New Zealand will be hosting their continental rivals Australia in a T20 series running from February 22nd to March 7th, 2021. The schedule for this best-of-five series is as follows:
|1st||February 22nd||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|2nd||February 25th||University Oval, Dunedin|
|3rd||March 3rd||Wellington Stadium, Wellington|
|4th||March 5th||Eden Park, Auckland|
|5th||March 7th||Bay Oval, Tauranga|
New Zealand vs Australia: Recent T20 Form and Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting since February 2018, with Aussies getting the better of the Kiwis in that series. In recent games, the Kiwis (6th in the ICC T20 world rankings) have been the more consistent of the two in various T20 series. The Blacks Caps have beaten Pakistan (2-1) and West Indies (2-0). Their run of form is only tainted by their (3-0) loss to India.
Australia, who are currently ranked 2nd in world T20, have won only one out of the last three series they have played, beating South Africa (2-1) and losing to both England and India (2-1). Despite their recent loses, the Aussies will be looking at maintaining their top spot in the Oceania region.
Having won seven of the nine T20 games they have played against New Zealand, the Aussies will be looking to consolidate their historical dominance. However, their recent run of form in all competitions will give the New Zealanders a sense of opportunity to reduce the deficit during this series.
Fans are looking forward to a game of wits and grits. Both teams need this five-game T20 series to firm up their game-plans ahead of the T20 World Cup in India; speculated to be held between October and November this year
New Zealand vs Australia: Team Previews
Captain Kane Williamson will be leading the Black Caps, with the batting ranks bolstered by Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert and James Neesham. Exciting prospect Finn Allen will be hoping to make his international debut following an impressive recent performance in the Super Smash, where he was top run scorer in the tournament. In the bowling department, the Kiwis will be depending on the reliable duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, whilst Kyle Jamieson and Ish Sodhi will also be featuring on the bowling team.
The Baggy Greens will be led by captain Aaron Finch. With some of the players who have represented Australia in T20s over the last year in South Africa with their test squad, this creates an opportunity for some new faces to make a breakthrough. Batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have been consistent over the past few years for the Aussies, whilst bowlers Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye will be the go-to players for the Aussies pace attack.
New Zealand vs Australia: Our prediction
The track record of the Australian team keeps them as favourites to win the series. We predict that Australia will beat New Zealand, and suggest a series score of 3-2.
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