Australia vs New Zealand
One of the biggest rivalries in the world of cricket is ready to set your screen ablaze as the trans-Tasman rivals go head to head in a series of 5 T20 International matches at the home turf of the kiwis. Australia vs New Zealand will be a cracking of a series and will be the perfect build up for the upcoming season of the Indian T20 league and more importantly the T20 Cricket World Cup that is scheduled to happen in India later this year. Aus vs NZ has always been a great game of abilities with stars lined up from both sides but with their recent stint with T20Is, Australia would want to make some amends and play the Australian way against the hosts. On the other hand, New Zealand would want to continue their amazing home season.
Australia Tour of New Zealand
The Australian team will take all its T20 specialists in Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques, etc. to the Kiwi turf and make sure they seal the 5 match aus vs nz t20 series in style for their country. On the other hand, New Zealand as a unit have flourished in the recent past with the likes of Devon Conway & Glenn Philips rising to the occasion at crucial stages of different matches.
Australia has been thrashed 2-1 by India under home conditions where matches were played at Canberra and the Sydney Cricket Ground. This time around, the matches are happening in more windy kiwi conditions against a New Zealand team that has thrashed Pakistan 2-1 at home and have been a busy side with teams touring their den for fun.
Australia vs New Zealand Squads
Australia Squad: D’ Arcy Short, Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey
New Zealand Squad: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult,Todd Astle, Daryl Mitchell
Australia vs New Zealand T20 Series Schedule & Fixtures
|Match Number||Fixture Date||Venue|
|1st T20I||February 22, 2021||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|2nd T20I||February 25,2021||University Oval, Dunedin|
|3rd T20I||March 3, 2021||Sky Stadium, Wellington|
|4th T20I||March 5, 2021||Eden Park, Auckland|
|5th T20I||March 7, 2021||Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
5 T20 games at 5 different international venues, now this could only mean one thing: plenty of intense action in aus vs nz t20 in the year 2021 just before we head into the biggest t20 extravaganza, Indian T20 league. All these variations in conditions will also help the players in AUS vs NZ series to get into the groove for the T20 World Cup that is scheduled for later this year in India.
Australia vs New Zealand Head To Head in T20 Internationals
When it comes to the shortest format of the game, between Australia and New Zealand it’s the Aussies who have completely dominated the good guys of international cricket. Beating New Zealand 7 times out of the 9 encounters that have happened, Australia are clearly ahead in the head-to-head competition while the other 2 games boast of a New Zealand win and a super over after which New Zealand edged over their trans tasman rivals.
AUS vs NZ Series T20: Players To Watch Out For
The Australian T20 captain has always had an amazing run in the shortest format of the game. The star Aussie boasts of 172* as his highest score in T20 cricket and has also featured in the T20 team of the decade the previous year. If Finch can survive the initial powerplay overs, where he tends to shuffle, then he can completely gulp in the confidence of the opposition and hit the long ball out of the ground in all possible directions. Aaron Finch in Aus vs NZ will be a crucial player to watch out for because he likes to lead from the front and with the kind of power hitting he gives his team at the top, it becomes intimidating for any bowler if the wind prefers to go the batsman’s way especially in the small grounds of the Kiwis.
Cruising his way into the playing 11 of the New Zealand cricket team after his tremendous stint against Pakistan A, Philips has been unstoppable in this form of the game. Expect a big score from him right at the start of the tour to set things straight for the Australian bowling attack. Philips has had an amazing season of T20 cricket with back to back hundreds in T20Is and first class cricket as well where he represented New Zealand-A. Australia have never faced the wrath of Philips and they might just be in for a treat as he is a like-for like replacement of the great T20 legend Colin Munro who loves Australian conditions.
You miss it and he switches it over the fence. The crafty all-rounder is a game changer in this form of the game and in the aus vs nz series too, his role is not going to be that different either. With the bat, he can give you quick 50s and 70s and with the ball he can roll his arm and break some crucial partnerships. In the yellow Aussie jersey, Glenn Maxwell becomes a completely Godlike individual with innate abilities to take the game away from the opposition right from the early outset. Aaron Finch usually opens the bowling with him, giving the skipper an extra choice to use his most strike bowlers in the death. Maxwell’s all round abilities will come in handy under the New Zealand conditions in the aus vs nz tour of 2021 in late February.
You change the format and he changes his game. In tests, he is an absolute poetry to watch and in the shortest format he has this amazing ability to lead from the front when it comes to being a quick aggregator of runs. Usually playing the second fiddle, Williamson gets unnoticed and silently helps his team reach a score past 160 most of the times. He has had a tremendous season so far with the bat scoring 100s and 200s in the tests and then in the T20s against Pakistan, he played crucial finishing touches to close the game in his own calm and calculated way. The battle of Finch and Williamson will be a treat to watch in the aus vs nz tour of 2021 as these two Captains lead their sides into the trans tasman rivalry series in the shortest format of the game.
The one name that has been ruling the charts this entire home season for New Zealand has been their latest find from the domestic squad: Devon Conway. A South African originally, Conway has aced all forms of the game in a very small amount of time. He already averages 58 in the 6 T20 matches that he has played both against West Indies and Pakistan at home. Australia are yet to face the wrath of this upcoming T20 star in his home turf where he has been absolutely smashing every bowler out of the ground. However, it will be interesting to see Conway up against some of the world’s best quality bowling in the form of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa.
A fair prediction to this upcoming series could simply be that New Zealand might just swoop away with 5-0 under home conditions but not to forget that last year only, Indian team came in and defeated the Kiwis 0-5 under the same conditions. Being such a high voltage series, expect some great cricket coming your way supported by ANZ and Cricket Australia featuring lots of record breaking knocks and lethal deliveries being bowled under these cloudy and windy conditions.
However, we can simply not write off a team like Australia that have the likes of Finch, Warner, Smith, Labuschagne in their batting powered by Maxwell, Stoinis and Henriques as all-rounders. The bowling department boasts of the likes of Mitch Starc, Cummins, Andrey Tye and even the services of Ashton Agar can come in handy under these typical Kiwi conditions. Presently Australia is a team that is seeking redemption after a not-so-good India home season and then they need some amazing momentum heading into the World Cup. One thing is for sure, that this will be the series where they will get the best of themselves out because following this series, we have the Indian T20 league coming up where the Aussies in particular tend to get carried away and take it easy barring the likes of David Warner. The recent Australian T20 season might bring them some refreshing changes in the squad and this year, they might just take the Kiwis by storm in the Australia vs New Zealand series.
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