New Zealand v Australia, 3rd ODI, Hamilton February 7, 2016

New Zealand's chance to give McCullum victorious ODI exit


Match facts

February 8, 2016
Start time 1400 local (0100 GMT)

Play 03:56
Highlights - Australia level series

Brendon McCullum's one-day international career ends on Monday in Hamilton, and it ends with a chance to lift the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The World Cup eluded McCullum and his men last summer but the Chappell-Hadlee would be some sort of consolation, a piece of silverware that means a lot to the New Zealanders given their neighbourly rivalry with the Australians. It was against Australia that McCullum's ODI career began at the SCG back in January 2002. He shared his debut with Australia's Ryan Campbell and it is fascinating to compare their careers. McCullum has played more than 400 internationals but will not be part of the upcoming World T20; Campbell has not played international cricket since 2002 but now at 44 is in Hong Kong's squad for the World T20.

Monday is the Waitangi Day public holiday in New Zealand, and combined with McCullum's farewell and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy being up for grabs, it is no surprise that tickets for this third ODI at Seddon Park have sold out. For Australia, the challenge is to crash New Zealand's day of national celebration by carrying on the form that they showed during the second ODI in Wellington. Not that there isn't room for improvement - single-figure scores to Steven Smith, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell left them in a quandary after the 122-run opening stand between David Warner and Usman Khawaja. But Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings steered them to an important victory, not only keeping the series alive but giving Australia a much-needed morale boost ahead of the Test series, after five successive losses to India and New Zealand across the ODI and T20 formats.

Form guide

New Zealand: LWWWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Australia: WLLWW

In the spotlight

Look at the raw figures and it has been a pretty good series for Mitchell Santner. From two matches he has 80 runs without being dismissed and has taken 5 for 47 from 10.2 overs. Santner has been an important batsman in the lower order, steering New Zealand to competitive totals in both games, and his bowling brought New Zealand back into the contest in Wellington after the big opening partnership between Usman Khawaja and David Warner. Now the Hamilton-born Santner gets his first opportunity to play a one-day international on his home ground of Seddon Park. He will be most disappointed, therefore, if he does not recover enough from the pain he experienced in his right foot following the second ODI to play this one.*

Million-dollar Mitchell Marsh might have grabbed the headlines on Saturday but the efforts of John Hastings to help Australia to victory in Wellington cannot be underestimated. Australia were 197 for 6 when he walked to the crease to join Marsh and while they had plenty of time to get the remaining 85 runs in their chase, they were running out of wickets. Hastings played the perfect support innings and finished unbeaten on 48, having earlier played a key restricting role with the ball when his ten overs cost only 42 runs. This summer has been something of a career renaissance for Hastings, who had faded from international cricket after 2011-12. He may lack genuine pace but is a clever bowler who keeps the runs down, and was also the leading wicket taker in the recent Australia-India ODI series. Hastings started the summer not in Australia's ODI squad; he has now made himself impossible to drop. His form spike was also a case of perfect timing - it brought him approximately AU$270,000 in Saturday's IPL auction.

Team news

New Zealand were unchanged in Wellington and there appears little reason to alter the side for the decider. Unless Santner is not declared fit to play. They have brought legspinner Ish Sodhi into the squad as cover.

New Zealand (possible) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (capt), 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult

Kane Richardson was a late withdrawal from the second match due to back soreness and he has now been sent home for further assessment. Joel Paris, the left-armer who made his ODI debut against India last month, has joined the squad as cover for the final ODI, having already been in New Zealand as part of the Western Australia side for the Sheffield Shield match in Lincoln. However, there is every chance Australia will be unchanged after their win.

Australia (possible) 1 Usman Khawaja, 2 David Warner, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 John Hastings, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Scott Boland, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Pitch and conditions

The Seddon Park pitch is usually good for batting in limited-overs matches, and the forecast for Hamilton is for a fine day and a top temperature of 27C.

