Chappell-Hadlee triumph a fitting send-off for retiring McCullum


Brendon McCullum signed off on his prestigious one-day international career by helping New Zealand to a 2-1 series victory over Australia, the Black Caps winning the decider by 55 runs in Hamilton on Monday.

New Zealand captain McCullum, set to retire after the Test series against Australia, which begins on Friday, made 47 off 27 balls as he helped his team to secure the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in his final ODI.

Despite a late batting collapse from the hosts which left them 246 all out at Seddon Park, Australia could only muster 191 in response, ensuring a victorious end for the 34-year-old.

McCullum came out to a guard of honour as he staged an explosive opening alongside Martin Guptill (59).

The captain wasted no time in putting Australia on the back foot, hitting John Hastings (2-42) for a trio of fours in just the second over to set the tone for the match.

The boundaries continued to flow for the Black Caps, Guptill doing his part by knocking 10 off successive balls from Josh Hazlewood (2-45).

A pair of sixes in the seventh over saw McCullum take his ODI tally of maximums to 200, but his final innings was concluded when he was caught off Mitchell Marsh (3-34) near mid-off.

The run rate slowed following his departure, with Kane Williamson (18) next to follow, before Guptill was caught at short fine leg off Adam Zampa (1-45).

Corey Anderson (27) passed 1,000 ODI runs for New Zealand with his knock, while Grant Elliott, who hit a controlled 50 off 62, was dismissed just one ball after Marsh (3-34) had gotten rid of Luke Ronchi (5).

New Zealand were dismissed for 246 after Doug Bracewell (2), Adam Milne (5) and Ish Sodhi (0) all in a five-wicket collapse, which included two scalps off the final two balls from Hastings, for 23 runs.

Usman Khawaja (44) began Australia's chase impressively but followed David Warner (16) off in the 12th over after being caught behind.

Sodhi (2-31) turned the tide in the Black Caps' favour when he claimed the scalps of Steven Smith (21) and Glenn Maxwell (0) off just three balls to put Australia in trouble at 94-4.

Marsh (41) did his best to try and propel the tourists forward, but, when his attempt to block a ball from Matt Henry (3-60) bounced off his foot and into the grasp of the New Zealand bowler, it was clear it would not be their day.

Australia lost Matthew Wade (17), Zampa (2) and Hastings (6) in successive overs before Scott Boland (2) was run out by Henry Nicholls at the non-striker's end to complete the hosts' series win and give McCullum a fitting send-off.