1 M Mason not out 2 Extras (1b, 1lb, 2nb, 6w) 10 Total (all out 46.2 overs) 245 Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-45, 3-55, 4-126, 5-146, 6-213, 7-213, 8-240, 9-243 Bowling: Ryan Harris 7-0-48-3 (2nb) Doug Bollinger 8-1-39-1 Mitchell Johnson 9.2-1-41-3 (3w) Nathan Hauritz 8-0-40-0 (1w) James Hopes 8-0-49-0 (1w) Shane Watson 6-0-26-2 (1w) Australia: Shane Watson run out (Hopkins) 15 Brad Haddin st Hopkins b Vettori 115 Ricky Ponting c Taylor b Mason 69 Mike Hussey c Ingram b Southee 9 Cameron White not out 25 Adam Voges not out 13 Extras (2lb, 1nb, 4w) 7 Total (for 4 wickets, 47.2 overs) 248 Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-176, 3-190, 4-230 Bowling: Shane Bond 8-1-43-0 Tim Southee 10-0-43-1 (1w) M Mason 10-0-68-1 (1nb) Daniel Vettori 10-0-36-1 Scott Styris 7.2-0-43-0 (1w) Martin Gupto;; 2-0-13-0 (1w)