Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v New Zealand 3rd Test
The 3rd and the last match of the three-match Test series on the New Zealand tour of Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Not in tune with what was anticipated before the beginning of the series, Australia are absolutely dominating their trans-Tasman rivals and the Third test at Sydney is expected to be no different.
Although the pitch in Sydney is expected to assist the spinners and Australia have added Mitchell Swepson to their squad, the team is not likely to make any changes to their XI. The combination of three pace bowlers and a spinner in the form of Nathan Lyon has worked well for the team and they will have the onus of producing the results here as well.
For New Zealand, left-arm pacer Trent Boult injured his finger in the last game and has been ruled out of the third Test. Spinner William Somerville has been added to the squad but Tod Astle is expected to make the XI as the second spinner.
There is also an outside chance of Mitchell Santner being replaced by Somerville.
David Warner has not clicked in the first two Tests and is due for a big one. Likewise, it has been a while since Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has fired and the New Year Test might just be the occasion for it to change.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Todd Astle
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Steve Smith (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Neil Wagner (New Zealand), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Sixes – Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand), David Warner (Australia)
Player of the Match – Steve Smith
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 300+, Australia 440+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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