Cameron Green stars in stunning recovery for as Aaron Finch fails again

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The calm control of Carey and booming blade of Green appeared to have set Australia on course for victory, but Carey was out within sight of the finishing line for 85 from 99 balls. Glenn Maxwell (2) upped the nervous tension by flicking a catch to the square leg boundary.

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Carey claimed that not a lot needed to be said when Green joined him at the crease.

“It was just bat and bat and bat and see where we get,” Carey said. “You’re never out of an ODI.”

Finch’s form slump continued after he was trapped lbw for five by Trent Boult, giving the Australian opener five single-figure scores in his past six innings and just one half-century from 12 innings this year. In last week’s one-day series against Zimbabwe in Townsville, Finch scored 15, one and five.

Boult highlighted once again why he is the number one ranked one-day bowler in the world and a sought after player in T20 franchises around the world, claiming 3-12 in his opening five-over spell. He finished with 4-40.

Finch’s departure began a collapse. Fresh from being rolled for 141 against Zimbabwe in Townsville last Saturday, Australia tumbled to 5-44.

In Boult’s next over after removing Finch, Steve Smith (one from eight balls) aimed an ambitious drive at the world’s best inswing bowler and inside-edged the ball into his stumps.

Brought in to bolster the batting at the expense of spinner Ashton Agar, Marnus Labuschagne (0) received a similar ball to Finch for the same result.

Aaron Finch’s poor run of form continues.

Aaron Finch’s poor run of form continues.Credit:Getty

At the other end, Warner was showing the touch which saw him score 94 of Australia’s 141 a few days earlier. One of his cleanest shots was a mighty pull off Matt Henry, which flew head high to a grateful Michael Bracewell on the square-leg boundary.

When Henry nipped a ball back to Marcus Stoinis (5), Australia were in disarray, leaving plenty on the broad but inexperienced shoulders of Green.

Earlier, Maxwell staked a claim for catch of the international season in Australia after a spectacular effort to get rid of New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (6).

Diving full length to his left, Maxwell was horizontal when he grabbed the one-handed chance. It began a good day in the field for Maxwell, who was Australia’s leading wicket-taker with 4-52 from his full quota of 10 overs.

Devon Conway and captain Kane Williamson added 81 in 18.1 overs with occasional bursts of hitting, but each perished attempting to lift the modest run rate against accurate Australian bowling.

Conway went lbw attempting to sweep Adam Zampa for 46 from 68 balls. Zampa finished with a tidy 1-38 from his 10 overs.

Williamson (45 from 71) lost control of a leg-side hoick to Maxwell, giving the off-spinner his first wicket of the day, comfortably caught in the deep by Warner.

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