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The last time Australia met New Zealand was when Covid-19 was throwing all events around the globe into doubt and many were being suspended. Back then, in March 2020, New Zealand were touring Australia and played one of the first matches played without the spectators. Both Australia and New Zealand have played plenty of test cricket since things got back to normalcy and this upcoming tour will be a welcome change for both sides.
Australia will be in New Zealand to play a five-match T20I series, which could pretty much act as the preparatory series for the T20I World Cup. The first match of the series is to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, on 22nd February 2021. Both sides have well-balanced teams and are known to come out with all guns blazing against each other. A cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
Unlike the Aussies, the Kiwis are banking on experience to take them through this T20I series. It's been a long time since New Zealand have played limited-overs format, but the fact that their players all played Super Smash means that they all will be fresh, in-touch, and raring to go. In addition the experience, the advantage of playing at home could prove to be a massive positive difference for them.
New Zealand too have a few selection concerns, but they are not as many as Australia. Martin Guptill's participation for the first match is still under the clouds and Finn Allen might replace him. Regardless of who plays on the match day, New Zealand's batting looks potent. With Kane Williamson, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, and Jimmy Neesham available to bat, there is no lack of firepower. If those batsmen do not happen to prove enough, they then have Scott Kuggeleijn, Kyle Jamieson, and Tim Southee to follow, who all can smack the ball a long way.
On the bowling front as well, New Zealand seem to have all bases covered. Including the all-rounders, they have as many as six bowlers available and all of them are known to be pretty reliable. Apart from that, the experience that Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Ish Sodhi bring in is priceless.
All in all, New Zealand have a terrific team, and getting past them is certainly going to be a tough job. Pakistan found it difficult a couple of months ago and there's no doubt that Aussies will find it difficult facing them as well.
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, KS Williamson, Devon Conway, GD Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, TG Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Australia have been playing back-to-back cricket since the play resumed after Covid-19 and the little break that they got after India's tour of Australia would have helped them massively. Even though they were far from their best in the longest version of the game, they did pretty well against the Indians in the two shorter versions. They won the ODI series 2-1 and faced a narrow defeat by the same margin of 2-1 in the T20I series.
There wasn't a lot that Australia did wrong in that T20I series, but there clearly were a few areas where they'd like to improve. For that very reason, they have roped in a couple of new faces and that could prove to be game-changing for the visitors in this series. The likes of Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, and Josh Phillipe are coming into the series on the back of sublime show in the recently concluded Big Bash League and will be eager to go out and produce results.
As compared to the squad that faced India, Australia will be coming in with a relatively new-look squad. There's no David Warner in the team and Australia will have a tough question to choose their two openers with four players contending for that spot. Aaron Finch had a poor run in the Big Bash League and will be desperate to get some runs under his belt. The other openers, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a terrific run in Big Bash League and might actually be looking to grab Finch's opening slot.
With no Cummins, Starc, or Hazlewood, Australia's bowling certainly looks a little inexperienced. Their most experienced bowler is Andrew Tye, who himself hasn't been a regular in Australia's limited-overs squad. In the spin department, however, the Aussies look pretty settled with Adam Zampa leading the pack. Besides him, they have Ashton Agar available as well. Given the sheer number of all-rounders that the Aussies have, the depth in their team is certainly their advantage. Having said that, the experience or lack thereof could be a deterring factor when playing away. If the youngsters are able to do well for the Aussies, they'll certainly be in business.
Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, KW Richardson, Adam Zampa.
Toss is generally of high-significance in New Zealand largely because of shorter boundaries and it is likely to be the case again. This is the first match of the series and no team would want to bat first. For that reason as well as the fact that it is a high-scoring ground, the team winning the toss is likely to field first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Hagley Oval is one of the lesser used venues for international cricket in New Zealand, but is often used for domestic matches. We saw teams score massively in the recently concluded Super Smash and that is an evidence enough to illustrate how high-scoring ground this is. As far as weather is concerned, it is expected to be a clear day with negligible chances of showers. Shorter boundaries will mean that scoring boundaries will be easy. The team batting first should be looking to score a total of at least 190 runs.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team lineup for the 1st T20I between New Zealand and Australia. Don't forget to check back the latest updated team right after the toss.
With T20I World Cup around the corner, both sides are looking to test their strategies. While Australians are keen to try out young blood, the Kiwis seem pretty content going in with the experience. With the advantage of having the experience, the hosts also have the advantage of playing at home. That, we believe, is going to be a crucial factor at least in the beginning of the series. For that reason and for the ones mentioned above, banking on a New Zealand win should be the way to go here.
Our Favorite Bets
Given how well the Kiwi skipper has done over the years in T20s, Kane Williamson is an underrated batsman in the shortest format of the game. This is reflecting in the odds of this punt as well, making it a lucrative opportunity. Williamson bats at number three and is likely to have enough opportunity to score runs on a ground to be high-scoring. Williamson should coast his way through to a personal score of 25 or above.
Trent Boult is New Zealand's one of the most experienced bowlers in the shortest format of the game and has done well regardless of the conditions. He did splendidly in the IPL last year and is a wicket-taking bowler. Given that he bowls at the death and in the powerplay overs, he is likely to pick wickets. Betting on Boult to be the best Kiwi bowler for the day certainly looks to be a profitable option.
Tim Seifert has been in fantastic form ever since cricket has resumed and was one of the major reasons for New Zealand's win over Pakistan in December last year. He looked in the fabulous form in the Super Smash as well and will be a difficult man to dismiss. An excellent bet for those looking to play it safe.
While 180 is a huge score in the format, the conditions at Christchurch are likely to favor the batsmen big time. In addition to that, both sides have swashbuckling batsmen who all like to get on with things right away. With 2.5x the returns, this bet certainly offers a lucrative proposition.
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