10 Dec 2019
Australia-New Zealand Day-Night Test: Key players to watch out for
After the two-match Test series win against Pakistan, the Australian cricket team will be eyeing to gain more ground against New Zealand.
The two teams face each other in the upcoming three-match series, starting December 12.
The series starts with a Day-Night Test at the Perth Stadium.
Here are the key players to watch out for.
Warner and Labuschagne the key men for Australia
David Warner was the top run-scorer in the series against Pakistan and got 154 and 335* respectively.
The southpaw will want to continue in the same vein and score bulk of runs at the top.
Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne has done extremely well in 2019.
He is the leading run-scorer in Tests and like Warner, he also scored two match-winning tons against Pakistan.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins can shine with the ball
Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia against Pakistan. He ended up with 14 wickets in the series.
He also claimed seven wickets in the D/N Test against Pakistan and will look to be important in this match as well.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins, who has the most Test scalps in 2019, will want to exert his influence in the match.
Kane Williamson will need to steer the Kiwis
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be the main force for the visitors.
He has been scoring freely of late and was crucial against England in the recently-concluded Test series.
Against an in-form Aussie attack, Williamson needs to bring all his experience into play.
His impact will be tremendous as far the Kiwis' batting is concerned.
Neil Wagner and Tim Southee the bowlers in focus
Neil Wagner and Tim Southee will need to shoulder the responsibilities with the ball for New Zealand.
With Trent Boult being a major doubt, the onus lies on these two seasoned bowlers to produce the goods with the pink ball.
Wagner was decisive against England recently and he needs to be consistent with his offerings.
Southee is immensely experienced to handle the burden.