Canberra - New Zealand's Black Caps
launched their Australian tour with a thumping 102-run win over the Prime
Minister's XI in a one-day game in Canberra on Friday.
After setting a target of 307, the Black
Caps - led by paceman Trent Boult - made light work of Test aspirants Usman
Khawaja, Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns with the pink ball at Manuka Oval,
dismissing the trio for a combined total of six runs.
Adam Voges brought up a solid 55 as he
looks to fill one of the holes left by several retirements ahead of the
three-Test series against the Kiwis starting in Brisbane on November 5.
Boult finished with three wickets for 27
and James Neesham claimed three for 23 as the New Zealand bowlers dismissed the
PM XI for 205 off 45.2 overs.
Khawaja went for a duck after being caught
off a swinging ball from Boult, while Bancroft was bowled on one by stand-in
skipper Tim Southee.
Boult reduced the hosts to 13 for three
after claiming Burns on five.
The left-arm quick managed to find some
movement on the normally slow, flat pitch with the bright pink ball under
Khawaja and Bancroft's opening partnership
of one paled in comparison to the 196-run stand of Kiwi openers Tom Latham
(131) and Martin Guptill (94) - the second biggest by a visiting side in the
history of the traditional Manuka Oval fixture.
Ryan Carters top-scored for the PM's XI
Khawaja, Bancroft, Burns and Voges will get
another chance to press their claims on Saturday and Sunday in a two-day red
ball Cricket Australia XI match with the Black Caps, featuring fellow hopefuls
Shaun and Mitchell Marsh.
Peter Siddle, also looking to shore up his
Test claims, didn't have as much success with the pink ball as Boult earlier in
the day, the veteran paceman ending the first innings with 1-54.
Jason Behrendorff got 3-56, while Ashton
Agar (1-52), David Hussey (1-40) and Mark Steketee (1-79) also got on the
The Kiwis were without skipper Brendon
McCullum, rested after recently returning from London where he gave evidence at
the perjury trial of former team-mate Chris Cairns.
BJ Watling, Kane Williamson and Matt Henry
also sat out the day-nighter, but are expected to play a role in the CA XI