When playing international cricket, two months is a long period. The Future Tour Programmes are so fast-paced that a lot may change in just a few days, much alone two months. two weeks.
Yep! This is the exact time frame that the Trans-Tasman rivals will resume their white-ball rivalry, beginning on Friday with the first of three ODIs at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
The previous time these two teams faced off, the Kane Williamson-led team failed to field 11 healthy cricketers on the field, which resulted in the Kiwis losing the Test series 0-3 to the opposition.
However, a lot of water has flown under the bridge since that time. The BlackCaps lost the T20I match against India at home by a score of 0-5 and experienced yet another sweep.
However, in the ensuing ODI and Test series, which they won 3-0 and 2-0, they staged a spectacular comeback. The Australians, on the other hand, have a five-match losing streak in the 50-over format and have dropped back-to-back ODI series against South Africa and India.
Nevertheless, Australia is a different animal in its native environment, as New Zealand is well aware. They have yet to lose a game inside their home stadium this summer, and they hope to continue the trend and repeat their success from 2009–10, when they went the full season without losing a contest.
Team Australia: In the pre-game press conference, captain Aaron Finch announced that the renowned fast bowling duo of Pat Cummins (who was rested from the last ODI in South Africa) and Mitchell Starc—who missed the final ODI to attend the Women’s T20 World Cup final at the MCG—are ready to return to the starting XI.
The Australian team may only use Adam Zampa as a spinner because Finch also stated that he is considering the trio of Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, and D’Arcy Short to fill the position of the fifth bowler.
New Zealand- Injuries and illnesses beset the Kiwis on their test tour of Down in December. But that isn’t the situation right now. Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, for example, are both healthy and at the top of their game, giving the BlackCaps a joyful headache when deciding how to set up their fast bowling unit.
In terms of batting, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham will make up the middle order’s core, with Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill leading the opening pair. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme will play all-around seam bowlers.
Pitch And The Weather
Sydney has seen a lot of rain over the last 10 to 15 days, but Friday should be dry. At the SCG on Friday, both teams’ supporters can expect bright and sunny weather with temperatures ranging from 11 to 24 degrees celsius.
When it comes to the playing surface, Sydney has historically been a belter of a track for the batters, but as the game progresses, it tends to slow down and favor spinners.