Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Aussies Survive Huge Scare

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Aussies Survive Huge Scare

Article excerpt

CRICKET: Australia are still alive in the one-day series against New Zealand after surviving an almighty scare from century-maker Grant Elliott and a courageous Brendon McCullum at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night.

The pair put on 69 runs for the eighth wicket in just 49 balls to thrust the visitors back in the contest before the confidence-deprived Australia eventually downed their stubborn foes by 32 runs.

Man of the match Brad Haddin (109 off 114 balls) earlier set up Australia's total of 9-301 from 50 overs before the Black Caps replied with 269 from 47.3 overs.

Elliott (115) and McCullum (36 off 27 balls) well and truly put the wind up the Australians late in the match but were unable to stop Australia snapping a five-match losing streak.

Regular opener McCullum came in at No.9 due to a shoulder injury which will be the subject of scans in Adelaide today.

The result has set up an intriguing showdown in Adelaide tomorrow with the Black Caps still holding a 2-1 lead in the best of five series. …

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