A blistering 109-run stand in nine overs between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell saw Australia rack up the highest ODI total at the Harare Sports Club and leave Zimbabwe in the dust in the tri-series opener
It remains to be seen whether Marsh's top-order promotion will continue in the long term and he can emulate his cricketing hero, Jacques Kallis, but his productive start in the position will not have hurt his efforts.
Plays of the Day from the tri-series opener between Zimbabwe and Australia in Harare
Helmed by an overburdened head coach and weighed down by inconsistent selection, Zimbabwe's faults were glaringly obvious in their heaviest-ever defeat to Australia
Phillip Hughes has been surprisingly left out of Australia's side for their first one-day international against Zimbabwe despite captain Michael Clarke being ruled out with a hamstring injury