The eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy is going to be held in England and Wales between 1st and 18th of June, 2017. The tournament being held in England will likely offer good batting surfaces with true bounce for bowlers to work with. Such conditions will surely suit both Australia and New Zealand, both of whom will start their campaign by taking on each other in the 2nd match of the tournament at Birmingham on 2nd June.Pitch and Toss
Edgbaston has traditionally been a high-scoring ground. Teams batting first have scored 300+ total with considerable ease and chasing hasn’t been difficult either. The highest total for a team stands at 408/9 which was scored by England against New Zealand in 2015. Chasing has been the order of the day in recent times and we might see the skippers reluctant to bat first yet again.
Australia enters the Champions Trophy as the current World Champion and the second-ranked ODI team in the world. Though the current tussle between CA and the ACA has led to an unnecessary controversy, Australia has a great overall record at ICC events, and they would be looking to add to their collection of trophies by winning their third Champions Trophy title.
Australia will start their campaign against their trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand. Australia has a fairly good chance of making it to the semi-finals from their group and would want to start their campaign on a winning note.
Australia has a good squad of players to choose from; the conditions will not be alien to them, their pace bowlers will enjoy the bounce and their batsmen favor batting on such wickets, and so they will surely enter this game as strong favorites.
Australia has included all-rounder Moises Henriques in their squad in place of James Faulkner. Henriques was in good batting form throughout the IPL, but his bowling form might be a worry. The batting department looks fairly settled though with Captain Steven Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell all in good nick.
Australia appears to be a very strong unit on paper and they have a history of strong performances in ICC events. But Champions Trophy is a short tournament and they will surely give in their all to start on a positive note.
Predicted Starting XI: David Warner – Aaron Finch – Steve Smith (c) – Glenn Maxwell – Travis Head – Chris Lynn – Matthew Wade (wk) – Marcus Stoinis – Mitchell Starc – Pat Cummins – Josh HazlewoodNew Zealand
New Zealand, the fourth-ranked ODI team in the world, has always punched above their weight in the ICC tournaments. The 2015 world cup finalists have been playing some good ODI cricket recently and would be looking forward to putting in a strong performance in their first game of this edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.
New Zealand has been in good ODI form recently with some strong performances against Ireland and Bangladesh in the ongoing tri-series. New Zealand has a pretty strong chance of making the semi-finals in their group, but starting well in the tournament will be very important for their chances.
The conditions in England will be quite similar to the ones at home for New Zealand, and they will be hoping to exploit this familiarity. New Zealand has a very potent and versatile pace attack and the bounce in the English wickets would be an advantage for them.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been in very good form playing in the IPL, and his performance will be crucial for New Zealand in this game. He has been their most important batsman for a while now and he will need to deliver at the big stage for New Zealand to stand any realistic chance.
New Zealand’s knack of putting in great performances in the ICC tournaments means they will have Australia on guard, but defeating this Australian side will require some exceptional cricket from the black caps.
Predicted Starting XI: Tom Latham – Martin Guptill – Kane Williamson – Ross Taylor – Neil Broom – Luke Ronchi (wk) – James Neesham – Mitchel Santner – Trent Boult – Tim Southee – Lokie FergursonOur Prediction
Australia and New Zealand are the two finalists from the 2015 world cup. Australia had emerged victorious there to win the gold. But both New Zealand and Australia have come a long way since then. Both these sides are pretty well balanced, but Australia have traditionally had a very strong record in ICC events and their squad appears to be more settled and in the form on paper, and this gives them a slight upper hand in this contest.Live Stream
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It’s familiar foes taking on each other in Women’s World Cup, 2017. Australia is set to play New Zealand on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. The match will be played at County Ground Bristol. Both the teams have had a similar fate in the tournament so far. While Australia has won one game more as compared to New Zealand, it’s been a washout and not a loss as the reason for it. Australia has won two out of their tow matches whereas New Zealand has registered a win in one while the other one was washed out because of rain. The possibility of rain playing spoilsport at Bristol could not be ruled out with rain predictions for Sunday.
The Autralians were prime candidates for winning the title and they haven’t put a foot wrong yet. They came as favorites and have played flawless cricket so far in the competition. They’ve won two of the two games they’ve played, both by eight wickets with a lot of overs to spare.
Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton have been so good that the likes of Elysse Perry and Elyse Villani haven’t had to bat. In their first game, Nicole Bolton scored a flawless century with excellent support from Beth Mooney who scored a well-compiled half-century. Meg Lanning was superb in the second match as she scored a brutal hundred to guide her team home with more than twelve overs to spare.
Bowlers have bowled particularly well as Australia was able to restrict Sri Lanka around 250-run mark despite swashbuckling innings by Chamira Atapattu. Given their performances and the conditions expected to remain as they have in the tournament, Australia is expected to in with the same lineup. If they continue to play like they have, it will be a tough ask for their neighbors to get past them in this encounter.New Zealand
The Kiwis have played reasonably well, but as luck would have it, they had to stay content with one point from their game against South Africa. They defeated Australia in the opening game of three-match bilateral ODI series held in February and will be setting that win as an example to take inspiration.
Amy Satterthwaite scored a record century in that game and a similar sort of performance will be expected from her here as well. Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite are two key players on whom New Zealand will be relying heavily. As far as bowling department is concerned, Holly Huddleston will play a key role as she is one of the in-form Kiwi bowlers going into this game.
