Preview: 3rd Test Australia v New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Prior to the first Test Match of the series, New Zealand were coming off a 1-0 victory over England at home and Australia, a dominant 2-0 win against Pakistan.
Both teams have played a total of 23 Test series against each other out of which Australia have won 14 while New Zealand have only won three. Six of the series have been drawn.
Australia have already won the trans-Tasman trophy by beating New Zealand in the first two Test matches and looking at the stats below, Australia will win the 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney starting on January 3rd.
2nd Test - Australia won by 247 runs
Australia 467 (Marnus Labuschagne 63, Steve Smith 85, Travis Head 114, Tim Paine 79; Tim Southee 3-103, Neil Wagner 4-83) and 137-4 ( David Warner 38, Joe Burns 35; Neil Wagner 2-397
New Zealand 148 (54.5 Ovs) – (Tom Latham 50; Pat Cummins 5-28, James Pattinson 3-34) and 240 – 9 (Tom Blundell 121 ; Nathan Lyon 4-81, James Pattinson 3-35)
1st Test - Australia won by 296 runs
Australia 416 - (146.2 Ovs) - (Marnus Labuschagne 143, Travis Head 53, Steve Smith 43, David Warner 43; Tim Southee 4-93, Neil Wagner 4-92) and 217 – 9 dec (69.1 Ovs) - (Joe Burns 53, Marnus Labuschagne 50; Tim Southee 5-69, Neil Wagner 3-59)
New Zealand – 166 (55.2 Ovs) - (Ross Taylor 80; Mitchell Starc 5-52, Nathan Lyon 2-48) and 171 (65.3 Ovs) (BJ Watling 40; Mitchell Starc 4-45, Nathan Lyon 4-63)
In terms of betting on cricket on this match, you would be better looking at some of the InPlay features, as the odds for an Australia win will not be worth looking at. Great InPlay features like Next Man Out are always fun to follow, so check out those during the match.
Here are the squads and squad changes of both teams:
Australia - Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Mitchell Swepson (brought in for the Sydney Test)
National Selector Trevor Hohns said the 26-year-old Queenslander was ready for selection given his form this summer with 12 wickets from six Marsh Sheffield Shield games at 26.58.
“Having Mitch in Sydney gives us the option to play two specialist spinners if the conditions demand,” Hohns said. “We will make those assessments when we get to Sydney.”
Swepson was a member of Australia's Test squad for tours of India and Bangladesh in 2017. He took two wickets on his international debut in a T20I match against England at Edgbaston in 2018.
New Zealand - Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry (replacement for injured Trent Boult - Star seamer Trent Boult has been ruled out for four weeks, after fracturing the second metacarpal of his right hand when batting to Mitchell Starc in the 2nd Test)
Schedule of the series: New Zealand tour of Australia - 3 Tests - Dec 12-Jan 07
Dec 12 - Dec 16 Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test Perth Stadium, Perth 5:00 AM
Dec 26 - Dec 30 Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test MCG, Melbourne 12:00 AM (Dec 26) 12:00 AM
Jan 03 - Jan 07 Australia v New Zealand, 3rd Test Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 12:00 AM (Jan 03)
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