Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the first One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Australia, at the Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday. The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2015-16 will consist three ODIs, with the second and third to be played on February 6 and 8 at Wellington and Hamilton respectively. New Zealand and Australia did not play any limited-overs matches the last time they played late last year, a tour in which the Kiwis played as many as four tour matches. However, Australia, who are coming off six limited-overs matches against India have not got any tour match ahead of this first ODI.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Auckland

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Australia 148 in 24.2 overs | Batting: Josh Hazlewood 0(0): New Zealand win by 159 runs! Brilliant bowling by the home team after a good batting performance and they have managed to pull off a record win. Australia are bowled out for their lowest total at Eden Park and New Zealand has got a great start to the tournament with the victory here. Santner registered 0.2-0-0-2 which has never been done by any bowler in an international match. Brendon McCullum went past 6000 ODI runs in the match as well. A great match for the Kiwis. Match Report – Here.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Australia 120/6 in 20 overs | Batting: Matthew Wade 37(37), James Faulkner 36(30): A job well done by the partnership of Faulkner and Wade as they have taken Australia past 100 from a situation of 41 for 6. Faulkner is a dangerous batsman who, once settled, can do miracles. Australia’s hopes still alive.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Australia 81/6 in 15 overs | Batting: Matthew Wade 24(21), James Faulkner 15(10): Faulkner and Wade looking to settle things down. Both the batsmen are making sure that boundaries come in every over to take the pressure off and add runs to keep the scorecard going as well. Wade, meanwhile, hit the first six of the innings as he sent the short length ball over long leg.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE, Australia 41/6 in 9 overs | Batting: Matthew Wade 1(1), James Faulkner 0(0): And what a bowling by the hosts here! Matt Henry started the destruction and has taken 3 already while Boult also joined him taking 2. Australia in huge, huge trouble here. Pressure building on them. The target was good and now they are left with 5 wickets in hand. A brilliant one-handed catch by Kane Williamson to dismiss Maxwell.

OUT! Mitchell Marsh c Brendon McCullum b Trent Boult 0 (4)

OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Kane Williamson b Trent Boult 0 (3)

OUT! David Warner lbw b Trent Boult 12 (11)

OUT! Steven Smith bowled Matt Henry 18(17)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Australia 18/1 in 3 overs | Batting: Steven Smith 8(7), David Warner 35(39): And a brilliant spell from Matt Henry as he gives New Zealand their first breakthrough taking Shaun Marsh for 5. Steven Smith came in and remained lucky as another Henry delivery took the inside edge of his bat but missed the stump narrowly. Marsh had earlier edged the ball to send it to the safe hands of first slip. Great start by New Zealand.

OUT! Shaun Marsh c Martin Guptill b Matt Henry 5 (8)

*Australia Innings starts*

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 307/8 in 50 overs | Batting: Matt Henry 5(7), Mitchell Santner 35(39): And it is the final score for New Zealand. Looking at the short boundaries 300 can’t be called too safe but a good score. The New Zealand bowlers have the potential to defend this and they need to provide their 100 per cent effort in the game as Australia too have an elongated batting line-up. Here is the Innings Report

OUT! Adam Milne c & b Faulkner 14 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 273/7 in 46 overs | Batting: Adam Milne 9(6), Mitchell Santner 13(26): Is it a catch? No, it’s a sixer! Milne goes for the maximum and gets it right as the ball flew over the backward square leg to land safe beyond the boundary. Milne doing the last minute batting needed here and he is using big shots for that.

OUT! Luke Ronchi b Hazlewood 16 (26)

OUT! Corey Anderson c Richardson b Hastings 10 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 238/6 in 40 overs | Batting: Luke Ronchi 4(11), Mitchell Santner 1(11): The New Zealand innings has slowed down after losing back to back wickets. Nicholls departed after making a good 61 but Corey Anderson failed to perform up to the mark today. The score could easily go to something near 340 but now the scenario looks changed.

