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McCullum's ODI career ends on high after NZ claim series win over Australia

February 08, 2016 14:48 IST

New Zealand's Matt Henry celebrates with Brendon McCullum (left) and other teammates after dismissing Australia's David Warner during the 3rd One Day International at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday

IMAGE: New Zealand's Matt Henry celebrates with Brendon McCullum (left) and other teammates after dismissing Australia's David Warner during the 3rd One Day International at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his One-Day International career with a series victory over Australia on Monday with his side sealing a 55-run win in the deciding third match at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Brendon McCullum scores 47 in ODI swansong

New Zealand, who were all out for 246 in 45.3 overs, managed to dismiss Australia for 191 in 43.4 overs to give them a 2-1 series win that helped them retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which is played for between the two countries in one-dayers.

The 34-year-old McCullum is retiring from all international cricket at the conclusion of the two-Test series against the same opponents.

The win, however, was marred by a surreal period of play when the crowd appeared to influence a decision on the field.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who took 3-34 in New Zealand's innings, appeared well-set on 41 with his side 164-5 in the 34th over before he hit a delivery back to bowler Matt Henry.

Australia's Mitchell Marsh waits as the umpires watch a replay on the big screen

IMAGE: Australia's Mitchell Marsh (left) waits as the umpires watch a replay on the big screen. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Henry half-heartedly appealed for a caught and bowled but it was turned down.

The giant television screen at the ground then showed a replay that created a huge uproar from the crowd who thought it had cannoned into Marsh's boot before popping back to the bowler.

Umpires Ian Gould and Derek Walker then asked third umpire Sundaram Ravi for a review after they also saw the replay and heard the crowd reaction.

Slow-motion cameras showed the ball had not hit the ground before Henry took the catch and Ravi told Gould to give the Australian out, which caused an angry outburst from Marsh and his batting partner Matthew Wade.

The tall-right hander had put his side back in control of the outcome.

Marsh and George Bailey (33) combined for a 59-run stand after the visitors had slumped to 94-4 in the 19th over.

Once Marsh was dismissed, however, the Australians fell apart with Corey Anderson grabbing two victims as their last five wickets fell for 27 runs.

New Zeland’s Brendon McCullum acknowledges the crowd at Seddon Park after being dismissed during his final ODI

IMAGE: New Zeland’s Brendon McCullum acknowledges the crowd at Seddon Park after being dismissed during his final ODI. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Earlier, McCullum and Martin Guptill had again got New Zealand off to a rollicking start, racing to 84 in 9.3 overs before the captain became the first of Marsh's three wickets when he was dismissed for 47.

His final ODI innings also saw McCullum become just the fourth player to hit 200 ODI sixes.

The 34-year-old was given a standing ovation at the sold out Seddon Park as he walked off and he gave heir apparent Kane Williamson a fist bump in a symbolic passing of the baton.

New Zealand's batsmen, again all got starts, but for the third time in the series were dismissed just when they needed to push on.

Guptill scored 59 and Grant Elliott added 50 for the hosts, who lost their last five wickets for nine runs.

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