Stats and trivia

  • McCullum will finish third on New Zealand's all-time ODI appearance list behind Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming, and third on their runs tally behind Fleming and Nathan Astle
  • Last time a Chappell-Hadlee series came down to the last match was in 2008-09 when the teams were 2-2 heading to Brisbane - the final ODI was washed out and Australia retained the trophy
  • The second match in Wellington was Billy Bowden's 200th ODI as an on-field umpire; Rudi Koertzen (209) is the only other man to have reached that milestone


"It's a big moment for Baz and all the guys that have played with him for so long but the focus is certainly on the game tomorrow."
Kane Williamson says the New Zealanders won't be distracted by McCullum's farewell

*05.15GMT, February 7: The preview was updated after news of Mitchell Santner's niggle came in.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Prem on February 8, 2016, 1:08 GMT

    I am a fan of George Bailey but his form this summer has been poor. Yes he had a lucky century in the Perth ODI when the umpire gave him not out when he had edged first ball but his scores have been very very poor even on the flat batting tracks. Shaun Marsh should have played instead of Bailey at no 4.

  • ESPN on February 8, 2016, 0:44 GMT

    @outside- off, do you really think this revival and reinvention of the shorter format would have been possible without players like MacCallum? He is not the genuine cricketer, although he has produced class innings in his time at the wicket. How can you call him selfish also. This guys puts his body on the line, does not really think about records, pretty much an example of a team player. You can critique the tactic of his opening spot and that man have some validity but, if you want to criticise, maybe management who give him the licence to go out there and bat with that sort of aggression. Finally OD cricket and 2020 are made for aggressive cricketers ....why? Because it is entertaining. You really need to get off your high horse there pal.

  • Matt on February 8, 2016, 0:30 GMT

    @Dunger_Bob ... Your comments about Boland are correct. I was surprised he was selected in the first place, but once the call has been made you have to give a guy a fair crack at it. And with a WC recently done, now is a good time. Unfortunately many people have very short memories and want instant results with players expecting them to dominate international cricket as soon as they start. Even proven players get bagged as soon as they have a couple of bad games. T20 mentality ... Everything has to be over quickly so you can move on to the next thing, always chasing the overnight millionaire.

  • Phil on February 8, 2016, 0:02 GMT

    @Johnthekiwi, I couldn't agree with you more... Judging by recent form - NZ, ENG & AUS are the form ODI teams but India did a lot better than the 4-1 series suggests and seem to be in good form too.

  • Phil on February 7, 2016, 23:57 GMT

    Brendan McCullum has been outstanding for NZ, especially during the latter part of his career. He deserves a lot of credit for transforming NZ into a highly competitive cricket team - in all formats! Kudos to Baz for being able to play aggressive cricket and still act like a gentleman on (and off) the field. Smith & Warner could learn a lot from McCullum in terms of how to lead a team and get the best out of their players. While I want AUS to win everything... if NZ win the series, it would be a worthy finale to McCullum's ODI career.

  • AJ on February 7, 2016, 23:42 GMT

    NZ's weak middle order will need to fire or the will lose by a lot.

  • Rohan on February 7, 2016, 22:42 GMT

    In what bizarro world is England ahead of anyone in any format of the game?? England no.1 in ODI!?! What the...? Laughably optimistic. Try winning just one WC, in fact just try making it past the preliminaries England! Try winning more than one or two of your last dozen series perhaps!

  • John on February 7, 2016, 22:22 GMT

    As an Aussie I will be glad to see the back of McCullum, but as with all sporting greats who have terrorised your team of choice, it is an ultimate compliment and a testament to the way the man has played the game. He has been a fantastic competitor and a key catalyst for the confidence and success in this current NZ team. The tests are still to come but in this final ODI let me echo the sentiments of many-an-old-hat in the Lord's members stand - "Baz, good luck mate, but not too much".

  • Bill on February 7, 2016, 22:20 GMT

    Santner out. Geez i was starting to pin my hopes on that young fulla to rescue this side. We are badly in need of an all rounder or three. Good luck Ish Sodhi!

  • Raj on February 7, 2016, 21:49 GMT

    oh miss you baz i remember you for the scoop against shaun tait... you are among the titans

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