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Warner' ton helps Australia sweep ODI series 3-0 against New Zealand

09 December 2016
Warner' ton helps Australia sweep ODI series 3-0 against New Zealand

For the second successive one-day global the flamboyant opener went to three figures, his seventh in the calendar year, a record only surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar's nine in 1998.

On Thursday, Australian coach Darren Lehmann praised Maxwell for how he had handled the fallout from the controversy.

It is worthwhile to note that four of Tendulkar's centuries that year came in matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya, while Warner's have come against India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand.

He said it was a nod to his team mates who had given him a new nickname, "the Reverend".

Captain Steve Smith said they would take an unchanged line-up into the third and final match of the series.

Warner, formerly nicknamed the Bull but now known as the Reverend for his improved on-field behaviour, celebrated this century by using his bat handle as a microphone and raising one arm in the air as if he was preaching.

"The boys call me "the Rev" now because they reckon 'the Bull's been tamed a little bit", said vice-captain Warner, a notorious hothead in previous seasons.

Just one Australian, Damien Martyn, has achieved the feat.

Warner contributed a stunning 156 to Australia's 8/264.

Facing the white ball is not ideal preparation for the pink ball under lights but his performances this week should ensure Warner starts the Test series against Pakistan with his confidence sky-high.

After rescuing the Australian innings in Friday's dead rubber at the MCG, Warner came within one ball of becoming only the 11th batsman to carry his bat through a one-day worldwide.

A direct hit from bowler Trent Boult ran out Warner on the last ball of the innings, denying the in-form opener a piece of cricket history.

Smith, after his screamer in Sydney last week, finished the series with another one-handed classic. Overall, I have to keep working harder. "I'd have to pick the BJ Watling one over tonight". At the other end, Warner had a nervy reprieve when he nearly chopped one back onto his stumps similar to what happened in Sydney.

The last time these two teams played at this venue it was the final of the World Cup - a game where the stakes were high.

"It's certainly not through lack of trying".

"It's very satisfying. We've played some very good one-day cricket, guys have been getting some big runs".

"When you're playing a side like Australia in their own conditions they're probably the best team in the world".