Matthew Hayden carried his bat for 181 runs, the highest score by an Australian in one-day internationals, to lead his team to 346 for five on Tuesday in the third Chappell-Hadlee limited-overs cricket match against New Zealand.
Hayden batted most of his innings at Seddon Park with a runner after being hit on the foot but easily eclipsed his highest score in 129 limited-overs innings, 146, and Mark Waugh's record top-score for Australia of 173 against the West Indies.
He took his 181 runs from only 166 balls and he made his runner, Shane Watson, largely redundant by hitting 11 fours and 10 sixes, or 104 runs from boundaries.
Hayden put on 122 for the first wicket with Watson, who was promoted to open after Phil Jaques was dropped from the Australian lineup in favor of the uncapped West Australian Adam Voges. He stayed at the crease to share partnerships of 88 with Brad Haddin (38) for the second wicket, 41 with Brad Hodge (12) for the third, 28 with Michael Hussey (13) for the fourth and 23 with Cameron White (13) for the fifth.
Voges hit 16 from 10 balls near the end in an unbeaten 44-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Australia's total was its eighth-highest in all one-day internationals and its third highest against New Zealand after scores of 349 at Christchurch in 1999 and 347 at Napier in 2005. But the Australians' satisfaction at its batting performance, after it had won the toss and made first use of a placid pitch, was tempered by the knowledge it has conceded the three highest successful run chases in limited-overs history in the past 12 months.
After scoring 434 for four against South Africa in Johannesburg last year, then losing, Australia has twice lost to New Zealand in matches in which it scored more than 330. On Sunday it scored 336 for four, batting first at Eden Park, and saw New Zealand reached 340 for five with eight balls remaining.
Hayden's remarkable individual innings gave Australia some confidence of breaking its first four-match losing streak in one-day internationals since 1997.
He was clearly limited in his movement after being twice hit on the foot but he launched a boundary assault which New Zealand's limited bowling attack could not contain.
New Zealand was without its two best bowlers, Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori, and in their absence its limited attack had no means of slowing Australia's scoring.
Daryl Tuffey gave up 80 runs from 10 overs in the second match of the series at Auckland, an analysis that was then the worst by a New Zealand in a 10-over spell in a limited-overs match. He gladly gave up that record Tuesday to Mark Gillespie who conceded 83 runs from 10 overs.
Tuffey took one wicket for 68 runs, Jeetan Patel two for 70 and Craig McMillan conceded 28 runs from two overs.
Hayden's most powerful, and memorable, shots were played down the ground including a one-handed drive for six off Tuffey. In total, Australian batsmen his 22 fours and 16 sixes or 184 runs from boundaries. They hit 202 runs from boundaries in their innings in Auckland two days ago.
Hayden's 10 sixes were the most by an Australian in a single one-day innings, eclipsing Ricky Ponting's previous record of nine.