Australia will be hoping to build on their triumph over Pakistan as they now set their sights on the Trans-Tasman Trophy this week.
The second day-nighter of the summer gets underway from Perth on Thursday and, although the top of the Aussie batting order looks exceptional, Justin Langer’s side will still have their work cut out against the world’s second-best Test side.
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As if day-night cricket in Perth wasn’t exciting enough, we’ll also be treated to one of the world’s most mouth-watering match-ups at the crease between Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
failed to fire against Pakistan batting twice for a combined 40 runs.
Williamson, meanwhile, played an integral part in the Kiwis’ draw against
England scoring a ton in the second innings.
no match for Australia last month as the bowling attack struggled to challenge
the top order. New Zealand will pose a whole new set of challenges however, as medium
pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee both performed exceptionally well in
has dominated the Trans-Tasman series over the last two decades, retaining the
trophy since 1993. That said, the last time these two sides met in a Test match
was 2016, so it’s safe to say a lot has changed since then.
New Zealand is more than capable of matching Australia’s run totals, and despite what you may think, it won’t be just a one-man job.
is the world’s third-best Test batsman, but the Black Caps can also find
confidence in Tom Latham, who has been the most successful Test opener over the
last two years.
Of course, all
of this may be a moot point if the Kiwis struggle to deal with the heat in
Perth. Temperatures are set to reach 40 degrees this week, which could pose a
few challenges to a New Zealand side straight off the plane from England.
should also impact the wicket in Perth and force several cracks to appear by
the second or third day. From a batting perspective, these two teams are fairly
even on talent, but Australia can feel confident in their bowling after Pat
Cummins and Mitchell Starc tore through Pakistan.
We should see Steve Smith return to his very best this week after spending ample time in the rooms against Pakistan. New Zealand is a classy side that will challenge Australia in all areas, but on a tricky wicket, you have to stick with the favourites in this one.
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Love him or
hate him, Warner has been on a tear since returning to Australia putting up a
century in the First Test against Pakistan and a triple ton in the Second Test
Flat track bully
or not, Warner is seeing the ball beautifully at the moment and he simply looks
well over the odds at his current price to lead the way for Australia once
up a double century against New Zealand in Perth back in 2015, contributing to
his sparkling 137.5 run average at the ground. The Kiwis won’t leave Warner’s
mistakes unpunished like Pakistan did, but this is still a ground the
33-year-old knows and loves.
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briefly on the work of Tom Latham as the secret key to New Zealand’s chances,
and we think you’ll find he’s also a great bet to lead the batting for the
The last two years of Test cricket for Latham have been nothing short of spectacular as the 27-year-old has racked up five centuries. Latham has little experience batting in Perth, let alone Australia, but as the highest run-scoring opener in the world over the last two years, he’s worth backing.
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pitch deteriorates quickly it should really play into the hands of the
Australian quicks as Pat Cummins hopes to wreak havoc on New Zealand after
taking a combined eight wickets against Pakistan last month.
took three wickets this time last year in the West against India, while he also
fared well against England two years ago taking four.
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pick, the options are endless.
It’s a bit
of a coin flip here between Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee, but don’t
sleep on in-form lefty Neil Wagner.
No. 4 is in the form of his life after taking a combined 13 wickets against
England with only 258 runs conceded. Wagner has never bowled in Australia
before, so he might take some time to adjust. But keep in mind, Australia did concede
three wickets to Shaheen Shah Afridi during the Second Test against Pakistan,
who also happens to be a lefty.
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It would be
shocking to see a world class player like Steve Smith not answer the bell after
a very quiet series against Pakistan.
eyes on the battle between himself and Kane Williamson, you can expect Smith to
feed off the pressure at the crease as he returns to a ground that has treated
time we saw Smith bat in Perth he put up a double century against England, so
it’s worth sticking him as the favourite in the Man of the Match market.
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