New Zealanders 213 and 201 lost to New South Wales 286 and 1 for 129 (Jaques 70*) by 9 wickets

Phil Jaques scored 70 chasing a meagre target © Getty Images

Needing only 104 for victory when the final day began, New South Wales crushed New Zealand on their way to a nine-wicket victory. It was a tough start for a team that had publicly admitted that the Australian campaign would be tougher than the last time they toured. Phil Jaques remained unbeaten on 70, and Matthew Phelps was not out on 39 when the winning runs were scored.

Jacob Oram had Greg Mail caught in the day's third over for 13, but from then on Jaques and Phelps added runs at an easy pace. New Zealand's bowlers were economical, but could not get breakthroughs, adding to the feeling in Australia that their attack is ineffective.

This heavy defeat will not go down well with Stephen Fleming, rested for this game, who acknowledged that his team would have to play "out of their skin" to give Australia a run in the Test series.