NZ vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Pitch Report, Fantasy Cricket Tips for New Zealand vs Australia Dream11 Team

Published on: Feb 28, 2024 12:00 pm IST|Updated on: Feb 28, 2024 11:20 am IST

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Australia and New Zealand will lock horns against each other in the first Test match in Wellington. The Kiwis are currently leaders of the WTC 2023-2025 points tally, and will hope to continue their winning streak.

New Zealand vs Australia, 1st Test Match of Australia Tour of New Zealand
29 February, 3:30 AM IST
Wellington, Basin Reserve

NZ vs AUS 1st Test Match Prediction

Australia suffered a shock defeat in the second Test against West Indies last month, which meant that series ended on level terms. New Zealand claimed a 2-0 victory over South Africa in the recently concluded series to move on top of the WTC points tally. A good result for Australia in the Test series could see them enter the top two spots once again.

Form Guide

NZ : W-W-W-L-W

Wellington Pitch Report

The average score batting first here in Wellington is 313 runs, which is a pretty decent total. The highest total on this ground is 680/8 posted by the Kiwis against India back in 2014. The conditions should favor the fast bowlers, especially during the first session with the overcast conditions.

Last Match at the Venue:

New Zealand : 580/4 defeated Sri Lanka : 164/10 and 358/10 by an innings and 58 runs

NZ Playing 11

1. Tom Latham (wk)
2. Will Young
3. Rachin Ravindra
4. Kane Williamson
5. Daryl Mitchell
6. Tom Blundell
7. Glenn Phillips
8. Mitchell Santner
9. Tim Southee (c)
10. Will O’Rourke
11. Matt Henry

New Zealand Team News

  • Devon Conway is still recovering from a fracture he suffered in the second T20I against Australia. He is ruled out of the first Test, which means Will Young should accompany Tom Latham at the top of the order.
  • Gary Stead has confirmed Rachin Ravindra’s availability for the first Test. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santner should most likely return to the side as well, as Gary Stead admitted it was a tactical error leaving out the all-rounder for the second Test against South Africa.
  • New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will O’Rourke, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Neil Wagner

NZ Key Players

Kane Williamson Stats in Test

Kane Williamson last 5 innings in Test Runs against AUS in Test Test Batting average in NZ Total runs In Test Captain choice
43, 133*, 118, 109, 11 699 runs at an average of 41.11 69.70 8666 runs at an average of 55.90       Yes

Daryl Mitchell Stats in Test

Daryl Mitchell last 5 Innings in Test Runs in NZ Test Batting Average in NZ Total runs In Test Vice- Captain choice
11*, 34, 19, 18, 58 698 runs in 17 innings 49.85 1497 runs at an average of 53.46             No


1. Usman Khawaja
2. Steve Smith
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Mitchell Marsh
5. Travis Head
6. Cameron Green
7. Alex Carey (Wk)
8. Mitchell Starc
9. Pat Cummins (c)
10. Josh Hazelwood
11. Nathan Lyon

Australia Team News

  • Australia have already announced their playing eleven, which would be the same side that lost to West Indies in the second Test match.
  • Australia Squad: Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Michael Neser, Scott Boland

AUS Key Players

Steve Smith Stats in Test

Steve Smith Last 5 Innings in Test Runs against NZ in Test Runs in NZ Total Runs in Test Cricket Vice-Captain choice
6, 91*, 12, 11*, 38 757 runs at an average if 58.23 262 runs in 3 innings 9634 runs at an average of 58.03           Yes

Pat Cummins Stats in Test

Pat Cummins Last 5 Test innings Wickets against NZ in Test Test Bowling Average vs NZ in Test Total Test Runs and Wickets Captain choice
0/39, 1/76, 0/25, 4/41, 1/24 12 wickets in 6 innings 18.75 1216 runs and 263 wickets        No

Who will win 1st Test between New Zealand and Australia?

  • Australia have a dominant record over New Zealand in Test cricket, winning 34 of the 60 matches. The Kiwis have won just 8 matches, with 18 matches ending in a draw.
  • New Zealand will miss the services of Devon Conway at the top of the order, which could be a pretty big miss given his ability to play aggressive cricket.
  • Australia will be determined to bounce back from the shock defeat against the West Indies. They certainly start out as the favorites here.

NZ vs AUS Dream11 Prediction

Wicket-keepers: Alex Carey
Batsmen: Steve Smith (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell
All-rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins

Who are Best Captain Options for NZ vs AUS Dream11 Team

For Small League, Head to Head contest: Steve Smith, Kane Williamson
For Grand League, Mega Contest: Mitchell Starc, Rachin Ravindra

What are NZ vs AUS Fantasy Tips?

  • William O’Rourke picked up nine wickets in the second Test against South Africa, which earned him the player of the match award.
  • Mitchell Marsh has been doing well in the red ball format off late. He scored four half centuries in the series against Pakistan. He had a couple of low scores against West Indies, but he will look to bounce back against the Kiwis.
  • Usman Khawaja has a stellar record against the Kiwis, scoring 581 runs in 10 innings at an average of 72.62.

Where to watch NZ vs AUS Live?

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