AUS vs NZ match preview:
New Zealand and Australia will go head to head for the first one day match of the New Zealand tour of Australia. The Australian team are coming off a nightmare tour of South Africa where the proteas white-washed them in the three-game series. The group seemed clueless and lost two games from the jaw of victory. David Warner and Aaron Finch looked out of form for most of the tour, and the Australian side would look to bounce back after the disappointing series.
On the other hand, the confidence of the New Zealand side is sky-high after winning three consecutive games against the Asia Giants India. The batting of the team is in exceptional form, and Ross Taylor and Tom Latham look like the player to beat. The bowling in the form of Kylie Jamieson and Tim Southee seems settled. The return of Trent Boult will only strengthen the team.
Match: 1st ODI
New Zealand tour of Australia, 2020
Date: Monday, 13th March 2019
Time: 9:00 AM
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Head to Head:
AUS Won: 91
NZ Won: 39
In the head to head between the two teams, the balance is tipped towards the Australian side. The Australian side has come up as a better side in recent times. The two teams last met in a One Day in World Cup where the Australians won the game convincingly.
Strength: the strength of New Zealand lies in their bowling. The team has excellent bowling which boasts of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. The sudden rise of Kylie Jamieson has developed the problem of plenty for the New Zealand side. Another Strength for the New Zealand team is also their in-form batting which can deviate any game with their fantastic strokeplay. The Australian team has found their strength in the top four of their batting along with the exceptional fast bowling they possess.
Weaknesses: The weakness of the New Zealand team is in their ability to choke on crucial junctures. The Kiwis have developed a habit of faltering at essential points in a cricket game, and their such behavior is making them lose a more significant number of games than what they should. On the other hand, the current Australian side arguably has the weakest middle order in Australian history. Their middle order is emerging as a considerable shortcoming, and the team management would like to tackle it.
The live prediction for the 1st ODI between Australia and New Zealand has favored the Australian side. The Australian team has home advantage in addition to some big-name players in their roster. This makes the Australian side the favorite in today match prediction. However, the Kiwis should not be underestimated as they are in fantastic form after routing the Indian team.
Bet365: Australia: 1.57, New Zealand: 2.37
Betway: Australia: 1.53, New Zealand: 2.40
Mitchell Starc: 23 wickets in nine games against Australia.
David Warner: 857 runs in the last 16 games.
Steven Smith: 350 runs at an average of 43.75 against New Zealand.
Kane Williamson: 948 runs at an average of 59 in 2019.
Trent Boult: 29 wickets in 11 games against Australia.
Ross Taylor: 194 runs in three games in 2020 at an average of 194.
The fantasy cricket sides for this game should be a tricky one as both the sides are stocked with potential match winners. The bowlers will especially prove challenging to choose as both the teams have atleast 3-4 match winners. The bowling for the dream11 side should consist of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins and then one or two bowlers from the New Zealand roster. The slow Sydney track might also provide turn to Adam Zampa, and he could be given a look into Dream11 side. David Warner and Steve Smith must be included in Myteam11 alongside Kane Willamson and Ross Taylor. Colin De Grandhomme should be played as an all-rounder.