Cameron Green braved cramps to smash a career-best 89* and secure Australia’s nervy two-wicket victory against New Zealand in the opening one-day international in Cairns on Tuesday.
Chasing 233 for victory, Australia slumped to 44-5 before Green combined in a 158-run stand with Alex Carey, who made 85, to revive their chase.
The all-rounder smashed 10 fours and a six as Australia clinched the low-scoring contest with five overs to spare to go 1-0 up in the three-match series for the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell claimed 4-52 to restrict New Zealand to 232-9 after home captain Aaron Finch elected to field.
Maxwell took a stunning one-handed catch at backward point to send back Martin Guptill in the fifth over before wreaking havoc with the ball.
Devon Conway (46), skipper Kane Williamson (45) and Tom Latham (43) missed their fifties but at 179-3 after 41 overs, New Zealand looked primed for a late assault.
Maxwell, who had dismissed Williamson just when the batsman was cutting loose, sent back Daryl Mitchell (26) and Latham in the same over and Josh Hazlewood grabbed three late order wickets to keep New Zealand under 250.
Australia found themselves early in a hole after the top half of their batting order was blown away inside 12 overs.
New Zealand: 232/9 (50) (Devon Conway 46, Kane Williamson 45; Glenn Maxwell 4-52)
Australia: 233/8 (45) (Cameron Green 89, Alex Carey 85; Trent Boult 4-40)