T20 international – Australia v NZ, SCG – Preview & Tips
Gillette International Series
Game 1: Australia v NZ, Sydney Cricket Ground
Saturday, February 1: 7.20pm AEDT
Bookmaker.com.au odds: Australia $1.67 New Zealand $2.20
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bets: Aussie Aaron Finch ($3.25) or NZ powerhouses Colin Munro ($3.75) or Martin Guptill ($3.75) to score 50 or more, all with Bookmaker.com.au
New Zealand Black Caps: New Zealand star Colin Munro is returning from injury for the first T20 International.
The Black Caps lost their world No.1 T20 ranking in the series-loss to Pakistan across the Tasman and are looking to assert their dominance over the Aussies, who sit at a lowly no.7 in the world. NZ paceman and big-hitting lower order batsmen, Tim Southee is wary of the Aussies lowly ranking and pays it no heed;
“They’ve got some dangerous, dangerous players like Chris Lynn, who’s obviously taken the shorter formats by storm over the last couple of years.
“As bowlers, we’ve got plans that we’ll look to use against certain players. You’ve got to look to back your experience.” Southee said.
One of those bowlers is left-arm spinner, Mitchell Santner, who become the No.1 bowler in the T20 International rankings after his success in the home series against Pakistan.
Australia: The Aussies are looking to an injection of new blood and inexperienced players (New faces of Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Lynn, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye) to invigorate the side that lost the ODI series to England, 4-1. At times during the ODI series, the fatigue of a long summer – including an Ashes victory – appeared to catch up with some senior players.
After the least productive ODI series of his career, David Warner will enjoy the opportunity to captain his country and break out of his current form slump. Warner has won three from four games in charge of Australia in T20s; two in Sri Lanka in 2016 and one against India in 2017.
Betting Top 10 Australia’s Tip: David Warner’s young side to cause an upset and defeat the No.2 ranked Kiwis.