Stanlake speed rattles Black Caps
Fast bowler Billy Stanlake's blistering opening spell set up Australia's seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the opening match of the T20 tri-series in Sydney.
Stanlake was clocked at a blistering 151.5kmh as he knocked over the top of the Black Caps batting order, with the visitors stuttering to 117-9.
To wear the green and gold again is a privilege and I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I got tonight.Chris Lynn
A lengthy rain delay meant Australia had a reduced target of 95 from 15 overs and they got there thanks to the batting of Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell.
New Zealand made early inroads into the batting line-up, removing debutant D'Arcy Short (4) and captain Dave Warner (6) to have the home side 10-2 in the third over.
A 77-run stand between Lynn (44 from 33) and Maxwell (40 not out from 24) helped Australia start the series on a winning note.
Lynn, whose previous highest score in a T20 was 33 not out, went past that with some excllent pull shots and aerial offside fireworks.
He said it was a great feeling to be playing for his country again. "It's been a frustrating summer for me so to wear the green and gold again is a privilege and I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I got tonight," added Lynn.
"Davey [Warner] said, 'Don't change what you've been doing', because why would I change just because I'm playing for Australia? I'm just wearing a different shirt. If anything I should go out there and go harder because there might be a little bit more pressure."
Stanlake took two wickets with his first two balls and after eight deliveries had three wickets for just four runs.
Lynn said the 23-year-old was an exciting prospect for Australian cricket, adding: "He's getting quicker and he's getting taller; he's swinging the ball.
"He's someone you want on your team, not necessarily someone when you're practising in the nets because it's an absolute nightmare.
"We're going to see him go from strength to strength, especially in T20, and we're going to see some quick spells."
Australia are 1.57 to win their second tri-series game against England, who are 2.37.
Chris Lynn is 3.50 to be Australia's top batsman.
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