Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Cricket Match Details
- Match: Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Test, New Zealand tour of Australia, 2019-20
- Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Monday, December 16, 2019
- Time: 05:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
Aus vs NZ Test Match Preview
Australia have begun their home season by registering a commanding 2-0 win over Pakistan recently. Both their wins in the series were innings victories and Australia truly dominated in every aspect of the game. They would thus be flying high on confidence as they host New Zealand next for a 3-match Test series.
The first match of the series will be a Pink Ball Test at Perth, starting from December 12.
While Australia will certainly begin as favorites for the series, New Zealand will not be a pushover like Pakistan. New Zealand defeated England 1-0 at home recently. They have a solid unit and should challenge Australia. That being said, it will certainly not be an easy prospect against this Australian side.
Australia batting is really good for these conditions. David Warner, who scored a whopping 489 runs in the 2 Tests against Pakistan, will again be the man to watch out for Australia. Marnus Labuschagne has been the most impressive young Test batsman of the year and is likely to have an impact on the game too. Steven Smith had a quiet series against Pakistan but expect the best Test batsman in the world to have a bigger say against New Zealand.
Australia’s bowling is easily one of the best in the world. In Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc they have three of the finest seam bowlers n the world. Then, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is doing a terrific job as well. It will not be easy for New Zealand to tackle this potent Australian bowling.
New Zealand Team
For the Black Caps, the in-form batsmen are opener Tom Latham who has scored 1227 runs at an average of 58.42 in the last two years along with ever-dependable captain Kane Williamson who absolutely loves this format. BJ Watling scored a majestic double hundred against England recently and will certainly provide solidity to New Zealand’s batting.
The uncertainty over fast bowler Trent Boult who is nursing an injury, does give New Zealand some headache as he is their main strike bowler. In his absence, Neil Wagner would be the one to watch out for as he had an outstanding performance against England recently. Tim Southee and the in-form spinner Mitchell Santner should also be making some kind of impact.
Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Cricket Betting Tips
The wicket at Perth – the venue for the 1st Test between Australia and New Zealand – should be hard and assist good bounce. Batsmen will find it tough when the pink ball is new. But once it settles in, batting will be easy. However, batting in the last innings will be a challenge. The average 1st innings score at Perth is 326 and the average last innings score here is 140.
In the last 5 Tests between Australia and New Zealand, the Kiwis have not won a single match. Australia has won 4 while one ended in a draw. The last time New Zealand beat Australia in a Test match was way back in 2011 at Hobart.
Hence, it goes without saying that Australia will begin as clear favorites for the Day-Night Test at Perth between the two sides and should be backed as winners for the contest.