Warner century secures series whitewash


David Warner starred with the bat once again as Australia wrapped up a 3-0 series whitewash with a 117-run victory over New Zealand in Melbourne.

For the second successive one-day international the flamboyant opener went to three figures, his seventh in the calendar year, a record only surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar's nine in 1998.

Warner batted for the entire 50 overs of Australia's innings as they posted 264-8, his 156 crucial in them posting a competitive total.

He was run out on the last ball but the damage had already been done, Warner laying the groundwork before Australia's bowlers secured the win.

Only opener Martin Guptill (34) and Tom Latham (28) were able to score more than 20 for the Black Caps and they were easily dispatched by Steve Smith's side, all five Australian bowlers taking at least one wicket.

Mitchell Starc led the charge with three wickets, while James Faulkner, Pat Cummins and Travis Head each picked up two as the tourists were dismissed for 147 with 13 overs remaining.

Things could have all been so different, though, as the hosts stuttered at the start of their innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground - Aaron Finch (3) and Smith (0) dismissed inside four overs.

From 11-2, the recovery slowly began to build with Warner and George Bailey (23) steadying the ship with a 62-run stand for the third wicket. 

Two dismissals in three deliveries for Colin de Grandhomme (2-50) threatened a collapse but Warner dug deep and came out firing, ably supported by Head (37).

Their partnership of 105 proved pivotal as Australia finished strongly, Warner going to three figures in the 38th over with a clip off his pads that raced away fine to the fine-leg boundary.

He was not done there, either, with Colin Munro (0-19) taking some punishment with back-to-back sixes as the 30-year-old recorded his fourth-highest ODI score.

Warner - who was run out on the last ball - finishes the series with an impressive average of 99.66.

After an opening stand of 44, New Zealand failed to kick on and collapsed to their lowest score of the three-match series.

Captain Kane Williamson (13) failed with a review to get his lbw decision to Faulkner (2-26) overruled before Starc (3-34) came to the party, the fast bowler unleashing three superb yorkers that helped reduce the Black Caps to 139-8.

Australia's bowlers were ably assisted by some superb fielding - Bailey taking a great catch to remove Guptill, and Smith producing another sublime grab to finish things off.

Diving full-length to his left the skipper snaffled a thick edge from Trent Boult (1) at second slip, arguably a better take than his sensational catch in the second match - the perfect way for a dominant Australian side to finish.