The top class performer of Test cricket and ODI’s Steve Smith has returned back into Australia one day squad with the classy 89 run knock against New Zealand in the pre World Cup warm up match on Wednesday, May 8.
Will Young scored 130 run knock as visitors New Zealand chased down their 278 target with 10 balls to spare.
Young, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, was eventually run out after smacking 11 fours and two sixes in his 132-ball knock.
George Worker (56) and Tom Latham (69 not out) were also among the runs as New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, made 283 for three in reply to Australia’s 277 for six.
Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc also made his long-awaited return from injury and was the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack, taking 2-14 off five overs with trademark yorkers before being withdrawn from the action.
It was his first match back since tearing a muscle three months ago.
Earlier, Steve Smith was the star attraction with his 89, including four sixes, in only his second game in Australian colours since his one-year ban for ball-tampering expired.
He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia ahead of their World Cup defence in England.
Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were also in form, scoring 56 and 52 respectively.
Australia had won the first match by one wicket, with the final game at Allan Border Field on Friday.