Australia’s tour of New Zealand will kick start on Monday, January 30 as the two sides square off in the first of three ODIs. The match will be played at Eden Park in Auckland.
The hosts’ last involvement in the 50-over game had come against Bangladesh with New Zealand hosting Bangladesh in a three-match series. The Kiwis won all three contests on the occasion. Prior to their involvement against Bangladesh, New Zealand had toured Australia for a three-match ODI series that they lost 3-0.
Australia were in action in a five-match ODI series against Pakistan at home in the run up to this upcoming series. The Australians won the contest 4-1 with their only defeat coming in the second ODI in Melbourne. Before that, the world champions had crushed New Zealand 3-0 at home in a series that had come on the backs of their 5-0 defeat to South Africa.
Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand in the upcoming series and will be one of the crucial players for the hosts. The skipper has been in decent form with the bat and he will want to make it count against New Zealand’s fiercest opponents. Neil Broom, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor will all have important roles to fulfill with the bat. With the ball, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will lead the attack with Matt Henry, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner also in contention.
Matthew Wade will lead Australia in the absence of regular skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner. Both have been rested with the tour of India coming up next. Shaun Marsh finds a place in the side following some solid performances with the Perth Scorchers while Glenn Maxwell, in and out of the side for a while now, has also been included.
Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb are also expected to feature as regular batsmen while Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa look to turn it on with the ball.
Going into the opener, Williamson and Marsh will be the two key players for both sides. They are both in good form with the bat and could go on to make a big difference come Sunday.
Match starts at 11 am local time (10 pm GMT on January 29).
New Zealand v Australia 1st ODI betting tips:
New Zealand to win: 11/10
Shaun Marsh to be the top batsman for Australia