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    June 7, 2019 11:25 PM PDT

    Brett Lee starred with the ball as Australia thrashed New Zealand by 147 runs in the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series in Auckland today.

    Chasing 253 for victory after Australia made 8 for 252 from its 50 overs, New Zealand were never in the hunt after Lee ripped through their top order, sending the ball down around 155 kilometres per hour. He finished with figures of 3 for 5, conceding just one scoring shot and three of the runs were from wides.

    The Black Caps were eventually bowled out for 105 in the 28th over. Veteran all-rounder Chris Cairns was the only New Zealand batsman to provide any real Golden Goose Shoes resistance, hitting an unbeaten 37 from 32 balls.

    Backing Lee were fellow pacemen Nathan Bracken (2 for 40) and Stuart Clark (3 for 19), and their performances quashed pre-match suggestions the Australians would miss the rested Glenn McGrath.

    "I was confident we could defend 250 on that wicket and some great fast bowling early on by Bracken and Lee certainly set up the win for us," Australian captain Ricky Ponting said.

    "Lee bowled a few sort of 155 tonight and on a wicket that's got some variable bounce he was always going to be difficult."

    It was a bowling performance which stunned stand-in New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.

    "We thought restricting them to 250 we maybe had a chance but they came out and bowled and fielded superbly and took the game away from us," he said.

    "[Lee] obviously set the tone and their fielders backed him up."