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- November 27, 2015 03:30 AM GMT
- Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
About the Match
Australia and New Zealand are on the brink of creating history as they get ready to play the first day and night test match in the 3rd Test at Adelaide Oval, starting on 27th November. The world will watch with excitement as they play with the pink ball. Australia has a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series, with the second test being drawn; they will be eager to pull out all their weaponry to win the trophy. New Zealand on the other hand faces a must-win situation if they want to draw the series and keep their heads held high; the team that can withstand the pressure on the field, the expectations of their fans and shine in the limelight of this historic match will definitely come out trumps in the end.
Even before Mitchell Johnson hung his boots and called it quits from test cricket, all eyes have been upon Mitchell Starc, who has emerged as the go-getter that this team can look up to. His sustained spell on the third day of the second test definitely indicated that he is ready to spearhead the pace attack. Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh have been performing well and the trio can surely keep up the pressure on the Kiwis.
In the batting line-up they have David Warner, who has been in tremendous form recently, Joe Burns who proves to be a worthy opening partner to Warner and Usman Khawaja, who too scored a century in the last match. Smith and Voges played brilliantly in the last match as they steered the innings after the openers fell cheaply; overall, they have good in-form batsmen who can come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match.
Smith has led the side confidently till now and this match will test his perseverance, playing in new conditions and rules; with good support by the bowlers, they can definitely use the home advantage to emerge victorious yet again.
Tim Southee emerged right on top of his game as he scalped 4 wickets in the second innings of the second test to help them draw the match; he has been bowling with discipline and precision and looks good to continue with his rhythm. Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Matt Henry have prepared well to gel as a unit and crack open the Aussie batting line-up.
They have spinners like Mark Craig, who took 3 wickets in the last game; along with part-timers like Guptill and Williamson, the bowling squad will definitely mix it up to surprise the opposition.
Ross Taylor almost made it to a triple century in the first innings of the second test; his astounding 290 off 374 is proof that he is back in business. Kane Williamson has been consistent with the bat and continues to be a strong asset to the side; along with experienced players like Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Tom Latham and others down the line, the Kiwis look well placed to come out with all their firepower.
As the stage is set to create history in test cricket, both teams are vying to be the team that wins the first day and night test match; the Kiwis have an extra motivation to draw level. However, we feel that Australia with the home advantage is better placed to win the match and series