After a fascinating First Round in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, we head into the Super 12’s. The hosts Australia will face off against New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground in the 13th match of the tournament.
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Australia have a good record in the showpiece event of the shortest format. They have played a total of 29 games, winning 16 and losing 13. Australia were crowned as the champions. Other than this, the Men in Yellow were runners-up in 2010 and semifinalists in 2007 and 2012. Their poorest edition was back in 2009 when the team bowed out of the Super 8’s.
David Warner, Tim David, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa have been in good form. Other players have been out of form, but the form of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell is a matter of concern.
Matthew Wade will don the gloves and is a trusted match finisher. While in a recent update, the young sensation Cameron Green has replaced Josh Inglis in the squad and might play in the opening fixture.
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Australia lost T20I Series against India and England while clean swept West Indies recently. Australia have a few problems but will be the favourites to win this game.
New Zealand are one of the unluckiest teams in World Cricket. New Zealand were the runners-up in the 2021 edition, which was their best World Cup. Apart from this, the Blackcaps were the semifinalists in 2007 and 2016.
New Zealand are coming off losing a tri-nation series at home as they lost the final against Pakistan. But, prior to this, they toured Europe and West Indies, where they conquered all the regions.
Despite being out of form, Martin Guptill will play due to his experiences. Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, and Glenn Phillips are in good form with the bat, while Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, and Ish Sodhi are the spin trios. Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee should make it in the first XI.
Australia and New Zealand have battled against each other in 15 T20Is, Australia have 10 times. Though the Kiwis have won five matches, Australia are having a firm grip over their opponents.
A good batting pitch is expected for the encounter. The average score at this venue is 162, with the average first innings score being around 165. The skipper winning the toss might look to have a bowl first and chase the total later on.
Probable Playing XIs
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Trent Boult
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