Hobart:Ricky Ponting continued to torment New Zealand's bowlers with his sixth one-day century as Australia reached 282 for six off their 50 overs in the third and final Chappell Hadlee Trophy cricket international at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Thursday.
The Australian skipper remained unbeaten on 134 off 133 balls following his 107 off 108 balls in Australia's opening series win in Adelaide last week.
Ponting's 25th limited-over hundred gave Australia the whip hand in the deciding match of the three-match series with the Black Caps needing 5.66 runs an over to win the match to draw the series and hold on to the trophy.
The second game in Sydney was washed out after only six overs last weekend and New Zealand as holders of the Chappell Hadlee Trophy can return home with the silverware if they can win in Hobart.
Once again, Ponting was in imperious form, clubbing 10 boundaries and two sixes to guide the Australians to their testing total.
It was Ponting's first ODI century on his home Bellerive Oval.
Andrew Symonds smashed 52 off 63 balls with four fours and opener Matthew Hayden contributed 29 off 32 balls.
The Kiwi bowlers were hard pressed to keep the Australian batsmen under wraps with all-rounder Jacob Oram having the best return with 2-34 off 10 overs.
The Australians lost Brad Haddin (26 off 25 balls) and James Hopes (20 from 17 balls) to run outs.
Wicketkeeping understudy Haddin got his opportunity to play when Adam Gilchrist was rested, allowing Michael Clarke (7) to open the Australian innings with Hayden.