NEWZELAND Vs AUS T20 SERIES 2021 PREVIEW
The Trans-Tasman rivalry of the T-20 series is getting underway today(22.2.2021) at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Newzeland with the first match of the 5 match series.
Hagley Oval, located in South Hagley Park, is Christchurch’s premier cricket ground.
Hagley Oval is a permanent reminder of the earthquake that devastated Christchurch in 2011. The Hagley Oval was developed after Christchurch’s earlier venue Lancaster Park was abandoned due to extensive damage caused by the 2011 earthquake.
The Government’s post-quake recovery plan for Christchurch singled out Hagley Oval as an anchor project, upgraded to host national and international matches and host crowds of up to 20,000 people, and lit to international broadcast standards.
Hagley Park is, without question, a beautiful spot – a popular destination for visitors and an equally desirable meeting point for the locals. Situated in the midst of this and overlooking the Oval is Hadlee Pavilion, the perfect location for events.
The stakes are high in the T-20 series as the T20 World cup is round the corner to be played in India later this year. So both the teams want to put their best players in the arena.
The CA has already announced their team well in advance before the South African tour, which was since cancelled now. So the Aussies will be without their main T 20 players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, as well as fringe players Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott and Mitchell Swepson. The IPL new millionaires like Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith and experienced Kane Richardson and the left-arm pace of Jason Behrendorff form the bowling line up .That gives leverage to look at “Nextgen” prospects like the flamboyant gloveman Josh Philippe and leggie Tanveer Sangha. And all rounder Mitchell Marsh will be an added advantage, who can bowl in the middle overs and bat too.
Their batting line up with the Captain Finch and the hard hitter Marcus Stoinis open the innings with Phillipe and the pinch hitter, Glenn Maxwell ( who also got a whopping Rs.14.25 crores in the IPL auction) and late order batsmen like Mitchell March, Ben Mc Dermott, Ashton Agar can bolster the batting.
Kiwis with their home advantage can challenge the Aussie juggernaut. With their recent overwhelming performance in T-20 West Indies, Pakistan are in an upbeat mood.
Kiwi Player has also created ripples in the recent IPL auction, when their new found all rounder Kyle Jamieson going under the hammer for the first time fetched an astronomical figure of Rs. 15 crore. The tall ( 203 cms) and lanky Jamieson, who’s an all rounder sensation in Tests in Newzeland has not tested water in T-20 internationals. But his height with startling bounce and fine seam position could make him a good bowler. And their regular pace bowling unit headed by Trent Boult, Tim Southee and spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi is formidable in their home conditions.
Batting mainstay Captain Kane Williamson with his phlegmatic colours and batting sensation Conway ( the South African born who recently qualified to play for Kiwi team)had Kiwi fans rooting for his batting exploits with John Philips and openers Martin Guptil , whose position is shaky and Seifert form a challenging batting unit.