Australia 225-5 (Clarke 98, M Hussey 75, O'Brien 2-48) v
2nd One Day International, Melbourne
Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey scored half-centuries as Australia posted 225 for five in the second One Day International against New Zealand in Melbourne.
Clarke, captaining the side and opening the batting, fell in the 48th over for 98 when he was bowled by Iain O'Brien.
He shared a stand worth 133 with Hussey, who made 75 in 94 balls after David Warner (2), Brad Haddin (12) and David Hussey (10) fell cheaply to leave the home side on 63 for three.
However, although Clarke and Hussey had done a fine job in stabilising the innings, Australia were unable to kick on in the later stages, losing the wickets of Clarke and Hussey, both to O'Brien, who finished with two for 48.
Cameron White hit an unbeaten 17 in 14 balls while debutant Callum Ferguson was not out on six.
Kyle Mills and Tim Southee grabbed a wicket apiece.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after a two-wicket win in Perth.
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