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Green takes five in Aussie win

Cameron Green's maiden ODI five wicket haul was the highlight of Australia's comfortable five wicket win over Zimbabwe in Townsville on Sunday.

In a rare home winter series for Australia, Zimbabwe arrived for the first tour of Australia since 2003/04, the first of three matches against the Aussies in an ODI series.

Captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bowl first, the visitors making a solid start to reach 42 without loss before Mitchell Marsh took a sharp return catch to dismiss Innocent Kaia for 17.

Tadiwanashe Marumani (45) and Wessly Madhevere (72) were the cornerstones of the innings at the top of the order but both fell to the leg spin of Adam Zampa to keep Finch's side in control.

Green then ran through the middle to lower order as Zimbabwe chased quick runs at the death, the tall all-rounder with career best figures of 5/33 in just his eighth ODI as the visitors were bowled out for an even 200.

David Warner led a strong reply after Finch fell early for 15, despite surviving a peculiar review for caught behind with the on-field umpire giving him not out, only to walk when snicko replays appeared to show an edge only for the third umpire to find insufficient evidence for the call to be overturned.

Warner would eventually depart for 57 as Regis Chakabva's side's spinners kept Australia honest, Ryan Burl with three wickets as the middle order faltered.

Fittingly on a day where Andrew Symonds' contribution to Australian cricket was celebrated following his death in May this year, another big hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell finished the game with a flurry of boundaries, striking three fours and three sixes in just nine balls at the crease as he was unbeaten on 33, Steve Smith easing his way to an unbeaten 48 as Australia won by 5 wickets with 16.3 overs to spare.

The 2nd ODI takes places at the same venue on Wednesday.



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