Australia Vs New Zealand
Australia will take on New Zealand in a Group 2 fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India on 18 March.
- Australia and New Zealand have met five times in T20s for four wins to Australia; New Zealand’s only victory was in the Super Over in Christchurch in 2010
- Australia have played only six T20s in 2016 but have used a remarkable 25 players
There are so many possible combinations Australia could go with that choosing their final XI feels like something of a lottery, which their selection process has more or less been over the past six games. One question is whether to choose all three spinners, another is whether Usman Khawaja can squeeze into the top order, and another is how many fast men are required with a heavy complement of seaming allrounders.
Possible XI: Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson, Steven Smith (C), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill (WK), John Hastings, Nathan Coulter- Nile, Adam Zampa.
Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi (WK), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
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Both sides are seeking a maiden triumph in this global event. New Zealand are on a high having shocked tournament favourites and hosts India in their campaign opener.
Their batsmen may have found the going difficult in the first match but the bowlers brought them right into the game. The spin-trio of Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum shared nine wickets among them to comfortably defend a low total of 126. The Kiwis made a statement of sorts with their 47-run win over the famed Indian outfit. And if the pitch at HPCA offers turn, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who made a bold decision by dropping pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult against India, will continue with same spin trio. (WT20 schedule) The turn that the New Zealand spinners extracted from the Wankhede surface during the warm-ups surprised the Australians, according to veteran all-rounder Shane Watson, who had called it “incredible”.
However, Australia have always been an indomitable side, especially in big events like the World Cup, and they too will fancy their chances in the Super 10 Group 2 match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium tomorrow. Australia and New Zealand have only met four times since the inaugural international T20 match between them in 2005 and have never played each other outside Australasia.
New Zealand won their last encounter – back in 2010 – in a Super Over but Australia have been winners on every other occasion. As they have not tasted T20 success in recent times, Australia will seek to use last year’s emphatic World Cup final victory to gain a mental edge. If the Australians are inspired by their 50-over World Cup triumph, New Zealand have recently beaten them 2-1 in an ODI series. Australia have played just seven T20 internationals since the start of 2015 and they come into the game having done a lot tinkering with their line-up. Ref: oneindia