New Zealand has had a break of a week’s time as their previous game was washed out without a ball being bowled. While the rest could have the positive effect in a long tournament, it could really dent the momentum of a winning team. New Zealand would have to continue from where they left in their first game and if they can continue to play the aggressive Cricket they’re playing, they can certainly stop the march of their arch-rivals.Our Prediction
Australia and New Zealand have a lot in common coming into this crucial fixture. One, the top-four of both the sides carry the key; two, the skippers of both the sides have scored centuries and have looked in great rhythm; three, the middle-order really haven’t gotten a chance to bat. A lot will depend on how the bowlers bowl on the match-day. Considering the form, little separates the two sides. However, looking at the team on paper, recent head-to-head results and big-match performance history, Australia will be our pick for this match.Live Stream
The first of the three-match ODI series of New Zealand’s short neighborly visit of Australia begins tomorrow at Sydney. New Zealand field a new-look side, and Australia will be looking forward to see whether their new-generation players can emulate the yesteryears’ heroes. On the betting front, there is no clear-cut favorite. Australia will have a slight edge, as they are playing at home and usually have a kind of psychological edge over their trans-Tasman rivals.
Australia have a side that can settle into a world-beating mode. So far they have not inspired the awe that the Australian teams used to generate. This series will be a test for their potential greatness. In David Warner, Steven Smith, George Bailey and Aaron Finch, they have an all-weather batting line-up. Glen Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh and newcomer Hilton Cartwright offer them sufficient options for all-rounders’ spots. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins form one of the most lethal bowling combinations and Adam Zampa is a handy wicket-taking leg-spinner. The problem for the Aussies these days, and for those who back them in cricket betting, is that what is there on paper does not always get translated into on-field performance.
New Zealand will be hoping that their recent luck with the newcomers continues in this series as well. They have high hopes on the rookie express pace bowler Lockie Ferguson. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has already made a dream debut. Kane Williamson will hope that his young batters will prove their mettle in this series. Bowling looks a bit more settled, mainly because of the assured presence of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
Australia and New Zealand have played 130 matches so far. Australia have won 87 and New Zealand 37. The recent matches perhaps guide you more for cricket betting. In the last five matches between these sides, New Zealand have won three and Australia two. But Australia won the most important of them all: the World Cup final.
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Australia start their home leg of matches with a visit from their neighbours New Zealand against whom they will play three ODIs starting from 4 December (Sunday). The hosts come into this game as the number one ranked side in the limited overs format with 118 points despite being white washed by South Africa 5-0 in their most recent assignment.
In David Warner, Aaron Finch, George Bailey and skipper Steve Smith the hosts have a batting line-up that is capable of winning matches on their day while bowling line-up consisting of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Adam Zampa is bound to give the opposing batsman the jitters.
Australia have brought in uncapped all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and Pat Cummins to the squad while recalling Glenn Maxwell. Pacer Josh Hastings who is their highest wicket-taker of 2016 has been left out.
Their opponents New Zealand come into this short series full of confidence after thrashing Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series at home. The Kiwis are ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings just six points behind Australia and will look to give them a tough fight.
The problem for the visitors is that they come into the series without key personnel with a number of their first team players either injured or suffering from poor form. Ross Taylor, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan and Corey Anderson are all injured while leg spinner Ish Sodhi and keeper Luke Ronchi have been left out.
While they have brought in all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, leg spinner Todd Astle and pacer Lockie Ferguson the onus will fall to the senior players to perform. Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and skipper Tim Southee will be expected to step up if the Kiwis are to go away from the series with a win.
A look at the line-ups and the hosts Australia come into the game as the clear favourites to win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Prediction
Australia to winBetting odds (betfair)
Squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Adam Zampa.New Zealand
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, BJ Watling (wk).
Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test match is scheduled for 5 November 2015 at Brisbane Cricket Ground in Brisbane.
Beginning with team Australia, there are rarely any surprise elements in the squad that will play Black Caps at home grounds. Already in the re-building process after retirement of key players like Clarke, the team needs to bring together the best of players. As for New Zealand, they have performed exceptionally in all formats of the game this season. The Kangaroos must not have forgotten the humiliating Ashes loss against Englishmen and will be looking forward to beating the visitors. This is why, they are currently the favorites to emerge victorious.
The two sides have played one another around 52 times earlier as well. Statistics reveal a much stronger Australian side that boasts of a record total of 27 wins. Team New Zealand on the flip side, registered only 8 wins, while 17 matches ended without any result. In the following text, we provide a quick analysis of betting tips, odds and predictions for Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test.
The introduction of Khawaja and Joe Burns in the 12-men squad is a positive change for hosts. Steven Smith is the match winner for home team. Adam Voges and David Warner are the other star batsmen. Peter Nevill and Mitchell Marsh complete their batting department. When the team played against England, Mitchell Starc was the key wicket taker with 18 wickets. Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle are other players to strengthen the bowling attack against team New Zealand.New Zealand
The Kiwis can expect a tough time ahead in Australia when they play Kangaroos in forthcoming Test series. Their bowling department looks weak and some alterations in game plan might be needed. As for the batting line-up, it includes players like BJ Watling, who was their chief scorer against England with a total of 254 runs. To register win, the players need to focus on a team game. Brendon McCullum, Tom Latham, Taylor, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Mark Craig are the main players that will massively contribute in team’s win.Toss & Pitch Condition
It is a sharp pitch, so the toss winning captain can be expected to bowl first. Fast bowlers will get extra advantage. Forecasts suggest that weather will remain sunny for most part of the day.
Steven Smith & Co are in full form, thus, it is expected that hosts will win the opening match. However, there are minimal chances of a draw-like situation as well. According to the trusted online punters, betting odds for Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test are-
Australia- 1.74, New Zealand- 4 and Draw- 5.1
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