After losing Odi series to England now the hosts Australia is getting ready for another match. New Zealand will join the party and the neighbors will take a part in Tri series along with both Australia and England. Australia hosts first set of three matches and New Zealand will host the second set of three matches including finals. This will be very interesting to watch both neighboring countries will face each other in a T20 match. Australia’s Odi form was very bad and they even could not give competition to English men. Now they will face their neighbors in this T20 series. On the other side, even New Zealand’s last two T20 games were not good and they lost T20 series to Pakistan. The main thing is how both teams will come out of this and who will win in this encounter. Australia have lost five out of the last six T20 internationals they have played at home. New Zealand have won 13 of their past 19 T20s and 6 of their last 9 away from home.
Sydney Cricket Ground – Sydney, Australia
Partly cloudy but can expect showers
Spinners and slow bowlers can get more assistance on this wicket. Toss winning team can choose to bowl first.
Team News : Australia
Australia has made many changes to their T20 team. They have given rest to senior players and have taken new players who had a good BBL season. Australia has given rest to regula skipper Steve Smith and Warner will lead the side in his absence. A big challenge is in front of Warner as he should take the entire responsibility on his shoulders. Travis Head released from BBL squad and re joined national squad today morning. Players like Short, Stanlake, Lynn who had a good BBL season will play this tri series.
Batting line up will depend on Warner, Short, Lynn and Maxwell at top of the order. A part from Warner the rest three had a good BBL season and all are match winners. Warner and Short can open the innings and Lynn as one down batsman. Warner is out of form so he should find it as early as possible. We have watched Short’s destructive innings and now he called for national team so he will try to give his best. Lynn is always a hard hitter and if he stands then he play big innings. Maxwell can be dangerous at any time and he can be handy with ball also. Stoinis, Carey and Agar can play middle order role. Only Stoinis is an experienced player among them.
Team News : New Zealand
After losing T20 series to Pakistan at home now New Zealand will be looking for this tri series. Like Australia they are not experimenting and they are coming with a strong and experienced team. Williamson will lead this side. Batting will mainly on the likes of Guptill, Munro, Williamson at top of the order. Guptill and Munro are in great touch so they should play a big a game once again. Williamson is looking out of form in T20 cricket and he needs to find it as early as possible. The experienced Ross Taylor will and Tom Bruce will strength the middle order. Taylor, Kitchen and Bruce among these three any two can play. As Ross Taylor is highly experienced so he should be in team. Grandhomme is a good all rounder and if it is his day then nobody can stop him. As Latham is out of form Blundell will continue as wicket keeper.
Southee, Boult, Santner and Sodhi all four will form a solid bowling attack. As pitch can support spinners Sodhi and Santner can be dangerous. Southee and Boult are good pacers and can give break to their opponents at regular intervals.
Australia Probable XI
Stanlake / Dwarshuis
New Zealand Probable XI
Taylor / Bruce
- In wicket keeper section both Carey and Blundell will bat at lower order.
- In batting for Australia Warner is direct pick. Lynn is another option available and we all know his game. Lynn’s game be like “hit big or go” but he had a good BBL season. For New Zealand Munro, Guptill are in terrific form. Williamson is a good batsman but looks like he is in out of form. He can be dangerous at any movement. Taylor is another experienced play. Take any 3 from them.
- In all rounder section for Australia Maxwell and Stoinis are mandatory and don’t miss them. Agar is another all rounder for Australia and he had a good BBL season but the only thing is he bats at lower order. For New Zealand Santner and Grandhomme are safe options. Santer is in good form and proved it already against Pakistan.
- In bowling for Australia Tye should be a direct pick. No idea about Richardson. For New Zealand Boult, Southee and Sodhi all three are good.
Prediction : Australia’s team is completely filled with new players. On the other side, New Zealand’s lost their last two T20 matches to Pakistan. This will be a 50 – 50 game.