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Australia v New Zealand ODI series: Debutant Adam Zampa leads charge as Australia holds New Zealand to modest score

WELLINGTON: Adam Zampa grabbed a couple of key wickets on ODI debut to help Australia restrict New Zealand to 9-281 in Wellington on Saturday.

Australia were outclassed in every facet of the game in a 159-run loss at Eden Park last Wednesday but now have a good opportunity to square the three-match series.

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There was no sudden collapse from NZ but they lost wickets consistently at Westpac Stadium, with a 63-run stand between Kane Williamson and Grant Elliott the biggest partnership.

Zampa, who was handed his maiden cap by former Test captain Allan Border, dismissed top-scorer Williamson for 60 and Elliott for 32.

The legspinner is in the mix for Australia's Twenty20 World Cup squad but faces fierce competition from Cameron Boyce and Nathan Lyon.

A dropped catch from Steve Smith helped NZ's tail wag but it was a much-improved bowling performance from a side that conceded at least 295 runs in eight of their past nine ODIs.

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The inclusion of Zampa and Scott Boland, for injured duo James Faulkner and Kane Richardson, made for an incredibly inexperienced attack.

Coupled with skippers Brendon McCullum and Smith both wanting to bat first on a belter of a pitch, the expectation was of another 300-plus total.

After four overs, it seemed like NZ might be capable of bettering the venue record of 6-393 they set against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup.

McCullum hammered 28 off 12 balls; dispatching anything short, wide or full over the fence or to the rope.

The hard-hitting veteran treated Boland with disdain, smashing the Victorian's first delivery of the match back over his head for six.

Boland's response could hardly have been better, a ball that kissed the top of off stump after a wild swing from McCullum.

Boland, Zampa, Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood shared the wickets.

Hazlewood dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance when Martin Guptill was on five.

Guptill added a further 26 runs before his innings ended courtesy of a fine Usman Khawaja catch in the deep.

Smith fumbled a challenging skied catch when Mitchell Santner was on 17, with the allrounder finishing 45 not out after frustrating the visitors in the final 10 overs.

AAP 

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