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‘We keep finding ways to win, it’s a pretty awesome squad’

‘We keep finding ways to win, it’s a pretty awesome squad’

Australia’s thrilling three-wicket victory in Christchurch sealed a 2-0 series sweep over New Zealand, with Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey leading the charge in a challenging fourth-innings chase of 279. Despite a shaky start at 34 for 4, Marsh’s 80 and Carey’s unbeaten 98* set the stage for a remarkable comeback, with Pat Cummins contributing a crucial 32 runs to secure the win. Cummins praised his team’s ability to find matchwinners in key moments, highlighting their resilience and adaptability.

Australia’s aggressive run-rate of 4.32 in the fourth innings was crucial to their success, with Marsh and Carey setting the tempo despite the early setbacks. Carey, in particular, was under pressure to perform, having struggled in recent innings. His partnership with Marsh proved pivotal, keeping the scoreboard ticking over and maintaining the pressure on New Zealand.

The tense finish to the match had everyone on edge, with Cummins describing the atmosphere as nervous but exciting. The win marked Australia’s sixth Test victory over the summer, with their only defeat coming against West Indies in Brisbane. This series win also propelled them to second place in the World Test Championship standings, setting the stage for a highly anticipated clash against India in the next home summer.

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