Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – The Kiwis will take on the Aussies on their tour of 2019. This battle will be ‘the best against the best’ in the longer format of the game. This will be the 3 Match Test Series which will start from 12th December 2019 at Perth.
Australia has warmed up nicely for this most important series against New Zealand. Recently they whitewashed the Pakistanis 2-0 in the test series. They also won both of their test matches by an innings. This would certainly give them the confidence to face their arch-rivals New Zealand.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019
Australia has not made big changes for this series. Cameron Bancroft will play the domestic matches after his name was not there in the 13 member squad for this series. while James Pattinson and James Neser have been drafted in the squad as the replacements.
Mitchell Starc has a concern before this match starts but that will not allow him to sit out of playing eleven which will face New Zealand. His only problem is that he hasn’t spent more time at the batting crease. But his batting heroics weren’t required against a poor bowling unit of Pakistan. The likes Warner, Burns, and Labuschagne were too good with the bat for them.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – Starc was devastating with the ball and that is what Australia will need against New Zealand in this 3 match test series which will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth.
Steve Smith had an ordinary series against Pakistan. He made a very good comeback in International cricket at the Ashes but against Pakistan, he was majorly over showed due to the batting heroics displayed by Warner and Labuschagne.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – Warner was too good against the Pakistanis. He was successful in putting the demons back of the Ashes test series in England but at home, he just couldn’t get going. He was such a pleasure to watch. At one time he also threatened to break Brain Lara’s record of 400 runs but, that record was saved by Tim Pain when he declared the innings when Warner was batting at 335.
When the last time Australia and New Zealand met to play a test match, at that time Australia won the game by 7 wickets.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – New Zealand, on the other hand, will want to continue their winning streak in the test matches. Recently, they also defeated England at home. The Kiwis won that test 1-0 but playing against Australia in Australia will not be easy for the arch-rivals.
They will need their senior pros like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, and Matt Henry. This tour of New Zealand will depend on their batsmen more than the bowlers, simply because, the batsmen will need to show more character against the quality bowling line up of Australia.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Pattinson. This will be the pace battery of Australia which the Kiwis will face. These four bowlers are good with the new ball and are equally lethal. These guys can also generate reverse swing and the bounce from the Perth wicket.
Australia also has one lethal weapon in its armory, the spin king, Nathan Lyon. He has been too good for them. The Kiwi batsmen can’t take him lightly. Lyon can put any opposition out of the game in no moment. He can add more worry if he is taken lightly. Lyon will be a player to watch out for in this series.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – There are fitness issues for the visitors – New Zealand. Just like the 2015 tour to Australia, Trent Boult may not be fit for the 1st Test match at Perth. He might be replaced by Lockie Ferguson who will make his debut with the red ball.
This contest will also be amongst those who are ready to get baked under the sun. The temperature in Perth will be around 49 degrees and so the pitch will decorticate under the sun even though there is grass on the wicket. With that, there will be moisture that would assist the fast bowlers more in the initial overs.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 – The stats favor Australia most. The New Zealanders have won just once and lost twice while the four test matches have been drawn when these two teams have played at the WACA Ground in Perth.
This match and series will have a focus on David Warner after his brilliant show against Pakistan. Now Warner should score at least 500 runs in the series which will put him ahead of another Aussie great, Allan Border.
Steve Smith who had an ordinary test series against Pakistan can go past Greg Chappell. Smith needs just 97 runs which will put him ahead of Chappell who is in Australia’s all-time run scorers lists in test cricket.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 Preview – Probable XI of Australia
David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, and Josh Hazlewood.
Australia vs New Zealand Test Match 2019 Preview – Probable XI of New Zealand
Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williams, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult/Lochie Ferguson, and Neil Wagner.
Will New Zealand upset Australia and start the series on a high? Or Will Australia continue to be unbeaten at home?
The answers will come to us from 12th December 2019 to 16th December 2019 at Fox Sports or Kayo Sports.