Live Cricket NZ vs AUS Live, New Zealand vs Australia, 1st T20I Live Streaming Online
Australia have won the toss and have opted to field
Asa: Looking forward to Maxwell vs Jamieson battle…
Keshav: Red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket are two different formats. It will be interesting to see how the red-ball superstar Jamieson performs with the white ball.
Just in: Josh Philippe has been presented with the debut cap by his domestic team-mate and skipper Mitchell Marsh. Remember, both of them play for Western Australia – a side that’s blessed with some exciting keeping talents in the recent past.
Shreyu: It’s going to be a great contest between two quality sides. Looking forward to a great game.
Rahul: I want to see how the millionaires (recent IPL auction) perform in this series. Want to see how they fare or are they still under the pressure of price tag? — Not sure that will be on their mind when playing for their national teams.
Showkat Bashir: Really excited about skipper Finch to change his fortunes as Maxwell did after a rough IPL
Rajendra says: Great opportunity for youngsters to show their skills. Interesting to see how they will perform, especially after being picked in the IPl auctions…Devansh is “excited to watch how Finch gets runs in this series considering his lean patch last year”
The steep rise of JamiesonFrom being an ‘okay’ bowler, Jamieson has gone on to become one of the most sought-after players in the 2021 IPL Auction
Prakhar says: Looking forward to more action from Kyle Jamieson. He is a superstar in the making!
18:05 local: Hello and welcome to the start of the 5-match T20I series between the Trans-Tasman rivals. Small grounds, smaller boundaries, big runs at stake….this is going to be fun fellas! First thing’s first: The weather at the Hagley Oval is set fair and we are going to get a full game of cricket. The other good news is that, some of the youngsters who’d done well recently in the domestic T20 leagues have been rewarded with a place in the national team and the likes of Riley Meredith and Tanveer Sngha will be eager to get some game time. With the next men’s T20 World Cup fast approaching, this is going to prove a perfect audition for some of the under-the-radar players to prove their mark. Who do you think will end up as the leading run-scorer of this series? And what about bowlers? What are you looking forward to the most in this series? Do let us know via HaveYourSay on the site and for those of you busy swiping mobile screens, tweet @raju1926. Fire away…
Jhye Richardson felt exhausted a day after the IPL auction as if he had played a game. Riley Meredith was busy converting Richardson’s bid into Australian dollars when his name came up. “It went a bit out of control,” is how the uncapped pacer put it. In another room, Kyle Jamieson had woken up just in time to see Royal Challengers Bangalore bid INR 15 crore for the pacer.
Even with the euphoria of bagging high-paying deals with IPL franchises now behind them, the players will have to get used to playing under the spotlight now. And practice their answers for when they are asked if the money brings in some additional pressure. While it’s unlikely they’ll feel the pressure of the massive deals till they land for the IPL, it’ll be hard to escape the murmurs, and the banter, about their stint at the IPL. No doubt the focus will be squarely on winning matches for their countries, and on the bigger picture – the T20 World Cup in India – but the five-match T20I series is also a chance for them to get in shape for the biggest domestic tournament in the world.
Both New Zealand and Australia walk into the series with a mindset of changing and chopping things, looking to shape their combinations for the T20 World Cup. New Zealand will play two spinners in India when the tournament arrives, Trent Boult will slot in the playing XI and that means there will be a shootout between Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Hamish Bennett and others to find a spot. Australia walk into the contest with a similar issue – Kane Richardson, Jhye, Meredith, Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye – all looking to impress to partner some of the premier bowlers when they return.
And while it’s going to be a fascinating contest to see two pace-heavy units battling it out, Australia will have to focus on other areas as well. Will Ashton Turner find some consistency at the international stage? Or will they have to turn to Mitchell Marsh to fix their middle order woes? Both teams have some serious questions to ponder over and will hope to come out with some solutions.
What: New Zealand vs Australia, 1st T20I, 7 PM local time, 11:30 AM IST
Where: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
What to expect: The match will be the first international game played at the venue under lights. Bowlers can expect a tough day at a high-scoring venue.
New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson is out with a stress fracture and that means more opportunities for Bennett. Devon Conway, who has scores of 93*, 91* and 69* in his last three T20s, will form the middle-order with Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips. Guptill has regained fitness and he will be eager to get going with questions surrounding his form.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett/Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Australia: Aaron Finch’s form is a concern and the captain would like to quash any rumblings with some runs. Mitchell Marsh has recovered from his injury but is short on match time and will hope to edge past Ashton Turner to take up the finisher’s role. Jason Behrendorff, who last played a T20I in 2019, is also likely to return.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh/Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff