Warner punishes Black Caps as Australia win series


David Warner made a magnificent century as Australia excelled once more against New Zealand to win the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at Manuka Oval.

Steve Smith made a sublime 164 - the highest score in a one-day international at the SCG - to give the world champions a 1-0 on Sunday and added another 72 in Canberra two days later, but it was Warner who took centre stage this time around.

The powerful opener smashed 119 from only 115 balls to lay the foundations for a huge total of 378-5 - the second-biggest ODI score on this ground - and New Zealand slumped to a crushing 116-run defeat after they could only make 262 all out in reply.

Warner's 10th ODI ton took his tally for his country in the 50-over format this year to six, an achievement which no other Australia batsman has managed.

Mitchell Marsh also bludgeoned an unbeaten 76 off just 40 deliveries, while Travis Head (57) scored a second successive half-century before Pat Cummins (4-41) starred with the ball to ensure fine knocks from Kane Williamson (81) and Jimmy Neesham (74) were in vain.

Williamson opted to bowl after winning the toss and could only watch on as Warner put on a show following a delayed start due to rain.

The left-hander punished anything short on a flat track, playing an array of stylish and brutal strokes as he and Smith put on 145 in 23.5 overs after Mitchell Santner (1-47) removed Aaron Finch (19).

Matt Henry and Trent Boult went for 91 and 80 respectively from their 10 overs, with Warner cashing in on great batting conditions as he brought up his century off 101 balls.

The vice-captain pulled Boult for six after reaching three figures and hit 14 fours before falling to Colin de Grandhomme (1-74), then the classy Smith showed great timing in another high quality innings before Tim Southee (2-63) sent him on his way.

Head and Marsh also dished out some fierce treatment, with the latter in particular enjoying himself in a stunning innings which yielded seven sixes, including three in succession off Henry, as the Black Caps conceded 126 runs in the last 10 overs.

Martin Guptill (45 from 33) got off to a good start, but failed to go on and the tourists were 52-2 when the sharp Cummins had the opener caught behind with a beauty.

The prolific Williamson and Neesham combined for a third-wicket stand of 125 but Josh Hazlewood (2-42) accounted for the left-hander and the writing was on the wall when Cummins claimed the prized scalp of the skipper.

New Zealand lost eight wickets for 85 runs, with Mitchell Starc (2-52) generating great pace and Cummins impressive in an emphatic win for Australia.