OUT! Corey Anderson c Richardson b Hastings 10 (20)

OUT! Henry Nicholls c Matthew Wade b Mitchell Marsh 61 (67)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 228/4 in 34 overs | Batting: Henry Nicholls 60(64), Corey Anderson 6(9): And it’s 50 for Henry Nicholls. Nicholls cuts the ball towards backward-point as it races to the boundary. New Zealand has already put up an impressive score and it seems to get to a huge one. Corey Anderson has come in. He is also in good touch and if he settles down, problems will increase for Australia.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 192/3 in 28 overs | Batting: Henry Nicholls 43(45), Grant Elliott 8(9): Martin Guptill having compiled a fine 90 was run out in a brilliant bit of fielding by Glenn Maxwell. Guptill wanted a quick single but realised Maxwell was too close, his desperate attempt to get back in fell short of the direct hit. Grant Elliott is the new man in, he is not exactly enjoying a purple patch of form. OUT! Martin Guptill 90(76) run out Glenn Maxwell

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 142/2 in 21 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 70(65), Henry Nicholls 21(24): This innings in itself is testimony of Martin Guptill’s maturity as an ODI batsmen. After the dismissal of McCullum he slowed down a bit and stuck by that approach following Williamson’s seven-ball duck but is now beginning to open up a little bit again. Has crunched some fantastic shots but is mostly looking to manipulate the field for singles and twos. Henry Nicholls looking comfortable in his company. New Zealand need this partnership to last long.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 81/2 in 13 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 36(40), Henry Nicholls 1(1): Kane Williamson falls for a seven-ball duck! He never really looked comfortable during his brief stay at the crease! He finally got an outside edge to the man at short cover. OUT! Kane Williamson 0(7) c Marsh b Hazlewood

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 79/1 in 11 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 34(36), Kane Williamson 0(1): Got him! The dangerman walks out of Eden Park for one last time! James Faulkner bowls a fine yorker to get the better of McCullum. He failed to get his bat down on time as he looked to power it through covers and it crashed into the off stump. OUT! Brendon McCullum 44(29) b Faulkner

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 61/0 in 8 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 27(28), Brendon McCullum 33(20): A little bit of swing building for the bowlers now but it has not really affected the batting. Both Guptill and McCullum have been ruthless in approach. The bowlers are under severe pressure. All bowlers have been taken to shreds so far. They have procured a few edges but they have been thick ones that have found boundary ropes.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE New Zealand 28/0 in 4 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 8(10), Brendon McCullum 20(14): Australia dominated for just a little bit of time but it was only going to be a matter of time before McCullum went berserk! He hit Hazlewood for four successive boundaries in the third over; two 6s and two 4s. In the next over Martin Guptill deposited a fullish Kane Richardson delivery on the Eden Park roof!

TOSS UPDATE: Steven Smith has won the toss and has elected to bowl first


New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum(c), Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Australia XI: David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood

Australia will be back to full strength, with David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Steven Smith returning to their respective roles. The touring party are without their star bowler Mitchell Starc, who is months away from return to cricket. They will also be missing their star opening batsman Aaron Finch, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India.

Ridiculously, Australia did not include Usman Khawaja in the first ODI, who has been in red-hot form. Australia have taken Shaun Marsh ahead of Khawaja, a move that has surprised McCullum as well. ALSO READ: Steven Smith defends Australia’s decision to select Shaun Marsh ahead of Usman Khawaja, for 1st ODI vs New Zealand

New Zealand, on the other side, will try and make sure Brendon McCullum gets a fitting farewell. McCullum will be retiring from international cricket after the end of this series, which will also include a three-match Test series for the Trans-Tasman Trophy 2015-16. ALSO READ: New Zealand, Australia poles apart in reading Eden Park pitch in Auckland for 1st ODI

Ironically, both New Zealand and Australia will be heading into the ICC World T20 2016 on the back of the three-Test series, at a time when more than half of the teams in the world are busy playing as much T20 cricket as possible.


New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi (wk), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Tom Latham (cover).

Australia XI: David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD AND BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Auckland