New bat top of Munro's Christmas list


Colin Munro hopes to discover at least one new cricket bat under the Christmas tree later this month after a spectacular equipment failure during New Zealand's one-day international defeat to Australia in Sydney on Sunday.

Munro made 49 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where New Zealand lost the ODI series opener by 68 runs.

The 29-year-old, in his first appearance for the Black Caps since August 2015, had to overcome his bat being broken in half while playing a delivery from Pat Cummins.

"There was a bit of shock to be honest," he said.

"I'd just swapped my number one [bat] for that one and that was going good for me. Lucky Christmas is around the corner and I can get a few more, hopefully."

Asked if it had happened to him before, he added: "Not in a big game; a couple of times in the nets. That was a bit weird because that was a really good bat. Pretty disappointed."

The second instalment of the three-match series will take place on Tuesday at Canberra's Manuka Oval, where Munro knows the tourists will have to be at their best to get it back to 1-1.

"We've just got to keep being positive and taking the aggressive option in the field," he said.

"You've got to take very opportunity, especially when you're playing against Australia in Australia.

"They're tough opposition, so we have to be right on our game."