About the Match
Traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand will go up against each other in a 3-match Test series this month, with the first test scheduled to start at Brisbane from 5th November. The Kiwis had last faced defeat in the World Cup ODI series against the Aussies; the upcoming test matches will test their perseverance and determination yet again. The hosts have seen many a changes in their test squad and it will be an opportunity to build the young team, who are yet to face the challenges of test cricket. Both sides will definitely come out with all their firepower to dominate the other; the team that can use its resources to suit the conditions and strategize well will emerge victorious here.
Steven Smith has taken the reins from Clarke, who retired recently, and will be eager to strengthen his experience in leading the talented team; he will have a line of batsmen like David Warner, who takes over the vice-captain role, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Adam Voges and wicketkeeper batsman Peter Nevill. They have a lot to prove after their Ashes defeat in England and the young team will be determined to dominate their neighbours.
On the bowling front, they have established speedsters like Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon, who provide god variety and depth to the attack. Part-timers like Smith, Warner, Joe Burns and Voges can bring in their all-rounder skills if the Kiwis try to control the proceedings.
Overall, this is an unexperienced team but they definitely have the skills and determination to bounce back in the longer format of the game; with the home advantage in their side, the players are expected to come out all guns blazing on the field.
Brendon McCullum’s talent and leadership skills have taken this team to great heights in the ODI and T20 format but they will need a little more than that to reign in the test format and dominate the Aussies here on unpredictable conditions.
The batting line-up consists of players like Martin Guptill, who has been phenomenal with the bat in recent times, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, who has been a match-winner many a times and Watling. McCullum himself is a go-getter and will definitely lead the side from the front with his all-rounder skills; the youngsters like Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford and others have a good opportunity to showcase their talent here.
The bowling has speedsters like Matt Henry and experts like Trent Boult and Tim Southee; Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner and Mark Craig can bring in their bowling variations to surprise the opposition when required. Overall, they are a tough unit but need to be cautious against the hosts in order to be victorious in this test of patience and grit.
While the Kiwis are experts at conquering opponents in limited overs cricket, the test format is a different ball game; Australia is going through transformation but we feel that the hosts will win the match