New Zealand tour of Australia 2020: Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions, Preview, Squads & Schedule
All you need to know about the New Zealand tour of Australia 2020 comprising 3 ODIs, set to be played in Sydney and Hobart from March 13 to March 20.
Even before New Zealand could set foot on Australian soil for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, a slight controversy has already erupted about the scheduling of the series. Having just returned from South Africa, Australia have only four days to prepare for the series which has left some like Michael Clarke unamused.
It doesn't help that the Aussies have a packed schedule on either side of the three ODI rubbers. Over the next six months, the team has white-ball tours of New Zealand and England lined up. To go with that, there is also a Test series in Bangladesh and more home games against New Zealand, Zimbabwe and West Indies.
"Absolute token games of cricket," Clarke said in a recent interview. "To be honest, I can't believe it. I'm a cricket fan through and through, but whoever has made the decision to put these three ODIs on, it's footy season. Cricket season is finished. What a great way to finish it with the women winning the World Cup as well. I'll be very surprised if anybody turns up to watch those games."
"Michael Clarke doesn't sound too happy for some reason, I don't know what's got under his skin," Trent Boult, who seemed rattled by Clarke's statements, addressed the reporters before boarding the flight to Australia. "I don't know why the series is token. There's a good trophy up for grabs between both teams and we can't wait to hopefully lift it. Australia's an awesome place to play cricket. They're big stadiums compared to the ones here. I'm sure there will be a crowd there with a few supporters."
The left-arm pacer will be a vital cog in the Black Cap's bowling attack. It was partly due to his hand injury that New Zealand looked toothless in the recent Tests against Australia and the pacer would want to cover up for that. He will join the comeback men Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson, both of whom have recovered from injuries.
Australia have not made any changes to their squad that took on South Africa recently except the axing of seam bowler Jhye Richardson, who could not get a game against the Proteas after having not played international cricket for Australia for 11 months after suffering a serious shoulder injury following the series against Pakistan in March last year.
Glen Maxwell, who was picked for the South Africa series after a sensational Big Bash League season but had to pull out due to an elbow injury, remains unavailable, which is a huge blow for Australia. He is likely to return against the Black Caps in the T20I series that is scheduled shortly after the ODIs.
The three-match Chappell-Hadlee trophy series starts on March 13 in Sydney.
Winner - Australia (2-1)
Top Run Scorer - David Warner (Australia), Henry Nicholls (New Zealand)
Top Wicket Taker - Mitchell Starc (Australia), Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Most Sixes - David Warner (Australia), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
New Zealand - Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Here's the schedule of the series:
Mar 13 Australia v New Zealand, 1st ODI Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 3:30 AM
Mar 15 Australia v New Zealand, 2nd ODI Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 11:30 PM (Mar 14)
Mar 20 Australia v New Zealand, 3rd ODI Bellerive Oval, Hobart
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