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Australia have claimed a five-wicket victory and 2-1 series win against New Zealand at Bay Oval today to maintain its stranglehold on the Rose Bowl trophy.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Australia were set a big challenge with half-centuries to Rachel Priest (77) and Katey Martin (77) helping the home side post a competitive 9/270, while Jess Jonassen (3-47) and Ashleigh Gardner (3-56) did the bulk of the damage with the ball. 

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Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir led a lethal bowling display by the Standard Bank Proteas that laid the foundation for a fine, 3-2 series win over New Zealand with a six-wicket triumph in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) Auckland on Saturday.

In what has been a see-saw sequence of matches, South Africa gave the host little chance at half way of the decisive encounter by bundling them out for a paltry 149 after winning the toss and electing to bowl first at Eden Park.

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South African batsman, Faf du Plessis, says the series-deciding fifth One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday will be an opportunity to put in their most complete performance of the series under the pressure of the occasion. The Proteas have had patchy performances with both bat and ball throughout the series, and will be looking to bounce back quickly following the seven-wicket loss in Hamilton on Wednesday.

The batting has been underpinned by the consistent performances from captain, AB de Villiers, who is the leading run-scorer of the series with 239 runs at an average of 119.50, but the glaring disappointment remains the lack of centuries from the line-up. The rotating pace attack has shown impressive moments of brilliance and temperament, and consistency as a collective will be key in the quicker Eden Park conditions.

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Jeetan Patel has been recalled to the BLACKCAPS ANZ Test squad to face South Africa beginning 8 March, while Neil Wagner has also been cleared fit to play. BLACKCAPS selector Gavin Larsen named a squad of 13 for the first of the three match series, which also includes a recall for allrounder Jimmy Neesham.

Matt Henry and Dean Brownlie drop out of the squad and will play in the Plunket Shield Day-Night match beginning next week. 

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Half-centuries to Beth Mooney and Alex Blackwell have steered Australia to a four-wicket win in the second One-Day International at Bay Oval today.

Setting out to chase down New Zealand’s 8/253, Australia reached 22 before Nicole Bolton (17) was bowled by Holly Huddleston (1-40). An 87-run partnership between Beth Mooney (57) and Meg Lanning (44) swung the momentum Australia’s way before youngster Amelia Kerr (4-54) claimed three middle-order wickets to have the visitors 4/138. 

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Captain AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit half centuries, but it was not enough as Martin Guptill’s fine ton helped New Zealand to a series-levelling, seven-wicket win over the Standard Bank Proteas in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

The Black Caps’ opener was in majestic form as he plundered 11 sixes and 15 fours in his unbeaten 180 from 138 balls to help the hosts chase down their 280 target with a full five overs to spare.

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Australia have suffered a five-wicket loss to New Zealand in the opening match of the Rose Bowl Series at Eden Park today, despite a maiden One-Day International century from Beth Mooney.

Requiring 276 runs to claim victory, New Zealand openers Suzie Bates (55) and Rachel Priest (20) put on 58 runs before leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington (2-51) combined with Nicole Bolton to remove the dangerous Priest.

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