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Australia vs New Zealand, free match prediction 26 Dec 2019

26 Dec 2019 | 05:30 | Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
168/5 in 54.2 3.09 winner
240/10 in 71.0 3.38

Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Australia beat New Zealand by 247 runs

Man of the Match: TM Head

Can Australia KO New Zealand in the Boxing day test?

  • New Zealand has a poor record in Australia with just a single win in their last 10 test matches down under (8 losses and a drawn match)
  • Australia lost their 2018 boxing day Test against India by 137 runs and have failed to win two consecutive boxing day tests (2017 & 2018). The only other time it happened was in 1983,1984 & 1985 when the matches ended as draw.
  • New Zealand’s only series victory came against Australia in Australia in the year 1985 and they need to win this match to keep their series win hopes alive

Australia will win the match and series 2-0!

  • Tournament: Australia vs New Zealand 2019
  • Format: Test
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
  • Toss: To Bat

Match Preview

Australia is leading the three-test series by 1-0 margin after winning the first match. Boxing day tests are one of the festive important matches in the Australian cricketing circuit and they made this a tradition for a long time. Australia will have a chance to seal the series here in the boxing day test with a win.

New Zealand's away record has been below par against top nations like India, South Africa, Australia, and England. New Zealand needs to win this match and level the series. Never forget we also have 40 ICC Test Championship points to play for in this test.

Australia will look to close their space between table-toppers India with a win here while New Zealand has a chance to surge ahead to third place with a win here.

Teams Preview

Australia Preview

Australia posted a good score of 416 runs in their first innings which helped them win the match. Their latest batting Marnus Labuschagne scored his third consecutive Test century and had scores of 143 & 50 in the two innings. Travis Head and Joe Burns scored half-centuries in the first and second innings respectively. David Warner, Steve Smith, and Mathew Wade failed to make an impact with the bat in the last match.

Mitchell Starc spearheaded the bowling attack with 9 wickets including a five-for in the first innings. Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins chipped in with 6 & 3 wickets in the match. James Pattinson is expected to replace injured Josh Hazlewood in this match.

Key Players:

Steve Smith – Smith had scores of 43 & 16 in the two innings and he is yet to make a big score in their home summer. He is too good a batsman to keep him quiet for a long time and a big knock is always around the corner from him.

Mitchell Starc – Starc`s bowling efforts ensured they don’t miss Hazlewood's last match. He threatened the Kiwi players with his pace, bounce, and aggression and we can expect a lot more in this match too.

Australia Predicted Playing XI:

Matthew Wade, David Warner, Tim Paine (c & wk), Steven Smith, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Joe Burns, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne

Australia Key Players From Previous Game Of Australia vs New Zealand 2019

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
M Labuschagne 143 240 18 1 59.58
T Head 56 97 10 0 57.73
D Warner 43 74 4 0 58.11
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Starc 18.0 2 52 5 2.89
N Lyon 14.2 2 48 2 3.35
P Cummins 14.4 3 46 1 3.14
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Starc 18.0 2 52 5 2.89
N Lyon 14.2 2 48 2 3.35
P Cummins 14.4 3 46 1 3.14

Australia Actual Playing XI:

Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Joe Burns , Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, David Warner, TM Head, Nathan Lyon

New Zealand Preview

New Zealand team came into this series after a good showing against England at home, yet they succumbed to a massive loss by 296 runs. Their batting was too fragile and weak with scores of 166 & 171 in the two innings. Ross Taylor scored a counter-attacking 80 in the first innings and no other player managed to score fifty. Experienced players such as Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Henry Nicholls must stand up and post big scores on board. Tom Blundell is all set to replace Jeet Raval at the top of the order.

Tim Southee and Neil Wagner took 9 & 7 wickets respectively in the match. They were burdened with workload due to Ferguson's injury early into the match. Their bowling unit will welcome the services of Trent Boult for this match.

Key Players:

Kane Williamson – Williamson is a vital player in the Kiwi middle order and he needs to play big knocks to ensure their batting order does not fail again. Williamson needs to score a century and stamp his authority in this match.

Neil Wagner – Wagner surprised the Aussies by his short ball burst in the last match and took 7 wickets in the process. He dismissed their batting mainstays Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in both the innings.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, BJ Watling (wk), Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls

New Zealand Key Players From Previous Game Of Australia vs New Zealand 2019

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
R Taylor 80 134 9 0 59.7
K Williamson 34 70 7 0 48.57
C de Grandhomme 23 21 3 0 109.52
Bowlers O M R W Econ
T Southee 30.2 7 93 4 3.07
N Wagner 37.0 7 92 4 2.49
C de Grandhomme 22.0 8 37 1 1.68
Bowlers O M R W Econ
T Southee 30.2 7 93 4 3.07
N Wagner 37.0 7 92 4 2.49
C de Grandhomme 22.0 8 37 1 1.68

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, N Wagner, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Trent Boult, TA Blundell, Tom Latham, TG Southee

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Weather Conditions

The weather at Melbourne looks bright and sunny with little chances of rain on the last day only. We can expect a full match with very rain weather interruptions.

Venue Details

MCG has received recent flak and ratings from average to poor in the last few outings. The curators are expected to give a sporting track where we have some spice in it for the pacers to utilize. Any score above 400 will put the team ahead in the match.

Toss: To Bat

Win the toss and bat first is a No-brainer in the test matches nowadays. The pitch is good for batting on the days 1-3 only. Chasing becomes tough on a worn pitch.

Winning Prediction

Australia's team is on a good rhythm and form with three back-to-back massive wins in their backyard. They have the batting and bowling attacks to utilize these conditions.

New Zealand batsmen are struggling against the pace and bounce of the Australia team. Their bowling unit fared better taking 20 Aussie wickets in the last test match.

We expect Australia to continue their domination in the home conditions.

Australia will win the match and series 2-0!

Author: Dhinesh Kumar