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Australia v New Zealand T20 Tri Series Predictions and Match Preview - Aussies to win opener

Rippa Staff 2 Feb 2018
  • Tri-series involves Australia, England and New Zealand
  • Trans-Tasman rivals contest the opener

If global tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash League (BBL) are a beacon to the way club cricket is modelled, this must be the pre-cursor to the future of international cricket. 

In a first of its kind, Australia, New Zealand and England will engage in the Gillette T20 tri-series beginning on Saturday (February 3) when Australia take on trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). 

Will the seventh-ranked Aussies spring a surprise over the second-ranked Black Caps?

Match Preview

Australia started their T20 revamp in the right earnest by opting for a side full of Big Bash performers. David Warner leads a team, that has in its ranks the likes of D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, and Travis Head – all excellent hitters with a penchant for six-hitting.

Leading their bowling will be the T20 specialist Andrew Tye, who will have Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake to help him with the new ball. Adam Zampa will be the lone specialist spinner, although in Ashton Agar the side has an excellent all-round option.

If the Aussie team is banking on Big Bash, the Black Caps have warmed up with a series against Pakistan. Although they lost 2-1, the visitors have packed enough punch in the summer to travel with confidence. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are probably the most destructive T20 openers of this era, which makes the visitors a dangerous unit.

Factor in the calm head of captain Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have the best of both worlds! However, their fragile and inexperienced middle order is a concern, although the likes of Tom Bruce, Anaru Kitchen, and Colin de Grandhomme give them an explosive edge.

The Kiwis, though, have a very experienced bowling unit led by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Don’t forget Ish Sodhi, who is ranked number one in this format.

Player Watch

Aaron Finch is coming off a great ODI series against England, to a format in which he scores runs at a strike rate of 148.36. Will he make his debut T20 against the Black Caps memorable?

The only batsman to hit three T20I centuries, Munro’s penchant for quick scoring is exemplary. His strike rate of 157.50 is one of the best and he hits a boundary every 4.72 balls in T20Is. Having played just one uneventful game against the Aussies, Munro will look to underline his new-found improvement in this game.


Only four T20Is have been played before at the SCG with Australia winning three of them, including a narrow one-run win over New Zealand in 2009.

This BBL season, games at the SCG have been high-scoring (scores of 160+), barring one encounter.

Predictions and Tips

There is a lot of hope on this Aussie side to revamp their T20 fortunes. Can they start with this match? Back the hosts to win at odds of $1.75 (Neds).

Almost all the Aussies batsmen have been scoring sixes for fun in the Big Bash. Back them to continue the form and score the most sixes at odds of $1.85 (CrownBet).

Williamson’s stability is vital for the visitors and the Kiwi captain will be the key for a good score. Back him to score at least one six at odds of $3.00 (Ladbrokes).


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