10 Mar 2010

Australia in box seat after easy win in Hamilton

6:10 am on 10 March 2010

Australia beat the Black Caps in a canter in last night's third one day cricket international in Hamilton to go 2-1 up in the series with two to play.

The Black Caps couldn't bat out their 50 overs, and their 245 runs were never going to be enough on Seddon Park's short boundaries. They lost their last five wickets for 32 runs after Ross Taylor had top-scored with 62.

The Australian opener Brad Haddin led the run-chase with a career-best 110 from 121 balls, and the tourists reached their target with 16 balls to spare, and only four wickets down.

Australia showed no sign of being unsettled by the shock departure of vice-captain Michael Clarke, who quit the tour overnight to be with his troubled fiancee Lara Bingle.

The Tasmania captain George Bailey has been called into the touring squad to replace Clarke.

The fourth one day international is in Auckland tomorrow.