Date & Time: Friday, March 13, 09:00 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Will the home and away trend continue to flourish?
India vs South Africa and Australia vs New Zealand are two parallel series going on with a similar storyline. Like India, Australia has dominated the home season and lost an ODI series after winning the T20I series away from home in South Africa. New Zealand, on the other hand, has been trashed by Australia in Australia in the Test series but they have dominated the ODI series after losing the T20Is back home against India. The common point in the storyline is teams have performed well at home and not so well away from home. So it’s time for New Zealand to rewrite the script as Aussies are eager to exploit the home advantage.
Australia’s outfit has remained the same from the South African tour. Starc and Pat Cummins who have missed the final ODI are likely to make their way into the XI. The return of Bout, Ferguson, and Henry is a good headache for Kiwis as they need to choose between the latter two for a lone spot.
Australia possible XI:
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand possible XI:
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, James Needham/Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson/Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Sydney has been on the high scoring side in the last 5 ODIs played here. The average first innings score in the period is 317 and an average of 7 wickets fell in an innings. The teams batting first have won 4 out of 5 last matches played here.
He is the most consistent among the top 3 for Australia in recent times where he has a PPM of 81 in the last 5 ODIs. He also has a decent record against the Kiwis in the format. Adding to it, he has a phenomenal record at the venue. In the 4 matches played here, he has a PPM of 91 and an MDTA of 1 which makes him a must-have and also a captain choice in the Dream11 cricket team.
He has been the go-to bowler for Australia in recent times irrespective of the format. He also enjoyed playing against the Kiwis in the recent past where he has scored at a PPM of 71 in the 6 matches played. Given his record, he is a worthy pick in the fantasy team.
He has become much more consistent than ever in the last few years when it comes to ODI format where he has scored more than 1600 runs in 30 matches. He also enjoyed playing against Australia off late. He has a PPM of 67 in 3 matches played against them.
He has come back with decent returns in the Test Series against India after the injury layoff. In ODIs, he is the spearhead of the bowling attack for a while now. His PPM of 83 and an MDTA of 1.33 in 8 matches played against Australia make him a preferred choice.