The New Zealand and Australia team will be up against each other in the Warmup Match of the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the teams are coming into this series after losing their last T20I series to Bangladesh. But, those were the B teams, which did not include the regular faces, and the first choice players.
The first choice players for Australia like Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and David Warner will be back in the mix in this fixture. While Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham and Devon Conway will return to the Playing 11 in their first warmups of T20 World Cup 2021.
Most of the A players were missing in their Last T20I series, and IPL performances need to be taken into account.
They lost their last T20I series against Bangladesh by 4-1, and would look to improve the performances.
The New Zealand team have put a stable squad in the T20 World Cup 2021 capable of lifting the title. They would look to be clinical in their bowling performances, which is their main strength. While, the batters like Conway and Williamson need to take responsibility of holding the innings together.
The Australia team is predicted to win this fixture due to the stronger batting attack, and their pinch hitter Glenn Maxwell in terrific form in the T20 format. While Josh Hazlewood has been consistent throughout the year in the T20I series against Bangladesh and recently concluded IPL 2021. While, David Warner will be crucial to give a good start to team.
The betting odds are at 2: 1.72, favouring the Australian side to win this encounter. The Aussies have been quality players in the T20 cricket and will look to use their rich experience to start off well in the tournament. The key players will be Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood. While the New Zealand side have been impressive in their performances across all formats, and have the capability to make a comeback due to the resilience of some players. The key players to win for them will be Devon Conway and Trent Boult, with consistent performance for the past 1 year in the T20 format.
The openers for New Zealand will be Devon Conway and Martin Guptill. Then, the order will be Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips, who have been playing in the same positions in every tournament/series. The players like Neesham, Seifert, and Santner will have to provide boost to the team in middle order. The bowlers will be Sodhi, Ferguson, Boult, Ferguson.
The Australian team will welcome their openers Finch and Warner back in the Playing 11. While Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell will bat and no. 3 and no. 4 respectively. The wicketkeeper Wade, and all rounders Marsh and Agar are likely to feature in this match. The bowlers will be Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood, and Zampa.
NZ Playing 11
1. Devon Conway
2. Martin Guptill
3. Kane Williamson (c)
4. Glenn Phillips
5. Jimmy Neesham
6. Tim Seifert (wk)
7. Mitchell Santner
8. Tim Southee
9. Ish Sodhi
10. Trent Boult
11. Lockie Ferguson
The opener of the New Zealand team has been super consistent with his contribution, and can stabilize the team well, which provides stable start to the team. In 14 T20Is, he has scored 473 runs at an average of 59.12.
Boult has been impressive with his line lengths, and has included variations in his armoury. Along with the perfect yorkers in the death overs, he can take quick wickets in the power play overs.
The fierce striker was terrific in the IPL 2021, and showed maturity in most of his innings. In 72 T20Is, he has scored 1780 runs at an average of 31.78.
The bowler has been impressive in this year with his ability to contain runs and take wickets in the series against Bangladesh and IPL 2021.
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