In an attempt to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 event, Australia and New Zealand are currently engaging in a warm-up series consisting of three games. The matches are meant to aid both the sides find their best combination for the glitzy mega-event.
Former Australian captain Steve Smith, after failing in the first game, recorded a strong comeback as he top-scored with 89 not out in the second match.
Coming to bat in a precarious situation, the 29-year old cricketer showed his class by rescuing Australia and lifting the unit to a decent total of 277. In his innings of 89 runs, Smith struck four fours and as many sixes.
David Warner, on the other hand, disappointed as the opening batsman failed to emulate his Indian Premier League (IPL) form.
However, the authorities are confident of 32-year old coming back strongly in the 10-team competition. Australians failed to defend the score as the series stands level at 1-1 with the final game to be played on May 10. After the series, Australia will have two more warm-up games before the commencement of their World Cup campaign.