Cricket Aaron Finch, Ryan Carters star as Cricket Australia XI dominate New Zealand

Cricket Australia XI are in total control against New Zealand thanks to a double-century from Aaron Finch and Ryan Carters' unbeaten ton.

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Aaron Finch dominated with an unbeaten double-century as the Cricket Australia XI punished a toothless New Zealand bowling attack on day one of the three-day tour match in Sydney.

New Zealand were without strike bowler Trent Boult, who was rested for the final tour match before next week's opening Test against Australia, while the tourists lost Tim Southee to illness after just three overs.

And the CA XI took full advantage as Finch and fellow opener Ryan Carters led the home team to 376-0 on Thursday.

No fewer than nine of the touring side had a bowl as captain Brendon McCullum looked for a way through, but it was to no avail, Mark Craig the most costly conceding 102 runs off 22 overs..

Finch scored 214 from 270 deliveries for his maiden first-class double-hundred, while Carters ended the day unbeaten following his 156-run knock at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The openers made a patient start to proceedings after winning the toss, reaching 34-0 at drinks in the first session, before heading to lunch 81-0.

But they promptly stepped it up a notch, blasting New Zealand's attack to reach 217-0 at tea as Finch and Carters brought up their centuries.

Finch, who was dropped for Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland in Melbourne on Thursday, made it into triple-figures shortly before tea off the bowling of Matt Henry.

Carters also posted his ton in the final over prior to tea.

It got worse for the New Zealanders in the final session as the CA XI showed no mercy to put themselves in total control heading into day two, when their batsmen will hope to make a similar impression.

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