New Zealand Eye Good Show against Australia in 3-Match ODI Series

November 29 14:50 2016

kiwiNew Delhi, Tuesday, November 29 – New Zealand are to take tour of Australia to contest in 3-match ODI series, which starts Sunday, December 4. Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney is to host the first ODI match and all preparations are in progress to successfully host the match.

The home team will have Australian skipper Steven Smith, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, George Bailey, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa. At the same time, the players who are to fly for Australia are Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lachie Ferguson, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and BJ Watling.

Captaincy of both Smith and Williamson will be of huge importance and their fans will look forward to the way they lead their men. In point of fact, a lot has changed in the cricket of both Australia and New Zealand in the last few months. Both sides faced defeats and success in the recent past. If discussion is made separately then Aussies have not been on a strong side by the time a series against South Africa was lost. Though, it was a major success for them to bounce back and tournament against Proteas, crushing them by seven wickets. It is definite that they will now try to carry on same stupendous show and find a way to do well and improve further, taking positives of the 3rd Test though series was lost 1-2 at the hands of South Africa.

On the other hand, confidence of the Kiwis is up as well. In 2-match Test series in opposition to Pakistan, they logged remarkable wins in home conditions. The Black Caps won opening Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch by eight wickets, while 2nd Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton by 138 runs. Both New Zealand batsmen and bowlers did their bit to keep the travellers under pressure that let them taste success. The victory in home series is expected to be of huge help particularly when they were defeated by India in all three Test matches by massive margins. The Men in Blue crushed them in 5-match ODI series too by 3-2, pocketing win of 190 runs in the series decider.

As far as upcoming series is concerned then the players picked on both the sides will try to do everything possible to win the scheduled matches to rank slightly up in the ICC rankings for ODIs. Not to forget that Australia are full of talented players and so are the Black Caps. Skippers of both New Zealand and Australia will look forward to win the toss and make best decision post reading the mood of the pitch. Aussies are supposed to capitalize home conditions but playing in den doesn’t guarantee a team’s success when the opponents are ready to give tough competition. Top-order, middle-order and tail-ender batsmen must have to perform well in case they want their teams to stay on track right from the beginning till the end, maintaining the momentum and staying upbeat.

Without question, two strong teams are to compete with a prime motto and that is nothing else but to win in the last part, to take lead and move ahead confidently. It is obvious that hosts will have to pour more than 100 per cent efforts to put themselves a step ahead of the visiting squad, who are assertive thanks to recent wins back at home. Williamson is once again expected to lead his boys magnificently. As a matter of fact, it is an ideal platform for them to shine and keep honing skills that will be of huge assistance for them to gain ground when the contest against the heavyweight reaches in an exciting phase.

More to the point, a real zing will be added only at a time when Australian players make the tourists feel pressure, possibility of which may go up. The biggest challenge they may face when the game is on is how to hold nerves when playing in home conditions and front of home crowd. In order to restrict Latham, Williamson, Guptill and Watling at low score will require Australian bowlers to bowl in a perfect line and length. Eyes are struck in first ODI. However, the ODIs at Manuka Oval in Canberra and Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne will be of immense significance as well since the losing side of the opening match will hope for levelling the series.

If scoring pattern of Sydney Cricket Ground is to be cited then average first inning score is 219 and average second inning score is 185. Moreover, the highest total of 408 for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs was put by South Africa vs. West Indies. In contrast, the lowest total of 66 in 25.5 overs was set by India after Australian bowlers did a fantastic work and compelled India to succumb under pressure. At the same time, highest chased total was 334 by Australia in opposition to England, while the lowest defended was 101 by Australia vs. West Indies. The last two statistics are interesting. In view of the fact that only a little time remains for the contest to start, it will be an interesting point to notice who all will be picked in the Playing XIs to set foundation of their team’s victory. The stadium in Sydney has the capacity of 48,000. Audience strength is supposed to remain good as opening ODI is to take place during the weekend.

Here is to remind that in the category of most runs in all series of New Zealand and Australia, Ricky Ponting leads with 1012 runs in 24 innings in ODI format, while Allan Border tops in Test format with 1500 runs. Most wickets in the longest format are in the pocket of Sir Richard Hadlee, while Daniel Vettori ranks at number one spot in One Day International matches. Statistics are interesting in the category of highest individual scores, highest average, highest strike rate, most centuries, most fifties, most fours, most sixes, best bowling figures, most five-wicket hauls and best economy. Cricket fans are keen to watch the interesting fights between powerhouses. Since not much time is left for the tournament to begin, cricketers of both groups would certainly wish to spend time on the crease.