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Head took his opportunity - Smith

Steven Smith, Australia's captain, praised Travis Head for taking his opportunity at No. 6 in Australia's 68-run victory over New Zealand in the first match of the Chappell-Hadlee series

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Smith and Guptill light up Sydney

Two memorable centuries, including the highest individual score at the ground, plenty of boundaries and a decent atmosphere at the SCG's first international of the home summer

Preview

900dThe Preview by Brydon Coverdale

Old rivals clash again with renewed vigour

Both Australia and New Zealand are fresh off Test series' at home, but while the home team will have a full-strength team at their disposal, New Zealand will have to make do with the absence of key personnel

Zampa's year

30

No. of wkts for Adam Zampa in ODIs this year - the most by any bowler. He went past Hastings and Rashid who had 29. Santner was Zampa's 30th scalp.

Rare opener's ton

3

No. of NZ openers to score an ODI century against Aus, including Guptill. Other two: Bruce Edgar 102*, MCG, 1981 and Nathan Astle 104, Napier, 2000.

Smith equals Ponting

164

Smith's score in this match - the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ponting had also made 164 against SA at Wanderers in 2006.

Smith's highest

149

Previous highest score for Steven Smith in ODIs which had come against India at WACA in January this year. Smith has gone past that score in this inns.

Captain Smith

2

No. of Aus captains to score 1000+ ODI runs in a year. Smith is the second to do so after Ponting who did it 4 times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).

Smith's milestone

2

No. of batsmen to score 1000+ runs in ODIs this year. Steven Smith is the second to get there, in this match, after David Warner.

After a long time

2007

Last time an Aus opener got a duck in ODIs at SCG, before Finch in this match - Gilchrist v Eng. Overall Finch's is the 9th duck by an Aus opener at SCG.

Neighbours at SCG

10-2

Aus's win-loss record against NZ in ODIs at SCG in last 30 years. However, Aus are coming with a 5-0 whitewash against SA in their last series.