Australia marches victoriously against rivals New Zealand by 3-0: Player Ratings from the hosts’ ODI series triumph
Australia registered another One-Day International triumph in the same month after whitewashing the arch-rivals New Zealand on the home turf. The Kiwis led by Kane Williamson couldn’t stand upfront the wrath of Australians as they gave a farewell to their captain Aaron Finch by honouring him with a 3-0 victory.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings and detailed performances report of Team Australia from this home series win against New Zealand.
David Warner (4/10): The highest run-getter of the Zimbabwe series couldn’t replicate that performance against the second-highest ranked ODI side. Warner scored 20 runs in the opening fixture which was the third-highest individual tally from Team Australia in that match. It was followed by a failure in the following game and rest in the dead-rubber game to make way for Josh Inglis.
Josh Inglis (5/10): The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batter warmed the Australian bench throughout the Zimbabwe series and was also kept out in the first two games. Inglis was called up in the final fixture to replace David Warner in the lineup and make his career’s second ODI appearance. However, the England-born opener couldn’t impress much in the only opportunity and got out on the individual score of 10 while facing Trent Boult.
Aaron Finch (4/10): The 35-year-old Aussie opening batter who just announced his retirement from the One-Day International cricket couldn’t end his 50-over career on a high note. The former Australian skipper was suffering from a rough patch for a long time as he had to adieu to this format to stay focused on the shortest form of international cricket. He had a disastrous campaign with the bat as he could fetch only 10 runs from three innings against the New Zealand attack.
Finch’s highest individual score in this series was five off 13 balls which scored when he got out to bat in this format for the last time in his farewell game. However, Finch still excelled as a captain and lifted the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after registering a cleans-weep triumph over the arch-rivals in his final appearance of this format.
Steven Smith (9/10): Yet another memorable campaign for the Modern-Day Master who was on fire in this series. He emerged as the highest run-scorer of this bilateral saga with a whopping total of 167 runs from three innings at an astonishing average of 55.67. Smith had a great outcome from the Zimbabwe series however, he still had the grief of not being able to raise his willow on the milestone of 50 or more.
After a rare failure in the opening ODI, the former Australia all-format skipper became the highest scorer of the following match, scoring 61 runs off 94 balls which helped his nation to post a total of 195 on board. He then went on to bring up his career’s 13th ODI hundred and end the century drought of two years.
Alex Carey (8/10): Carey transformed himself into an absolute beast as his incredible average of 69.50 was the highest in the series. He scored 85 runs in the opening game and also had a crucial partnership of 158 runs with Cameron Green for the fourth which turned the game in the favour of Men in Yellow. He then finished the ODI campaign with an unbeaten stand of 42 to bring his total tally of runs to 139.
Marnus Labuschagne (6/10): After being left out on the bench in the entire Zimbabwe campaign, Labuschagne finally got the green signal here but eventually failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
He had a disastrous start to the series as he could fetch only five runs from the first two innings including a duck in the opening game. He was able to end the saga on a high note after scoring a robust stand of 52 runs in the dead-rubber fixture.
Cameron Green (9/10): The rise of the 23-year-old all-rounder has added immense strength to the 50-over roster of the Kangaroos in recent times. He was honoured with the Player of the Match award for playing a fabulous knock of 89 which recovered Australia from early collapse and snatched the game from the control of the Blackcaps. It was also the highest individual score of his tiny ODI career of 12 matches.
After missing out on the second fixture, Green returned to the action for the third and final game where he played a quickfire knock of 25 runs from 12 balls at a fierce strike rate of 208.33. The third-highest run-scorer of the series also bagged a couple of wickets from the Third ODI on his name.
Glenn Maxwell (7/10): The Australian fans had huge hopes from the Big Show for his big-hitting abilities but his bowling contribution eventually turned out to be a bigger game-changing factor. He scored 41 runs from three innings at an indecent strike rate of 62.12 while his average of 13 was also the lowest among the Top 15 run-getters of the series. The helping conditions encouraged his bowling capabilities of Maxi as he ended up with four wickets under his helm.
Marcus Stoinis (4/10): The Perth-born all-rounder was given a pivotal role in the absence of Mitchell Marsh but unfortunately he couldn’t perform up to the expectations. Stoinis’ tally of five runs from two innings was the lowest among the batters who opened their run account in this bilateral competition. The caught dismissal of the Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham was also his only breakthrough with the ball despite bowling nine overs across two innings.
Sean Abbott (8/10): Abbott was included in the Australian Playing Eleven during the Second ODI when the team management decided to twist the combination. He caught the golden opportunity with both of his hands and bagged 2-2 wickets in the rest of the two games. Apart from his wicket-taking prowess, the 30-year-old NSW pacer also topped the individual charts of best bowling average (8) and best economy rate (2.13) along with seven maiden overs.
Mitchell Starc (8/10): The NSW-based Speedster continued the momentum that he gained in their most recent ODI series against the Red Chevrons on the home turf. Starc received the Player of the Match award for his phenomenal spell in the second game where he gave away just 12 runs from seven overs and picked two wickets as well. His dismissal of Glenn Phillips was the turning point of the Third ODI where he also went on to pick two more in the death overs.
Adam Zampa (8/10): The 30-year-old leg-spinner who claimed the Player of the Series award in their previous series continued to march hard against a bigger opponent too. Zampa fetched seven wickets from three appearances to become the highest wicket-taker of the Aussie camp against neighbourhood rivals. He has now achieved a sum of 13 wickets from his last six appearances which indicates that the Melbourne Stars magician is currently on top of his game.
After getting only a single breakthrough in the opening game, Zampa turned up big in the following game to restrict the Kiwis to a minimal team score of 82. He registered his career-best bowling figures of 5 for 35 and became the first-ever Australian player to achieve a fifer in both limited-over formats.
Josh Hazlewood (7/10): The towering speedster played his part quietly well and ended up with four wickets from three appearances. He starred in the opening game where he bagged three Aussie lower middle-order wickets while spending only 31 runs from his ten-over bowling quota. After going wicketless in the following fixture, Hazlewood picked a solitary wicket in the final game where he dismissed Daryl Mitchell on 16.