New Zealand tour of Australia continues and now the 2nd test match will go live from Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on Thursday 26 December 2019.
As we know Australia wins the first test match with big margin 296 runs so Australia is leading by 1-0 in 3 test match series. This is the 2nd test series of New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021.
Currently, New Zealand has played one series of 3 test matches and opponent Australia has played 2 series and a total of 8 test matches yet. According to World Test Championship (2019-2021), Points Table Australia has 216 points but New Zealand has just 60 points.
Australia has won 5 matches from a total of 8 and New Zealand won 1 match from a total of 3 matches.
After New Zealand was injured in the first test against Australia, it is hoped that Trent Boult’s return will make the MCG boxing day test easier.
Boult, who was excluded from the first test due to a rib injury, is one of three New Zealanders in the top 15 ICC test rankings for bowling by MRF Tires. The fast bowler was a major failure for visitors to Perth when they used debutant Lockie Ferguson to take his place. However, Ferguson was also excluded from most tests after a load on the right calf muscles on the first day.
While Ferguson will not be available for the second test, Boult will intervene again. Skipper Kane Williamson also revealed a second chance in his lineup, with Tom Blundell taking the place of Jeet Raval at the top of the order.
Australia also lost a fast bowler in the middle of the test when Josh Hazlewood sustained a thigh injury on the second day. Tim Paine confirmed that James Pattinson will replace him at MCG, but whether Australia will use a fifth Seamer in Michael Neser remains unclear. The Australian skipper said Neser is in the mix for a debut but expects to take one last call on the morning of the test.
What happened in the last test match between them?
In a pink ball encounter, in which both teams were reduced to 10 men after the first two days, Australia prevailed at Perth Stadium with 296 runs. The architects of the host’s victory were Marnus Labuschagne, who hit his third hundred in as many innings, and her dependable bowling attack, which brought New Zealand in the fourth innings for 171.
Australia was the first to fly with 416 runs, with Labuschange taking the lead with 143. New Zealand replied with 166 as Ross Taylor, Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme were the only players to score double digits. The visiting bowlers then limited Australia to 217, with Tim Southee holding five gates together. With Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, who claimed eight scalpels between them, New Zealand was put off early in the 467-run chase.
What Said Captains?
Tim Paine (Australia):
“Our batting side has had many runs, so if we were to play a bowler we would be sure they could do the job. The wicket is a bit unknown … but we did. ” We have a plan for both scenarios [with or without a fifth bowler]. To be honest, we probably have two different teams in mind, so we’ll make the last call tomorrow. “
Kane Williamson (New Zealand):
“There are things we did well in Perth, there are things we didn’t do well. I think the strength of the group is that we look at these areas and we improve We’re always on the lookout. Although it was a different type of test cricket (pink ball), we’ve always learned something from it. ”
Weather Conditions For “Australia vs New Zealand” 1st Test | ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021
There is no risk of rain on the five test days, but cloudiness is expected on all days except Thursday. New Zealand will improve its chances before the game. Australia only wins two of the last five tests played in the MCG.
Teams Squads For “New Zealand vs Australia” | “Australia vs New Zealand” 2nd Test Match Live | Thursday 26 December 2019
New Zealand Squad Against Australia
K Williamson, T Astle, T Blundell, T Boult, C de Grandhomme, M Henry, K jamieson, T Latham, H Nicholls, J Raval, M Santner, T Southee, R Tayolor, N Wagner, J Watling
Australia Squad Against New Zealand
T Paine(Captain), J Burns, P Cummins, J Hazlewood, T Head, M Labuschagne, N Lyon, M Neser, J Pattinson, P Siddle, S Smith, M Starc, M Wade, D Warner,