Cricket World Cup: Australian XI beat NZ XI under Duckworth Lewis

Will Young.
Will Young. Photo credit: Image: Getty

Steve Smith will depart for the World Cup in top form after failing light denied him a century just hours before the team flies out for next month's tournament defence.

In his third knock in green and gold since returning from a year-long , the former Australia captain breezed to 91 from 108 balls against a below-strength New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field on Friday.

Australia were 5-248 after 44 overs - in pursuit of the Black Caps' 9-286 - when bad light stopped play, the hosts claiming a five-wicket win under the Duckworth Lewis method to win the unofficial series 2-1.

Batting at No.3, Smith drove superbly and was rarely troubled in his last hitout on Australian soil before the squad left for England - via Gallipoli - on Friday night.

Earlier, Central Districts cricketer Will Young has scored his second century this week against a near full strength Australian XI in Brisbane.

The innings helping the New Zealand XI post a total of 286/9 from their 50 overs.

Batting at three, the 26-year-old scored his hundred off 101 balls before eventually being bowled by Marcus Stoinis.

For the second time in three matches, he dominated an attack featuring Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins - scoring 301 across his three innings.

George Worker (59) and Hamish Rutherford (11) opened the batting for the visitors at the Allan Border Field - Cummins dismissing Rutherford early on in the innings sending the form batter to the crease.

World Cup bolter Tom Blundell fell for just 11, caught by David Warner off the bowling of Cummins.

Blackcaps regular Tom Latham (3) made little impact out in the middle before being given out LBW off the bowling of Adam Zampa.

James Neesham (39) put on a show before Starc got rid of the Otago all-rounder.

Matt Henry (14) and Will Somerville (18no) scored some valuable runs at the end of the innings to get the Kiwis the score of 286/9.

The New Zealand XI is made up of just four members going to the Cricket World Cup whereas the hosts boast a star-studded line-up of players who will be making the trip to the United Kingdom for the World Cup.

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