Day-Night Test, Australia vs NZ: Preview, Dream11 and more
Australia and New Zealand gear up for the first Test of the three-match series, starting December 12. The match is a Day-Night affair to be held at the Perth Stadium. Australia have been in terrific form of late and will want to get the better of an injury-hit Kiwi outfit. Here is the complete match preview.
One expects a strong contest between Australia and NZ
The Kiwis last won a Test series in Australia in 1985. Out of the 31 matches, they've won just three. But this time around, one expects a stiff contest. Australia hammered Pakistan 2-0 at home, whereas, NZ overcame England 1-0 in the Test series. However, Australia have won all six Day-Night Tests they have featured in. It will be a strong ask for NZ.
Boult a doubt for first Test, Ferguson could make debut
NZ are sweating over the availability of Trent Boult, who is recovering from a side strain. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been cleared to face Australia. Boult bowled at the nets, but he is set to be monitored further before a decision is made. A Test debut for Lockie Ferguson could be on offer. His express pace is an asset on the Perth surface.
Australia to field unchanged XI from Pakistan thrashing
Australia, who thrashed Pakistan in the two-match Test series, have kept the same side for the series opener against New Zealand. "I would be a brave man to change the XI, the boys are going well ... I would say at this stage it's more than likely we will have the same XI," Australia coach Justin Langer said.
Conditions, pitch report, timing and TV listing
According to reports, temperatures are expected to hit 40°C during the Test, with clear skies It will be taxing for the players. Moreover, the pink ball under floodlights will add a different challenge. The pitch is likely to offer pace and bounce. The match is set to start at 10:30 AM IST and will be telecast live on the Sony Ten Network.
Dream11: Warner and Williamson get the leadership nods
David Warner gets the leadership nod and opens the batting with Tom Latham in this Dream11 side. The in-form Marnus Labuschagne comes in next. Kane Williamson (vice-captain) adds solidity. BJ Watling is the wicket-keeper batsman. Henry Nicholls follows suit. Mitchell Santner is the spin all-rounder. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson are the premier pacers. Nathan Lyon is the main spin option.