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There is a lot of excitement around the first test between Australia and New Zealand. Not only is it going to be played at the fantastic new Perth Stadium which has hosted just one test match prior to this one, it is also going to be the first pink ball test played here.
The prospect of seeing two magnificent pace-bowling attacks go at each other in conditions that are going to offer them a lot to work with is mouth-watering. We also have two of the best test batsmen in the world, one in each team, and a traditional rivalry between the two sides to top things off.
Australia has been climbing up the World Test Championship ladder and is now in second place. New Zealand is not too far behind on third and with 60 points on offer for each test win, there is no lack of motivation to do well.
Everything adds up to what should hopefully be a closely contested test match and series.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test 2019 is going to be played at the Perth Stadium, Perth starting on the 12th of December 2019.
Australia is going to come into this test series against New Zealand absolutely full of confidence. They decimated Pakistan in the three testes they played against them and all of their major players are in form.
David Warner seems to have found his rhythm while playing in home conditions and is in great form right now. Joe Burns has made a confident return to the top of the order while Marnus Labuschagne has staked his claim at number three for some to come now.
Then there is the best test batsman in the world, Steve Smith, to follow!
The Australia batting lineup is stacked with quality and plenty of options right now. Travis Head, Matthew Wade, and Tim Paine comprise of the lower-order and so the depth is not a problem either.
The batting lineup is going to be tested against this New Zealand bowling attack. They have a lot more experience than the Pakistani’s and will be able to use the conditions better. The conditions in Perth could also be a lot tougher than in the matches we saw so far.
David Warner is currently available at Betway for an over-under of 39.5 (1.83 either way) where we are highly tempted to go with the under. Similarly, Steve Smith is available at the same rate for a score of 49.5, so another very tempting option to go with the under bet here as well.
The Australian bowling lineup is in great form and we don’t see too many changes being made here. Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Nathan Lyon are going to love bowling at Perth. Josh Hazelwood is available at 3.75 for the top bowler in the 1st inning, another bet that could pay-off.
David Warner, Joe Burns , Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, TM Head, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Michael Lyon, JR Hazlewood.
There is a cloud of injury trouble over the New Zealand selection for the first match. Trent Bout and Colin de Grandhomme are both with the squad but they are recovering from injuries and may not be available for selection in this match.
Trent Boult may be replaced by the rapid Lockie Ferguson, who could make his debut in this series. We would love to see Ferguson play even if Trent Boult is fit, possibly in place of Tim Southee because his extra pace and zip could be hard to face in Perth.
New Zealand is a very good test side and is currently ranked 2nd in the world. They have not won a series in Australia since 1985, though, and the task is not going to be easy this time either. The batting unit has Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nichols, and BJ Watling to call upon followed by two all-rounders.
Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner are the two expected to play the role of all-rounders for the first test.
This gives New Zealand a fair bit of batting depth as well. The Kiwi batsmen are also more used to facing the swinging deliveries than the Australians and so could cope with the pink ball under lights a bit better.
A bowling lineup with Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Mitchell Santner, and possibly Lockie Ferguson is going to test the Australians but this is one area where the Australians have the upper hand. The New Zealand bowlers do not have the pace to get quick wickets on flat pitches, something that we have come to expect in Australia.
Neil Wagner is currently available at 3.25 for the top-bowler in the New Zealand 1st inning, a bet that seems quite reasonable given his recent form and the clutch of five-wicket hauls he has been taking.
TWM Latham, Jeet Raval, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, TG Southee, N Wagner, Lockie Ferguson.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. It is expected to become progressively difficult to bat as the match wears on and so should be seen as a serious advantage to win the toss.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
There has been some speculation about the pitch at Perth. The match against India was a good example of how a lively surface can make Test cricket exciting. There was pace, bounce, and some uneven bounce as the match wore on. The same has been demanded by the Australians and we expect the groundsman to try and replicate that as well.
Batting first is usually an advantage at Perth since the cracks tend to open up as the game progresses. This is truer in hot weather, which is what Perth is experiencing right now.
It is tempting to see the number 2 ranked New Zealand coming in and beating Australia but we would advise you not to fall in that trap. It is going to take something rare and spectacular for Australia to lose this match.
They have the better bowling lineup and a batting unit where Steve Smith is struggling to get enough time in the middle.
Bet on Australia to win. (Currently 1.36 at Betway)
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