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Green takes five as Aussies tribute Symonds with gritty win over Zimbabwe

Cameron Green grabbed a five-wicket haul and David Warner and Steve Smith both starred with the bat as Australia defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in their opening ODI in Townsville. 

The match also saw beloved former Australian and Queensland player Andrew Symonds farewelled in a moving ceremony, with his children involved in the team set-up as drinks carriers throughout proceedings.

After Zimbabwe were sent in by Australian skipper Aaron Finch on Sunday, Green (5-33 from nine overs) was the star with the ball as the tourists were bowled out for 200.

The allrounder removed danger man Sikander Raza and skipper Regis Chakabva early on and then came back to mop up the tail.

Raza had made three centuries in his previous six innings, while Green had only previously claimed one ODI wicket for Australia.

Wessly Madhevere scored a career-high 72 and opener Tadiwanashe Marumani added 45.

Adam Zampa (3-57) had Madhavere caught and bowled with the last delivery of his 10-over spell.

Warner set the tone in the Australian innings with a stylish 57 off 66 balls after skipper Aaron Finch chopped on in the ninth over for 15.

Warner was well supported by Smith, who made an unbeaten 48 from 80 balls at No.3 as Alex Carey, Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis all fell cheaply to spin at the other end.

Leg-spinner Ryan Burl (3-60) claimed all three wickets as Zimbabwe briefly garnered momentum, but Glenn Maxwell’s hard-hitting 32 off nine deliveries ensured Australia crusied to victory.

Back-to-back maximums by Maxwell handed Australia a win in their first of 17 ODIs before next year’s World Cup in India. 

Game two of the best-of-three series is on Wednesday at the Riverway Stadium.


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