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New Zealand creep over the line against Australia

New Zealand edged to a one-wicket victory over fellow World Cup co-hosts Australia to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in a low-scoring thriller at Eden Park.

Left-arm pacemen Trent Boult (five for 27) of New Zealand and Australia's Mitchell Starc (six for 28) took career-best bowling figures in one-day internationals, but it was the Black Caps that just got over the line.

Trent Boult impressed. Credit: PA

They appeared set to make a statement of intent after Trent Boult took five wickets in 18 balls as Australia collapsed from 80 for one to 106 for nine, before being bowled out for 151 in 32.2 overs.

Several of their batsmen were guilty of poor shots, but Brendon McCullum once again thrived where others failed with a blistering half-century in New Zealand's reply.

While his dismissal prompted a wobble, New Zealand appeared to be coasting before they lost a rash of wickets, with Starc coming to the fore, but Kane Williamson (45 not out) smashed a six to get his side to their victory target with 26.5 overs to spare.

New Zealand without five for England tour

Tim Southee will be in India. Credit: PA

New Zealand are set to start their tour of England later this year without five key players due to the Indian Premier League.

McCullum, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Corey Anderson are all set to be playing for the IPL, so won't be available for their country.

Clearly it is not ideal preparation for us.

But the bottom line is some of our players have the chance to participate in the IPL - and in order to be picked up, we had to allow them a playing window.

If we had truncated that it would have reduced their marketability.

They can earn money in the IPL that we can't contemplate paying them.

But it was important to us, and important to them, that they don't miss any internationals - so we came up with an arrangement that they were all back in time to play in the first Test.

– New Zealand Cricket spokesman
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