Ian Smith has savaged New Zealand's 'appalling' batting after the Kiwis slumped to a 113-run loss to Australia in the second cricket ODI on Thursday.
Adam Zampa finished with a career-best 5-35 as Australia sealed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Chappell-Hadlee series at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns.
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Defending just 195 after their top order was skittled for the second consecutive match, Australia looked like they could suffer a first loss to the Black Caps on home soil across all formats for the first time since 2011.
But a combination of brilliant bowling and a nightmare batting display from the tourists saw them dismissed for a paltry 82 off 33 overs, meaning Australia walk into Sunday's final match with the series already won.
Zampa cashed in after Mitchell Starc (2-12), Marcus Stoinis (1-14) and a career-best 2-1 off five overs from Sean Abbott paved the way to victory.
"I reaped the rewards of the guys who bowled before me," Zampa said.
"To have them three down, and for me to come on and have them under a little bit of scoreboard pressure made my job a little bit easier.
"I just reaped the rewards of some excellent consistency and discipline from the quicks."
New Zealand's night was summed up by the extraordinary dismissal of captain Kane Williamson, who missed a rank full-toss from Zampa and was given out lbw.
“I don’t think he can quite believe what just happened,” Kiwi commentator Smith said on Fox Sports.
“This is almost impossible to fathom. A real tale of woe ... it’s just appalling.”
Ian Smith has started sounding a lot like my dad did during my teenage years in the last few minutes. The perfect blend of disappointment & shame #AusvNZ
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 8, 2022
What on earth is happening?! Some terrible batting! #AUSvNZ
— Alex Chapman (@AlexChapmanNZ) September 8, 2022
I’m convinced New Zealand have a complex playing Australia. Had them 5/44 and 5/54 and lose both games. 2015 World Cup final, last year’s T20 WC semi, when it matters Australia just get it done against NZ. #AUSvNZ
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) September 8, 2022
Terrible start so far. Man Black Caps always seem to have a mental block against Australia. Here’s to hoping for a solid middle order partnership. #AUSvNZ
— Shounak (@Shounak_WA) September 8, 2022
— Md Asiqul Islam 🇧🇩 (@MdAsiqulIslam6) September 8, 2022
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 8, 2022
Australia secure Chappell-Hadlee trophy with win
The Kiwis looked primed to end their 11-year trans-Tasman hoodoo when Australia's top order collapsed while batting first.
Aaron Finch's woes with the bat continued, falling for his fifth duck of 2022 - the most by an Australian in a calendar year.
David Warner (5), Marnus Labuschagne (5) and Stoinis (0) offered little resistance as the Aussies tumbled to 4-26, losing four wickets in the powerplay in consecutive innings.
But Steve Smith's 61 and stellar tail-end cameos by Zampa (16), Starc (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (23 not out) ensured Australia reached 9-195 - a respectable total considering the early dramas.
New Zealand's top order then experienced the same troubles and began the chase in shaky fashion.
The Black Caps' 3-14 was their lowest score after 10 overs in the powerplay era since it was introduced in 2005.
Their next seven wickets fell for just 68 runs, with Williamson top-scoring with 17.
"Today I thought we were too soft in terms of our dismissals with the bat," he said.
"The new ball was quite challenging and Australia were outstanding with the lengths they managed to hit."
His side's batting display leaves their ODI record on Australian soil at just 18 wins, with their last coming in 2009.
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