17 Sep 2012

Black Caps trounced by Australia in World Cup warm up

10:29 am on 17 September 2012

TheAustralian teenager Pat Cummins was branded a superstar of the future by team-mate Clint McKay after his side's pace bowlers skittled New Zealand for 83 in their Twenty20 cricket World cup warm-up game in Colombo.

Australia scored 139 for six before claiming a 56-run win as Cummins (2-13), McKay (2-14) and Shane Watson (2-7) combined with spinner Brad Hogg (3-23) to run through the New Zealand batting line-up in just 17 overs.

The New Zealand captain Ross Taylor top-scored with 22 and Kane Williamson hit 17.

The Black Caps were hurt by the absence of the game's number one ranked batsman Brendon McCullum, rested because of an arm injury.

Openers Watson (27) and David Warner (24) gave Australia a solid start while allrounder Glenn Maxwell (24) pushed his selection claims for Wednesday's opening Group B game against Ireland.

Wicketkeeper Matt Wade was unbeaten on 25.

Allrounder Dan Christian, who could be vying for a spot with Maxwell against Ireland, hit 11 not out from three deliveries at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground where the two-paced nature of the pitch made scoring difficult at times.