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The much-awaited T20 Tri Series between Australia, New Zealand and England is scheduled to begin with the first match between hosts Australia and New Zealand at Sydney on 3rd February. With the Kiwis recently involved in their T20 domestic circuit as well as the series against Pakistan, several players will be geared up here and we could see a rejuvenated New Zealand side facing the Aussies here. Australia too has in-form players who have been doing well in the BBL championship and could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with in their own backyard.
Hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner will lead the side that has experienced players like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Travis Head, wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey and all-rounders like Ashton Agar, Ben Dwarshius and D’Arcy Short will add depth to the squad and could try to stabilize the innings.
In the bowling department, they have speedsters Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Ben Dwarshius leading the charge while spinners like Adam Zampa, D’ Arcy Short, Travis Head and Ashton Agar could stifle the opponents here on Saturday. Pacers like Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis and part-timer spinners Lynn and Maxwell bring variety to the attack.
They have a good record against New Zealand in T20 cricket and could prove to be a tough unit to crack. Overall, Australia has an in-form batting line-up who could come out all guns blazing here to dominate their neighbours. The well-balanced pace and spin attack could prove to be lethal for the Kiwis.
David Warner, D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, AJ Tye, KW Richardson, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.
Kane Williamson brings years of experience in leading the team, and his sharp batting skills could help them build a good foundation whether batting first or during a chase. He has the services of players like Tom Bruce, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, who have performed well in the recently concluded domestic T20 series back home.
Fast-bowlers Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance bring their precision to the attack and could provide quick breakthroughs here. Spinners Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, all-rounder Anaru Kitchen and Williamson himself are equipped to stifle the opponents if they can execute the strategy to perfection. All-rounders like Grandhomme, Guptill and Colin Munro are proven match-winners and they could pull out some tricks from up their sleeves to combat the Aussies here.
The Kiwis are a strong unit and having done well in recent outings against visiting teams like Pakistan, they are in good form to post a stiff challenge to arch rivals Australia on Saturday.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, TA Blundell, Mitchell Santner, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult.
Both teams have well-balanced sides comprising of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders to give their team the upper hand under crunch situations, which will make the contest an exciting one that could swing either way. Although New Zealand is a motivated side with plenty of established batsmen and bowlers, we feel that Australia with the home advantage are better placed to dominate here and win the first match.