“Australia vs New Zealand” 1st test will live today at Perth Stadium
12-16 December; 1.00 pm local, 5.00 am GMT.
A revived Australia that has put Pakistan aside will have a harder time fighting a stubborn New Zealand.
New Zealand last won a test series in Australia in 1985. Of the 31 games there, they have only won three. But this time, as has happened so often between these pages lately, it is likely to be fierce competition.
After all, visitors are ranked # 2 in the ICC Test Ranking by MRF Tires, three places over # 5 in Australia. They have five batsmen and three bowlers in the top 20. Both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have strong numbers in the country, and as the rest of their middle-order has lately proven, they can be stubborn even if you go beyond them big weapons.
However, they find a page headed by Tim Paine that everything clicked on, along with the added challenge of a day/night Test in a lush Perth.
In addition, they are still sweating about the availability of their side-loading recovery Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme. Boult bowled in front of the nets, but he should continue to be monitored before a decision is made, while de Grandhomme was clarified. It could still open a test debut for Lockie Ferguson, with its express pace an asset to the fast Perth surface.
The team had another injury worry with Taylor, who scored a double in Perth the last time and hit his right thumb. He left training early on Tuesday to freeze his hand, although the team confirmed that no scans were needed.
Meanwhile, Australia will maintain the same XI – “I would be a brave man if I changed the XI,” said coach Justin Langer. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will form the pace attack, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon supporting them.
Team news from the captain’s press conference 📣— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 11, 2019
Ross Taylor’s right thumb is fine 👍
Colin de Grandhomme tracking well & set to be available 😀
Trent Boult to be monitored at training today before any decision is made 🤞#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/e8PLAqIUNI
Do you know what happened last time?
New Zealand lost the series 2-0 in 2015, although the final game in Adelaide, the very first day/night test, was in short supply. After scoring six goals in the second inning, Josh Hazlewood prevailed with a 187 goal over Boult before Shaun Marsh took the lead with 49 points, earning a hard-fought 3-wicket win for the hosts.
What Said both Teams Coaches?
New Zealand coach Gary Stead:
“We have to be careful not to overvalue the pink ball, we start one hour earlier than most Pink ball tests, so it’s one hour less dark at the end of the day. I think the bigger factor might be the heat we’re going to face over the next four or five days. “
Justin Langer, Australia coach:
“We talk about continuity, they sure are, they have an experienced bowling attack with the aggressor in Wagner and possibly Ferguson, they have boys in the top 10 in the test cricket and one.” We have great respect for the New Zealand cricket team and ahead of New Zealand in general. “
Weather Conditions For “Australia vs New Zealand” 1st Test | Thursday 12 December 2019
It will not be easy for the teams. Perth is hot and temperatures are expected to reach 40 ° C on a clear day during the test. Then there are the unique conditions of a day/night test where the pink ball under floodlights presents another challenge. The field is likely to provide speed and bounce, with the stated quicks aiming at what they can do with it.
Teams Squads For “Australia vs New Zealand” 1st Test Live Today