Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia beat New Zealand in final warm-up

Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia beat New Zealand in final warm-up

Unheralded New Zealander Will Young smashed his second century in a row Friday, mastering a full-strength Australian attack led by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in a World Cup warm-up match.

The visitor chased down its 278 target with 10 balls to spare, inflicting the first one-day defeat on Australia in 10 games, although this was not counted as a full global.

Former Australia vice-captain David Warner, who like Smith, was returning from a one-year ball-tampering ban, did not impress as much as his former skipper.

He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch praised Steve Smith after he played an unbeaten knock of 91 runs in the third clash with New Zealand XI in Brisbane on Friday.

Australia eventually won the contest by five wickets because of the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method as bad light stopped the play when Australia were batting on 248/5 in 44 overs.

A lot of emotional press conferences and repenting later, David Warner and Steve Smith are back on the team, and in time for the World Cup too.

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Finch is also tossing up deploying Cummins and Starc as middle-overs wicket-taking weapons, while the captain says playing two spinners is likely if conditions demand it.

The squad trained in Brisbane all week, squeezing in three unofficial 50-over games against a New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field.

"It's a big advantage, just knowing what it takes to win a World Cup, what it takes to manage your way through a World Cup campaign, which can be hard at times", he said. "You have to be at your best at the business end but you can't afford to let anything slip at the start". The fact everyone is together and getting on great, the boys are pumped to ramp up the preparations.

"His driving down the ground on a hard wicket.to time them was so impressive".

In the Ball-Tampering Scandal Tampering case, Smith and Warner (Warner Warner) were banned for one year for playing worldwide cricket, while Bancroft was banned for nine months.

With the likes of Smith, Warner, and Mitchell Starc in the line-up, Finch said he was confident that Australia will retain the trophy as majority know what it takes to win one.

"It's been a great opportunity for everyone to learn from them as well". One can never rule out Australia as they have the experience of winning the big matches.

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